Dear Barbara: Do Second Marriages Matter?

By Barbara Rainey | June 14, 2021 | 23 Comments

Dear Barbara: Do second marriages matter? You talk so much about staying together and making marriage work. What if my first marriage didn’t and now I’m trying again? Can I honor God with a new marriage? I appreciate the honest question. When we added an official ministry to stepfamilies several years ago at FamilyLife, we […]

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“Can You Fix My Spouse?” (And Why That Prayer Doesn’t Work)

By Jodie Berndt | June 7, 2021 | 1 Comment

  When Jodie Berndt asked if I would consider endorsing her new book, Praying the Scriptures for Your Life, I gladly agreed. Like Jodie, I appreciate the power of prayer—particularly as it shapes our friendships, our parenting, and our marriages. One of the things I love about Jodie’s writing is her honesty. She doesn’t hold […]

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Surprised by George

By Barbara Rainey | June 3, 2021 | 7 Comments

  Though he was not cloaked in a coarse brown friar’s habit, the old man’s short cropped grey hair, ancient spectacles, wide girth, and shuffling gait suggested otherwise to me. His ringless fingers created lilting music during two evening dinners at the quaint Vermont inn. Like our chef he, too, was eager to hear approval […]

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Friends & Family Fridays #5

By Barbara Rainey | May 28, 2021 | 5 Comments

Hey Everyone! Summer is here and masks are going away!  May has been full. I had an email to all of you started earlier this month and then three days ago I wrote another email. And now I’m changing it again. So much for planning ahead. God rules! Dennis and I appreciate your friendship and […]

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The Delight of Reading with Your Kids + What’s in My Mimi Bag!

By Barbara Rainey | May 24, 2021 | 21 Comments

“Now I will go and find my mother!” he said. “Are you my mother?” he said to the kitten. “Are you my mother?” he said to the hen?” Ah, the familiarity and comfort of bedtime stories. While I have given many of our shelves full of children’s books to our kids to read to their […]

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The Future of Ever Thine Home

By Barbara Rainey | May 21, 2021 | 21 Comments

First, I want to say welcome to all of you who are new subscribers! Thanks for joining us in this quest to experience God more in our lives and in our homes. ❤🏠 Second, I’m delighted to share with you what’s ahead for Ever Thine Home and me, and I hope for you too!  Though […]

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My Life with Elisabeth Elliot, a Mentor Worth Following

By Barbara Rainey | May 17, 2021 | 8 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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