note from the editor

This has been one of the busier few months of my life that I can remember. Notably, traveling to attend a family wedding in Hawaii as a family of three and preparing for the birth of our second son. Two, once in a lifetime experiences. Though our firstborn son is now only two, I had forgotten what it is like to have a newborn in the house. Alas, even with a busy first half of the year, I felt Volume II was to center around a theme of rest.

While welcoming a newborn into our family is quite disruptive, we have found ourselves at home a lot these days. Snuggling a newborn is anything but productive. And sleepless nights sure don’t feel restful. But, we are learning how to rest amidst a messy house, and what feels like a messy life. We are coming to learn that true rest takes intentionality. And like anything in life worth cultivating, it does not come easily.

I pray you experience moments of rest this summer, as Jesus said in John 14, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  — Isaac Smith


If, then, you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. A canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, but a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus communicates, without loss to itself, its superabundant water.
— Bernard of Clairvaux

Interview with phil Rice on Personal retreat | Phil Rice & Isaac Smith

Building regular rhythms of rest into your life to detox from productivity.

a poem of light | Hannah lewis

Words of beauty to reflect on and savor.


The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
— Psalm 16:5–6

Embracing Process | Isaac Smith

Why is it the best things in life require the most effort?

Contentment as a Skill | Isaac Smith

Lasting joy comes through choosing contentment in my present condition.


Photo Journal: II

Replace fear with the process. Depend on it. Lean on it. Trust in it.
— Ryan Holiday

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It's kind of like trail mix, but for your life. Some resources that you may find helpful on your journey.




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