Why Easter Matters to Marriage

By Barbara Rainey | February 22, 2021 | 31 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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When Sex is at the Bottom of Your List

By Barbara Rainey | February 15, 2021 | 3 Comments

Today’s post is a question compiled from several I have been asked over the years. It is addressed in my book, Letters to My Daughters which is why I replied, “Dear daughters.” It’s a topic that books have been written about, but here I’m sharing a few things I learned that helped me in this […]

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3 Reasons Why Lent Matters, and 3 Ways to Observe the Season

By Barbara Rainey | February 8, 2021 | 7 Comments

The season of Lent begins next week on Wednesday, February 17.  It’s almost here. Here are three reasons why Lent matters this year more than ever. Lent was established centuries ago by church leaders to help Christ followers remember the humility of Jesus and imitate Him as we are called to do.  This year, following […]

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Dear Barbara: How Do I Not Resent My Husband?

By Barbara Rainey | February 1, 2021 | 16 Comments

  Dear Barbara: I got into a fight with my husband last night 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. Today I’m wondering if I’m looking for something from him that he can’t give.  Or […]

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Friends & Family Fridays

By Barbara Rainey | January 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Hey everyone! Hope you are staying well and anticipating more “life” to return as the vaccine continues to reach more and more of our fellow Americans. In spite of the fears and even conspiracy theories, it’s a wonder that these vaccines were developed so quickly. And most everyone over 50 is eager to get it […]

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In This World We Will Have Trouble … but There is Hope

By Barbara Rainey | January 25, 2021 | 12 Comments

All too frequently I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. A week ago at 3:30 a.m., in more unwelcome wide-awake minutes, my brain started firing about the condition of our world. I didn’t ask for this, didn’t want it either, but it’s what my inner being was […]

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God Has Given Us Everything We Need … for Every Circumstance

By Barbara Rainey | January 18, 2021 | 6 Comments

As a history major in college and an eager learner ever since, I’ve read countless books on World War II and the Holocaust, the Russian Revolution and the Romanov dynasty, Rwandan and Armenian history … and I’ve sprinkled in books on Rome and ancient cultures, as well as  lots of American histories.  I’ve always wondered […]

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Why Prayer is So Hard

By Barbara Rainey | January 11, 2021 | 8 Comments

When I was a baby Christian in my early 20s, I decided I wanted to be a prayer warrior … someone who really knew God and saw lots of results from their prayers. It was a lofty and very naïve goal. Fifty years later I feel like I’m finally learning to pray!  In these intervening […]

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15 Things We Can Count On in 2021

By Barbara Rainey | January 4, 2021 | 5 Comments

Stepping into a new year always feels a bit like stepping off a precipice before a vast unknown. Like the door in one of the books in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series—it stood open, surrounded by the countryside, yet when entered revealed a new land unseen from the other side. In every new year there […]

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Hope After Unhappy Holidays

By Barbara Rainey | December 28, 2020 | 6 Comments

  I’m wondering today if you are feeling disappointed. The Christmas holidays are almost over. Though we are still surrounded by decorations and lights, for many of us the sparkles only magnify our loneliness. Our losses.  Were you alone this Christmas, even if you weren’t alone?  Did you watch your children not getting along? You […]

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