Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

Let’s Soar On The Wings Of Eagles

February 1st, 2018

Let's Soar on the Wings of EaglesI’ve never been much into football — however, when the home team ends up going to the Super Bowl, that’s a big deal for even a girl who barely understands the sport!

 

I found myself awe-inspired the way that some on the Eagles team are using their platform to serve Christ. Even getting all the way to the Super Bowl, they’ve had the public eye on them. But they haven’t wavered.

 

The following is a quote from Nick Foles, the Eagles QB, after winning against the Vikings and then realizing that they would be going to the Super Bowl:

“First and foremost, all glory belongs to God. I wouldn’t be here without Him and this is just very humbling and unbelievable.” – Nick Foles

 

The quote from above was found from an article on CBN News — https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/january/the-locker-rooms-binding-force-the-faith-of-the-philadelphia-eagles. When you have a chance, take some time to read — I enjoyed it and hope you will too!

 

But overall, this situation brings to mind the verses from Isaiah:

28  Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint. 

– Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV

 

Even when times are difficult and we may not know which way to go next, the Lord will give us the strength we need. Then He promises us that we won’t be weary, rather we will FLY like EAGLES! 

 

So whether we are like Carson Wentz, and are dealing with a major disappointment in life or perhaps we are just tired from trying to balance school with the rest of our life — God is the Creator of the Universe.

 

He’s there for me and He’s there for you. 

 

So — will you be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday? As you watch the Eagles team fly, remember that you too can fly like an Eagle with strength from the Lord. 

Calmness in the Crazy

March 24th, 2017

Calmness in the CrazyCrazy doesn’t even begin to describe a bit of what my life has been like recently. My college classes have been more intense then sometimes, and therefore the blogging has gotten away from me this month!

 

I love having a full schedule, but something that I have been discovering is that rejuvenation is so important! And let’s face it, sometimes things just don’t go as planned. What’s important is that we pick up and make sure we are focusing on what’s important in life.

 

The lyrics from Kari Jobe’s “Steady My Heart” have been such a balm to my soul lately!

 

I’m not gonna worry
I know that You’ve got me
Right inside the palm of your hand
Each and every moment
What’s good and what gets broken
Happens just the way You plan

 

Everything that happens in life happens according to God’s plan for my life — for YOUR life! Take a moment or two to listen to the song. Really listen to the words and allow them to wash over you and fill you with CALMNESS in your CRAZY life!

 

 

Bible Journaling

September 8th, 2016

Bible Journaling (1)One thing I got into this year is adult coloring. Being artsy isn’t necessarily my strong suit — words suit me more. It is creativity at its finest — and you don’t have to be great at drawing to love it! I found that coloring is a great stress-relieving method.

 

Wellness Mama talks about some of the different health benefits that come with adult coloring — I mean, if you even need a reason to exercise your creative juices. =)

 

And that’s when I discovered BIBLE JOURNALING.

#BibleJournaling allows me to be creative while meditating on God's Word. Click To Tweet

I use the Inspire Bible, NLT version. There is space for me to journal in the margins, and then some of the margins have Scripture art.

Maybe some of you are thinking — “Okay, coloring sounds like fun, but I have no time to color with my school/work schedule!” I am totally with you! That’s why I love having my coloring in my BIBLE! 

No time to color? That's why I love having my coloring in my BIBLE! #BibleJournaling Click To Tweet

September Scripture Writing Plan 16 English

 

Starting back in January or so, I began using a Scripture reading plan through Sweet Blessings blog. I will then follow this simple plan and read the verse for the day, whether morning or evening works better for you.

If I find that one of those verses has a corresponding Scripture art in my Bible, I’ll spend 15-20 minutes that evening doing a bit of coloring and meditating on that verse.

 

Here are some of my favorite verses I’ve done so far:

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Remember #BibleJournaling is your time between you and God. You dont have to be artsy! Click To Tweet

 

Springtime Blessings

March 24th, 2016

Springtime Blessings

Spring is here ~~ bringing the beauty of flowers, more hours of daylight, and a sense of awe of God’s blessings!

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
     I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.” -Ps 46:10 NIV

When creation comes alive after being dead all winter, the only thing to do is to stand in awe of all that God is doing to revive the earth. In Psalms 46:10, God is telling us to just be still. In the midst of all that is going on around us — be still and KNOW that He is God.

What an amazing thing to ponder!

One of my favorite things to do, especially in the spring, is to just go outside and close my eyes. The warmth of the sun and the singing of the birds is a wonderful reminder of God’s promises.

I also love to take pictures of all the flowers that I can find! A tangible reminder that spring is back!

I encourage you to listen to “Be Still and Know” by Steven Curtis Chapman on YouTube. Close your eyes and just listen to the wonderfulness of God and His love for YOU and me.

Season of Love

February 4th, 2016

Seasons of loveWhat feelings come over you when you think of “Valentine’s Day”? 

Sure, Valentine’s Day is just ONE day on the calendar, but people love that there is a special day that you can show your appreciation or love to a person.

But you don’t have to spend Valentine’s day with your significant other. Valentine’s day can be celebrated in lots of different ways — 

  • Daddy-daughter dates
  • Babysitting
  • Making baked goods for someone who just lost someone special

This Valentine’s Day, see how you can share GOD’S LOVE! And you don’t need to do it just on the 14th of February. Let’s make this year a season of love — sharing the love that God has given us all the time.

