Finding God in the Ordinary

By Barbara Rainey | September 21, 2020 | 5 Comments

  My newborn granddaughter loves being swaddled snugly. Wound correctly, a swaddle blanket will cocoon Emma Cate’s newborn form tightly into the familiar shape of the womb, her first home. She knows the feel of that place. She trusts it … she calms … she sleeps. Birth is a launch from home into a new […]

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Conquering Anxiety When Living with Divisions at Home and in the World

By Barbara Rainey | September 14, 2020 | 3 Comments

  Watching differences turn into divisions in our country over recent years has made me anxious. I wish I had an on-off switch for this constant malaise, this undertow, but alas I only have a dimmer. I know enough of my Bible to know anxiety is not what God desires. Jesus taught in the Sermon […]

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Using Chores to Teach Your Children the Value of Work

By Barbara Rainey | September 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Early in our marriage, Dennis and I discovered we had very different views on the value of work. Then we had children … and the conversation widened to include questions like, “How do we balance play time and teaching time? How much can we expect of our toddlers, our preschoolers?” Do you know what values […]

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Three Ways to Make Your Home Safe Before the Storms of Life Hit

By Barbara Rainey | August 24, 2020 | 8 Comments

One ordinary morning I dropped my teens off at school, then headed home to tackle the laundry pile and breakfast dishes. My normalcy was abruptly interrupted when my phone rang at 8:30. Our friend Bob Lepine called to suggest I turn on the television. A plane had just flown into one of the twin towers […]

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When God Asks You to Do Something You Don’t Want to Do

By Barbara Rainey | August 17, 2020 | 16 Comments

  Dear Barbara: I’m struggling right now. I really feel God asking me to do something that sounds too hard. Honestly, I don’t want to obey. Why would He do that? How can I negotiate?   Dear Friend, It’s scary isn’t it? I’ve wondered the same. I remember when, after an exhausting week wrangling five […]

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What to Do with Unanswerable Questions About an Unknown Future

By Barbara Rainey | August 10, 2020 | 11 Comments

Corrie felt more grown up sitting next to her father on the train into the city. As she watched farms and fields fly by out the window she decided to ask her papa a question. After rehearsing the words this way and that, she bravely turned her face toward him and asked, “What is sex?” […]

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Finding Stability As We Enter Certain Instability This Fall

By Barbara Rainey | August 3, 2020 | 8 Comments

  As August ushers in the fall of 2020, I am amazed at how much our lives have changed, and how differently we think about our daily activities. For the most part, Dennis and I are still staying at home. No dinners at restaurants. No movies. No weekend soccer tournaments. No trips other than visiting […]

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When You Need Saving Because You Fear

By Barbara Rainey | July 27, 2020 | 6 Comments

  I was my children’s savior. So many times I scooped up a little one about to face plant, or rescued a bigger one from pain with Neosporin and Band-Aids and hugs. Car seats, seat belts, and filters of all kinds were my tools—weapons against lurking dangers. But children grow up and moms can’t protect […]

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When You Are Afraid

By Barbara Rainey | July 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

  When was the last time you were afraid? Was it yesterday or the day before? Maybe you have even felt fear today in one of its cousin forms: anxiety, stress, anger, nervousness, or hyper-vigilance to name a few.  When we feel out of control, we are afraid.  Sounds at night produce panic or wakefulness, […]

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How Long Is an Age?

By Barbara Rainey | July 13, 2020 | 6 Comments

  Last words are important. They’re meaningful. Spoken before death or by a soldier leaving for deployment, parting words are memorable. Often those words keep the left-behind ones getting up each morning, counting the days as they wait for the anticipated reunion.  So the last words Jesus, before He ascended to heaven, are some of […]

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