20 Ways to Celebrate Easter

By Barbara Rainey | March 21, 2019 | 11 Comments

Four and one half weeks till Easter Sunday! How much time have you spent preparing? A quick quiz for you: Have you done any decorating to signal to your family and neighbors that Easter is coming and that this holiday is important to you? Are you preparing for this day as the most important celebration […]

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Anticipation

By Barbara Rainey | March 18, 2019 | 5 Comments

Laura is my youngest. From the time she was four or five she couldn’t go to sleep on Christmas Eve till way past her bedtime. Then she was awake before dawn because of her great excitement for the big day. As she got older, this sleepless pattern extended to include the nights before tryouts, and […]

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Borrowing

By Barbara Rainey | March 11, 2019 | 27 Comments

    Lord, I need to borrow something. We had another disagreement, My husband and I. His officing at home for over a year now has produced more opportunities to trust You than I expected, exposed more of my flaws than I care to see. My time is not my own, my house no longer […]

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Easter Candles DIY

By Barbara Rainey | March 7, 2019 | 44 Comments

Here’s an easy DIY craft to add beauty and truth to your Easter table. You likely already have everything on hand and it’s easy enough for even a first time DIYer. You’ll need about 10 minutes to create these lovely candles that will give ambiance and reverence to your Resurrection Day celebration. Grab your supplies to […]

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Are We Hungry for God?

By Barbara Rainey | March 4, 2019 | 6 Comments

  There is comfort in recurring holidays that root our souls to a soothing rhythm with a repetitive beat. But there is also a quickened sense of anxiety that we haven’t prepared, haven’t anticipated as we feel we should.  So the arrival of Lent this week, finds us thinking of many other things besides this […]

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Why I Like Easter Better Than Christmas

By Barbara Rainey | February 28, 2019 | 25 Comments

I’m thankful for the incarnation, for the warm cuddly images of Baby Jesus.  But without the cross, Christmas would mean nothing. And yet it’s Christmas that gets all our attention. My attic declares the overindulgence by the number of plastic bins stacked one on another. Does yours too? Like the sudden appearing of a rabbit […]

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What is Easter Advent?

By Barbara Rainey | February 21, 2019 | 4 Comments

  What is Easter Advent? Is waiting something you enjoy and eagerly look forward to? Sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room … Sitting on the interstate, traffic stopped with no exit near …   Daily or weekly treatments lasting months/years … Standing in line at the DMV for what feels like hours … The […]

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Unseen

By Barbara Rainey | February 18, 2019 | 11 Comments

  Jesus, You spent thirty years waiting in obscurity; hidden, unseen unknown. Mothers understand. We too live in obscurity working, teaching, correcting, praying hidden unseen unknown at home. Only one snapshot remains in the photo album of Jesus’ childhood. Mary, frantic, worried about her son. left behind, oblivious to the multitude dangers she imagined. Moms […]

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The Comparison Delusion

By Barbara Rainey | February 11, 2019 | 16 Comments

    It started with her eyes. Something beautiful, delicious looking desirable, beckoned. Like Eve my eyes, easily distracted, attracted to other lovelies, imagined relationships, longings to be like her or her, secretly glad I’m not like her. My Creator, my Abba Father, You make no mistakes, Your plans are perfect, always for my good. […]

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5 Ways to Show Love for Valentine’s Day

By Barbara Rainey | February 7, 2019 | 8 Comments

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. It’s fun to look forward to a day focused on love and hope your spouse surprises you with a plan to celebrate….but let’s be honest. A lot of times we expect too much and give too little. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating with your sweetie. But love is to be given […]

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