December, 2015

When your imagination’s running wild (what you need to know)

December 28, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Outside, a winter storm’s moved in. Rain sounds, tink-tink-tink like frozen bullets against the window. The wind, it howls, whips ’round corners, tossing branches, and inside… In my quiet house, the Christmas lights, they glow. Atop the tree, the star shines golden, throws shadows on the ceiling, and on the counter, a Christmas candle burns. […]

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When you’re not the prettiest one in the room

December 23, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress…The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:1-2 This is not an easy post for me to write. There are a number of reasons for this. […]

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When you need His hand on your back

December 21, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

For the one who’s needin’ it today, the touch of Love’s hand on heart, mind and back, I share this. For Friend Jesus is never put off by our mess… Standing at the kitchen sink, I look up. The Painter, I see, has slipped by in the night, touching the trees on The Three with […]

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Letters from a Friend: Why it’s safe to collapse

December 16, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Dear friend, The morning sun that shone on you today as you ran was Me. The clouds that had hovered for days, blocking the light, parted for just a bit at Father’s breath. The wind that cooled your face as you skimmed past barren fields was Spirit, whispering His presence, and Mine. It was while you were […]

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And one day, God

December 15, 2015 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 four […]

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Dear tired mother

December 11, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Dear tired mother, You came to my mind just today. I was driving along in the predawn dark. The earliest sun was just caressing the edge of the world, fingers reaching, and I was talking aloud to the Friend. And all at once, there you were. I know you, tired mother. For I have been […]

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When you’re being de-pressed

December 9, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“Do you know what depression is?” That’s what she said, my Lovely Stranger Named April who’d crossed my path one hot August day. I’d called her recently, needing insight, seeking wisdom. And she, she dug right in, saying it plain. “Do you know what it is?” she asked. “There is a clinical depression, but I’m […]

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A white Christian girl walks into a bar

December 4, 2015 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

This photo of Thailand is courtesy of TripAdvisor. It comes in the early-morning dark. An email slips into an inbox. It is the next step, another link in an unlikely chain of events, taking an unlikely girl to an unlikely place on the most unlikely of missions. That will call her out on the waters… Standing there […]

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