Tag Archives: God

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For When It’s Too Hard

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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The Hand of God is Like a Summer Storm

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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Here, I’ll Show You

“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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Praying Namaste in Church

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 […]

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Light.

It’s a new year, and things have been strangely quiet around here so far. I’ve discovered that while I love to write about the beauty in the brokenness and finding joy in waiting, I don’t know yet what to say about finding joy in beauty. That is to say: the world is more beautiful and […]

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Sex and Dignity: Can you have both?

She is clothed with Strength and Dignity… … she laughs without fear of the future. Around this time last year, several of my college friends were planning a long weekend trip to the beach. To save money, we decided we’d split a beach house and share rooms and beds and bring air mattresses (we wouldn’t […]

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When the Inspiration Doesn’t Come

This blog… It’s called “The Inspired Story” because sometimes I can’t escape the story and the metaphor in the world. I see glimpses of eternity in the temporal and I can’t take credit for that inspiration. Some days I wake up and the metaphor is everywhere, God is everywhere, inspiration is everywhere and I can’t […]

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Divergent and the Enneagram: How Do Humans Respond to a Fallen World?

Fair warning: This post contains plot spoilers from all three books in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, but especially from the third book. While I don’t personally think the information given here will ruin the stories if you haven’t read them, you might disagree, so consider this your opportunity to stop reading.  I read […]

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And So She Created God in Her Own Image…

  I lost my loud in Nashville. I lost my rush and I lost my sure and I lost my loud. There is so much good in that. I found my listen and I found my slow andI found my doubt and those are good and hard things. But for 5 years, I lost some […]

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Women of Lent: Do Whatever He Tells You

During advent, I wrote a popular series on my old blog called “Women of Advent” about the women who waited with expectation for the promised Messiah, the women who inhabited the meaning of advent. Someone recently suggested that I do a similar series for the next-most-popular season in the church calendar, Lent. I’ve been doing […]