Praying With Jane

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    Lara Brace
    September 1, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I am honored to be added to this Class Professor Dodge, reading the welcome letter makes me feel right at home. I am so excited to deepen my understanding of writing.

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    Kristi
    August 30, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Oh so true! Beautifully said, Rachel. LOVE

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      REDodge
      September 1, 2017 at 4:33 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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    Tammy
    September 1, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Love this post! Thank you for this reminder that just as in the case of Elijah, our “wilderness” moments or seasons, are meant for us to get to know our savior at a level that we have yet to experience him in. I love how the Lord spoke to you so clearly during that hard season and how you sought after him and waited on him.

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      REDodge
      September 1, 2017 at 4:32 am

      I love this. So true that we get to know Jesus in a way we never could if we didn’t go through those times.

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    Vic Sanborn
    September 11, 2017 at 5:12 am

    What a lovely ode to Jane! Your blog is beautiful, Rachel. I wish you much success with it.

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      Rachel Dodge
      September 15, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you, Vic! You inspire me!

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    Nina Ruth Bruno
    September 15, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Rachel, this is sooo where I’m at right now! Thank you for sharing! I’m reminded, as the leaves begin to turn color and fall to the ground, that the Lord has his seasons for everything, including the rest of the Wilderness. Sometimes it’s hard to see the wilderness as a place of rest… It seems more like a place of test, but the Lord is teaching me to abide in him, to let go, and to begin to let him live his life out through me. Sometimes I think I want to cling to this old and passing season, even though it wasn’t necessarily an easy or good one, it was familiar, and letting go of it so that the Lord can do a new thing in my life, feels unsafe. The reality is, though, that this is the safest and most wonderful thing that I can do! I love your illustration of the vision or picture that the Lord gave to you about the train station. You see, when the train is pulling away and you aren’t on it, it feels like you’re missing out on something and that’s where the enemy, for me, presses in hard with his lies! So I love that Jesus revealed to you that he was standing on the platform with you and you were exactly where you needed to be… For you, and right now for me, I wouldn’t want to get on the train that’s playing away from the station, because Jesus isn’t on it.

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      Rachel Dodge
      September 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Oh my word, this is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing! It’s like you read my mind. I am so thankful that this spoke to you. Your words and the lessons you’ve learned spoke into my heart as well. Kindred spirits, for sure. May the Lord bless you abundantly as you seek His face!

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    Nina Ruth Bruno
    September 15, 2017 at 12:55 am

    *pulling away from the station, not *playing, lol. Google Voice typing does not understand my California accent lol.

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    Jenice
    September 26, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Wow Rachel this is exactly what the Lord has been speaking to me. Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking cause I’m on my way. My oldest son (17) shared with me a week ago about a pastors message he had heard about prayer. The visual went like this, when we pray and ask God for something and it’s according to His will, God begins His journey to walk towards us but after awhile if we stop asking, God stops walking. He wants us to keep asking and keep seeking and not give up, He’s on His way! It may not be answered in a day, a week, or even a year but don’t stop asking. He LOVES to bless His children especially when we continue to seek after Him and His will for our lives.
    Just recently the Lord provided for us in a way that I never had thought. We had lots of expenses all at once and he provided a portion to offset the cost in a way that I could’ve never thought would happen. God is so so good.
    Don’t give up! Don’t stop praying cause God is listening!

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      Rachel Dodge
      September 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Wow, I love that picture. That’s a great reminder. Thank you for sharing. And I love the testimony of how God provided for you and your family. He never lets us down!

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    Kyla
    September 26, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    A promise that I hold tightly to is the one from Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
    Mainly because i fail daily with my children in the homework department. But- i know that the teachings about Jesus amd our talks about Jesus are not going to be forgotten by them. I get discouraged in my motherhood journey.. But then im quickly reminded of this truth that they WILL not depart. I love this blog!! Thanks for sharing

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      Rachel Dodge
      September 27, 2017 at 8:46 am

      I’m standing on that promise as well!!! I was just sharing it with a friend yesterday. Thank you for the confirmation and for sharing your heart. I know it will encourage other moms who feel the same way. Love you!

