Monthly Archives: July 2014

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To Lay Down One’s Life

I have been really tired this week. Moving is stressful and full of to-do lists and errands and realizing that last minute things were forgotten (I have lost so many hairbrushes in the past month, y’all). But if true love is to lay down your life for your friends, I am well loved. By friends […]

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The Gentle Grief of Habit

I got a puppy for my 13th birthday, but we didn’t actually take her home until nearly a year later. She was spunky and clumsy, with big paws and ears and a tiny tail. I was almost 14 and fully understood body parts growing at uneven speeds. We grew up together, Gracie and I. I […]

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Dear Not-Best-Friend, This One’s For You

Dear Not-Best-Friend, First of all, I love you so, so much. I don’t know how it ended up that we were not-best-friends after all of these years, but at best you’re “one of my best friends” and I know I’m the same to you. I was thinking about that and about you this week, and […]

I've been "packing" for more than a week now and this is how far I've gotten (hint: it's just the books).

Rachel Recommends…

This week’s recommendations are brought to you by vacations and childhood friends and “packing”. Here are some of the wonderful things I found around the world this week. Around the Web: – What is the Bible? Part 60: You’re Gonna Hear Me Rohr. Rob Bell is finally back with a continuation of his “What is the Bible?” […]

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Wandering {Somewhere Beautiful}

During the month of July here at The Inspired Story, we’re going to be chatting about this WanderFull life with some friends of mine. Today I have Hope here to tell you about her journey. She writes poems and takes pictures (two things that I do NOT do well), so I love her little offering today. I hope […]

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Honest to God: Holiness and Authenticity

A few months ago, The Gospel Coalition published an article called, “Has Authenticity Trumped Holiness?” I think there are some great points made in the article, but I have to say that I disagree with the premise. The trend towards authenticity in the church is a good thing, a healthy thing, and a Biblical thing. […]

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It’s Time to Be Brave

  During the month of July here at The Inspired Story, we’re going to be chatting about this WanderFull life with some friends of mine. Today I have Caroline here to tell you about where her journeys are taking her these days and what she’s learning along the way. Her brave side is big and growing, and I hope yours is […]

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Enjoy.

Joy is a loaded word for a lot of us who grew up in the church. We know that Joy is supposed to be different than happiness because we are supposed to have Joy all the time, regardless of circumstances. Happiness comes and goes, we’re told, but with Jesus you get to have Joy forever. […]

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Perhaps some who wander are lost.

Where are you going? In ever increasing circles to someplace I don’t know.   During the month of July here at The Inspired Story, we’re going to be chatting about this WanderFull life with some friends of mine. Today I have a guest here to tell you about where her journeys are taking her these days and what she’s learning along […]

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Prayers to a Foreign God

It’s no secret that the last few weeks have been busy. Between moving and traveling and packing and goodbyes and hellos, there hasn’t been much time in the margins. When life gets busy, I tend to put God on the back burner (and I don’t think I’m alone in this). I’ve spent less and less […]