“To help folks get across,” for Heaven waits

June 24, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

These are the glorious, golden days of summer. The senior is off at camp again, this time as a counselor for littles. The sun breaks early just over the barn, and the beloved *BOS hangs, waiting. As I lace up my sneakers, I cannot know that today, I will find my life’s mission. My calling […]

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Without love, clashing cymbals and clanging gongs

June 22, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was the oddest thing I’d heard in, well–a long, long time. And it came just a year ago now… Today, my thoughts are traveling back in time to last summer. Our second son was in a flurry of preparation for his race of a lifetime, the World Race. With significant training to undergo, deadlines […]

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Around the World–a young man’s 11-month, 11-country journey

June 21, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

As many of you know by now, our second-born son, Jamison, left in September 2015 for the adventure of a lifetime. He and 40-plus squad mates left Atlanta, Georgia, to fly over the ocean. And so began the World Race. At Thanksgiving, The Goshen News reported on the work he and the squad were doing […]

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For the one with a prodigal, what you should know

June 21, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It came in response to a quiet message that slipped into my inbox one day. “I’d be happy for any wisdom or tidbits you can give me,” she said, “on this thing of having a prodigal.” Not sensing an immediate impression from the Holy Spirit, best Guide and Counselor, I sat with her question. For […]

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When God’s pillows have rocks

June 16, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

My morning spot and my tools. Two colorful pillows (yes, they’re wildly bright and fun), God’s Word and my coffee. Jesus, best Friend, meets me here. “Words girl” that I am, there are certain times, certain days when a surprising little something will pop out of my mouth, all spontaneous and unplanned, and it stops […]

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The cure for control–His love

June 13, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I’m flying along on my beloved bicycle, The Abbey. Wind’s in my face, hair’s streaming behind, and my legs are strong, and they’re pumping. Wheels, they turn as I’m sailin’ along, and Papa’s warm sun’s shinin’ bright… Dear fearful one, You came to my mind today while I was out on the road, and I […]

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The Clay Pot Principle (or, Why They Can’t Make My Sons Lust)

June 9, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The sun has risen, new mercies dawning, and golden rays slant¬†‘cross The Three. The steam, it curls upward like heart’s murmur rising, and I’m savoring caramel-flavored caffeine. “Ask. Seek. Knock.” That’s what He said, “and you’ll receive, you will find, doors will open.” There’s simplicity, I believe, in His way of livin’, and I’m takin’ […]

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The cure for gossip–His love

June 6, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I’m driving along today in morning’s sun. My heart is light, my spirit’s happy and the macchiato on my right is sweet and warm. And her name comes to my mind. Instantly, I know that prayer’s required, and so I do what I’m learning to do: I stop, pause the music, and say this, “What […]

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When you come to the end of your ‘self,’ God is there

June 2, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

  Tide’s in. Tide’s out. The globe, it’s a-turning.¬†One circle, then the next. Seasons come. Seasons go. Frost bites. Snow falls on fields that lie fallow. Then sun kisses soil, and new life colors green. The vibrancy of spring quickens the spirit, and spring slowly gives way to summer’s heat. And ground cracks. The calendar, […]

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If everyone loves the ‘one’ that they have

June 1, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s the next installment in the “Humans of Chiang Mai” series. Ah, that week in Thailand that clean rocked our foundations, turned worlds up-side down. In the blistering Chiang Mai heat, we mount up. Our team crams into a little songthaew, two of our number hanging on the back, and we join the flow. The […]

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