June, 2014

When Father shouted

June 27, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

In a secret place; in a dark and quiet refuge, it begins. Two cells divide, and then four more. Fingers appear. Where eye cannot see, the knitting begins, and where ears cannot hear, a shout goes up: “It’s time! She’s on the way. It’s begun.” It comes to me in a quiet time. The morning […]

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“He is enough”

June 26, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s early. Rising with the sun, I slip outside, coffee steaming in the mug, to prepare my heart and my mind. Indiana summer is here. After a brutal winter that kept us huddled indoors like so many houseplants, the sun has returned, and the corn. If it’s possible for one’s whole body to be smiling, […]

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“Procaffeinating” mother roars into summer, hates rabbits, eats dessert

June 24, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 06/23/14 edition of The Goshen News. And how’s your summer lookin’? I’d not heard it before. It was a new one for me, and I knew right away I was an expert. Procaffeinating. That was the word. Procrastinating while caffeinating. And shouldn’t Webster be all […]

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The Prayer I Can’t Pray

June 23, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was a message from a friend just today. “Please pray,” said she. “We’re facing a giant.” As I listened to the Lord, I sensed that He was saying, “Turn to praise, to thanksgiving, for this is how giants will fall.” And I remembered this message from several years back; a milestone, a major turning […]

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In thorny seasons, you are on His mind

June 20, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The thorn in this post was spelled j-o-b. I was working at the time for an ungodly employer; volatile, ill-tempered. One walked on egg shells, avoiding landmines, and I wondered in secret in the depths of my heart if he/she hadn’t once been an Egyptian (a slave driver)? The Lord in His wonderful providence has changed […]

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The truth about bodies, aging and what beauty really is

June 17, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This 06/16/14 Grounds for Insanity column was not the one that the smallish, caffeinated girl had planned. After the first column had been sent in on deadline, this message just–came out, and she knew the Lord had a special word for someone. Maybe you? If anything could bring it on, a trip through the […]

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When God’s pillows have rocks

June 16, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“Words girl” that I am, there are certain times, certain days when a surprising little something will pop out of my mouth, all spontaneous and unplanned, and it stops me in my tracks. These run the gamut from side-splitting one-liners, new and original, to a wisdom-bit, a slice of insight that I’d not yet framed […]

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Because every day is Father’s Day

June 13, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

From Fathers Day 2013, this wonderful truth. I embrace it again and hope that you–you will, too. It came to me, standing there at the counter, hands stirring veggies for the Sunday noon meal. It was Father’s Day, and Mr. Schrock had chosen well:  chicken fajitas, meat marinated, then grilled, with rice on the side […]

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When holy rain falls in the desert

June 12, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s Wednesday. On weeks where the schedule is normal and the days are all ‘straight,’ I whisk down to the place I love to work on the newspaper column. But this day, one boy is gone, the one left is little, and the yard, piece of Heaven, it beckons. I slip outside, pack slung on […]

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When your back side’s gettin’ crispy

June 11, 2014 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

My heart is full today. For this particular furnace has been extinguished. The trial-by-fire of having a prodigal son has resolved, prayers answered, and Saul’s becoming Paul before our very eyes. But for many, the flames still burn. This, my friend, is for you. With such love… “I wish He’d turn me over.  My back […]

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