February, 2016

What to do with the prettiest one in the room (or anyone else that you’re envying)

February 29, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was a beauty pageant, a conversation one night on the road, and a blog post that came after that. Women opened up, shared their hearts, and they bled, and I saw that the pain was universal. Since that time, it’s been sitting quietly, percolating in my heart and mind, and in stillness, the Lord […]

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A child shall lead them (or, how to pray)

February 26, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

In the predawn darkness, the house is quiet. The snow-blanket that’s tucked us in has come, bearing gifts. For boys, a school delay is not nothing. And they slumber. Beside me, Mr. Schrock is holding his phone, checking news, scanning emails, reading messages. And I slumber. Then suddenly in the darkness, he speaks. “Jamison’s sick.” […]

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The clothes that you need (check your shoes)

February 23, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

  I’m running along in morning’s sun. After days of gray and clouds and chill, the sun is a welcome presence. Here and there, snow ribbons streak across fallow ground. Glancing up, I see that the barn just over the soybean field’s shining golden in the clear, bright light. And I’m getting dressed for the […]

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When Jesus smiled

February 22, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Yesterday morning in the service at church, names and faces began to appear. In color, in sweetness on a screen in my mind. And my heart began praying right there… It’s Jesus. I see Him. He’s wearing a robe, and around Him, a few of my friends. Names and faces. “I don’t know what God […]

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“The floor is not a drawer” and other Mom-isms

February 19, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

This bustling place, it’s hopping. Whoosh, whoosh goes the door, and a stream of humanity flows in, flows out like the eternal tide of the ocean. In this small town, the coffee shop anchors the main square. It’s the center of commerce. Here, locals gather, exchanging quips and news and quick hellos. “Did you solve […]

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Dear Runner Beloved, I see you

February 18, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Pausing there at my high, round table, leather-bound Book lying before me, I stop to listen. “Luke,” comes the whisper, “chapter 15.” Turning to the sacred text, there it is, the story of the 1 and the 99. The story of the sheep gone missing and the Shepherd who pursued. The tale of a prodigal […]

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A world without Christians who hate–imagine that

February 16, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Refugees at the camp in Sykaminia, Lesvos. Photo Credit: Stephen Zenner It’s been bothering me for quite some time, but I’ve not felt the nudge, yet, to speak it. But yesterday, it happened again, and now I know that it’s time… It came through my newsfeed, the image did. From across the river, it showed […]

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Dear boys, Here’s what I wish I had known about popularity

February 15, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s a hard thing. Moving into a community that’s not your own, where everyone knows everyone else. Where the order’s established, the totem pole’s full, and one’s name isn’t on the “right” list. I know this particular sting, for I’ve felt it. And our sons have experienced it, too. When it comes to popularity, there’s […]

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The news in the kingdom is great, “It’s a boy!”

February 11, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Once upon a time, there was a fine, young man in a flat, prairie kingdom. An avid hunter of the buck, he was stealthy, a ninja, an expert at stalking his prey. Finding himself of marrying age, he scanned the horizon o’er golden fields in search of a maiden fair. His heart sank, for there […]

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How the small can climb mountains

February 10, 2016 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s his birthday today, and I’m thinking of the faithful man I married. The years have seen much hardship and testing, but I’ve watched him consistently move¬†towards God and toward us. This story will give you a glimpse into his heart, and you will know why we love him, we five with his name. Happy […]

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