Renee Swope


I’m not a natural rule follower or a limit-liker. I love last-minute plans and just-because adventures. If you let me stay up as late as I want, and sleep in as […]


It was supposed to be a prayer request, but my email started out more like an apology. I needed friends to pray, yet I was hesitant to ask. I didn’t want my burdens […]


One evening after an intense “discussion,” my husband, J. J., told me that no matter what he did or how hard he tried, it was never enough for me. He […]


I thought I was over the hurt. Was sure I had moved on. But as I slipped my thumb under the seal of the invitation to my 10-year college reunion, […]


The other day I caught myself whispering an unrealistic secret to my heart: “Maybe this will be the year everything goes as planned and we’ll have the perfect Christmas.” Perfect is what I’ve always wanted […]


I caught my heart heading to the pit of discouragement for spring break. My heart was supposed to go to the beach with my family and me, but it was not cooperating. […]

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Set Apart

Sep 7, 2015 by

“What are you good at? Is there something you would love to do?” When the facilitator of our team-building exercise asked these questions, I didn’t have an answer. Here I was, thirty-two […]

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Sometimes I wonder how I can go from being in such great place with God — feeling peaceful, patient, and kind – and all of a sudden something happens that sends me into an […]