November, 2013

For what I Am is doing, thanks-giving

November 27, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

In the Thanksgiving season, this still-fresh bread from the archives on prayers, petitions and thanks-giving. May it nourish your soul today. “Sometimes,” she said it to me only today, “when I start the morning, I say to Him, ‘Lord, I feel like I’m just saying it again.’” We were talking, my friend and I, about […]

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Writer shocked, envious to learn that men can actually think “nothing”

November 26, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published on 11/25/13 in The Goshen News. Now if you-all would keep it down, I’m trying to have no thoughts. Trying…:D For an entire year, they’d been in my head. Ever since the message had come, they’d huddled there, waiting, expectant in the back of my fertile brain. […]

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For inner-circle influence, embrace the small, embrace the still

November 25, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It happened again.  Driving along in the predawn darkness on my way to the coffee shop, there it came. As I often do when driving alone, I was speaking aloud my heart, my concerns, picturing Jesus Himself in the seat to the right.  Thinking, thinking, praying… Here and there went my thoughts, from this to […]

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When you need cheetah speed and Jesus power

November 22, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“At recess, Ethan said we have to work out.” It’s my smallest boy in size 7 jeans. “We’re chasing Tatum’s group tomorrow.” This after-school news is delivered in a matter-of-fact, businesslike tone.  I’m listening intently. He continues. “So we did pushups and jumping jacks and we ran. I was the fastest.  I ran like a […]

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Heaven shines down at death of a neighbor

November 19, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 11/18/13 edition of The Goshen News, just over a week after the events described below. “It looks like Heaven’s shining down.” That’s what he says, my little boy with eyes of clearest blue. It’s Sunday morning, and we’re on our way to church. I look up […]

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When the earth shakes beneath and dreams shatter instant, Emmanuel

November 18, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was the pictures, really, that told it. If one is worth 1000 words, then these particular photos told volumes. In the first set, buildings. Barns, houses, a shed. Twisted steel, crumpled metal and roofs ripped and flung, lying scattered over the farmyard. In one of them, a semi, pulling in at dusk. “The semi’s […]

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When you need to be saved from more than the hot place

November 15, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I’d burrowed back in a second time, body, heart, mind all sluggish. “I don’t want to go,” I’d told my husband, all warm and nestled in. “I want to rest. That’s all. Right here.” Driving along, though in the predawn darkness, for once I’m sitting, quiet. No “good morning, Father” on silent lips. Just–tired. Dis-couraged. […]

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Homeschool Co-ops, Book and Giveaway by Author Karen Lange

November 14, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I’m thrilled to host my friend, Karen Lange, here on the blog today. I got to know Karen through the blogging community, and it’s been a blessing and a privilege to count her as a friend. Karen has been a most faithful encourager of my own writing endeavors and a fellow BOP (Bright Orange Purse) […]

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The diagnosis you need

November 13, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I’m thinking today of hot messes (that’s us) and how they never unsettle the Christ. He is fully willing, fully able, to wade right into our mess with His healing touch. And love. From the archives, a piece I need to hear–again–with the diagnosis we always need. Always. It had been going on for days. […]

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Tricks and treats a fact of life on The Three

November 12, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published (where else?) in The Goshen News. Oh, yes. On 11/11/13. (And Grandma said she’d take ’em.) It wasn’t a holiday we celebrated, exactly. After all, life here was a succession of their tricks and my treats. It was just how we rolled on The Three. With four […]

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