January, 2014

When you fly on the wings of the Spirit

January 31, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Coffee in hand, I settle in.  After a predawn drive, letting sleeping boys lie, The Mister and I are there. For two hours and more, we’ve driven from our sleepy, little town to the bustling metropolis, which boasts an international hub. Dashing in to the bus through bitter cold and snow, we drive through the […]

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Husband’s frontier spirit flourishes in vortex while others “wimp out”

January 28, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

This column was published in the 01/27/14 edition of The Goshen News. Brrrr. It’s still cold, and I’m still a wimp. Yup. True confession. “I think people are wimps.” This was the proclamation put forth by Mr. Schrock, conserver of words, who nailed his feelings in five. Tired of anemic winters where the high was […]

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When Father ordains our appointments

January 27, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s the week before we’re to leave. We’ll be flying to Florida, The Mister and I, and the way I’m preparing is this, “Lord, ordain all of my appointments. Let me take the Sonshine to the people down there. You order my days, every one.” Outside, the sun is shining. Here, in the Land of […]

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News junkie always riveted, never bored with news

January 21, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

This Grounds for Insanity was published. Twice. First, on 01/20/14 in The Goshen News. And second, on 01/21/14 in The Hutch News. Where it kind of all began… I’ve been a news junkie since the tender age of 6. That’s when, according to my mother, I’d come to them with news of the day. Startled, […]

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All is well

January 20, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

From the archives, this word. Well, three of them, actually, that can set your rocking boat a-right. Press in! And lean. For months now, it’s been present; here a few droplets, wearing away tiny pieces at a time; there in a wave that rolls through my stomach in an actual sensation I can feel. Without […]

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With God plus your one

January 17, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was a story with terrible words. Hard, painful, hurting words. Syllables, vowels and consonants that landed shard like on the ear, cutting right down to the quick. “Oh, my heart.” That’s what I thought when I read it, pressing a hand to my chest. There were sometimes no words; no syllables, vowels, or consonants […]

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Columnist unhappy with gifting, prays for a new one instead

January 14, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity was published on January 13, 2014, in The Goshen News. Where a lot of ‘insanity’s’ been published before. 😀 It happened at the grocery store. We were on a mission, The Mister and I, to bring home the bacon. And the milk and the cereal and the eggs and all […]

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Until you lay your Isaac down

January 13, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

A lone, steep hill. One father, trudging slow, shoulders bent, spirit low. One son, uncertain, follows close, unknowing. Up and up ’til legs, they burn. And a heart, all the while, it breaks… Sitting ‘cross the table, two mugs placed just before, I’m telling a story. Of a mother, filled with fear. Of a long […]

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He makes the ‘funder’ sleep

January 11, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

With a crash and a bang and bright flashes of light, it was a loud thunderstorm that rolled overhead late into the night. The next morning, he brought it up. Getting ready to go to work with Daddy, Little said it. “Did you hear that ‘funder’ last night?” Yes, Daddy said. He’d heard it. “Did […]

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One day, God

January 8, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Popping in, BOP (Bright Orange Purse) on my shoulder, I’m waiting at the counter when she comes. “Are you having a good day?” She says it, smiling, that cheerful barista. “It’s a great day!” I say, smiling right back. “And here’s why…” Today, I feel compelled to tell you a story. It began nearly two […]

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