Rachel's Blog

Reflections on life, faith and living with your whole heart.

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You Do Not Need to Be Good

You Do Not Need to Be Good

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.” –  Luke 15:31 As a woman with a personality that is great for getting things done well, for being responsible, reliable, hardworking and for...

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It Takes a Villiage

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn Recently I was reflecting on who I am today which reminded me of past seasons; who I was, where I’ve been and what life was like. This woke me up to how different I am today than...

We’re All Creators

This writing thing is hard. I come back to a blank page over and over, filling it up for what seems like too long and still find myself scrapping and reworking things. Ideas that I think are going to flow naturally when I think of them can often be the toughest pages...

You Can’t Know Until You Know

Uncertainty is something that’s always going to be there for us as humans. We can’t know what we’ll know until we walk through the experiences leading up to them. We can only know what we know, and see what we see from today. Sure, God knows the...

Worry to Trust

Lately something my cousin said she heard in a sermon has been mulling around in my mind: worry is really pride. The longer I’ve thought on that, the more I see the truth behind it, my worry really is an expression of my pride, of my thinking “God I know...

Permission to Be You

There never has been nor ever will be another you. Ever. Soak that in. It’s so easy to forget how uniquely we were created. We all want to “fit in” and we are drawn to people like us. That’s ok and human nature. But I think when we try to match...

Grounded by Sky

We all need ways to ground ourselves. Lately the sky has been my saving grace to do just that. The sky has been incredible lately. After the storm covered our world in heavy white, the sky has has surprised me every day in many moments – when I wake up, on the...

It’s All Sacred

“God comes to us disguised as our life.” – Paula D’Arcy. The past two weeks I’ve been battling a cold. Well that’s an understatement I got something that was a cold, but turned into something which required me to “rest my...

Live Here Now.

It’s 2016. A fresh year. New, untouched, full of blank pages. As one year comes to an end, and before a new one begins, I always like to take time reflect over the past year. I look through the calendar, remember what happened, digest what I learned, what I...

Pure Joy.

We can never engineer our own transformation. – Richard Rohr Before this year began I chose the word Faith to be my focus. It was a word that landed on easily and prominently on my heart as 2014 came to a close. I felt this deep desire, or deep need really, to...

Taste. See. Savor life.

“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” This Advent I want to sit, to breathe, to under stimulate, to learn to trust God and trust life and know myself. When life gets busy or the day to day goes on unchanging, we can all easily start to...

Joy is Here

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” – Marianne Williamson This weekend is cozily nestled between Thanksgiving and Advent’s beginning, filled with deep connection, fun events and the...

Life Will Come

When the year began, I had chosen the word Faith to lead it. A word I wanted to think on, pray for more of, seek wisdom from others about, and hopefully turn the page in December feeling like a woman who had a little more of it. I had zero idea what that would mean....

The Next Loving Thing

“Grace found my heart where logic ends.”   Hillsong United – Here Now (Madness) I’ve always been someone so driven by logic I have trouble seeing common sense. I’ve often joked about that in myself. I’m great at logic and rule...

Becoming Friends with Fear

I tend to lean toward fear and worry, but I don’t think it has to be that way forever. I believe our daily, moment-by-moment choices can have the power to change the way we think and how quickly we run to fear. The way it’s been put to me before is that “Fear can get...

Flawed. Known. Loved.

There is this lie I think most of us walk around with when it comes to connecting with other people: We want to connect, but we fail to show the flaws of our story because we believe we will be pegged as too messed up by others. But today I want to you to question the...

There’s a Gap

We want strength. We experience struggle. We desire Joy. We feel pain. We think ease. We face hardship. Life doesn’t always meet our expectations. In fact, I think more often than not, they don’t even overlap. Expectations. Reality. There’s a gap....

Feel it All

There’s stress this week. My chest is tight. A lot is going on. And it’s OK. Last week I had the amazing privilege of attending the local broadcast of the Global Leadership Summit. If you’re not familiar with it, the Summit draws highly respected...

It’s Not What You Think

What’s been hitting me lately is just how utterly different what Jesus calls blessed is from where we think blessing lies or even how we live and what we esteem. The truth is, we live submerged in this culture that has preached every year of my life, “you...