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How Rachel Met Peter: God’s Love Story – Pt. 15

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I was speaking with Pete this morning about how to end our 14-blog-post saga (but not our relationship).  I wondered how you end something that has just started.  He said something so poignant that I invited him to write the blog post.  He judiciously said I was doing such a good job of telling our story that I should conclude it.  I say, it’s always easier to direct from the side than to write the script.  Anyway, his big takeaway from it all is that we never know from day-to-day where God will lead our lives.  And it’s so very […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 9

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Months before meeting Peter, a woman I trust immensely asked me a pointed and timely question.  She said, Do you trust that what God has in His hands is better than what you have in your hands?  I did a quick search of my heart, and the sad answer was no.  While I acknowledged that God was all sovereign and had everything under control, I didn’t truly believe in my heart of hearts that He could solve my problems. It’s not that I thought God was incapable.  It’s more that I thought His version of happiness would be a distortion of […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 8

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One day, as I was talking to Peter, he said some words that were pivotal in our relationship.  Pivotal, because they confirmed to me that God had truly been working behind the scenes in our story. In the middle of a conversation, almost out of nowhere, Peter said, Rachel, I just want you to know that I’d be willing to go wherever God led me to go – even if that meant going to live or work in another country.  If God told me to go work in an orphanage somewhere, I’d be happy to go do that.  I want […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 6

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I was learning to practice the art of being still in my spiritual and emotional life.  It meant different things in different situations, but overall, I understood it to mean never moving ahead of God – not being led to make decisions based off of emotions alone because feelings are not the same as faith. The day after Peter and I hung out, he returned to Australia.  Knowing his flight was long and drawn out, I waited for almost a day to see if I heard word – a text or a FB update.  I wondered how he was.  Finally, […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 5

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Before Australia was on my radar, I was beginning my third academic year running the Office of Communications at a University in the Middle East.  I loved my job.  It was where I found purpose.  I lived off of the buzz of energy generated by my work.  However, due to a series of events, I was beginning to feel that God was moving my life in a different direction.  I felt I should go back home to the US, however, I was very invested in the University, the country and the people.  I was invested in my work and in […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 4

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I woke up the next day wondering where I could take Peter.  Knowing he’s a librarian, I settled on the Harold Washington Library, and I decided to let us figure out the rest. I opened my phone to check the time.  In checking the time, I also saw the date.  It hadn’t registered to me before, but providentially, it just so happened to be February 14, Valentine’s Day.  Oh no!  I thought to myself.  How awkward to go out with this guy that I barely knew on Valentine’s Day.  My mind quickly tried to think of how to downplay all […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: Love Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 3

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After a lot of driving, we settled on The Cheesecake Factory.  We sat and reminisced about how good the One Project experience had been.  Throughout the conversation, the Australian crew asked many questions about my experience in the Middle East.  I was happy to share small snippets and stories. I was processing it all myself. The conversation at the table was light and fun with lots of laughter.  I was beginning to see that Aussies are lighthearted and love to joke.  As the evening wore on, they began discussing their plans for the next day.  They had scheduled a Frank […]

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How Rachel Met Peter: A Story of God’s Provision – Pt. 2

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The interesting thing about my strong urge to go to the One Project was that I had no idea what would happen at the conference.  It was just an event that I saw on the internet. I didn’t know anyone who had attended before.  I didn’t even know what would happen there. I just knew they’d be talking about Jesus. Upon entering the hotel, I was greeted with the gathering’s logo on the floor of a beautiful hotel. The atmosphere was amazing.  It was apparent that thought and planning had gone into every detail. The first night, I attended a […]

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