February, 2014

How the small can slay giants

February 27, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It had all the elements of a riveting tale, especially if you were a boy. Wild animals, a giant and a boy with a weapon, a boy winning out in the end. He was in his pajamas, my own little boy was, and we had gotten the Bible story book. Starting at the beginning, going […]

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Moms, give yourselves some grace–no one’s perfect

February 25, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published in The Goshen News, page 3 of the Monday edition, on February 27, 2014. May it encourage your heart as He’s encouraged mine. Press in! It’s a Saturday morning. We are still in our pajamas, as is our wont, starting the day real slow. I glance over […]

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Why “story” matters

February 24, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was a “chance” encounter yesterday that wasn’t. Wasn’t chance at all, that is, and I was reminded again why it even matters… We were nearly home when it happened. ¬†There in the dark, rolling down the highway, we got to the meat; the heart; the place where the rubber, proverbially speaking, meets the road. […]

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Seeing divine appointments in everyday stories

February 21, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This column appeared in the 11/15/10 edition of The Goshen News. It actually began as a post entitled “Everyone has a story,” which was written after a morning at the coffee shop. The response was surprising and emotional, striking a chord with readers that caught me off guard. I realized that it was intended […]

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How to walk (with His hand on your back)

February 20, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Like a burr beneath a saddle, a hull of corn between the teeth, it’s been eatin’ him. Little Schrock, my blue-eyed scholar in the first full grade, has been struggling. Because of a girl. “She makes me laugh,” he says, distressed. Mama listens. “And then I get in trouble.” Pressured sigh. “I’m behind on my […]

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When the cloud doesn’t move

February 19, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I don’t know your name, but perhaps it’s you that Father has laid on my heart. This word? Today? For you? I’d missed it as we read the old, familiar story together. Sitting on my lap, Little had perched, eager ears listening as we opened his brand-new Bible story book together. The ancient account of […]

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Olympic feats of the everyday need their own events in Sochi

February 18, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column (the popular newspaper column now reaching to Italy, Mongolia, Kenya, and Scotland, to name a few) was published in the 02/17/14 edition of The Goshen News, the place where it all began.¬† It’s been coming for weeks. Snow, drifting, piling, packing and plopping. Faster than one can shovel, it […]

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When you’re going “through,” what to do

February 17, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It came popping through on my daily newsfeed. A jewel, a nugget from a friend, and it went like this: “You may be going through something, but the good news is, you’re going through.” Trials and hardships and fire come to test us. And weren’t many of us walking like that? A classmate, now widowed. […]

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On Valentine’s Day, you are loved

February 14, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Congratulations to Barb Snyder, winner of this small, caffeinated American mama’s favorite coffee, Salted Caramel! Thanks for participating. It’s Valentine’s Day (as though you could miss it). In the coffee shop today, pink- and white-frosted cookies. In the sweet shop, chocolate roses, red hearts and reminders of love, all foil wrapped in shiny, bright red. […]

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For you, the Son breaks

February 13, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

This post was written in the glorious light of the springtime sun. Today, the sun breaks golden on The Three, casting diamonds aglitter o’er the snow-encrusted land. And Father’s heart, it’s “beeping (thanks, Little).” For you… Stepping outside, I see it. The sun, it’s peeking, leaking light across the back fence just there at the […]

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