Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Good To Me

Last year I lived in a little duplex in South Nashville with a beautiful roommate and a cuddly fat cat. I started to learn how to be a grown-up in that house (although today I told a third grader that one of the best things about being a grown-up is sometimes having popcorn and ice […]

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Travelin’ Tuesdays: “Go at Once.”

  Sometimes I wish I heard God as clearly as Jonah did. But sometimes I also wonder if I would do exactly what Jonah did even when God literally spoke to him with some pretty unquestionable language: Go at once to Ninevah. Because in this broken world, even when the creator God calls us by name […]

Feliz Navidad Indeed.

Rachel Recommends…

This week’s recommendations are brought to you by Sleepytime tea from my Feliz Navidad mug. There are not many better things in life. Listening: – As Sure As the Sun by Ellie Holcomb. I love Ellie’s voice and her thoughts and her faith and the scripture that is woven into every song. You should buy this album […]

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Unchanged.

Lately I feel like I haven’t been intentionally living my life to honor [God]– I’ve just been doing whatever I want and hoping it doesn’t happen to dishonor Him. I choose to make idols, not just of wicked things but of good things, too. Sometimes I choose everything but Him. But this is what I know […]

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Travelin’ Tuesdays: Brought Back Empty

Aaaand we’re back with another Travelin’ Tuesdays post! This one even features a woman. Click on the category “Travelin’ Tuesdays” to see the other posts in this series. Some people travel for adventure, some people travel to see the world, some people travel because they are searching for something, and some people travel because they […]

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For My Name’s Sake

“Stupid ****.” I turned around slowly and surveyed the fourth graders seated at my table. They were staring at me with wide eyes, shocked at what had been said and holding their breath to see my reaction. I tried to gauge their faces, to guess who had said it. Finally, a controlled but angry whisper […]

Quote by Frederick Buechner

Rachel Recommends…

This week’s recommendations are brought to you by love and Valentine’s Day and this quote from Frederick Buechner: Listening: – As Sure As the Sun by Ellie Holcomb. I love Ellie’s voice and her thoughts and her faith and the scripture that is woven into every song. On the Web: – Our Father Who Art […]

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Travelin’ Tuesdays: Is the Lord Among Us or Not?

In trying to process my current traveling/living abroad situation, I’ve noticed how very often God leads people out of what’s familiar and comfortable in the Bible. People travel around a lot in Bible stories, in both the Old and New Testaments, and these stories have been encouraging and convicting in both my literal travels this […]

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Rachel Recommends…

This week’s recommendations are brought to you by all the conferences this weekend (teacher conference as well as simulcast of the IF:gathering, which I have loved!) Listening: – IF:GATHERING. Love these women and the ways they are choosing to follow Jesus. This has been such an encouraging weekend of faith and worship. If you have […]

"Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God's story never ends with ashes." -Elisabeth Elliot

in the telling.

Every day, I wake up to the same song for my alarm. You strive, o man, and you strive again, your heart too proud to rest It’s an ironic way to wake up and I love it. I check my email, see if anything exciting has happened in the news, struggle into my clothes and […]