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This advent, I am posting about the women of advent- the women who waited with longing and expectation for what they could not see or understand. Last week I wrote about Leah and her abiding hope. Rahab is one of the more fascinating women in the Biblical narrative. Her defining characteristic when she is first […]

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This post, and the rest of the series, originally appeared on my blog three years ago when it was in a different space. I’m editing and reposting them this year as a reminder that we are not the only ones who wait with eager expectation for the promised Messiah. Advent is my favorite season in […]

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I got my engagement ring resized this week by a funny little man in an office building downtown. I stepped out of the elevator and there he was- in a tiny cubicle with welding goggles on, and he offered to fix the ring while I waited. We chatted while he worked, and he told me […]

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I’ve loved Glennon Doyle Melton from her blog and facebook updates through her first book, and had been eagerly awaiting this most recent book for months. I finished it in two days (and y’all, it’s been a busy week, so that is really quite a feat). I was expecting this book to be a story […]

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I teach children who speak incredibly limited English and also have incredibly limited educational backgrounds. There’s a lot of reasons that this is hilarious and fun and rewarding and important work, but it is also exhausting work, both for me and for my students. By the end of most school days, just about everyone has […]

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I have a problem that all of my friends know far too well. I cannot keep happy secrets.  “Real secrets”, as I call them, I’ll hold onto forever. No worries about your deep-dark-secrets getting sold out. But if you tell me you’re pregnant, or engaged, or interviewing for a new job that you’re excited about, […]

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We’ve hit real summer weather here in Tennessee, which means it’s nearing 100 degrees and 90 percent humidity each day, with a 50% chance of thunderstorms during every daylight hour. The air is literally ripe with electricity. It is weighed down like heavy eyelids, curling leaves and hair with damp pressure. I move slower too- […]

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Today I told the story of Moses and the bronze serpent on a stick to my Sunday school class. They’re four, so we started off class by slithering on our stomachs and hissing for 30 seconds and ended with some solid coloring time, but in between we talked about complaining and faith and consequences and […]

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“Hi, my name is Rachel and I’m so glad you reached out tonight. Would you mind sharing your name?” I spend at least four hours of my week typing those exact words over and over, responding to text after text from total strangers in crisis. Crises come in many shapes and sizes, but most everyone […]

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Someone once asked me if I believe that God still speaks to us in words, out loud, like it seems like he must have done in Biblical times. I said I thought he mostly used his People, full of his Spirit, to talk for him these days, but that I didn’t rule out his audible […]