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Traci
Hopkins, MI
A country girl goes to church.
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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}
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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}
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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}
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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}
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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}
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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}
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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}
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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}
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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}
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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}
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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}