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Is God adorable?

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in books, Deeply Loved Lent study, Keri's Soul, spiritual formation, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Is God adorable?

What, or whom, do you adore? Your kids, your spouse, your friends? Coffee or chocolate? We tend to use the word adore and all its iterations rather lightly. “That is just adorable!” we proclaim about anything from a friend’s new outfit to a baby panda video online. (Warning: I’m about to #WordGeek out on you.) The adjective adorable has taken some of the steam out of its root verb, adore. Even more so its noun form, adoration. Adoration sounds much more formal. While adorable is a label for  something cute, adoration...

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Deeply Loved Lent study continues

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in books, Deeply Loved Lent study, spiritual formation | 4 comments

So, I was planning to do two things yesterday: post something here for our study, and go skiing. Neither happened. On the way to the ski slope, my friend Susy and I came upon the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident on the mountain road. I’m frankly not ready to write about it in detail just yet. But it was a divine appointment in many ways. As I offered care and consolation to a woman at the scene, I was constantly praying, asking God for help, asking Jesus to give me wisdom and give others comfort. In Deeply Loved, our Presence...

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Day 4 of Deeply Loved

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Deeply Loved Lent study, spiritual formation | 1 comment

Day 4 of Deeply Loved

Thanks for the tweets and posts from yesterday’s book give-away. I’m speaking at a writer’s conference today, so we’ll announce our winner on Monday. Today’s practice is often called the “review of the day.” It asks that we simply recoil the thread of our day, noticing where God met us, challenged us, encouraged us. The unexamined life is certainly missing something. We might feel nervous or afraid about looking back at our day–afraid we will be reminded of our failures. But try to think of this...

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Free book Friday in our Deeply Loved study!

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

Free book Friday in our Deeply Loved study!

It’s Free Book Friday! Today is your first chance to enter a drawing to win a free autographed copy of Deeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesus. We’ll be holding a drawing each Friday from now til Easter, giving away one copy each week. Although it is a 40-day experience, Deeply Loved is not just for Lent. It makes a great study for groups, or individual reflection, any time. So it would make a great Easter gift or Mother’s Day gift. If you’re already reading it with us, consider entering to win another copy that you...

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How can you walk in God’s presence?

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Authors, books, Deeply Loved Lent study, spiritual formation, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How can you walk in God’s presence?

Today is Day 2 on our Deeply Loved Lent adventure. Today’s devotional is all about simply focusing our attention on Jesus throughout the day, and enjoying the gift of his presence with you. If you’re reading with us, please leave a quote or question in the comments, or share it on social media with the hashtag #DeeplyLoved. If you’re wondering what Deeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesus is all about, here are a few FAQs to introduce you to the book. Q. So, what makes Deeply Loved different from...

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Living into Christ’s love during Lent

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Authors, books, Deeply Loved Lent study, free books, spiritual formation | 2 comments

Living into Christ’s love during Lent

Ash Wednesday, 2015 Depending on which faith tradition stream you swim in, today is a solemn day of reflection, the beginning of a season of prayer and fasting—or not. I grew up in a evangelical tradition that pretty much ignored Lent and focused on Easter. Maybe that’s you, too. Or maybe you have memories of Ash Wednesday that involved a smudge on your forehead and a dose of guilt that was meant to inspire repentance. Or maybe, this season is one of deep meaning, evoked through powerful symbol: the cross draped in purple, then black, the...

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Experience just how #DeeplyLoved you are this Lent

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in bible literacy, books, contentment, Deeply Loved Lent study, spiritual formation | 1 comment

Experience just how #DeeplyLoved you are this Lent

Confession: I need (as in, require in order to function) coffee. I love chocolate. I enjoy wine. I’m a bit of a foodie. Realization: Lent approaches. (Ash Wednesday is next week) So what to “give up for Lent”? I can tell you right now, it’s not going to be the coffee. The 40 days of Lent is traditionally a time set aside to remember Christ’s 40-day wilderness temptation. But we sometimes turn it into a chance to re-up our New Year’s resolutions, which we’ve broken by the time Lent hits in mid-February. Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness...

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What does “working smarter” really look like?

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Authors, content, simplify | 1 comment

What does “working smarter” really look like?

True confession: my ability to create a decent PowerPoint presentation is mediocre at best. And yet, I just (finally) emailed my PowerPoint to the tech guy for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference, where I am speaking two weeks from today! Creating PowerPoint presentations is a small part of my job as a speaker and writer, but not one I enjoy. I don’t, at the moment, have the funds to pay someone else to do it. And because I am now an empty nester, I no longer have my teenagers available to help me create PowerPoint. Basically...

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Will you follow the voice of love?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Will you follow the voice of love?

On hard days, we wonder–where is God? We strain to hear the voice of love over the noise of our lives. But what if it is not that God is silent, but that we are distracted, allowing urgent but unimportant things to drown out the voice of love? What if the cause of our spiritual isolation is, ironically, the overcrowded lives we live? When we are lost, Jesus seeks us out. And keeps issuing this invitation: “follow me.” He smiles, winsome, but challenging. Walk with me. But then, we have to choose. Will we follow? Will we move...

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Are you an aspiring writer?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Authors, books, freelance writing, new books, speaking | 0 comments

Are you an aspiring writer?

Almost every week, I hear from someone who wants to write. They write me brave emails, looking for a word of advice or encouragement. It’s one thing to be a writer–anyone with a pen and a scrap of paper, or a computer, can write. But being published, or even self-publishing–in other words, being an author–that’s another thing altogether. And typically, the people I hear from want to be an author, not just a writer. Maybe that’s you. They typically don’t have any idea what they are getting into. I try to be...

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