The Weakest Reed

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle.

July 14, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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When you find yourself in THAT place. Again. Still. (Or: It’s ok if everything’s not ok)

In the same way any word transforms itself into a virtually indistinguishable collection of lines and curves after having been written over and over again, I’ve begun to wonder what exactly is the meaning of that phrase so often dispensed … Continue reading

June 2, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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On having faith, being disappointed and how it all just kind of sucks sometimes

When I hear a statement like “It was even better than I could have possibly imagined,” I find myself suspecting it likely has more to do with a lack of imagination than the quality of the actual experience.  More often … Continue reading

May 27, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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What if the best thing we have going for us isn’t that we’re special but simply that we’re available?

The last couple of weeks I’ve had a series of panic-inducing dreams, waking regularly gasping for breath.  Some nights I have been trapped in our house, unable to get out. Others, I have an opportunity to pursue something amazing outside … Continue reading

April 24, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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Are your ordinary circumstances ruining your extraordinary life?

There are a lot of women who admire particular characters in the Bible for various reasons.  Mary was submissive to God’s will.  Ruth was loyal.  Sarah was obedient.  But these last couple years I’ve had a  fascination with a woman … Continue reading

January 27, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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Do you ever get the distinct impression you’re living someone else’s life?

I am currently living the life that I once mocked.  A friend and I sometimes reminisce about a day when a particularly ornery chaplain at our college spoke to a group of campus advocates outlining all the ways in which … Continue reading

September 18, 2013
by Rachel Gustafson
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How I dreamed of Africa, heard voices and went anyway. Twice.

Today, I had the honor of writing a guest post over at one of my friend Cate’s (two) blogs.  She has had Uganda on her heart lately and, as you know, it’s a very important place for our family.  She’s an … Continue reading

August 2, 2013
by Rachel Gustafson
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When Burden and Blessing Are One and the Same

It hadn’t been a good day for fishing. It seems they’d gone out recreationally, perhaps just to pass some time as they had been told to wait for Jesus. But they’d been professional fishermen so they knew the water and … Continue reading