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Traci
Hopkins, MI
A country girl goes to church.
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photo credit: ewa stepkowska (unsplash.com) I’m thankful for the view out my window. Sunrises beyond the trees framing the pond, So bright and bold in the fall. A backdrop of pinks and oranges highlighting red, yellow & orange leaves. The birds are slow to the feeder this time of year,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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photo credit: arnaud papa (unsplash.com) When I received the email, I knew it came from an honest place. My friend had grown up in the church, but it was only in recent years that her head knowledge reached deep down into her heart. She wanted to be obedient to God.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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My soul was weary from fighting battles only God can win, and trusting in His timing even though it seemed a bit s-l-o-w. I found myself thinking of ways to cheer myself up that might make me feel better for a short time, but in the long run they weren’t... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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photo credit: zachary nelson (unsplash.com) I helped an addict the other day. Or at least I tried to. One realizes rather quickly, an addict only helps himself. No amount of love will save him. But I tried to open a few doors. Leave a window open just a crack. His... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Before we get started, do read to the bottom of this post, because I have a book giveaway opportunity for you! I've made a new friend online, and I'm not sure I'll ever get over the fact that we live in a time when that's even possible. He's got a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Me too. These words started popping up on my Facebook wall over the weekend. I didn’t know its message at first, but later a few posts offered an explanation. If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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To the mama whose kid just ran screaming down the aisle at church, Whether he ended up on stage, or is now running the halls outside the sanctuary, you’ll retrieve him. Hopefully, he’ll learn three things. Mama will always keep you safe. Running away from mama is a bad idea.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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photo credit: fabrizio verrecchia (unsplash.com) I’m with you. I’ve walked the straight and narrow since I was an infant, although my straight could have been a little less crooked, and my narrow was too wide at times. Mom always took us to church, I accepted Jesus as my Savior when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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A few years back, I decided the time had come to purchase a new everyday Bible. I'd used the pink imitation leather NIV Bible my mom had given me in high school for about 25 years, and I was ready to consider buying a new one. This did not turn... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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photo credit: om-prakash-sethia (unsplash.com) If my relationship with the Christian saints who have gone on before me were listed on my Facebook profile page, it would read "It's complicated." Growing up, I would have balked at any Christian who prayed to a saint, including those who said the Hail Mary... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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When I was a little girl, there was a TV show called Thirty-Something. I remember wondering why anyone would want to watch a show about old people? Let me assure you, one of the things I love to do is laugh at myself. Most of the time. Well, today I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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First of all, what a catchy title, huh? Oh, fall, how I love thee. This time, my book reviews include a couple devotionals. If you don't spend some time each day in God's word, reading Scripture directly or being guided by a faith-filled daily devotional, I can't recommend this discipline... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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When we moved into our new home four years ago, the meal coordinator at my moms group asked if we wanted a few meals the weekend of the move, as we transitioned. We’d never needed meals before that, but I’d made a few for others. I decided to say yes.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I went into this parenting thing firmly believing it was my job to be your parent, not your friend. I still believe that, but at the same time, I’m delighted to see how easily we’ve become friends too. While I realize we have the tween and teen years up ahead... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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My friends had a good marriage. They worked at it, shuffling shifts at work, which often meant they saw one another coming and going. There were immediately step-kids, then new babies who keep getting bigger. Fortunately, this family walked their daily lives with groups of friends in a local church.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree together, to end your divisions, and to be united by the same mind and purpose. I Corinthians 1:10 (NET) photo credit: kathy hillacre (unsplash.com) photo credit: casey clingan (unsplash.com) I'm going to write raw... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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photo credit: markus spiske (unsplash.com) photo credit: dmytro ostapenko (unsplash.com)4 It’s in the air long before the calendar catches up with Mother Nature. We light campfires because we actually need the warmth they provide. Before you know it, we’re opening windows at night, And a chill hits me in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Photo credit: ariel-lustre (unsplash.com) My earliest memory of a play date with a girlfriend involves mud and used aluminum pie tins. We spent a whole afternoon in her parents’ tool shed, serving up our muddy delicacies to various dolls and stuffed animals. Around that same time in my life, my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I've always been a reader, so when I stumbled across the opportunity to read books for free in exchange for an honest review, I couldn't sign up fast enough. In the two years I've gotten books through Netgalley, I've reviewed more than 100 books! Of all the books I've read... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Photo credit: Jake Ingle (unsplash.com) My senior year of college, I found a way around the university’s impractical parking lot system. A group of guys from my church rented a house blocks away from the school, and they let me park at their place, only a short walk from the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I'm going into my tenth year of teaching God's word, and I can tell you without a doubt what I want out of a Bible study. Variety. Our group does our best studying in the fall, so we offer an in-depth study with daily homework in September. Mid-winter, we're still... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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There’s a strength that comes from knowing you have one who’s not going anywhere - until death do us part. Family. What great confidence this truth offers as it sends one out into the world. Loved. Partner that with Father Time, precious few of us find this anymore. Nobody seems... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Our daughter had broken her arm. It happens. It’s an ordinary, everyday thing for us to ride to the emergency room (where we spent enough hours to learn the little-known fact that ER is actually now ED because it’s a whole department, not just a room). With all the color... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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To drive today’s biblical message home, I’m going to borrow a Chinese proverb. Makes total sense, right? Because, here's the thing. I think a lot of times we mean well, but we end up giving our kids a Bible story instead of teaching them to study their Bible. In our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Photo Credit: Jorge Lopez (unsplash.com) They walk into church on Sunday, He doesn’t move as quickly as he used to. These days, she’s taking the lead. Anytime I speak to him, we talk baseball. A Tigers win, a great pitching dual, Or whose bat needs to heat up. As for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}