January, 2016

The kind of shunning you need (it brings life)

January 29, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Shun (verb): persistently avoid, ignore, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution Synonyms: avoid, evade, eschew, steer clear of, shy away from, fight shy of, keep one’s distance from, give a wide berth to, have nothing to do with It came in the recent time of assault, a season of tremendous attack. After suffering […]

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When you’re under attack, Jesus saves

January 28, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen (2 Tim. 4:8).” I remember when it hit me. Sitting there in a women’s Bible study, I was listening to the speaker. A seasoned lecturer, she was a woman of God […]

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Tomorrow’s church, here today

January 21, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was the final night. For four days, the campus had been hopping, tides of people–men, women and children, swelling, then receding, only to return the following day. This year, the adult track had featured something different, a “Wise Sage Series.” Instead of one evangelist, we’d had four. And the youth–oh, the youth, they were […]

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Why you’re never hopeless: the truth that brings relief

January 19, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It came as it often did, the Voice. Quiet, small and still, and it brought relief. In early morning’s dark, I’m driving along. Bound for the Land of Milk and Honey where caramel macchiatos, they flow, I say it. “Keep me from deception today. Cause me to hear Your voice, to see what You see, […]

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Called to pray–for him?

January 15, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

  In the picture, they’re gathered around, arms reaching. Some hands are lifted in supplication, and others are touching a man. In the center. The one in the middle of the group. And a voice, it’s raising in prayer… It’s early in the morning. In the darkness, my slumbering mind stirs, awakens. Like a diver […]

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When life’s not worth living, “He knows”

January 14, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Today, I feel led to slip in a quiet word for someone in particular. I don’t know your name. I don’t know where you’re at. But He does, and He wants me to give you this message–He knows. Those two words. Just this…that He knows. If you are flying high in His sky, borne aloft […]

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How to love those who are lovin’ on runners

January 13, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

This fall, we did something new and different. We hiked Stone Mountain, a literal mountain of stone and the largest chunk of granite in the world. That mountain was steep. Shoes slipping, we’d climb, stone to stone, root to root, always climbing. That peak? It was hidden from view. One step, then another. Then another step […]

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When pain has a shape–and it’s yours

January 12, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It came to me, of all things, on a Valentine’s Day. Watching those teens coming in with stories so different from my own, I could feel it. Human suffering in different shapes, other sizes, and in colors that did not match mine. But sometimes pain’s shaped just like me. And like you… Like a trickle, it begins. […]

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The aroma that invites (or, what I learned in a candle store)

January 11, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was ironic, really, the place where it came. In the fall of the year, we’d made our annual trek. It was what we did. It was how we prepared for the onset of autumn, for Thanksgiving. Walking by the storefront, one could catch it–the fragrance of hundreds of candles. Carried along on currents unseen, […]

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Dear girl (of any age), You have a beautiful body

January 7, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

A crisp, wintry breeze is blowing. Birdsong twinkles sheer joy in the air, and Papa, He’s walking ‘longside. “Thank You,” I say, “for this breeze. For these blessings. Thank You for Your love, Your acceptance.” Heart turned toward praise, I suddenly remember the day He’d said it. He’d surprised me. “I want to bless your […]

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