Dear Barbara, how do I not resent my husband?

By Barbara Rainey | May 13, 2019 | 4 Comments

Dear Barbara, Your words were wonderful to read tonight as I just got into a fight with my husband because I feel he does not appreciate all that I do and gives no help at all with our daughter, while I am expecting a second child. After reading your post, I just realized that I […]

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Eve and Me

By Barbara Rainey | May 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

She shall be called woman. The pinnacle of Your creation made to complete Adam, the two shall be one together a mirror of Three in One. Their fateful decision, her choice, his silence, unleashed torrents of sorrow endlessly multiplied pains. Eve’s motherhood, fount of every life on earth. Women ever since condemned to suffer pain […]

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Disappointed On Mother’s Day? 3 Tips For Helping Your Husband Win This Year

By Barbara Rainey | April 29, 2019 | 3 Comments

Ah, Mother’s Day! Images of rest, being waited on, gifts, sleeping in, a break from the daily duties … is that the way your Mom-holiday usually goes??? Maybe your husband forgot or ignored you on Mother’s Day last year? Maybe this wasn’t the first time either. What can you do besides feel sorry for yourself, […]

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Savoring the Savior

By Barbara Rainey | April 25, 2019 | 10 Comments

It’s been four days since Resurrection Day. How many notifications have you received about Mother’s Day or summer sales already? Planning ahead is necessary but we’ve lost our ability to savor, to pause in the now, to experience the wonder of this present moment. On this day in AD33, the entire city of Jerusalem and […]

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Marys and Soul Sisters

By Barbara Rainey | April 22, 2019 | 11 Comments

True love is brave courageous, willing to risk, sacrifice; and so three Marys, Salome, Joanna and others walked in the pre-dawn darkness to the tomb. Why did they go? Was it mere duty, a woman’s obligation? Perhaps one had signed up for that morning’s anointing work but more than six said, I’m coming too. And […]

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Traditions

By Barbara Rainey | April 15, 2019 | 1 Comment

Beautiful repetitions bind us together ‘we always bake these cookies, celebrate this way’ give life and meaning raise us above our more ordinary days. Other patterns, attitudes like recipes handed down from generation to generation bind and blind. Family histories of oppression, abuse, mediocrity tragic, not new so too church families, God’s called ones set […]

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How to Celebrate Passover With 5 Easy Ideas

By Barbara Rainey | April 8, 2019 | 5 Comments

When is your Passover party? Wait. You haven’t planned it yet… ??? You might think that celebrating Passover is only appropriate in the Jewish tradition, but this holiday is the foundation upon which Easter stands. They are inextricably tied together. Passover is the first feast God commanded His children to celebrate. This meal both celebrates […]

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Do We Give Our Husband Our Best Self?

By Angela Mills | April 4, 2019 | 8 Comments

  I’m excited to share this post because Angela writes about a struggle every wife deals with: being nicer to others than to our husbands. Have you done that too? Even though she’s written an entire book on this topic doesn’t mean she’s free from struggle with keeping a good attitude toward her guy. I […]

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How To Have A Meaningful Palm Sunday

By Barbara Rainey | April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Are you noticing Jesus more each day as we collectively move nearer to Easter?  If you are like me life is entirely too busy and fast-paced. So as I ask myself I ask you too, “how might you simplify and slow down so you can ponder the Lamb of God?” Palm Sunday will be here in […]

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Why Easter Matters to Marriage

By Barbara Rainey | March 25, 2019 | 30 Comments

One of my great faults, which shows up regularly in our marriage, is my first-born perfectionism turned on my husband as ‘helping’. Sometimes it happens when he’s telling a story and doesn’t get the details right as I remember them and I correct him. (btw, I do work hard not to correct publicly.) Other times […]

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