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40 Graces in Marriage

We had only been married a few months when another couple close in heart and only a few years ahead of us got divorced. They were headed for ministry together. We had looked up to them. And it BLEW.OUR.MINDS. Things were sour behind closed doors? It woke us up to the reality that this amazing marriage we found ourselves in at the ages of 20 and 21 might not always be easy or blissful.

The first thing we did was pray. For real. We prayed for our marriage aloud together every night. The wake-up call that was first sparked by grief and fear became a grounding force of reverent reality that if our union was gonna last, it would only do so by the grace of our Heavenly Father.

So we prayed, and we continued in that pattern for the next 5 years. Every night.

A mentor heard us mention this in conversation, "Did you say you pray for your marriage every night?" 
"Yes, sir."
"That's great! What do you pray for?" 
"That we would be drawn closer to each other as…

Essential Christian Book List

Updated: I've removed the Bible from this list because it's on a list all its own. It's the absolute most essential collection of written words ever, and if you need convincing, please read my previous post about it. 
These books help you in your journey to better understanding the Bible, the Gospel, and your identity as a child of God:Reason for God, Tim KellerFaith is Not a Feeling, Ney BaileyThe Normal Christian Life, Watchman NeeMaster Plan of Evangelism, Robert ColemanMore Than a Carpenter, Josh McDowellThe 3D Gospel, Jayson GeorgesThe Mind of Christ, T.W. HuntWith, Skye JethaniThe Screwtape Letters, C.S. LewisThe Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones

Q: Why is there no topical book on this list?
A: You'll notice that this list doesn't include topical books that give advice about things like relationships, addictions, parenting, etc. I've read many topical books and have found the testimonies and advice of fellow believers helpful on many occasio…

Where are you, Keri?

Perhaps you've noticed a void in my posts this calendar year? It's not because I haven't been writing. It's actually because I've been writing MORE. I've written a book! Yep, an entire book, and I'm in process of exploring avenues of how to best share that book with you.

Details coming in 2019!

Where Are You, God?

Many times I will hear people express their desire to see God reveal Himself in ways similar to how He did in the Old Testament stories.

"If God is real, why don't we see the miracles?"

Like the water standing up in the Jordan river, bread falling from the sky in His provision, parting of the Red Sea to escape from our enemies.

In Joshua 3:7, the Lord gives us a glimpse into His motives,
"The Lord spoke to Joshua: 'Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, so they will know that I will be with you just as I was with Moses.'" {emphasis mine}

God gave some signs and wonders so that people would recognize His presence among His people. After Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection (the most marvelous sign and wonder!), God says that ALL who believe will receive His presence (Ephesians 1:13-14), and that people will recognize God's presence in His children by the love they show (John 13:35).

God is unchanging; His purpose is the …

Free Lock Screens to Renew Your Mind and Purpose

5 years ago I created the acronym WHY as a way of pausing before using my smartphone. I've shared with audiences both live and digital how important it is to be intentional with technology.

Here are 5 free lock screens from my most recent student conference--Big Break.

You can read more perspective on this topic in an article I wrote for Cru Winter Conference.

How to Stay Friends on Facebook (even in the midst of controversy)

Want to stay connected and share moments with Facebook friends but not get overwhelmed or frustrated by controversy? 
Facebook is the space where our connections are based on friendships, whereas other platforms can be more relationally removed and driven by subject—you follow accounts that feature your interests or inspirations, whether food, travel, world issues, self-improvement, etc. The average person on facebook (the exceptions being celebrities and business owners) interacts with a wide variety of people from real life—former classmates, extended family, co-workers, people in your community, people from your former community. These dynamics create a unique online experience, which is what keeps people coming back for more, but also what can turn people off.
Some things to keep in mind in this unique Facebook setting regarding controversial conversations: 1. These online conversations do matter, and they actually can persuade people’s opinions. Research shows that this is esp. t…

Our Reset Diet

After weeks of traveling and being sick, we need to reset. I'm sure there are concoctions of vinegar and cayenne pepper that people recommend drinking as a cleanse, but yeah...we're just not gonna do that. Instead, we're going to eat healthy foods and allow our bodies to heal naturally.

I don't have a name for this diet. I'm not joining a program or buying a cookbook, but instead I'm using my own smart brain that I have filled with knowledge of nutrition plus our trial and error experiences with food.

So here's the approved food. We're doing this for the next 4 weeks and will re-evaluate:

Organic fruits and veggies purchased raw and in season (i.e. no strawberries in January)Meat--only that which is purchased raw with a bone still attached and then cooked in my homeBroth--reserved from cooking the veggies and meats already listedHomemade bread using a variety of whole grains excluding wheatHomemade tortillas using corn masaLong-grain brown riceMaple syru…