This is Traci's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Traci's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Traci
Hopkins, MI
A country girl goes to church.
Recent Activity
Image
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 yesterday at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
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 3 days ago at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
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 7 days ago at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
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}
Image
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}
Image
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}
Image
I didn't realize I'd read my way through so many books in the last couple months! A few of these were real page-turners, so it's understandable. If you are buying a Mother's Day gift for a reader, you'll find lots of good suggestions on this list. Really, though, they're great... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
Photo credit: Jordan Whitt (unsplash.com) My sweet mama is a widow. Actually, technically they were divorced, she and my dad, when he passed away, so I’m not sure what that’s called. I guess we’ll call her human. Anyway, I’ve told you about my mom more than once over the years.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
How about we ditch this whole hometown wedding thing and get married in Greece? These were my now-husband’s very words to me about two months before our wedding. Although our engagement only lasted six months, he was already done with the planning and the waiting. Dangling a trip to Greece... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
I had read two books on Orthodox Christianity. That’s it. So obviously, I had no idea what to expect when I visited St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church for its Sixth Hour Prayer service. What I did know was that for some time now, I’d felt a deep desire to silence... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
Julie Andrews sang about them in Sound of Music. Oprah gave them away for years on her talk show. Their favorite things. Well, I'm nearing a big accomplishment on Facebook - 1000 likes on my blog page, and I'm celebrating the final push to reach this goal! I want to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
Photo credi: Everton Vila (unsplash.com) We don’t read a lot of ordinary-time-stories in the Bible. Its divinely selected stories are about God taking action. 400 years of silence between the Old and New testaments, and suddenly God is sending out angels everywhere, a barren women gets a plus sign on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
photo credit: Jaelynn Castillo (unsplash.com) I memorized this verse when I was around 10 years old… Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5 It's stuck with me all these years. If we look at each of these... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
It's raining outside, and every time it rains this much, I start having visions of making a cup of tea, snuggling under a blanket and reading the day away. Maybe you need some ideas for good reads? As usual, I have quite a variety! Non-fiction A Woman's Place: A Christian... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
Photo Credit: Alan Labisch (unsplash.com) Recently, a reader gave me some feedback on a piece I wrote. In it, I briefly mentioned my dad not attending church. Actually, I have always said if I ever write a book, that would be my opening line: Growing up, Mom took us to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
A yes to prayer - get excited; A no to prayer - get a lesson; A maybe to prayer - in the waiting, you get God. - Sermon quote (Dr. John Marshall) Our garage is an absolute mess. We moved into our home more than three years ago, and everything... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
He didn’t mean anything by it. I had my head buried in a book, when my husband casually said these five words, You don’t really need anyone. What he meant was books always make me happy. I have many friends I’ve met through the years on the pages of a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
Costco doesn't sell grape jelly. Every now and then, I swing by the particular aisle where they stock oversized containers of peanut butter and jelly, to see if this has changed. We purchase our grape jelly in bulk from Gordon Foods. I did some holiday shopping there and picked up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
Photo Credit: Josh Applegate (unsplash.com) I’d often find Mom seated at our round dining room table with her hardcover Living Bible, 1970’s deep hunter green in color, and a thin Bible study book opened up right beside the Scriptures. Although she’d attended church her whole life, as a young mother... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
Photo Credit: Maite Tiscar (Unsplash.com) I am undone. I arrived at the local Catholic Church a few minutes before the Ash Wednesday service was scheduled to begin and just so happened to walk in with the Priest. Upon entering, I dipped the tips of my fingers in the holy water.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
May I forever be a church lady, Delivering meals, throwing wedding & baby showers; Crying at baptisms and beaming with pride When one of our kids plays in the worship band For the very first time. Sending cards-both get-well and sympathy; Calling to check on those I've been missing; Making... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
I'm excited about this post. One of the biggest questions I get from evangelicals (like me) who are learning about the observance of Lent for the first time is this: What do I do? Well, the first answer I have to that question is ask God. I don't ever want... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
Photo Credit: Ben White (Unsplash.com) I wrote a letter first, in 2015, to women who go to church alone. To date, it’s the Traces of Faith post found most often through search engines. Then, shortly thereafter, I decided to write one to moms who are going to church now, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
As a mom, a big part of my faith walk includes finding ways to encourage my daughter to walk in faith beside me. I want Easter to be about a lot more than a cute bunny! That's why I get so excited when I come across books like this, Make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
Image
When I was a little girl, thinking about my future family, I planned on being famous (of course), marrying a knockout husband, living in a huge mansion and mothering nine children (I was an avid baseball fan, so I wanted enough children to form my own team). Well, in my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}