The Only Way (31 ThoughtFULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)


She’s a revolutionary, tucked away in a neighborhood on the tough side of town. Flo loves Jesus and Bob Marley, and every time I’m with her, her wisdom refreshes like cool water on a hot Texas day. Her bejeweled patchwork home is a sanctuary for kids needing safety from the streets and wandering souls needing a place to feel human again.


Flo has lived more lifetimes in her seven decades than I’ll ever know or understand. She is a woman of Building Eden because eats and drinks and breathes restoration – over and over again. The story she shares for 31 ThoughtFULL Things is advice I cling to day after day.


“I may battle good days and dark days, love, but I’ve only had madness in my heart one time. I had learned of a young girl who was being abused and trafficked, and I wanted to help her. What filled me with madness wasn’t what was happening to her. She could be saved. It was her mother, who drove a nice car and lived in a nice neighborhood on the other side of town. She said she didn’t have time to come get her. Love doesn’t do that. Love shows up. The only way to fight the madness in me was to keep showing up.”

These words – for you now, my friend. Keep showing up. Please. Keep showing up. Love overcomes the madness. Love wins. 

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About Ronne Rock


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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