The Weakest Reed

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

August 22, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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When it’s time to admit you’re foolish and weak

Sometimes I wonder if Doubting Thomas gets a bad rap.  That adjective’s permanently affixed to his name as if Jesus Himself placed it there.  Actually, Thomas’ name never appears that way in scripture.  Reading through John, the whole story unfolds … Continue reading

June 24, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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When they say you’re a new creation and you just don’t really feel that way

This week my kids and I threw ourselves and some lunch into the car to gather with a friend and her kids.  As happens often to the conversations between mothers at home with their young children, our words were both … Continue reading

May 16, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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When you’re not the “good” Christian

I have a very difficult time shutting off my brain.  I analyze.  I ponder. I percolate. I ruminate. I wonder as I wander. It just never stops.  And I’m an introvert so without some space and time to organize thoughts … 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 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

January 19, 2014
by Rachel Gustafson
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The Insult of “We Just Want You To Feel Happy Inside”

One of my most favorite people in the world wrote about a difficult time her 4 year old daughter was having.  Her little one was acting out a bit at pre-school, unsuccessfully trying to control the actions of her friends, … 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