Praying For Your Adult Children

By Barbara Rainey | August 12, 2019 | 10 Comments

For years I avoided reading the book of Job because I was afraid I’d contract some of his suffering.  I knew enough about his story to have zero envy of his previous and post suffering wealth and success. But my Bible study class during my children’s teen years included a week focusing on Job. I’m […]

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Place

By Barbara Rainey | August 5, 2019 | 2 Comments

Safely settled in sculpted seats, we wove our way through the labyrinth freeways that connect the disparate pieces of San Diego. Neighborhoods, shopping malls, schools, even open spaces whizzed by. As we neared downtown, out our side windows we were surprised to see a community wholly unlike any other we’d passed. A city within the […]

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Here I Am by Brittany Rust

By Brittany Rust | July 25, 2019 | 2 Comments

  Life is noisy. There are what feels like a million demands for my attention at any given moment. I imagine you can relate. In such a chaotic world, how do we discern when God is speaking to us?   I am thrilled to share this post because Brittany gives practical steps we can take […]

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Do You Know the Wonder of the Spirit’s Illumination?

By Barbara Rainey | June 24, 2019 | 2 Comments

Keeping my two grandsons recently, ages 4 and 2 1/2, has reminded me of the perpetual dilemma I faced with my own children. Who started the fight and how can I possibly know the whole truth? You’ve been there too haven’t you? I caught the older grandson in a lie once already. He’s clearly past […]

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My Helper, My Friend

By Barbara Rainey | June 10, 2019 | 2 Comments

One of my greatest joys in recent years is the discovery that the Holy Spirit, most misunderstood member of the Trinity, is my dearest Friend. It is He who whispers truth to me, like the time I was longing for a more youthful face and I casually prayed, “Lord, what can I do?” Almost immediately […]

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4 Ideas For Marking Pentecost With Your Family

By Barbara Rainey | June 6, 2019 | 2 Comments

Do you notice too, that it’s so easy to forget God in your normal daily life? An old hymn sings, “prone to wander Lord I feel it,” and Psalm 106 details the sad tragic results of forgetting God. To help us remember Him, for God knows us all too well, He gave His people, the […]

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Five Reasons The Holy Spirit is Better Than Jesus

By Barbara Rainey | June 3, 2019 | 6 Comments

Though this title sounds heretical, Jesus told His followers and therefore us, “… it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go the Helper will not come …” (John 16:7). To say it another way, having the Holy Spirit is better than having the physical person of Jesus on […]

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6 Easy Ideas for an Ascension Day Celebration

By Barbara Rainey | May 29, 2019 | 7 Comments

Have you thought about doing something special for this overlooked day in the church calendar? Ascension Day is Thursday, May 30th this year. Tomorrow! You probably haven’t 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 what that […]

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Made For Rest

By Barbara Rainey | May 23, 2019 | 6 Comments

O Giver of Love, and all that is good You have provided Sabbath for me, calendar marked since the dawn of time for me. Oh how I needed rest in my mommy years, we practiced Sabbath, knew You made this holy day for me my personal gift it seemed. Saying no to everyday on Sunday […]

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Dear Barbara, how do I not resent my husband?

By Barbara Rainey | May 13, 2019 | 9 Comments

Dear Barbara, Your words were wonderful to read tonight as I just got into a fight with my husband 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. After reading your post, I just realized that I […]

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