For a fourth baby boy or an imperfect “house,” gratitude frees

November 30, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I was thinkin’ just today in this gift-giving season on what kind of gifts the Lord gives. And a verse came to me just like that. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights in Whom there is no shadow of turning.” “Every good and perfect gift…” I’ve […]

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When life’s disappointin’, His way is perfect

November 28, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The table’s been cleared. The turkey from the day before has been reduced to a small bowl of leavin’s. The tree’s just gone up, it’s aroma intoxicatin’, and at my counter, a child… It’s Black Friday. The Schrocks et. al. have made the annual trek to their favorite ice cream stand in all of the […]

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Consumed by your runner or your God (you choose)

November 18, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I hadn’t planned on speakin’ again today, but I hear the Voice I’ve come to know. I feel the gentle pressure of His hand on my back, and so I’m just stoppin’ long enough to pass on what He’s sayin’. To you. This quick word on a busy Friday morning is for the parent (or […]

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Dear husband, Love for your wife shouldn’t depend on her shape

November 17, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Today, I’m going to speak very plainly. For weeks now, I’ve been in a rather quiet place; a very good place, but a quiet one in which I’ve found much satisfaction in my inner life with Papa and my outer life with the five that He has given me. In all of that, it’s been […]

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Trump or Clinton, family or stranger, we’re all (every one) needin’ Him

November 10, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It came to me, as many things do, in clear morning’s sun on the road. What a delight, after a lifetime of labor ‘neath a stern, forbidding, relentless taskmaster (for such was my understanding of God) to find that, rather, in His Fatherhood was all the love and delight and security and consolation and acceptance […]

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In our nation’s dark night, there is much one, small mother can do

October 31, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s a warm, fall night. Mr. Schrock and I are out on the town with two of our boys, and my heart, it revels in their closeness. Ah, this life… After a breathless, dizzying, several-week whirlwind, time has slowed, swirling around me in currents of joy, ribbons of happiness. In a thundering, tumultuous and stormy […]

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The hurting, the lost–that’s my ‘district’

October 10, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It came to me yesterday from the lips of my son. Striding in from church, he’d settled in to a seat at the counter as my hands measured and chopped and weighed and sliced. His father, too, was listening… There he sat with those blue, blue eyes. From the day he came to us, everyone […]

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Lessons for life found in running

October 7, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was the 11th hour and the 59th minute when he announced it. Just as mandatories were set to begin, he decided to pull the trigger. And there he went… Coming home one night from a three-mile walk, there he was, loping in a giant circle about our property. We stopped, watching, taking it in. […]

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Why you can trust your loved ones to Him (and why you should kick fear to the curb)

October 5, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The day lies before me, cool, young. Dew-kissed grass twinkles, diamond like, in morning’s sun. In the sky just over the fence, blue shades into lavender shades into peach, and that orange. A Master Unseen is brushing His palette on the heavens, and mercies new, grace afresh intertwine with the breeze. The coffee in my […]

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For the lie that fuels porn, truth that frees

October 3, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was a picture of a house that came. Lying there in my bed with my husband right beside me, a house. Rooms aglow, warm light spilling gold, molten, inviting into the dark of the night. A house–nay, a home full of life. Love. And that Light… Today, I’m going to speak as plainly and […]

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