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Traci
Hopkins, MI
A country girl goes to church.
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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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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}
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photo credit: Cristian Escobar (unsplash.com) My Grandma Haynes, she sure loved a party. For her, that meant a time surrounded by family and friends. At Christmas, it included buying all the grandkids a gift or two And wrapping them in the newspaper funnies. At Thanksgiving, it meant making her dressing.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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We have a few vacations coming up and one of my favorite things to do is decide what books to bring along. What will I be in the mood for on a particular trip (e-readers help a ton in this endeavor). I have a couple memoirs about a Mennonite I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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What a wonderful day at the zoo! One of those picture-perfect days where the weather's not too hot and not too cold. Lunch was plenty, and the snacks tasted good. The animals were active and the people were in a good mood. I kept watching you, and seeing my two-year... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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photo credit: Caroline Hernandez (unsplash.com) I could tell you all the things I worry about as we are raising our daughter - the ways I think we might be getting it wrong. “Less than half of US kids today live in a traditional family. “(Gretchen Livingston, Pew Research Center) [According... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Dear Daddy, I miss you. You’ve been gone from this world for eleven years, and I still miss you multiple times a day. That longing, the grief over losing a parent, is part of me. Like an extra layer I wear under my regular clothes, covering up my heart. When... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Photo credit: Priscilla DuPreez (unsplash.com) I went to a wedding recently. Weddings make me happy. They're so full of hope and joy and cake. This event was extra special because it gave me an opportunity to catch up with friends I don't see very often, but I enjoy seeing them... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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You can’t teach these qualities. Actually, I’ll struggle to explain it in a way you would understand, but I can tell you after only a few conversations if someone grew up in a small town or not. I did. I’m from a farming community of approximately 8,000 people. Growing up,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Many of the memories I have of my older brother involve him sitting alone in his bedroom. He’d lay his vast baseball card collection around him on the bed, and spend hours sorting, while hair bands played electric guitar on cassette tapes. Mom used to join him there - where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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In conjunction with my recent piece, "Does Your Church Smell," I'd like to continue the conversation about ways we use our senses during worship. I've spent time recently thinking back on the churches where I've worshiped. From the small country church up the road from my childhood home (the one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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photo credit: Jake Thacker (unsplash.com) I went into the post office the other day with a few oversized envelopes. No boxes, and no need to buy a package and fill out the address. There wasn’t a line, but the lady in front of me did have an oversized box. "She's... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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It started out as an ordinary Sunday morning. Upon arriving at our cafetorium, we noticed a handful of African American women dressed in long flowing skirts. They had flags with them. Not small, polite American ones like you see at a parade honoring veterans. These were bright, colorful, large flags... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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People ask me all the time, how do you read so many books? The answer, I read all the time. When there’s a minute of down time, that’s when I read a page or two. Here are 25 tips to help you read more. 1) Start your day reading one... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I was aimlessly scrolling through Facebook, probably reaching my left hand into a bag of chips, when I read about a Christian writer who decided to try the Whole30 program. She made it sound funny (because she’s good at funny), but needed in her life. On a whim, I decided... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Mother’s Day. I won’t celebrate this holiday. Not if I’m celebrating it without you. All of you women. Can I tell you a story? My daughter was just a baby. We attended a Wednesday morning Bible study. A new girl came to Bible study this particular day. She seemed a... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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March is reading month in my daughter's elementary school. All month long, they make a really big deal out of books, which kind of feels like the excitement of Christmastime to me. There are reading contests, mystery readers, book orders and the big one - a visit from a real,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}