Rachel Dow

Where's Your Focus?

If you're anything like me, you enjoy staying connected. There's a sense of safety and comfort in the familiarity of routine. It feels good when we feel like we have control of what's happening around us. I've found it incredibly easy to be focused on the news lately. Whether we watch it on T.V., hear it on the radio, or scroll through it on . . .

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March 20, 2020

Proven Faith

Where baking bread and suffering intersect

"You are being guarded by God's power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials, so that the proven character of your faith - more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire - may . . .

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November 16, 2019

Clarity in Questions

This blog post is part of my 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Challenge! You can read all about that challenge and see the rest of that journey here. The word for today is: Why.

Each season of my life has been hallmarked by a different question that I'm asking in my relationship with Him.

 How, God?

 What, . . .

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October 09, 2019

31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

A challenge to see the heart of God in my everyday

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I have gotten so, so very lax in my writing. I'm going to be participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, a challenge hosted by Five Minute Friday! You can check out the challenge and other writers here. Each day will have a word, and I'm going to write for five minutes about that particular . . .

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October 05, 2019

The Beggar and Boldness

The Lord has been doing a lot of work with me lately on what it really means to be in community with others, and what it looks like to walk in boldness.

As I've been reading through the book of Acts with Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), I've been struck by one word the most: community. Especially in the church context, I think this . . .

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October 05, 2019

Restful Revelation

Finding your pace in a hurried world

We live in a fast-paced world. There's always somewhere else to be, an ever-growing to-do list to complete, and there never seems to be enough hours in the day. There's always the constant wheel running in our minds: I need to do this, this, and this right now. This needs to get done tomorrow. Oh man, I still need to pay bills and make . . .

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September 07, 2019

Blocking In or Breaking Free?

When guidance feels like bondage

My mom recently told me a story (and showed me the home video) from when I was a baby. Back when my family and I lived in Pennsylvania, we had a house that had a second floor, with a steep staircase. Being the ever-inquisitive 1 year old, I wanted to explore upstairs.

With a watchful eye, I received a gentle warning from my dad as I . . .

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October 07, 2018