Julie Rhodes

Julie Rhodes on noob mothering, rookie faith, and life in a ponytail.

Mountain Help

August 2014 Some of you went to the mountains this summer. If you’re reading this in August, I myself might be looking at a mountain right about now. Mountains are unapologetic, aren’t they? Big old beautiful temper tantrums on the bald face of nature. Stark, treacherous, BIG. And in the Bible, big things happen on…   read more

Score One for Joy

July 2014 I started to sit down to write this letter, as I always do, with my preschooler taking a “nap” upstairs and my can of pretentious soda water sitting next to me on the couch. I sat there and sat there and sat there and just couldn’t, like, DO IT. I opened my phone…   read more

Unsorted Laundry

June 2014 I had a dream the other night that all of us showed up to church, and instead of carrying Bibles and cute purses and cups of coffee-based goodness, everyone had armfuls and armfuls of LAUNDRY. Some dirty, some clean, all jumbled. We dumped our loads onto the chairs and into the aisles, and…   read more

Your Little Hand

May 2014 An odd sort of comfort descended upon me last week as I watched my three-year-old daughter climb into the front seat of our SUV. I was unloading groceries from the back, and Madeline saw an opportunity to fiddle with all the knobs, buttons, levers and contraptions that operate a Nissan Murano. And while…   read more

Able God

April 2014 In the span of one single day, I have connected with three different friends who are each facing huge, mega-blinding lightning strikes of disillusionment. Failing marriages, failing faith assumptions, failing life choices. Things are coming apart. Things are REALLY coming apart. Not just in our government, not just across the Atlantic or on…   read more

Let Go of the Leash

My Kindergartener Drew really wants a dog. Actually, he really just wants something he can lead around on a leash, be it a Labrador, a donkey, or the ticking crocodile from Peter Pan. Things have gotten so out of hand that just the other day we discovered him in the backyard detaching his swing from…   read more

Just An Onion

February 2014 The other day I was in that odd space of discontent where everything around me took on a certain emptiness, a certain poverty of meaning. I was making dinner and grabbed an onion from the pantry to begin chopping. And when I looked down at that onion, that innocent, meek little vegetable, it…   read more

Little-A Advents

December 2013 Why does God make us wait? It’s hard to say, but we do know one thing: he made many heroes of the Bible wait, too. And wait. And wait and wait and wait. Abraham waiting for a long-awaited son. Joseph waiting in prison. The people of Israel waiting under Pharaoh’s oppression — 400…   read more

Brave Little Efforts

The thing about Band Aids is that they remind you about a boo-boo even if the boo-boo doesn’t hurt and even if the boo-boo is completely healed. They protect and heal, but they also remind. My daughter wears hers as a badge of great valor. These were her wounds from a smoky war, and she…   read more

The Coming City

(February 2014 Editor Letter) The other day I was in that odd space of discontent where everything around me took on a certain emptiness, a certain poverty of meaning. I was making dinner and grabbed an onion from the pantry to begin chopping. And when I looked down at that onion, that innocent, meek little…   read more