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Self-care Friday

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in contentment, holidays, hospitality, Keri's Soul, simple, simplicity, simplify, spiritual formation | 3 comments

Self-care Friday

In an act of defiance against the culture, I purchased absolutely nothing today. I spent most of the day on the couch, although I did do some writing work from said couch. I read, took a long walk. Finished cleaning up and putting away dishes from yesterday’s feast. Noticed: I already have a lot of stuff. Did not turn on the television or even listen to music. I savored the silence, which fed my soul a feast. Yesterday, I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for eleven.   We welcomed five more friends for dessert (and yet still have a ton of...

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Free e-book copy of Breathe

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Authors, books, Breathe, free books, Keri's Soul, new books, pace of life, sabbath, simple, simplicity, simplify, spiritual formation, Uncategorized, women | 9 comments

Free e-book copy of Breathe

Many of you remember my 2005 book Breathe. I know some of you continue to use it as a resource for small group discussions or your moms’ ministries, or just to remind yourself to slow down and well, breathe! It’s about slowing down, simplicity, and Sabbath–topics still just as relevant as when the book originally released almost a decade (what?!) ago. It’s got a ton of great information on how to practice Sabbath with your kids, how to simplify your life, and more. It used to look like this: It was re-released under...

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Is work a gift, or a curse?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in faith, sabbath, spiritual formation | 0 comments

I’m blogging at The High Calling channel on Pathoes.com today about work, what gives it meaning, significance and joy. Too many Christians buy into a subtle but critical theological mistake: that their work, if they are not engaged in full-time professional ministry, is somehow not significant, or worse, connected somehow to a curse. I believe work is a gift from God. But sometimes, we don’t know how to open that gift. I’m offering some thoughts on how to do just that in the article, The Surprising Key That Opens the Gift of...

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On my list this year: contentment

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in bible literacy, books, content, contentment, holidays, new books, pace of life, simple, simplicity, simplify, spiritual formation, theology | 5 comments

On my list this year: contentment

The onslaught is building, slowly but surely. You’re already seeing and hearing ads for the holiday shopping season, reminding you that even though Thanksgiving is more than two weeks away, it’s time to think about Christmas shopping. The consumer machine is revving up. That consumer machine runs on one fuel: discontent. We cannot be satisfied with the stuff we already have, we need new, better, stuff. Advertising’s goal is to make us discontent with what we’ve got, so we will run out and get something else. The season...

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What keeps you running?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in fitness, Keri's Soul, spiritual formation, Uncategorized | 2 comments

What keeps you running?

My race training schedule today called for “4 miles easy” today. About a year ago, I would not have used “4 miles” and “easy” in the same paragraph, much less the same sentence. But when you keep showing up, keep training, you get stronger. It gets easier. Even on days that don’t feel “easy” in any way. The weather app on my phone offers alternating icons depicting raining clouds and blustering winds. It’s 45, which is normal for Chicago in November, but the windchill is 34. I...

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How to increase your Bible knowledge

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in bible literacy, bible literacy, books, Keri's Soul, new books, spiritual formation | 1 comment

How to increase your Bible knowledge

Have you ever sat in church listening to a sermon, and the pastor says something like, “Well, in the original language, the word in this passage meant…”–and kind of felt a sort of longing, or wondering? How did they know that? Do you have to go to seminary to be able to “really” understand and interpret Scripture? Do you ever find yourself trying to read your Bible on your own, and feeling like it stirs up as many questions as answers? (Photo courtesy of www.lightstock.com) While seminary’s obviously...

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The empty table (and some thoughts on filling it)

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in empty nest, faith, hospitality, Keri's Soul, sabbath | 10 comments

The empty table (and some thoughts on filling it)

As a treat to myself on a fall afternoon, I pull out my trusty Le Creuset dutch oven. At 3 in the afternoon, I chop onions, garlic, rosemary, and parsnips; brown beef ribs marbled with fat; pour nearly all of a bottle of red wine over all of it. Chop, brown, simmer, braise. Salt, pepper, butter. I’m in my happy place. Once the meal is in the oven, I work for a few more hours, savoring the smell of Zinfandel-braised short ribs that drifts up the stairs to my office. A bit later, I make mashed red potatoes (with a few turnips from the last...

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Empty nest? Not so great.

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in character, empty nest, faith, Keri's Soul, parenting, women | 3 comments

Empty nest? Not so great.

So I have been an “empty nester” for exactly one week. So far, it totally sucks. I do not like it one bit. I am irritable and difficult–I admit this. Something feels off balance, and I am appalled by my own crankiness.  After looking around the dinner table last night, I burst into tears and stormed out of the house to walk around the block, sobbing. Mostly because my husband “set” the table for the two of us (and a ridiculously large pot of spaghetti–I don’t know how to make just a little bit of anything!) by shoving the...

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It’s Holy Week. So…??

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in bible literacy, hospitality, Keri's Soul, pace of life, spiritual formation | 0 comments

Suddenly, Easter is next weekend. But this week, like any other, is busy and full. But it is, after all, Holy Week. A week where, if we can find make the time, we want to reflect, connect. It should be the most significant week of the year for Christ followers. What does Holy Week have to do with our wired lives? Where can our 24/7 lives intersect with the slow, significant events of Christ’s journey to the cross? My post at The High Calling today attempts to answer these questions. It’s the first in a three-part series connecting our...

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A call to loving action re: World Vision’s decisions

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in parenting, social justice, spiritual formation, Uncategorized | 13 comments

A call to loving action re: World Vision’s decisions

OR: Why I didn’t, and still won’t, drop my sponsored child When I heard about World Vision’s recent decision to allow hiring of employees in same-sex marriages, it never even occurred to me to drop my sponsored child. Why? Because of love. Because the Bible says we should not withhold good when we have the power to help, or  “Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person” (Proverbs 3:27, MSG). World Vision’s board took a brave step, which they genuinely believed would move toward unity, and they...

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