More Patience

My dad always jokingly told me to never pray for patience. He’d laugh and say I’d be put in the most trying situations should I be praying for patience. I think he knew I’d struggle to handle it with grace as I easily became frustrated in slow traffic, projects that took longer than my allotted… Continue reading More Patience

More Joy

I always liked the idea of being a strong woman. Particularly in this day in age, it seems the epitome of the ultimate woman is a strong woman. Very few women I know have not bowed down at the altar of “strong womanhood.” I am included in this group. I chased after strength and independence… Continue reading More Joy

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

War of the Mind, Battle of the Plate

“You’re gorgeous! Just stop.” It never mattered how many times I heard these words or similar while battling a disordered relationship with food and my body; they didn’t help. Regardless of how desperately I wanted to have the words penetrate my heart or how hard I tried to just stop restricting or binging and purging… Continue reading War of the Mind, Battle of the Plate

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