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Serving others is not entirely about others

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Deeply Loved Lent study, spiritual formation | 2 comments

Serving others is not entirely about others

As Deeply Loved daughters and sons of God, our response is to spill out that love to others. To engage in living out our faith by serving others. As my friend Tim Fall points, out, to practice our religion. John Ortberg, in his book The Life You’ve Always Wanted, observes, “The primary reason Jesus calls us to servanthood is not just because other people need our service. It is because of what happens to us when we serve.” And what is it that happens to us? When we serve others, have an opportunity to become more patient, more kind. The...

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Lavish love

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Deeply Loved Lent study, Keri's Soul, parenting | 4 comments

Lavish love

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:1-3 NIV) I am writing this from my parents’ deck, watching hummingbirds and finches flit from the...

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What is your heart full of?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in bible literacy, character, spiritual formation | 2 comments

What is your heart full of?

Garbage in, garbage out. This is true in business, in computer programing, in living. It’s true of our heart, mind, and soul. So the question becomes: what are you putting into your mind? What do you tell yourself in the deepest part of your heart? What are you giving to your soul to feed it? What we fill our heart and mind with flows out in our speech, our actions, our decisions. Our spirits are formed by whatever we expose them to, especially when that exposure is repeated. As we continue in our DeeplyLoved Lent study, I want to...

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Shabbat Shalom

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in pace of life, Rest, sabbath | 9 comments

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom. Sabbath Peace. I hope you experience it this weekend. This week I got a very nice letter from a reader named David. He’s a physician, husband and father, and shared some of his spiritual journey with me. He and his family “began keeping Sabbath in 2005,” he explained. In that decade of practice, he and his family have found a lighthearted joy in this day. He shared a poem that he wrote for his wife and son, which he graciously allowed me to share with you. I know–I normally don’t run poems here on...

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How to experience unconditional love

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in books, Deeply Loved Lent study, free book Friday, free books | 1 comment

How to experience unconditional love

Sabbath–just saying that word brings a sort of peace to our frazzled minds. Day 27 of our Deeply Loved Lent study is on one of my favorite topics. I’ve written a couple of books about it, articles on Six Steps to Sabbath Simplicity, and also blog posts here, and here. I’ve written about how to do Sabbath with your kids. And, I wrote about it in Deeply Loved. Because I believe Sabbath-keeping allows us to experience the unconditional love of Jesus in a way few other practices can. When we stop earning, and realize that we are...

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Five simple strategies for slowing down

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in books, Breathe, Keri's Soul, pace of life, simplify, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Five simple strategies for slowing down

We live hurried lives. We feel, as today’s reading in Deeply Loved describes, restless and unsettled. Imagine someone telling you: “You are like a jar of river water all shaken up. What you need is to sit still long enough that the sediment can settle and the water can become clear.” (from Ruth Barton’s Invitation to Solitude and Silence)  How does this image make you feel? Do you feel resonance, resistance, or maybe both. Pay attention to that. We know slower is better, that we miss things when we hurry: the smile of...

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Forgive me

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in Deeply Loved Lent study, free book Friday, spiritual formation | 1 comment

Forgive me

I’m so sorry. How appropriate that today’s reading in Deeply Loved has to do with confession: I’m here to apologize for not keeping up with blogging this week. I hope you’ve been reading on your own through the book. So please forgive me, and let’s move forward, yes? Here’s a quote from today’s reading (Day 21 if you’ve been reading six days a week since Ash Wednesday, where we began our 40-day journey): “Jesus sees our struggles. What we confess, he already knows. We do not confess to...

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Leaning into the comfort of God

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in character, contentment, Deeply Loved Lent study, faith, spiritual formation | 3 comments

Leaning into the comfort of God

Sometimes I ask God, my rock-solid God,     “Why did you let me down? Why am I walking around in tears,     harassed by enemies?” They’re out for the kill, these     tormentors with their obscenities, Taunting day after day,     “Where is this God of yours?” Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God— soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God. (Psalm 42:9-11, MSG)   Have you ever followed the brave example of this Psalm, and said to God, Why did you let me down?...

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You are #DeeplyLoved (even if you doubt it)

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in bible literacy, Keri's Soul, parenting | 2 comments

You are #DeeplyLoved (even if you doubt it)

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) One of the best gifts I gave my kids, according to them, was the freedom to doubt and question their faith. This may seem counter-intuitive. But sometimes faith is a muscle, which strengthens when you push against it. My children have learned that just asking questions will not destroy their faith, and that God loves them just as much when they are wrestling with doubt as when they’re calm and assured. Our family tried to live out Jude 1:22: “Be merciful to those who...

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Solitude (in community)

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Deeply Loved Lent study, Keri's Soul, pace of life, simplify, spiritual formation, women | 0 comments

Solitude (in community)

One of our readings this week was titled “Alone.” We considered the call to come away with Christ, to spend time in his presence without distractions, without others. The call to solitude is a call to intimacy. A month or two ago, I attended a wonderful solitude retreat, put on by Sacred, a ministry run by two dear friends, Gail Donahue and Joan Kelly. The Sacred retreat is a one-day experience that includes times of community, but also long blocks of solitude. Held on the grounds of a monastery, it is a beautiful and restful...

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