For the one who’s hatin’–it’s time to love the skin you’re in

September 27, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Here in Northern Indiana, it’s a gorgeous day. The sun’s shinin’ bright. A breeze ruffles trees that are just startin’ to color up, and fall, well, it’s in the air. In my kitchen, a pack of stew meat rests atop the stove, plucked from the bulging freezer. Ah, Mister’s provided so well, and I’m grateful. Soon, […]

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Don’t miss hurtin’ kids in your pathway–help us parent

September 21, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

On a hot September night, I’m standin’ at a cross-country course. It’s Senior Night. In a moment, the starter’s gun will fire, and an eager pack of young men will set to runnin’. In that pack, six are wearin’ their Special Jerseys. Saved for special times, stellar races, happy times–like tonight. And one of the six, […]

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If you want to change culture, start lovin’ the ones you’re with

September 19, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Storm clouds are low’ring. Blown along by an unseen wind, they scuttle o’er the land. And in their wake, turmoil. Fear. Hatred. Division. Apostasy. Confusion and unbelief. And in the harbor, a lady stands, lamp lifted high. And at her feet, these words: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe […]

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When you’re afraid of mistakes, His hand

September 13, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s evening time. Dude’s just been tucked in by his dad. I hear him call to me in another room, so I slip in. “I’m worried,” he says, “about making mistakes.” At school. I drop to my knees beside his bed. “My teacher talks kinda loud, so when I mess up, I get embarrassed.” And he […]

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Dear parents of daughters, We’re actually on the same team

September 12, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Dear parents of daughters, Of all things, it happened again at church. There we were, talking about parenting in this tough and mixed-up world, and there it came. I used to laugh along with everyone else when “it” came up. I don’t think it’s funny any more. The “it” to which I refer is the […]

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(Your name here) “Feeling adopted”

September 9, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

How I love, love, and adore this story. Months after it had all taken place, ink drying black on the documents, I’d seen them.  There at the gathering spot where many of our interactions had taken place, they’d come in. And I with my hungry heart, throat clenching, had watched them. She was home from college, […]

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When you think that you’ve married the wrong one, He full-fills

September 7, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

On August 8, 2016, the calendar flipped. And the number, it was 29. It was on a blistering August day in the summer of 1987 that two dark-headed, naive, but determined kids walked up the aisle, gave the assent, pledged their troth, and went forth. As husband and wife. They had no clue, those kids, […]

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For women–our sin is no better than their lust

September 2, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The Voice, when it came, was gentle and kind. But I knew in my heart it was true. “Those sins are no different from theirs.” Truth, once again, came while running… If you have been following me here for any length of time on the blog, you’ll know that I’ve begun to speak quite frankly. […]

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To raise world changers, it takes faith

August 25, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It came in a visit by phone. “I’m so afraid,” she said, my bubbly friend, “that he won’t go on to college.” And this, too, “What’s your son doing next?” I knew what she was asking. “Now that your son is back from the World Race, what’s he got planned for the ‘after?’” And my thoughts […]

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Born to cheer, free to be me

August 24, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

She was born for it, really. All of her young life, she’d looked up to those girls; they with the long, long legs and the pom-poms waving high. Tiny herself, and limber, she’d swept the limbo competition in her first and second grade classes. Built for gymnastics, she could almost do the splits just on […]

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