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Spiritual encouragement for those seeking a deeper experience of God, from a writer passionate about making faith real.

Letting courage drive the bus: saying yes to the great adventure of vocation

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in freelance writing, Keri's Soul, Listen, pace of life, simplify, spiritual formation | 6 comments

Tweet “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.” –Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak   In the fourth quarter of last year, I set aside most of my writing work, and helped my husband run his business, which involves property management and real estate. I had some experience in the area of property management, and...

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What are you passionate about?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in bible literacy, Christian feminism, pace of life, sabbath, simplify, social justice, spiritual formation, women | 6 comments

What are you passionate about?

Tweet What are you passionate about? Have you ever had a conversation, been asked a question, and later, after the conversation was over, thought, “I should have said…I should have asked…” This happens to me. All. The. Time. It happened again yesterday. I had a wonderful time meeting with some of the team at BVK, a marketing firm where I’m going to doing a few projects. So I was focused on showing them my portfolio, describing my work. We’d been talking about my various collaborative projects, in which I help other people communicate their...

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The Power of Story

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in freelance writing, Keri's Soul, social justice, spiritual formation | 4 comments

The Power of Story

Tweet My work has always been about telling stories. As a newspaper reporter fresh out of college, I gathered and wrote the stories of people and organizations in the Chicago suburbs: politicians, businesspeople, ordinary citizens who cared enough to get involved in their local schools, city councils or park boards. I learned the craft of interviewing, of finding the story behind the story. As I went on to write for magazines, and later websites, my strongest articles told stories–glimpses of real life, real struggles, real victories....

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Imago Dei and pronouns

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in bible literacy, fitness, Keri's Soul, spiritual formation, theology, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Imago Dei and pronouns

Tweet The Imago Dei is a mystery. How is it that we, made of dust, bear the image of God, the imprint of the divine? A mystery we can embrace but not fully explain, theologians have debated its meaning for centuries. I believe our image-ness, so to speak, has more to do with what God is like, and less to do with our distinction from animals, plants and the rest of creation, which cries and out and declares God, contains to overflowing God’s glory, directs us to worship. So if are made in the image of God, what does that look like? What is it...

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Darkness that lets us see the light

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in blog, faith, spiritual formation | 1 comment

Darkness that lets us see the light

Tweet Part of me did not want to go to church. Another part of me longed for it, in a shaky, hungry sort of way. The hunger won out. At The Practice, the gathering we attend on Sunday evenings, the topic was lament. Not exactly a breezy topic, but it is Lent after all. Lament is a practice that leads us back to God, but allows us to clear the air first. It invites us to lodge a complaint, loud and specific and raw. Lament says bring your whole self to the table, but then, stay and be fed. It is the darkness into which light can shine. In a...

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Disappointment with God: A Lenten Lament

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in character, faith, Keri's Soul, spiritual formation | 10 comments

Disappointment with God: A Lenten Lament

Tweet I didn’t expect to usher in Lent feeling angry at God, but that’s how it went down. On Shrove Tuesday, my fervent prayers for a dear friend that I love and walk beside went unanswered. The very thing I’d asked God to prevent, happened. I’d asked God to intervene, but God, it seems, has not. I mourned with my friend, held her as we both cried. I can’t share details, they’re confidential and too complex, but I felt forsaken: as the Psalmist did, as Jesus did. Where are you? I lament, with tears. Why have you forsaken this family?...

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Would you rather be free?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in blog, pace of life, Rest, sabbath, spiritual formation, women | 6 comments

Would you rather be free?

Tweet Given the choice, would you rather be free, or a slave? That might feel like a goofy question, right? But it is so easy for us to choose slavery, unwittingly. We’re captive to the busyness and frantic pace that marks our days. We’re slaves to our schedule. God invites us to remember that we have a choice, and we can choose freedom: 12 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God....

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Be encouraged

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in character, faith, spiritual formation | 2 comments

Be encouraged

Tweet Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing–The Apostle Paul, in his letter to believers. (1 Thessalonians 5:11) My mother and I, in a flash of ambition, sort through the boxes in a closet, deciding what to keep, what to pitch, what to donate. It’s not exactly “the life-changing magic of tidying up” because we keep more than we toss. We can’t part with a box of children’s books and another of old baby clothes (my children are now in college). We laugh at old photos and remember how much I...

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Do not be afraid…

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in blog, faith, holidays, social justice, theology | 4 comments

Do not be afraid…

Tweet “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” —Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith   In the Bible, the command repeated most frequently is “Fear not.” Or as many translations phrase it, “don’t be afraid.” Never in my life have I seen so many Christians disobeying this command so flagrantly. The level of fear in our country (especially, ironically, among Christians) is beyond comprehension. The Bible says that love casts out fear. How can...

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Fragile foster kids find a home

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in faith, hospitality, social justice, spiritual formation, women | 0 comments

Fragile foster kids find a home

Tweet Where do the kids who no one wants go? How do foster kids who are “difficult to place” because of their medical challenges find a home? Sometimes, the story of a family captures your imagination and your heart. A fellow writer and speaker, Shellie Nichol, recently wrote a story about a child she’s welcoming to her home (the story is below). It touched my heart and soul. The Bible is very clear: God’s people are to take care of widows, orphans, the poor, the hurting. Shellie’s life is very clear: she’s...

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