Monthly Archives: May 2014


7 Stages of Leaving the Mission Field

When you decide to come home after time abroad, especially in missions, you’ll feel a lot of things. I’m sure everyone goes through this somewhat differently, but based on my experience and the experience of others I have worked with and lived with, here is my approximation of the 7 Stages of Leaving the Mission Field […]

Let's go back soon.

Rachel Recommends…

This week’s recommendations are brought to you by moms everywhere, but especially my Mama- I love your squeezy hugs and you’re still the first person I call when I’m sick or hurt (or anyone I know is…). I’m so thankful you’re my mom! And Mum-Mum, I am so thankful for your cards (I got two this week!) […]

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From the Mouths of Babes [Bring Back Our Girls]

We finished worship, the end of the day, the end of the week. The sweet children were singing to the God who they love even before they can understand Him. It doesn’t seem to bother them the way it bothers me (oh, to have childlike faith). We were singing Oceans and I was half singing, […]


And the winner is… (and another short giveaway!)

Wow! You all really showed up for this giveaway and we got over 400 entries! Congratulations to our winners: Laura Gaither, who wins the infinity scarf from the Little 19:14 Shop! Hannah Stone, who wins the Peyote Stitch Ring from Es Bello! Missy Marie, who wins the coupon code from Es Bello! Mellissa Masbaum, who wins […]


Jesus Feminist Book Review

I have followed Sarah Bessey’s blog for a while now, usually lurking in the corner and occasionally making a comment or two. I love her honesty and her passion and her joy and I was so excited about the opportunity to read Jesus Feminist. Let me start out by saying- this book is not what […]


Rachel Recommends…

This week’s post is brought to you by my favorite bride-to-be’s birthday. I am so thankful for your dance skills and your wisdom and your humor and your awkward hugs. Can’t wait to see you in 10 days and celebrate you (and then move back to the same city as you in a few months!).   […]


May Featured Sellers and Giveaway!

Each month here at The Inspired Story, I feature some Etsy shops and sellers that I think you all would benefit from knowing about. Because the internet is a big place and we all miss out on some of the amazing things going on out there. This month we have a few familiar faces and […]