Shoot like a Girl | Enter (#31days)

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Day 8: Nevrincea, Romania.

The windows were pushed wide open in the church, in the hopes someone would hear the music and come. It was the first Sunday in so many Sundays that someone was there to open the Bible and preach in the farming community forgotten by most when Communism came and dimmed the lights on hope. But today a new pastor had come, and today there was music.

He walked in quietly with his son and found a place on the small pew. Visibly shaking, he simply sat. He didn’t know why he was there, but he didn’t want to be away on this day. And so he tried to find a place for his life among the grandmothers and children.

The whispers started. “He is a drunk. You can smell the liquor.”

Strangers prayed for him. Neighbors looked away.

The doors had been opened for him to enter in. But hearts were closed. And so he and his son walked down the dirt road, away from the place where the windows were pushed wide open so all would hear and come.

His face reminds me even today to keep windows and doors and hearts wide open. Because someone is longing for a place. Even me.

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About Ronne Rock

YOU ARE GOD'S HAND-CRAFTED DESIGN. AND I WANT TO CELEBRATE YOU.

We're in this together, and I am for you. I secure road signs with a hammer of hope, and clear the debris so they can be seen. I am your encourager. I walk and keep walking. Cheer and keep cheering. I invest, dive deep, and cherish most the stories being written in the lives of women who believe restoration is a reality on earth as it is in heaven. God holds the pen in those stories, “That one - I hold her. And that one - she is My delight. And that one - never snatched away.”  I am a mouthpiece of celebration for women. Redemption is our song. You can find even more encouragement in  "For You, Love" the prayer journals that invite you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. I'm currently writing One Woman Can Change the World, set to publish late spring 2020 (Revell). I'm honored to be represented by Credo Communications.

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6 thoughts on “Shoot like a Girl | Enter (#31days)”

  1. So good. I’ve been thinking of my own church lately, and how we are acting towards even those who have been part of our church for decades. Some people see us as growing because of new members, but I see us missing out on engaging those we already know. Thanks for reminding me today.

  2. Learning to look past the outside and into the heart. Pray for God to help me see the person as He sees them. Only then can the brokenness be healed.

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