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Rachel Anne
Making life better, one Small Thing at a time.
Interests: writing, painting, avoiding housework
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Dear Mom of a High School Senior, Hey, friend. How ya doin'? I see you there, and I've been thinking about you. You've been holding your breath all year long, blinking back tears, bursting with pride, and simultaneously fighting a... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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As Palm Sunday approaches, I find myself pondering: what kind of king would risk his Triumphal Entry by riding a borrowed, inexperienced donkey? If you know anything about donkeys, this was a sure-fire recipe for disaster. In my newest book,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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Patient Trust Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
Thank you, Barbara. Im so glad the prayer has been a help to you! Thanks for sharing. Rachel Anne Ridge artist, writer, stray donkey owner Home Sanctuary - blog FlashTheDonkey - book
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Wow! What a fantastic testimony to the power of a praying mom! I love this so much, Bobbie. Rachel Anne Ridge artist, writer, stray donkey owner Home Sanctuary - blog FlashTheDonkey - book
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My mom has always told me, "you never stop praying for your kids." Now that I've made it through the teen years and am well into the adult phase of parenting, I know this to be true. Our mama-hearts still... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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Never underestimate how far plodding can take you. Plodding gets a bad rap. Plodding doesn't get its due. Glory seems to go to sprinting, to making a splash, to vaulting to victory. There are those who seem to rush toward... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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But first, an embarrassing story. When Toy Story 3 came out in 2010, we were super excited to see it. We had loved Toy Story 1 and 2 – they'd been family favorites and the source of perfect quotes ("That's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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I've been getting lots of questions about the prayer books and resources I talk about in my new book. Walking with Henry tells about how I found myself at a point in which I felt unable to pray. I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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Walking with Henry arrives in bookstores and mailboxes today! I am beyond excited to launch this book into the world, and I want to thank you all for helping it make a splash today. Your pre-orders have put this little... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
Hi Shari, I do understand completely and did not take your comment in a negative way at all. I think the church can and should do a better job welcoming and supporting childless people, and I appreciate you pointing that out. Churches inadvertently send messages that exclude people whose life journeys don't fit the nuclear family model and it makes me sad. I don't want to contribute to anyone's feeling of loneliness...but I can only speak to my own experience and try to encourage others who might find some wisdom in it, even if their stories are different. Thank you for reading Flash and I hope you enjoy Walking with Henry!
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2019 on The Lord's Prayer at Home Sanctuary
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The Lord's Prayer is a prayer I learned as a child, and prayed every now and then as an adult. It's one that is frequently brought out at funerals or special occasions, but honestly it was never really a big... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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Are you feeling anxious? Are you worried about what might happen tomorrow? Do you struggle with "what if's" in life? A few years ago, I experienced an episode of anxiety that caught me by surprise. I was folding laundry and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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In my last post, I told you I was putting together a launch team for Walking with Henry and got such a fantastic response. You guys blew me away! And now I've found out that I can open the launch... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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I was stuck. Mired in regret, frozen in my faith, I was afraid of the future, and feeling so very alone. I should have been excited about a new season of life: my kids were grown and doing well. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Home Sanctuary
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This week I’m posting one of my favorite prayers. I pray it nearly every morning because each word is just what my heart wants and needs to say: Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Home Sanctuary
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This week’s prayer: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Home Sanctuary
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The prayer for this week is a great reminder about Scripture: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Home Sanctuary
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The prayer for this week: O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Home Sanctuary
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I’ve been out of town and working on projects lately and have missed posting the last couple of weekly prayers. This week’s prayer says this: Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Home Sanctuary
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This week’s prayer is gorgeous in its simplicity: Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Home Sanctuary
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This week's prayer: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Home Sanctuary