Soul Keeping

Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.

—-Dallas Willard

This past week I read Soul Keeping by John Ortberg and I think it is the book that has greatest impact on my life thus far. I know, I know that is a big statement, but hear me out. This book walks through what the soul is, why we must care for it and how to do so. Intrigued yet? The soul is such a word that we throw around, but rarely take time to examine. This quote and call to eliminate hurry truly spoke to my innermost being.

The most important thing in life is not what you do; its who you become. That’s what you will take into eternity.

—-Dallas Willard

You can already get the sense that Ortberg quotes his mentor and spiritual leader several times. Ortberg is a pastor who shares with a raw transparency his own stumbles, his pride that gets in the way and his need to “ruthlessly eliminate hurry from life,” so as to keep the soul.

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.

Deuteronomy 6:5

Ok, sure, but how? Soul keeping gives several practical avenues to love the Lord with your whole being.

  1. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love
  2. Disciple of the self to ask, “Is God here in this moment?” If He is not, He can be.
  3. Finding our identity in the Cycle of Grace
  4. Soul satisfaction in our disappointment

I’m telling ya this book is rocking my world. I have truly found myself seeking this year to be PRESENT. That was the word I chose for 2016 to slow and be present in each moment. I wanted to see each day with gratitude and list the PRESENTS I experienced as gifts. I also wanted to slow to look for ways God was PRESENT in my day and moments. It has been a struggle to say the least. So much of our world is about hurry, is about rush, is about multi-tasking women and all the roles we strive to fulfill. This book came at the right moment and dare I say the perfect week for me while on a stay-cation from my full time job.


The stream is your soul.  And you are the keeper.



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