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Traci
Hopkins, MI
A country girl goes to church.
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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 2 days ago at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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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 4 days ago at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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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}
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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}
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You are my place. Right beside you, seated at the computer researching the next thing. A life of patience learned from watching you consider all the angles- the only end result that matters is your enthusiasm and satisfaction- I'm always wanting these things for you. Across the table from you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Many Jews recite the Shema prayer twice daily. Parts of the Shema are written on a small scroll which is then rolled up and put inside a mezuzah case and affixed to the doorposts of a Jewish home. Eastern Orthodox Christians wear a small, woolen prayer rope on their left... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I know it's not January anymore, but I've read some good books already this year, and I want to share them with you (better late than never)! I'm keeping a 2017 list of books I read, and this month gave me a great start. Without further ado: Nonfiction No More... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Photo Credit: St. Nicholas Church Facebook Page It all started with a book. You guys, for me, it always starts with a book. I read Scott Cairns' book, Short Trip to the Edge (you can read my review here) and he talked about his experiences converting to Orthodox Christianity. I'd... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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The church shouldn’t hurt. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. - Jesus Jesus doesn’t hurt. Hear me. Some of you need to hear this. Lean in close, because maybe the only way you'll hear these words is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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If we believe Jesus is the Son of God, and we've accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, you are my brother and sister in Christ. I think that sentence covers it. When I first started going to the Reformed church I attend now, we recited the Apostle's Creed after... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Photo Credit: Jesse Orrico (Unsplash.com) I told her Kate DiCamillo was on my Facebook feed, and she assumed that meant we were friends. We’re not, of course, in the traditional sense. We’ve never met up for coffee, and she doesn't text, “It’s been too long. Let’s get together soon.” Actually,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I'm delighted to share this piece over at Her View From Home. It's a wonderful, supportive group of writers, and you'll find lots of other great material there. *** Birthdays have a way of coming around every year. In a few days, we’ll cook up your favorite meal, put candles... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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This is my fourth and final response in the “Why I Go to Church” series. You can read the first post here, the second response here, and the third here. These articles are my response to a reader who reached out with some honest questions about the importance of church... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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In this list, I want to tell you about the books that expanded my view of Christianity. There are so many books about growing in your Christianity, and I love them too. But these books changed me. They took my smaller view of Christianity and broke it wide open. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Writing is a funny thing. Often, there’s no way of knowing who reads the material you’re putting out in the world-wide-web. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spoken with someone and they’ve referenced a certain piece I’ve written, or simply mentioned they read my posts. Way more than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I don't participate in a word of the year, like some bloggers do. I wrote more about it here. God gives me words for certain seasons. He whispers a singular word to my soul, sings it in a song, writes it in books I read, or preaches it loudly in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I’ve seen several posts on social media wishing 2016 good riddance. Bring on the new! 2017 has got to be better. We’ve lost too many celebrities. Those who didn’t vote for the President entering the Oval Office. Friends who spent much of their year caring for sick family members. Loved... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I haven't had a guest post on here for a while, so when Aimee at DIY Darlin contacted me about writing a piece for my readers, I readily accepted. One of my favorite parts about blogging is the huge variety of articles you can read and enjoy. Here, Aimee gives... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Every time we break bread together in the homes of other believers, I remember the time I broke bread with Jesus on the evening of his resurrection. Cleopas and I were headed to Emmaus. Truth be told, we were really headed anywhere but Jerusalem. We had watched his crucifixion from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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In the blogging world, there's this little measuring tool called "Google Analytics." Every now and then, for a book launch, or to review products, I need to look at the numbers my blog generates. How many readers, where they come from, how long they stay, what they read... This site... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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Every year, we ate Christmas dinner at Grandma’s house. Driving there in the car, I’d pull my nose out of the book about the time we’d hit the big hill on her gravel road. A few minutes later, we’d see the small, white house – her closest neighbor. I got... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I couldn’t wait for her to get home. It was for a lot of simple reasons. However, I knew her face would light up when she saw what I had for her. She has a thing for Nutcrackers this year. Actually, ever since we saw a local performance two years... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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This is part two in the “Why I Go To Church” series. You can read the first post here. And the second post here. These articles are my response to a reader who reached out with some honest questions about the importance of church in a believer’s life. I’m breaking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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This is part two in the “Why I Go To Church” series. You can read the first post here. These articles are my response to a reader who reached out with some honest questions about the importance of church in a believer’s life. I’m breaking his original email down into... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}
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I enjoy thinking back on some of the things our daughter said when she was first learning our language. She enunciated well, but the words weren’t always quite right. Even still, she uses the word “literate” incorrectly. She will come home stating dramatically, “It was literately so hot today, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Traces Of Faith {Traci Rhoades}