September, 2012

God, in green Crayola

September 28, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

During a time of fasting, it came. I shouldn’t have been surprised, really, for there is much that happens through fasting and prayer that would not otherwise be accomplished. He had, I’d noted, been asking questions the day of and the day before. “What is disobedience?” was one, and the door had opened yet again […]

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When you need to be pulled right out of that net

September 27, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The sun, it’s breaking. The world, it’s roaring there just over the fields. The rush and vroom of the work-a-day world, it drifts across the pastureland, reaches me where I sit, silent, listening. In the midst of the morning hustle, souls racing about, it’s Him and me. Alone and still. I open the Word. And […]

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Preparing sons for marriage is a big job for a smallish mother

September 25, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

There it was in black and white. “Parents,” said the sheet that came home from school, “have your child name each member of your family. Put an ‘x’ in the appropriate spot.” Down below, two rows of boxes marched across the page. “Girls and women,” said the first one. “Boys and men,” read the second. […]

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“Life with Lily” guest post and giveaway

September 24, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Please enjoy this guest post from Suzanne Woods Fisher and enter to win a copy of Life with Lily! I have three to give away. “Put the swing where the children want it. The grass will grow back.” Amish proverb I’ve often heard that there is no better childhood than an Amish one. Mary Ann […]

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Let the stirring begin

September 21, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

What a whirlwind it’s been. Writing a proposal in roughly two weeks, sending it off on a wing and a prayer, watching the inbox and then there it came. In the back and forth, the listening and praying, the seeking of counsel and signing of lines, during all of that came another small message slipped […]

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When you need to rest

September 20, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The sky, it’s dark. The dawn? It tarries, sun waking slow with the advent of autumn. Turning out of my drive, hands on the wheel, I look up. Over the pond in the early-morning black, I see them. The stars, they shine, winking just there atop the neighbor’s log house. “When I consider thy heavens,” […]

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Columnist works on “Grounds for Insanity” book, considers “Fifty Shades of Brown”

September 18, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

What a year it’s been. In fact, our continuing mantra, The Mister and I, is, “We just can’t pay to be bored around here.” At times, this is said with a rueful grin. At other times, it’s accompanied by deep sighing and even deeper eye rolls. Sometimes we chuckle, occasionally we snort and, rarely, we […]

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Breathe in, breathe out – grace for Mondays

September 17, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s a Monday in September. There’s a lot on my mind today… The job that’s dwindling; doctors leaving, line counts dropping, checks shrinking in the face of bills that don’t.  Two college kids, one a freshman looking for a brand-new normal. Trying to find his footing in the post-high-school world.  A new season for Mother, […]

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When the fire comes (let it)

September 14, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The call 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. […]

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The Sounds of Life Here on “The Three”

September 12, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Slam. Bang. Thump. Slam. Crash. Thunk. Thumpity-thump. Whack! And then this, “Aarrggh! Mom!” As the mother of 4 sons, ages 6 to 22, these are the sounds of my life. From doors that slam to feet on the stairs; from drawers ever opening to the kid always dancing, there’s noise in our house on The […]

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