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. 

Call Me Old-Fashioned

February 26th, 2015

Old-Fashioned = of, relating to, or characteristic of a past era; adhering to customs of a past era.

CAll me Old-fashionedI think I could aptly describe myself as such considering the definition given by the Miriam-Webster dictionary. It seems only fitting since I’ve always wanted to live in the 1800s. Then again, if I can’t live there, might as well write about it!

But calling me old-fashioned goes deeper then that. I still believe in courtship, true love, and chivalry—and yes, I still long for that to come. I long for my prince to sweep me off my feet, yet in a Godly, pure manner. Who wouldn’t dream of all that?

I love dressing up for any occasion and making sure I look my best.

I love receiving flowers on special occasions such as my birthday or Valentine’s Day.

I love being called “Miss” because it reminds me of who I am.

I love knowing that I have a Heavenly Prince who is preparing me for my earthly prince if it is his will.

In today’s era, modern society seems concerned with having a fast-paced relationship doing what seems the best for YOU in the moment. Who cares about long term, what makes ME happy NOW?

But there is nothing wrong with being old-fashioned. There is nothing wrong with being a female who knows her mind and who can submit with humility, grace, and love.

I challenge you to think about who you are and how you would portray yourself to be.

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!

Eternal Home: Shelter = Judgement House

October 14th, 2013

Life is so unpredictable. You can spend all the time in the world worrying about the future, but the reality is simple; no one, but God, knows the future. Do we spend all our time worrying about little insignificant things or do we spend our time working on our relationships with God, family, and friends?

Where is our shelter? Do we hide under things that will surely fall, or do we rest on God, our eternal dwelling place?

After saying all that, I would like to invite you all to a walk-through drama at Immanuel Leidy’s Church called “Shelter.” By witnessing this drama, you will see that the choice of waiting even one day to accept God can forever affect where you will spend eternity.

Performance dates are October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, & 31; it is a one hour drama with tours running from 6-9pm. You can go to http://leidyschurch.org/ for more details.

 

Revelation 21:3-4, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Isn’t that just a wonderful description of what heaven will be like? There will be no more sadness or pain and we will forever dwell with God.

Life is filled with choices we have to make each and every day of our lives, but there is one choice that is more important than any other. Will we accept Jesus as our eternal shelter and spend eternity with him? Or will we turn him away, say we don’t need him, and end up for eternity in hell?

 

I hope you will all come to Judgement House and are moved in a powerful and spiritual way by the message! If you do end up going, I would love to hear how you enjoyed it and what spoke to you, so feel free to leave a comment!

 

Have a good night!

What are Emotions?

June 3rd, 2013

Emotions are the feelings that bubble up inside you for any given occasion. As young girls in the pre-teen and teenage years, emotions are a constant struggle. One minute you can be soaring high feeling happy and giddy, the next you can be on the ground feeling lonely or angry.

Because emotions are so tricky (believe me, I struggle with them myself), I thought of doing a devotional series which I wrote that would touch on a different emotion each week throughout the summer. And  what better day to do it than a Monday. From my experience, Mondays are just blah. So, I am beginning a ‘devotional Monday’ with the hope that you will be able to start out the week right thinking about your emotions.

Now, back to our emotions. Have you ever thought “Why do I even need emotions? Most of the time they just get me into trouble!” Well, a few weeks ago I attended a conference session which was focused on the heart. The speaker said many helpful things, some of which I will share with you now:

  • Our heart is a factory that produces emotions
  • We are wired to have emotions
  • God wants us to use our emotions to glorify him

Even though we are made to have emotions, we cannot let them control us because they can be very deceiving. Sometimes our emotions will tell us what we want, but we know that we don’t NEED that particular item and that would be our emotions being deceptive, which is why we don’t want them to control us.

Instead of using our emotions to hurt others or put people down, we need to try to remember to use our emotions to glorify God. By using our emotions appropriately, we can show others that God lives in us and that is our testimony!

A dear friend & mentor showed me Psalm 19:14 when I was in a bible study learning more about emotions. It reads:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Ps 19:14 ESV

Before you let your emotions take a hold of you, ask yourself “Is this pleasing and acceptable to God?” If not, curve the emotion so it doesn’t take control of the situation. Don’t intentionally hurt another person, even if they have hurt you. Talk through that emotion with someone whom you trust. Use your emotions to glorify God and ask God for help each day to help you control them.

 

 

Something to Think About: How many times could you change the outcome of your day just by concentrating on your emotions? Instead of ending down, could you end high?

Faith & Trust

May 24th, 2013

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:3 & 9 (ESV)

About 3 months ago, I read this verse. I ‘happened’ to read it at just the time I was choosing an editor. By reading the verse, God was reminding me that I needed to commit my book/s and my dreams of becoming an author to Him. Without Him, it would have surely failed. I have found the most wonderful editor and now I’m  seeking His guidance as I look to find a cover designer.

Without God, I’m sure I wouldn’t even be at the stage that I am at. I have had so many mentors, friends, and family encouraging me along even when I started to think it was impossible. But when you commit whatever you want to the Lord and if it is in His will, He WILL make it happen. All it takes is faith and trust in the One who knows all things.

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old