A Better Wife in Conflict

I hope this series encourages people. I hope it spurs women to be the wives God calls us to be. I hope it brings clarity to our roles in marriage. But I also hope women aren’t discouraged. I know we’re talking about this “better wife.” I also know its easy to fall short of this… Continue reading A Better Wife in Conflict

I Took Back What He Stole From Me

How many Christians out there feel broken? How many of you are discouraged by the situations around you? How many daily sit face to face, knee to knee, toe to toe with their past and all the guilt and shame it brings? How many feel like they’re living life, but not to the fullest? I… Continue reading I Took Back What He Stole From Me

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

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.

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.

Band-Aids and Broken Bones

Do you believe in divine intervention? I do. Particularly after attempting to make an Instagram post last night. I know your thinking now, “girl! Jesus don’t care about your ‘gram!” But you see, I made a commitment to myself and to Him that I would only post things that added value to other’s lives. Though… Continue reading Band-Aids and Broken Bones

Guilt, Shame, and Divorce

Three years ago today, with knots in my stomach, I drove myself to the courthouse. I tried to keep my hands from shaking as I worked my way up to the courtroom I was assigned. My lawyer in the hallway coached me on what was about to happen and I flashed as confident of as… Continue reading Guilt, Shame, and Divorce