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    Nina Ruth Bruno
    November 8, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Wow Rachel, I had pretty much found myself like Zacharias and Elizabeth, although much more like he than she LOL. Just sort of staggering in circles in the desert, because it is too painful to believe any longer, and yet still somewhere, very deeply, there must be a spark of hope, because the Lord has been speaking this message repeatedly to me through various scriptures and devotionals coming my way the past 3 days or so. And it has only gotten increasingly more frequent. And what He is asking me to do is to rise up from the ash heap and start to believe again…

    One of my go-to verses right now is Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

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      Rachel Dodge
      November 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

      I’m praying for you! That’s the perfect verse. I’m so touched that this ministered to you, dear sister.

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    Nina Ruth
    December 10, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Reminds me of 2nd Corinthians chapter one that says we have this sentence of death in ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the Dead. I’m in this place now. I can’t do it. Like the man in Romans 7, I can’t seem to do what I would like to do. I need the exchange life of yet not I, but Christ in me. Of all the Little Red Sea moments in my life right now, the biggest Red Sea is crossing over from Romans chapter 7 to Romans chapter 8. One of my favorite books is Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, and then there’s also a book that features his story in it, called They Found the Secret, also talking about the exchange to life. This is what I need and pray for.

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 10, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      I’ll pray for that exchange by the power of the Holy Spirit! We all need that shift daily, but I know what you mean about wanting to cross over and see a radical once-for-all kind of shift that sets the tone going forward! I love both of those books so much. We really are kindred spirits.

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    Nina Ruth
    January 1, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Spot-on and timely, as always, dear Rachel!

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    Rachel Dodge
    January 1, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you, dear Nina! I hope you are well!

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      Nina Ruth
      January 1, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      I am dear one! The verse the Lord gave me for my theme this year was Joshua 13 1B about how there is still land to conquer and possess! And that definitely requires being brave! 🙂 love, Nina Ruth 🙂 PS I did not know about your book… I would love to know about it do you have a link?

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    Victoria Janzen
    January 4, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Bravery…something I’m very short on. Thank you for the inspiring message.

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    Nina Ruth
    March 1, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I do! Thank you for sharing this! I don’t want to settle for busyness as a substitution for intimacy! I feel that I’m surrounded by true Christians, who definitely have a personal relationship with Jesus, but it’s more like getting fire insurance and then you only call on the insurance company when you need something from the policy. I really am starved for Fellowship, but I realize the satisfaction of Fellowship begins with my Fellowship with Jesus! Thank you for a thoughtful devotional!

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      Rachel Dodge
      March 5, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      I know what you mean. I don’t want to live like that either. I’ll pray for more fellowship for you (with Jesus and with other Christians) because I know both are so important!

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    Elaine Jeremiah
    March 5, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Thank you for sharing how you feel about Jesus. It’s really thought provoking. I know what you mean and I want more of Jesus too!

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      Rachel Dodge
      March 5, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      Praise God! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.

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    Montaine
    May 13, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Hello Rachel,
    I have just discovered your blog. I am so glad, it is wonderful. Reading your article was a wonderful mother’s day gift. It made my day.
    Thank you so much
    Montaine

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      Rachel Dodge
      May 14, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Thank you, Montaine! That means so much. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    Shauna Pilgreen
    May 23, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    It’s theology! That’s good! Thanks for this reminder – you’ve got me smiling!

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      Rachel Dodge
      May 24, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Thank you! I’m smiling today, too!

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    Courtney
    May 24, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    You have a way with words. You’re able to express what we have all felt but didn’t have the words to say. Love the line about carrying her home in your heart.

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      Rachel Dodge
      May 25, 2018 at 7:59 am

      AW, thank you, friend! That encourages me!

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    Amy Jones
    May 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    I loved this post! It made me happy…I found myself smiling more the further I read into it. Thanks for the reminder. I, too, wear my heart on my face. Lol!!

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      Rachel Dodge
      May 27, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you, friend!! That’s awesome!

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    Robin
    May 27, 2018 at 11:05 am

    I prefer to read in big chunks of time, rather than discipline myself into a routine of reading every day at the same time or have any kind of schedule. This means I may not get a good read in for several days, because my weeks are full. If I must, I’ll try to catch up at bedtime…then I find myself short on sleep! But if it’s a good read, I find a way! 🙂

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      Rachel Dodge
      May 27, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      That’s a good point! I bet there are at least two types of readers. I tend to sneak reading into the nooks and crannies of my day, but I think I probably read the most on weekends when I have more time. Like you, if it’s good…I’ll find a way!

