My Life with Elisabeth Elliot, a Mentor Worth Following

By Barbara Rainey | May 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I had the great privilege to meet a New York Times best-selling author. While I was in Washington, D.C., for a board meeting, Ellen Vaughn met my friend Susan Yates and I for lunch, bringing with her the journal Elisabeth Elliot kept for the too-few years of her marriage to […]

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6 Easy Ideas for an Ascension Day Celebration

By Barbara Rainey | May 10, 2021 | 10 Comments

  Have you thought about doing something special for this overlooked day in the church calendar? Ascension Day is Thursday, May 13 this year.   You probably haven’t planned anything because it’s not a popular holiday. But it was a remarkable memorable moment for the disciples as they watched Jesus ascend into Heaven. Can you imagine […]

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Looking Forward to the Real Mother’s Day

By Barbara Rainey | May 3, 2021 | 1 Comment

My first memories of Mother’s Day are sitting in church as a child while the minister recognized all the mothers. I remember them standing in recognition of their day, each mother wearing a corsage. It was a tradition in that generation and somehow the men knew it was part of their jobs to provide the corsages […]

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Friends & Family Fridays #4

By Barbara Rainey | April 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Happy Spring everyone! As this letter lands in your inbox today I will be welcoming my “girls” for the weekend. Dennis is out of town speaking at a men’s event in Minneapolis and I invited my four daughters and two daughters-in-law for a weekend of relaxing and pampering without husbands or kids! It will be […]

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When Following is Dangerous: Refusing Bad Marital Dance Steps

By Barbara Rainey | April 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Barbara: What am I supposed to do when my husband is leading me into territory that I don’t think is healthy or holy? And he won’t listen?   Dear Daughters of Eve: A few years ago Dennis and I signed up for dance lessons. If you had been there to watch, you would have […]

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“Becoming Small” in the Lives of Your Adult Children

By Barbara Rainey | April 19, 2021 | 14 Comments

My good friend, Jane Ann Smith, who also has six children and is about 10 years ahead of me in life’s journey, has given me lots of good advice over the years. As I began my empty nest years, I continued to watch her, ask questions and learn from her. A few years later when […]

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How to Be Intentional in Building Close-Knit Families

By Susan Yates | April 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

I’m delighted today to introduce you to my friend Susan Yates. Susan is one of the most intentional people I know and her post today is full of ways to create a strong healthy family and ideas for creating fun relationships. Summer is coming soon and now is the time to start planning for family […]

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In the Days After Easter

By Barbara Rainey | April 5, 2021 | 4 Comments

Yesterday we marked the anniversary of the most miraculous moment since the dawn of time. Today, though, are we changed by the remembrance? Or are you like Martha this Monday morning … already moving on from the anniversary of the Resurrection to your to-do list?  All humans tend to see more clearly in reverse; hindsight […]

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I AM the Resurrection and the Life

By Barbara Rainey | April 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

“I AM the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, though He die, yet shall He live.” John 11:25 Today we have arrived at the summit! The pinnacle moment of our faith.  The tomb is empty … grave clothes vacant … stone rolled away! The Lamb of God has taken away the sins of […]

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Silent Saturday

By Barbara Rainey | April 3, 2021 | 1 Comment

  “Silent Saturday” says it all.  The hopes of all Jesus’ disciples were completely dashed. To watch the brutality of any crucifixion was difficult. To watch the One you loved and worshipped crucified and murdered unjustly was traumatic.  As they mourned at home, it was the Sabbath, so no work was being done. Those who […]

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