Why there’s hope for you and your kids

April 19, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

This is a message that’s been stirrin’ in my heart for a few, spring-shiny, country days. And one of you-all, I know, is needin’ to hear it. Now, you know me, right? I’m just gonna shoot real straight. So here goes. Here’s what I was thinkin’ on. That part of the crazy grace of the […]

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Why you don’t have to be Martha Stewart or the Queen of Pinterest

April 18, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I posted this on Facebook yesterday, and judging by the number of comments that came in, it struck a nerve with my friends. I’m sharing it here in case someone else needs permission to keep it simple. Quick, little confession to start the week. I don’t like planning big, official hoo-ha’s. Like graduation parties. I […]

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Why “summer love” beats young love any day

April 12, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Spring has come to The Three. Looking out across The Back Forty, the grass is an emerald carpet rolling past the garden and past the swing; a cozy blanket tucked carefully around The Big Red Barn and the chicken coop. Trees are budding, birds are hollering, and the air is scented with joy. Spring is […]

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What the Lilacs Say

April 11, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Walking up our country road, it comes. Wafting along on the wings of a breeze, the scent of lilacs invite. And there they are. In spring’s fullest bloom, wearing purple dresses, the neighbor’s lilac bush is full, is fragrant. And just like that, I’m back on the farm, running ‘long the lane. At Grandma’s house. […]

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Dear Inventors, Take my sons

April 5, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Dear Inventors and Corporate Big Wigs (including, but not limited to My Pillow and Sealy Mattress Companies), I am writing today to offer you the chance of a lifetime. As the mother of four sons, I have found the golden ticket. The magic bullet. The nuclear option that, should you choose to use it, could take […]

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When a stranger texts–and God answers

April 4, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

By lamp’s soft light on this chill April day, I open the Word. And this is the verse that I read. “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him (2 Chron. 16:9a).”  What follows is true. I carry the proof, and I’ve changed […]

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The ‘nuclear weapon’ you need that brings peace

March 28, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

  Today, I’m gonna pass along a little tidbit (well, a kinda big one, actually) that’s been bringin’ me a whole lotta peace and rest. It came from Mr. Schrock once when he and I were talkin’ about his Great Travail and how he broke through to full peace and freedom and rest. “I just […]

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“There is one Holy Spirit, and you’re not Him”

March 27, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Though it happened years ago, I remember it still. There in that century home with its high, towering ceilings and wooden stairs that creaked, it had been Armageddon. A knock-down, drag-out that ended with The Mister outside the house, choppin’ wood for all the world like Paul Bunyan. And with Babe (that’s me, not the […]

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On baking day, I remember the Plain(s) Women

March 23, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

On a cold, *spring* day, I stand in my kitchen. My doctors are silent (for the moment), and the silence of my house is a consolation. I slide open the drawer and reach for the card. I carry it to the counter, then bend low to pull out the mixer. I collect eggs. Milk. Butter. […]

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When the fire comes, let it (for spring comes after)

March 8, 2017 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The message came in late one evening. Who would be calling at this hour? Busy getting ready for bed, I heard The Mister pick up. And I heard his tone turn grave. It was his brother. Later, he told me the story. How the crew, they’d been working. How a spark had caught and kindled. How […]

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