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    Melanie Beilner
    August 16, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    This book sounds perfect and I’m excited to find out more!

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      Rachel Dodge
      August 17, 2018 at 10:29 am

      Thank you!! I can’t wait to share it! I’d love to have you on my launch team if you’re interested. I’ve been following you on IG. 🙂

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    Melanie
    September 16, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I LOVE this! Your writing is very good! So glad I discovered you! xoxo

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      Rachel Dodge
      September 16, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad we found each other online. Kindred spirits for sure.

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    Antonina Ruth Bruno
    September 28, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    💖💖💖

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    rachel mcmillan
    October 5, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    you must also read A Tangled Web ( LM Montgomery’s other adult book! ) While I was never able to buy into the Anne of Green Gables books, I always loved the Emily Trilogy and the Blue Castle and A Tangled Web the most 🙂 🙂

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      Rachel Dodge
      October 6, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      I do need to read that! Haven’t yet. Thank you for the recommendation!

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    rachel mcmillan
    October 5, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    (I also ADORE Daddy Long Legs! Katherine Reay plays with this trope in Dear Mr Knightley which ( having caught up on your blog archives) I think you would love!

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      Rachel Dodge
      October 6, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay is one of my favorite books!! We are definitely kindred spirits!

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    Beverly Mayo
    October 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Hello Rachel,
    I met you at the wonderful AGM in Kansas City. I bought two books and wish I had bought more (for my sister:) I gifted my extra book to a strong woman leader in our community. The very next day, she joined JASNA!! I know you met many people so I will give you a hint of who I am. I came by your table with my mother. We are from Florida. Maybe that will jog your memory:)
    I took a picture of my JA doll with your book and I thought you might like to see it. I wanted to send it to you but I could not find a way to send it. Just let me now if you want to see it.
    Thanks again for writing “Praying with Jane.”

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    V.Clark
    December 14, 2018 at 9:45 am

    One of my favorite way to spend my birthday is with family and friends at home. I guess it’s because I’m older, but like each day, every birthday is a celebration of each year of opportunities and challenges. A reminder of what I’ve learn, and how I’ve grown a little bit more each year from my life experiences. Life is to be cherished of their moments

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 14, 2018 at 9:52 am

      That’s lovely! I’m the same. I love to spend time with family and friends. I also have a funny tradition where I ask my parents to tell me a story about my birth. They usually tell me mostly the same stories, but this year when I asked, they told me something new I hadn’t heard before!

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    Becky
    December 14, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I love to spend my birthday with my husband and our children. Our eldest was born on my birthday so we share a special day. Grateful thanks to God for letting us raise 3 of his kids

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 14, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      That is so special!

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    Cindy Kane
    December 14, 2018 at 10:30 am

    A dinner with my Husband and children. Then a quite evening at home.

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Same here!

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    Karen Bates
    December 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    My favorite way to spend my birthday is…quietly. I’d like to spend it reading, having a nice drink and maybe watching a movie.

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Sounds perfect!

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    Michelle Crandall
    December 14, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I love eating at a nicer restaurant, being with family & having an extra treat like chocolate!

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      YUM! That’s the way to do it!

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    Irene Justice
    December 14, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Staying in my pajamas and eating cake!

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 14, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      Pajamas and cake . . . I can’t imagine a better combo!!

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    Laura W.
    December 14, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    How fun! I am sure she would be so shocked at how beloved she is now, and how her works hold such regard for us. I prefer for my birthday to be calm and not much fuss. As long as I am with my husband and kids, all is well in my life. I do appreciate thoughtful cards and treats by friends, as it seems to make my day extra special.

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 14, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      I like those thoughtful little things as well. I have one friend who always drops flowers from Trader Joe’s on my steps on my birthday, even though she homeschools her 6 kids. I don’t know how she does it, but it makes me feel so special!

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        Laura W.
        December 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm

        That is awesome! I think with you knowing how busy she is, and that she makes the effort to do that for you makes it even more special.

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    Jenny
    December 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    My favorite is with my family. It has to include my 91 &. 93 yr old aunt and uncle. That’s how it’s been and always will be until they pass on…

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 14, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      That sounds perfectly delightful!

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    kara
    December 14, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I love just spending my birthday with my family with a special dinner!!!

