Not All Who Wander (Spiritually)Are Lost: a Story of Church – Traci Rhoades

Traci Rhoades wrote an Deeply Refreshing book: Not All Who Wander (Spiritually) are Lost: A Story of Church.

Her website, provides further insight, updates, resources and more.

Here are just a few of the passages which struck me where I am at and upon which I am grateful to ruminate; to be “stuck on;” to have Growing me:

PS: Her twitter account is also refreshing! @TracesOfFaith

25. …even though fellowship might feel broken, we’re still under the lordship of Christ. Church Family is still Family, even when we don’t get along.”

36. …the more involved you get (in a church), you’re sure to find flaws in these all-too-human establishments.

37. They (your children) will need to forge their own relationships with God. The narrow road [their narrow road] may look a little bumpy at times [especially to a parent – each of their roads may look unfamiliar/familiar; bumpy/scary/odd/wrong-even?], but God is faithful [He is. He IS – aka “I am” – Jesus said].

40. There’s a certain amount of effort required to make a person feel included [when they come visit your church. So, put out a little of this effort to people, Ben!].

Matthew 7: 15-20. Jesus said we will be known by our fruit. “Time and again I see good and godly fruit from gay and lesbian friends…” (p. 43).

108. Another way I’ve tried to be intentional about training up my daughter in the faith is making sure she is mentored by other people in the faith. There will likely come a time when she won’t attend the same church as us, and I want her to know intrinsically, as I did, churches have God’s people in them. I want her to believe this, even thought they might not be the loudest voices or demand the greatest presence.