Who am I?

I did a terrifying thing today. I told a group of church ladies my dream to be in ministry. Instantly after doing so I was overwhelmed with a disempowering question: Who are you, Rachel, to accomplish such a feat? After several years of being a prodigal then quietly dedicating my life to Christ, I go… Continue reading Who am I?

The Pruning of My Heart

I have read that the best time of year to prune a grapevine is in the late winter towards early spring. As the Master Gardener, I believe God knows this and prunes you and I along the same seasons in our lives. Some may remember the blog post I wrote at the beginning of this… Continue reading The Pruning of My Heart

Crystal Clear Glasses

Have you ever felt like you were portrayed as someone you knew in your bones you were not? It feels as though you’re being seen through dirty glasses. Yes, it looks in a way like you, but lines are fuzzy, images smudged, details misinterpreted. You long to be seen with clarity and honesty. To have… Continue reading Crystal Clear Glasses

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

After returning from our honeymoon yesterday and running the errands on our to-do lists, my new husband and I settled down in the living room to reminisce over the past weekend and the past few years together. We both chuckled and admitted if our relationship could be successful then clearly there is hope for most… Continue reading Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

The Winter of My Soul

Winter seems so gloomy I think in part because most plants and trees appear dead. They’re not growing, not producing, not active. They do not seem alive. But perennials were designed to know their needs when winter comes. Their metabolism slows drastically so they cannot produce for a season, but they can live. If they… Continue reading The Winter of My Soul

2018 Reflections and 2019 Anticipations

The sun has set on 2018 and is now rising on 2019. It’s 3:30 in the morning on January 1st and though I should be starting to get ready for work, I am im my sweats writing, reading, refecting, and anticipating. I don’t believe we can fully know where we should be going unless we… Continue reading 2018 Reflections and 2019 Anticipations

The Skinny on Abs: why “getting abs” shouldn’t be your new year’s resolution

Welcome to that weird week between Christmas and New Years when you’re filled with cheese, confusion, and booze! Most of us are feeling fuller than normal due to your grandma’s delicious chocolate pie, your uncle’s family famous cheesey potatoes, and of course, sugar cookies piled high with frosting. The consumption of these wonderful goodies we… Continue reading The Skinny on Abs: why “getting abs” shouldn’t be your new year’s resolution

Surviving the Holidays: A quick guide on what to say and what not to say about food.

“That’s all just sugar and carbs.” This statement made to me recently would have completely devastated the girl I used to be. But it simply just angered the woman that I am now. It also reminded me as we are going into the holidays that many people have still not quite evolved in their own… Continue reading Surviving the Holidays: A quick guide on what to say and what not to say about food.

From Pity to Praise: being thankful when it doesn’t feel like there’s much to be thankful for

If you’ve seen Facing the Giants, you probably remember the moment when the football coach of the Shiloh Eagles, Grant Taylor, said to his players, “if we win, we praise Him. If we lose, we praise Him.” It was an extraordinarily inspiring phrase that encouraged the players to praise God despite the outcome of the… Continue reading From Pity to Praise: being thankful when it doesn’t feel like there’s much to be thankful for

It is not well with my circumstances, but it is well with my soul.

It’s been an interesting year to say the least. In January, I injured my shoulder quite significantly. I have since then dealt with a lot of pain in it which has adversely affected my job, weight lifting, and even recreational life. This spring was an awful one for all farmers. With heavy rains through most… Continue reading It is not well with my circumstances, but it is well with my soul.