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 15, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Sounds perfect!

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    Patti Villavicencio
    December 14, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Since my birthday is on December 26, 1952, I’ve continued the tradition my mother started…..lunch and shopping the after Christmas sales. I now enjoy that time with my daughter!

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 15, 2018 at 10:50 am

      That is the best idea for a Christmas birthday. My dad’s birthday is December 28, and we always struggle to find a way to make it special after all the hoopla.

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    alisha woods
    December 14, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Put up the Christmas 🌲

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 15, 2018 at 10:49 am

      How nice!

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    Martha Troxel
    December 14, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    I like to go to thrift shops.

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 15, 2018 at 10:49 am

      Sounds great! I do love to do some shopping somewhere around my birthday.

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    Marissa
    December 14, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    I love to spend my birthday with just my family. I have 6 siblings, when we are all together at home with the parents you can’t beat that!

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 15, 2018 at 10:48 am

      How special! I bet it’s a great time with everyone together.

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    Julie B
    December 14, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    My favorite way to spend my birthday is celebrating with my sister. Our birthdays are one week apart. We usually celebrate together with our families, our parents and one of of our brothers by going out to eat at our favorite mexican restaurant over a weekend. This year we will probably do the same thing. Although my sister said she would like for us to do a sisters day out around our birthdays.

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      Rachel Dodge
      December 15, 2018 at 10:48 am

      That sounds so fun!! A sisters day out sounds pretty fabulous, too.

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    Kim H in GA
    December 17, 2018 at 10:17 am

    a meal with my husband (maybe my teen and tween–ha), finding and reading birthday mail, time outside and time reading or watching a favorite movie

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    Kelly
    January 7, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Thank you for the wonderful resources and encouragement!

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      Rachel Dodge
      January 8, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      You’re welcome, Kelly. Thank you for your note!

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    Eve Scott
    January 11, 2019 at 8:48 am

    “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” ~ Mark 11:24 ~ NLT

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    Kelly
    January 16, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Oh my goodness, yes! I will need to pick this one up. With our many moves, I struggle with the need to be rooted. I usually end up so inward focused in an effort to feel settled. Even in my need for community, I can struggle with reaching out. Thank you for sharing your heart & perspective on this book!

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      Rachel Dodge
      January 16, 2019 at 9:06 am

      I love this, Kelly! I struggle with that as well. I get involved in my own little world and community. She shares so many creative ways to love the people around us. I think you’ll love the book. It feels like a conversation with a friend as you read.

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      Shauna Pilgreen
      January 16, 2019 at 1:52 pm

      Kelly, oh I hope you’ll be encouraged. You must have quite the stories! Praying God blesses you right where you are!

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    Shauna Pilgreen
    January 16, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Rachel, thank you for all the kind words and for introducing me to your friends here on your blog!

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    Kim H in GA
    February 4, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Congratulations! What a perfect gift for the centre and its guests.

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      Rachel Dodge
      February 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you, Kim!

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    Kevin Lindsey
    February 5, 2019 at 7:58 am

    That is wonderful news, congratulations! It’s almost like an Austen validation of your work and what you sensed from God in prayer. He does move in mysterious ways!
    Since you asked, here in Michigan, like a lot of the Midwest, we’ve just come out of the polar vortex. Here it was -15F with -40 windchills. We had 2 beautiful days and now they’re predicting an ice storm. Ugh. Allall we can do is grin and bear it. Congratulations again.

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      Rachel Dodge
      February 7, 2019 at 6:29 pm

      Wow, it sounds cold there! I think it’s cold when it freezes overnight. Alas, I confess I’m a wimpy Northern Cali girl!

      Isn’t it amazing to stand back and ponder God’s ways at times? I think we notice it more when we slow down, don’t you?

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    Claudia Sandoni
    February 7, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Congratulations, Rachel!
    Now that I am halfway through reading your lovely book I wish to add my praise to the many ones it has already received.
    I am really enjoying my time praying with Jane and I love the bits from the Bible that you put in; they give a greater insight into the prayers.
    (Thank you for your dedication inside the book!)

    Claudia

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      Rachel Dodge
      February 7, 2019 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you, Claudia! It’s great to hear from you. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the book! That blesses my heart!

