Author Archives: gretchenr17

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.

Smears

We live on a gravel road so our windshield often has dust on it. Using the wipers to clean the window, I noticed the passenger side wiper had a small piece of cedar needle stuck under it. Every time the … Continue reading

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Your attention please

Tuesday morning started out like most mornings. Up at 4:30 to get ready for work, feed the dog, check on the ducks and goats, do a couple needed tasks in the house and then leave for work. My hours are … Continue reading

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symptoms and solutions

I have had a chronic cough since January of this year. It’s intensity fluctuates, but it is always a dry, non-productive cough. I have taken all sorts of medicine for it from cough medicine to acid reflux medicine to try … Continue reading

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furiously fasting

I had to fast for a medical screening this past week, nothing major, just to check my sugar levels and cholesterol levels. As soon as I realized I would have to skip breakfast and my morning coffee, I began to … Continue reading

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clocks and compasses

When I began my journey with God, I created a mental timeline so I could make sure I accomplished tasks by a particular date. I had mapped out my walk with Jesus, my relationship with my then boyfriend, my classes … Continue reading

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torches, lampposts, and candles

In my walk I have studied under different teachers, male and female, on Sundays, Wednesdays, at Tuesday Bible studies, each one a treasure and a blessing to my heart. At the same time, I have found that these teachers have … Continue reading

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fight on, warrior

This past weekend was full of sweet moments, blessings, laughter, and rich conversation. My husband and I shared a meal with dear friends who were passing through town. They have known my husband for over twenty-five years and were involved … Continue reading

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real or not real

Priscilla Schirer is one of my favorite speakers and teachers of Scripture. She pulls no punches, speaks with the authority of Scripture, and challenges us, as fellow believers, to stand on the Truth of God. I have heard different portions … Continue reading

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a time to listen

In the past couple of weeks I have had conversations with people who at best, are seeking to understand Christianity, at worst, are not interested. It has been eye-opening and heart-breaking to hear where they are, the anger and hurt … Continue reading

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what do I do now?

I recently received news that prayers I have been praying were answered. I was so excited! My prayers have been going up for this situation for years. Prayers of reconciliation and restoration, prayers of mercy, grace, forgiveness, repentance. Again and … Continue reading

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