Rachelle Crawford
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Rachelle is a wife and mother of three. She's passionate about her family’s transition from clutter and chaos, to purpose and peace, through simply owning less. You can read about how minimalism helped to lead her family into the good life at her blog, Abundant Life With Less.

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  1. I think of this sometimes when I’m waving goodbye to my own towering boys.
    And then I remember Isaiah 30 and the words about how God waits on high to have compassion on us (words written during a time of Israel’s rebellion and turning away) and I’m grateful for God’s unwavering attention to me.
    Thank you, Rachelle, for sharing this parable from your own beautiful mothering life.

  2. What a great example of what we experience as parents, mothers is just what Hod experiences with us. Thank you for the reminder to look up and check in that God is right there where I asked him to be xx

  3. Rachelle,
    This is beautiful….and such a poignant reminder that God is always there – waving from the window – while we frantically go about our business. I have a “secret” nod I give to God when I am just really aware of his presence. I touch my heart, then I touch my lips, and then I point one finger, arm raised, up to God and I usually say, “Love You Lord”. If I was truly aware of His constant presence, my arm would be getting an aerobic workout. Your post has me thinking that I need to go beyond just thanking him in the wonderful “wow” moments, but even when tears are running and He is ever present then. Thank you for an image I will keep in my head of God waving to me from the window, and may I remember to look toward Him.
    Bev xx

    • Thank you. Finding little tangible reminders throughout our day can help us realign our focus on His closeness no matter what is going on. Love the idea of a “secret nod!”

  4. Thank you…i am a very visual person i loved the way you described Jesus that he is still there just like he promised.

  5. God nudges us every day! I take notice, and thank him for his guidance. Your article is a good reminder that He is always there to lend a helping hand, nurturing us every step of the way. What is impressive is that He does it for all of us! So glad you have this opportunity to write for this community. Wonderful, creative thoughts!

  6. Great devotion!! Wonderful analogy that struck a chord in my heart. Many thanks to you for sharing!

  7. This is awesome. I love getting reminders from Him that He is always near, whether I forget Him or not. Thank you for this ❤️

  8. Great reminder for me today. I had a very stressful morning, and this was calming and convicting.

  9. Thank you God! Thank you Rachelle for this message just when I needed it!
    You are related to me! I am Doris Marzean Hodgkin’s daughter, Evelyn Brunette Marzean’s Granddaughter and Leah LaCross Brunette’s Great Granddaughter! Bless you for your love of God and for sharing your message! Our girls are now 18 and 22 and not so long ago I was waving goodbye to them as they went about their day! Now I wave when Madeline goes to MSU and to Katherine as she travels to Hawaii to be with Michael in the Army.
    Michelle Hodgkin Elliott
    (I love God and I love to write too❤️)

  10. Love these words, Rachelle! Yes, what a sweet truth it is that God is always near, always waiting, always available for us to turn our eyes and hearts to Him. Thanks so much for sharing today at (in)courage!

  11. Rachelle,

    Your post goes hand in hand with my song for tomorrow-In His Eyes by Stephen C. Chapman. The chorus sums it up best “His eyes never closes sleep-no matter where you go you will always be in His eyes”. He is always watching over us. He’s the patient father waiting to speak to us & listen to our prayers. We get so busy in our daily lives that we hardly give a thought to Him. We need to remember that He is waiting for us. We can do breath prayers to have a conversation with Him. He loves it when we spend time with Him & His word. After all He gave us His son!! Let’s all wave hello to Jesus!!

    Blessings 🙂

  12. Rachelle,
    I took in every word and enjoyed every bit of it. Thank-you for reminding us of the Lord’s presence. I also like to awknowlege Him with thanks.
    Blessings to all,

    • Karen, at the top right of the Webpage, click on Sign In. This will take you to a place where you can set up an (in)courage account and upload a photo. 🙂

  13. Rachelle! Sister! How much I love this: “How easy it is for us to assume that God isn’t near when in fact, it is us who forget to look up.” Beautifully worded. Look up sometimes is the theme of my life. Learning to enjoy His grace. Grateful I stopped by today. Thank you for your post.

  14. Thank you for reminding us again, we have a loving, caring Father that wants nothing more than to be there for us. This is so beautiful. As I sit here with tears thinking of the picture you have painted, I hope I will be more aware of independent and more aware of how much I need Him.
    Thank you for your wonderful reminder of how we need to be living every moment of our lives. Bless you and your beautiful soul.

  15. Rachelle,
    This is beautifully written and so very true. Thank you for reminding of God’s ever present love.
    I plan to share this with my bible study friends.
    Thank you again!

  16. I get those little messages that people are waving at me, sometimes they are annoying. I’m glad God is.