Love is PATIENT and KIND; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love BEARS all things, BELIEVES all things, HOPES all things, ENDURES all things. LOVE NEVER ENDS. ~1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Seasons of Life

September 24th, 2015

Seasons in LifeWith the first day of fall being yesterday, it is always wonderful when we can actually “see” the change in the season. The weather becomes a bit chillier and people pull out their light jackets. Hot teas and coffees become a must for early work days. The leaves are starting to turn color.

Yes, I love fall. 

But as we also see the seasons changing, it is neat to witness the different seasons of life. Right now, I am in the college/work season while my youngest cousin is just starting preschool. Amazing how the time flies by!!

But whatever season in life we are in, we should begin to look for ways in which God can use us. 

Like David. He was only a shepherd boy when God called him to defeat Goliath. David didn’t stand around and say that he was too young. Instead, he relied on his faith in God.

Or what about Moses. He was older than David when he heeded God’s voice to go deliver the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. He tried to convince God that he wasn’t the right person for the job…but God had other plans. So he followed.

Then we can read about Daniel. Daniel stood up for God in a foreign country. He didn’t back down, but instead stood strong for what he believed was right both as a teenager AND an adult.

So let us stand up for our faith in whatever season of life we are in. You never know what God has in mind…and do you really want to stand in HIS WAY and miss what wonderful things He might have in store for you?

No Regrets

September 10th, 2015

In my third boosistersk, Accepting Change, Laura reflects that “life is too short to spend wasted and wishing for what you can’t have. Laura had a rough year as some might say. She went through a number big changes including the beginning of the Civil War.

Laura had to choose whether she was going to learn and grow through these changes or spend her time complaining what for couldn’t be. 

While complaining, Laura found that she missed the opportunity to enjoy what she DID have. She had to choose to look at life as an adventure rather then lamenting on what she didn’t have.

The same is true for us. 

Do we spend more time wishing that we were somewhere else?

Do we wish that we had done something when we just didn’t feel like it?

Do we look at our life excited for what is to come or spend time wishing that nothing will change?

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

As we take a look at our life, let us look to Christ to run the race he set before us. Let us take life’s adventures as they come and not look back on our life, relationships, jobs, or school and regret what we have done or not done!

 

How do you deal with change? Do you tend to enjoy adventures or do you like everything to stay the same?

 

A Heart Full of Love

February 12th, 2015

Music can change the world because itFor those of you who have watched Les Miserables, you will recognize this title. There is something about Valentine’s Day that make me recall of my favorite love stories—those which I have watched (Cosette and Marius) or even read about (Angelique and Pierre from Captured by Love).

But when I also think of Valentine’s Day, there is more to love then just the romantic love. There is a self-less, pure love that we can be demonstrating in our own lives, even if that “special someone” hasn’t appeared to us yet!

 

 

My definition of love:

 

L – little things you say and do to show someone else you care about them.

 

O – over pouring of joy and kindness to brighten someone else’s day.

 

V – valuing who others are and what they do.

 

E – emptying ourselves; then filling our hearts with Jesus’ love that we can share with others.

 

So this Valentine’s Day (and of course other days!), my heart will be full of Jesus’ love! And I will be wearing red, pink, and white.

 

I challenge you—think of special ways that you can serve and show your love. Don’t get wrapped up in all the things you associate Valentine’s Day with, but instead fill yourself with Jesus’ love.

Looking Back

June 2nd, 2014

Yesterday, I graduated from high-school. It is hard to believe that it is true. When I entered 9th grade, I thought graduation couldn’t come soon enough. But it did.

These past four years in high-school have really taught me that in whatever I do, I must truly seek God’s plan and do everything for him.

If I could look back on these years and describe them in 5 adjectives, they would be:

Challenging: trying to make my “introverted” self into an extrovert and opening up someone inside of me to prepare for the world that lay beyond high-school.

Maturing: participating in a multi-family Bible study and learning what I believe and why I believe what I do; growing in my faith through individual and group Bible studies and finding practical ways to apply what I learn to my life.

Stressful: taking SATs and through that experience, coming to realize the power of prayer and peace that comes through Christ.

Striving: to live out Colossians 3:17 in everything I do; really applying myself to my school work and getting the most out of my worldview classes; learning to use Scripture to defend my beliefs.

Opportunistic: having the opportunity to babysit all 4 years of high-school; work at my local Cafe as a bus-girl, hostess, and waitress; work at a local store in the office and store; having the opportunity to learn about the writing and publishing process and publish my first book!

If I’ve learned one thing from my high-school years, it’s okay to pursue your dreams whole-heartedly all while giving the glory to God!

Christ, Our Ultimate Valentine

February 14th, 2014

Valentine’s Day–a day focused on love. Going out to eat with your special someone, making and delivering Valentine’s day cards, candy hearts, flowers, special baked goods: this day is just full of all the special things people do for each other to show them “I love you.”

 

For those of us who don’t have a special Valentine, this doesn’t have to be a lonely holiday spent doing just the normal. Valentine’s day doesn’t need to be banned from your mind, until that special someone walks in your life. Truth is, we already have our ultimate Valentine and He loves us more than anyone ever could!

 

That Valentine is Jesus Christ.

 

 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 ESV.

 

Wow! Christ loved us so much that He died for us? How great is that love? Amidst all our betrayal…treason…surface-only-feelings, Christ still loves us?

 

Yes.

 

Valentine’s day isn’t a day when we focus just on ourselves and our own feelings. Yes, it’s nice to feel loved and cherished. That’s a feeling anyone desires to feel. But instead, why not focus on loving Christ back. We have a Valentine, shouldn’t we be showering Him with love and affection? Because Christ truly does cherish us and He loves us.

 

“because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you” Isaiah 43:4 ESV.

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old