The Weakest Reed

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

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

May 7, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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Is it strange that fear of God can draw us closer to Him?

Awaking from a bad dream is a different kind of waking.  It is not the gradual, sun-dappled arousal of a slow Sunday morning.  It is the sensation of a reverse drowning–being pulled from shadowy, deep, moving river into the drier … 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

February 25, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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Jesus is not Disney

Apparently, they must each bring their own bucket and rope to draw water from Jacob’s well, because the Samaritan woman pointed out Jesus was lacking the necessary tools.  The well is an epidemiological nightmare. Imagine all the households that particular … Continue reading

February 3, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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On Scuba Diving and Deep Sea Thinking

Last week I was remembering a series of scuba dives I took several years back when we visited Mexico.  I had been working towards scuba certification in some community center pool in the middle of winter in Minnesota but I … Continue reading

January 8, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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Sacred Objects: Jesus Toast, Walmart Receipts and You

I’m at the stage in my life when there’s really not a single surface of my home that hasn’t been vandalized by my children.  Paint peeled off of walls.  Scratches etched into our leather couch.  Covering my books and window … Continue reading

September 3, 2013
by Rachel Gustafson
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What it’s like to be a Permanude, a worm-eating mole and a child of God all at the same time.

You know that classic nightmare of showing up to school completely naked? Parenting has done that to me except there are no clothes in sight because they’re all in dirty piles in the laundry room and every day seems to … Continue reading

June 30, 2013
by Rachel Gustafson
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God’s Ode to the Common Cooking Pot

A good friend was stopping by with her daughters for a last-minute play date that added a bit of buzz and delight to what was otherwise a quickly depreciating Friday afternoon. It had been a chaotic week. I can’t tell … Continue reading

June 22, 2013
by Rachel Gustafson
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How to Save the World In Fewer Than 10 Steps

1. Even if you have all the power, splendor and resources of God himself, come into the world unattractive, poor and in a social standing generally regarded as powerless.  Isaiah 53:2-3 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, … Continue reading

April 6, 2013
by Rachel Gustafson
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Does What I Do Matter?

I get up exhausted as is the general state of existence in the early years of motherhood. I make my way to the kitchen and in the clang and clatter and chaos of breakfast with three toddlers, it became clear … Continue reading