September, 2013

Fresh-ground coffee, freshly-grounded faith

September 27, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“Mom, I have the song for you.” That’s what he said the other day, our number two, our Kid Kaboom. “It’s called ‘The Coffee Song.’” Oh? “This will be your walk-in song when you go on talk shows and stuff.” Talk shows, hmm? Okay. Well, the phone hadn’t rung yet, but he was so insistent […]

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What you need to believe about your prayers

September 25, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

He caught me right off guard. As so often happens, my thoughts had turned heavenward with the burden, the one pressing in, weighing down, drawing blood. Driving past the middle school on my way home that day, it came. “You’ve got to start believing that your prayers are powerful.” I stopped. For days, weeks and […]

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What freedom costs, how Heaven comes down to a nation

September 24, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 09/23/13 edition of The Goshen News. At the school just up the road, the room is packed. It’s National Anthem Day, and the gym’s awash in a sea of red, white and blue. I slip in the back to stand along the side. Bunting festoons […]

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What the stars say (shine on)

September 23, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Stepping out the door, beloved orange purse and the backpack slung across my shoulder, I feel it. It’s the crisp snap of fall. A definite chill is in the air. In the east just over the back fence, dawn’s first blush begins to lighten the sky. I look up. And stop. Overhead on a blanket […]

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Mother draws red line of her own, says ‘no’ to chemical weapons

September 17, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This column was published in the 09/16/13 edition of The Goshen News.  The headlines have been full of it. With things heating up in what some call “the big sandbox over there,” the nation is looking to President Obama, his minions and the 113th United States Congress for their response. “We have been very […]

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When it’s okay to sit

September 16, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

From this archives, this delightful nugget that even now makes me smile. So much rescue has come for me personally since this was penned; so much freedom, and joy… Sitting there at the round corner table, small lamp spilling gold across the page, I quiet. He speaks, that shepherd boy of old; speaks for me: […]

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Mr. GPS finds girl with “funny eyes,” looks for solace in chocolate cake

September 10, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This column ran in the 09/09/13 edition of The Goshen News. We’re all just lucky that I managed to find my way back over here to post it. 😀 Mr. Schrock came wired with it. In an odd twist of fate, genetics or some inexplicable cosmic mutation, he was born with a unit in […]

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What the banner says

September 9, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

She’d raised her hand in class one Sunday when the man up in front called for prayer. “It’s my dad,” she’d said, my cheerful, blonde friend. “We don’t know what’s wrong, but he’s going in tomorrow. It’s so hard, ’cause he’s just not himself.” The results that returned were crushing. It was cancer, widespread and […]

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There’s power in the Name (what Father wants you to know)

September 5, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

How many times had I seen it there, that photo on the fridge? How many moments, as I whirled through my kitchen, had I glanced at His face and whispered His name? How many? More, I knew, than I could count. It was a photograph of Jesus, a portrait created by a young girl who’d […]

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I can’t find your transmission, but I can spell that one word

September 3, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This column was published on page 3 of the September 2, 2013, edition of The Goshen News. He’d awakened, miserable. “I couldn’t get to sleep,” he said, scratching an arm. It’s so itchy.” Sure enough. On legs, arms and chest, red blotches had broken out. “That’s not poison ivy,” I said, knowing from painful […]

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