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    Judy Gordon Morrow
    March 7, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Wonderful post, dear Rachel! I so concur with all you wrote and wish that every believer could read it. Too many fires, I’m afraid, have grown cold, and it’s happened so gradually that the dying embers haven’t even been noticed. Thanks for speaking truth with eloquence and gentle compassion.

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      Rachel Dodge
      March 17, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you, Judy! This encourages me so much. xoxo

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    Sandra Grahl
    March 15, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Thanks so much for the above blog on keeping the faith fires burning – much needed. May God bless you and keep you, may His face shine upon you and fill you with peace!

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    Judy Gordon Morrow
    April 2, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Beautiful post, Rachel! Now I want to read that book; it sounds delightful. I am so grateful for the times of refreshment God gives me, and I’m glad you’re encouraging others to listen to our Lord’s “Come away.”
    And I loved hearing how Jesus made you stop in your tracks before you knew him personally. That encourages me in my prayers for others.

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      Rachel Dodge
      April 6, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you, dearest Judy! I love that he stops us in our tracks as you say. I think we need daily reminders to stop and be still with him!

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    Stephanie
    April 3, 2019 at 7:57 am

    As I listen to the morning sounds of singing birds surrounding my home, I read your lovely words of Hope.
    The busyness of everyday life can easily take over and we miss His beauty all around us.
    Thank you.
    Psalm 46:10
    10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

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      Rachel Dodge
      April 3, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you for sharing this! So lovely. That’s the perfect verse. I pray it at night if I can’t sleep or when something is weighing heavy on my heart.

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    Kristi Rapoza
    April 8, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    So beautifully wittten, Rachel. How precious a relationship with our sweet savior can be. I love how you remind us he is beckoning us to come away with him and let Him give us peace and rest and fresh vision. You brought to life such sweet imagery in my mind of the many times in the past He has met me in those special places on a bench or a sandy beach or just in my closet on my knees.

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      Rachel Dodge
      April 10, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Thank you, Kristi! This warms my heart. I think of those special times away with him and it draws me to him again! xo

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    Stephanie Bacon
    April 12, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    “In the midst of change, God broadens and expands our territories and our hearts so that we can embrace what’s ahead and open our arms to the “more” he has planned.”
    I have also experienced a year of change as my oldest went off to Azusa Pacific University. That daily home connection – conversation – hugs – knowledge of where he is and what he is doing is gone.
    I had to grieve the loss and also trust that God has him.
    The question entered my mind and heart, Who am I separate from being my boys mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a teacher?
    God reminded me – I am a daughter of the one true King.
    Change is inevitable in this life and God love is eternal. The older I get the more time I spend at the feet of Jesus.
    Just Keep Praying 🙏 and moving forward.
    (I just told a friend today that the older I get the more time I spend in prayer.)

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      Rachel Dodge
      April 13, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Thank you for sharing this and for your encouragement! It’s so good to be reminded of who I am in Christ. And more time at the feet of Jesus has been HUGE for me in this season. Praise God!

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    Brenda Cox
    April 13, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Rachel. I’m about to enter a major time of transition and am stressed out already. We do need to say goodbyes well, but then look forward. The uncertainty, and the possibilities of failure, are part of my struggles.
    May the Lord give you joy in your new community!

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      Rachel Dodge
      April 13, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Thank you, dear sister. It really is difficult. Some of the change we’re going through has been good and some has been hard and discouraging. I have to remind myself to set my eyes on Christ hourly some days, but he always comes through and always gives me new perspective. My time in the Word and in prayer has been so rich because I’m so desperate for him!

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        Brenda Cox
        April 13, 2019 at 12:02 pm

        Amen. He loves us to be totally dependent on Him. It’s through the pain that we grow, but that doesn’t make it easier, I think!

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    Natalie young
    April 13, 2019 at 4:04 am

    I’m enjoying your blog and love my Praying
    with Jane book . Thanks Natalie Young

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      Rachel Dodge
      April 13, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Thank you for letting me know!! God bless you! Please keep in touch. xo

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    Kelly
    April 13, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Such beautiful truth! I love that Jesus leaves us examples in the Old Testament to speak to our journey today. Set your eyes on Jesus and do not be shaken, and know that you’re not alone on this adventure.

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      Rachel Dodge
      April 13, 2019 at 11:37 am

      So true! Thank you for this encouragement. I think feeling alone in it is the hardest part at times!