Rachel Dow

Serving on Empty

Growing up in church, I became familiar with what it means to serve others and had a very literal example service. I've learned what it looks like to put others first, rather than rushing to do what want and what need. Serving others is something we try to teach our kids, our family members, and what we strive to . . .

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November 08, 2016

Gratitude Day 7

What is something one of your family members did today that made you happy?

As a college student, I don't get to see my family super often. Our days are punctuated with texts and the ocassional phone calls. When we do see each other, it is always a nice reunion! 

It made me happy that I got to talk to my family today. We all . . .

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November 07, 2016

Gratitude Day 6

What do you like about the current season? 

This can be interpreted a number of ways! I like the fall/winter time because I love cold weather. I love winter flavors at Starbucks (it's the little things, right?) watching the trees change and feeling the cooler wind against my skin. I love cozy nights and sweaters and spending time . . .

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November 06, 2016

Gratitude Day 5

What is different today than a year ago that you are grateful for? 

Change is inevitable. Even from season to season, the leaves change and the weather gets colder, and warmer in the spring and summer. Change is bound to happen.The same happens to our circumstances in life. 

Things change. New friends come, old leave, we . . .

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November 05, 2016

Gratitude Day 4

What accomplishments in your life have brought you the most happiness? 

I think happiness is kind of an abitrary thing. I can go from happy to sad in a single day, or even several minutes depending on my day. Joy, however, lasts much longer. Joy is eternal. 

There are things that have made me happy, of course! Getting a . . .

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November 04, 2016

Day 3 Gratitude

Who are you grateful for and why?

This is difficult for me! I have so, so many people that have impacted my life in numerous ways.

I'm grateful for my parents taking the time to raise me right and be there for every school talent show, school play, and every band/choir concert. I'm grateful that they instilled in me a love of God . . .

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November 03, 2016

To Those Feeling Overwhelmed and Inadquate

A word of encouragement

I'm going to be brutally honest with you.

I've often struggled with feeling like I'm enough. Pretty enough, smart enough, strong enough, just enough. While I don't struggle with this nearly as much as I used to, there are still days that the dark clouds of inadequacy are sometimes more real than the sunlight of peace and . . .

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November 03, 2016


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