May, 2014

When Father ordains your appointments

May 30, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was the week before we were to leave. We would be flying to Florida, The Mister and I, and the way I was preparing was 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, […]

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Parents teach children, but children teach, too

May 28, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 05/26/14 edition of The Goshen News. Sometimes when I’m writing, a column takes an unexpected turn. Which is sort of what happened with this one… I learned a lot from my mom. As a girl growing up on the prairie, I learned how to keep […]

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And haven’t we all been the broken?

May 27, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The room is still. Not silent, but still. Worship music, it plays, and holy hush, it hovers, a Living Presence calming hearts, thoughts and minds. From my place in the back, I’m looking at them. I drink it in, this unlikely assembly. Old and young, black and white, from every walk of life, they’ve come. […]

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What to do when you meet a “Jen Hatmaker”

May 22, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I ‘met’ Jen Hatmaker yesterday. When I say ‘met,’ I mean that someone somewhere clicked ‘like’ on a post, I followed the trail, and there she was. And instantly, I felt small. Silly. Invisible. Inferior. And discouraged (to name just a few). Unable to not look, I checked out her posts. I followed her links, […]

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When you’ve done a “jerky” thing

May 19, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was rare, really, for it to occur. His mother, had she believed in things astrological, might have said that he’d been born under the sign of the sun. Not holding to charts by the stars or the foretelling of the future by any such means, she would say, when pressed, that he’d been born […]

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When magma shifts (or mice appear), near-volcanic eruptions can happen

May 13, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 05/12/14 edition of The Goshen News, the paper that said the first ‘yes’ to a fledgling columnist. Very thankful. Well, that’s not good news. Not if you live within spittin’ distance and your running shoes are shot. It’s not. According to scientists, magma levels in […]

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What I Didn’t Know

May 9, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  While this piece was written several years ago, it’s all still true. And then some. Perhaps, if you’re a mama, too, your heart will know what I mean? I always knew I wanted to be a mother.  As a girl, I played house with my dollies, taking them to church, shushing them when they cried, and […]

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“I’m working on it”

May 8, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Standing in the bathroom getting ready this morning, I’m thinking over a difficult situation in my life.  I’m trusting and believing in God, but for some reason, He tarries still.  Thinking, thinking… And I hear His voice.  “I’m working on it.”  I know it’s Him, for the peace that comes is instant and true.  Ah, […]

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Comedy, surprises just part of routine

May 6, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 05/05/14 edition of The Goshen News. It’s a wonder I’m not sitting in a corner, repeating my name. Sure is. 😀 It was the end of another long day. Varied and sundry thumps, bumps and knocks still sounded overhead. Somewhere, Someone’s children were not all […]

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For roots that can stand any winter, push deeper

May 1, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Pulling up to the drive, I see it–the green of spring has returned. Where a blanket of white had smothered for months, now an emerald carpet’s unrolled. Soon, now, there’ll be mowing. Mowing The Three and tending the lawn, duties which fall to my males. Hadn’t there been happy hours in this yard? And hadn’t […]

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