The Weakest Reed

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

July 28, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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A Bible story that would make for some sensational reality tv

There is an ancient story of a time when God, having grown tired of the wayward tendencies of his people the Israelites, uses the life of the prophet Hosea as a real-life object lesson. God commands Hosea to marry a … Continue reading

April 7, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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It’s not looking so good for those who have it all together.

This is the ugliest scar.  The one covered self-consciously, forearm drawn close over the vulnerable spot: I felt cast-off and forgotten.  And when I dusted myself off, I looked around to see that there was no one in particular to … Continue reading

March 3, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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A Checklist: Are you ok with God?

I’ve been using the fruit of the spirit as a performance checklist.  Love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. Depending on how well I’m doing in these 9 areas, I ‘ve been trying to determine how fully … 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

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

April 23, 2013
by Rachel Gustafson
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When you wonder if you’ve buried the best of you…

It wasn’t that life had been idyllic before my mom left us, though I had been told that from the outside it appeared so.  There were certainly fault lines that our home had been built on. Generations of our family, … Continue reading