Category: Rachel Skirvin
Summer has arrived and is in full swing. The beaches are crowded, the malls are jam-packed, and every night is like a sleepover. I remember those months as a school-aged girl well. You count down those minutes as the time drags by slower than water boils. Finally the clock signals the school bell and you run out of the double doors rejoicing and searching for the nearest ice cream store.
I am far removed from high school, but working in a school for a period of time had me reliving all those memories. This year has been especially hard for high schoolers. Perhaps you have been part of a terrifying lockdown that was only a drill, but in the moment you had no idea what was going on. Maybe, even worse, your situation was not a drill and you are … Read More »
“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I’ve experienced many spiritual droughts in my life. I cannot tell you how those times are both debilitating and strengthening all at the same time. I have learned exponentially the closeness of God as well as His intentional silence in desert seasons that seem relentless.
A stark contrast we know to be true of desert wanderings is intense rain. I recently read this quote that made me stop and think: “I asked God to help me grow, it started raining.” Just like in nature, when it comes to spiritual growth, there cannot be development without watering. Droughts dry up what does not belong and banishes what need not be there and what is hindering us from progressing. These dry stages take time, but once … Read More »
In about a month we will once again celebrate Easter. This is a time of remembrance and sorrow followed by immense rejoicing. I have always loved this time, even before I really grasped the true meaning of it. The spring weather, the family gatherings, and the love felt all around. Mixed in is the miracle of it all. Lately I have found our faith is often cultivated in the waiting.
Jesus was crucified for my sins and yours, buried, and three days later rose again. We rightfully put extreme focus on His death and resurrection but what about what happened in between? What was going on in that three-day waiting period? The answer in short is nothing and everything.
For three long days, the guiltless Christ rested in a grave. He lay there still and blameless, wrongfully accused, yet without regret. … Read More »
I love it when a scripture I have read for years jumps off the pages and grips me in a brand new way. On an ordinary day I began to dig deep into the story of a man that changed the way sinners receive grace. I had one of those moments recently that make you pause and re-evaluate your entire way of thinking.
He was of man of integrity, yet corruption. He was undervalued in the eyes of man, but in the eyes of God he was more than strong enough. This musician and poet was not first pick among his brothers, but he was the one anointed to be king. He was a shepherd turned ruler, one with giant sized faith; a mighty warrior yet—in all of his humanity—made significant mistakes. David was not perfect, but he was someone … Read More »
It’s that time of year again—the one we wait for, plan for, and countdown to starting December 26 of last year. Christmas is a lot of people’s favorite season. Everyone seems to be so joyful and kind. As wonderful as it is in most cases, it seems to be a little extra sweet for children. When I was a child, this time of year was filled with more excitement and expectancy than my Christmas pajamas could handle. The lights, the cookies, the Toys R Us special catalog all had me wishing it was Christmas every day.
As I get older, Christmas is all that and more to me because I realize what a wonderful meaning there is attached to it and why we celebrate. Children often associate Christmas with Santa, gifts, and snowmen, but as our reality changes with age, … Read More »