“Becoming Small” in the Lives of Your Adult Children

By Barbara Rainey | April 19, 2021 | 4 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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I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life

By Barbara Rainey | April 2, 2021 | 1 Comment

“I AM the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 This trinity of names illustrates well the message of the Cross.  There is one Way to God: Jesus the Messiah.  There is one Truth: Jesus the Messiah. There is one Life Source, one Creator, […]

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I AM the True Vine

By Barbara Rainey | April 1, 2021 | 3 Comments

“I AM the True Vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  … I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me  and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1, 5 Horticulture is the symbol for this name Jesus speaks […]

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I AM the Good Shepherd

By Barbara Rainey | March 31, 2021 | 5 Comments

“I AM the Good Shepherd. I know my own and My own know Me. …  I lay down My life for My sheep.” John 10:14-15 Leaders are shepherds.  Parents, teachers, coaches, mayors, governors, employers, pastors, priests, and every other titled position of authority implies a responsibility of caring, of shepherding the welfare of others. The […]

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I AM the Door

By Barbara Rainey | March 30, 2021 | 1 Comment

“I AM the Door. If anyone enters by Me, He will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9 Doors signal an entrance.  Since the Garden of Eden’s passageway was marked by the cherubim and flaming sword entryways have been noted by man-made doors. Fashioned of stone or wood, leather […]

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I AM the Light of the World

By Barbara Rainey | March 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

“I AM the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 This second declaration of “I AM” was made in the temple, a place full of people and priests busy with the business of church. Most of those present that day felt […]

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