Marys and Soul Sisters

By Barbara Rainey | April 22, 2019 | 11 Comments

True love is brave courageous, willing to risk, sacrifice; and so three Marys, Salome, Joanna and others walked in the pre-dawn darkness to the tomb. Why did they go? Was it mere duty, a woman’s obligation? Perhaps one had signed up for that morning’s anointing work but more than six said, I’m coming too. And […]

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Traditions

By Barbara Rainey | April 15, 2019 | 1 Comment

Beautiful repetitions bind us together ‘we always bake these cookies, celebrate this way’ give life and meaning raise us above our more ordinary days. Other patterns, attitudes like recipes handed down from generation to generation bind and blind. Family histories of oppression, abuse, mediocrity tragic, not new so too church families, God’s called ones set […]

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How to Celebrate Passover With 5 Easy Ideas

By Barbara Rainey | April 8, 2019 | 5 Comments

When is your Passover party? Wait. You haven’t planned it yet… ??? You might think that celebrating Passover is only appropriate in the Jewish tradition, but this holiday is the foundation upon which Easter stands. They are inextricably tied together. Passover is the first feast God commanded His children to celebrate. This meal both celebrates […]

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Do We Give Our Husband Our Best Self?

By Angela Mills | April 4, 2019 | 8 Comments

  I’m excited to share this post because Angela writes about a struggle every wife deals with: being nicer to others than to our husbands. Have you done that too? Even though she’s written an entire book on this topic doesn’t mean she’s free from struggle with keeping a good attitude toward her guy. I […]

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How To Have A Meaningful Palm Sunday

By Barbara Rainey | April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Are you noticing Jesus more each day as we collectively move nearer to Easter?  If you are like me life is entirely too busy and fast-paced. So as I ask myself I ask you too, “how might you simplify and slow down so you can ponder the Lamb of God?” Palm Sunday will be here in […]

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Why Easter Matters to Marriage

By Barbara Rainey | March 25, 2019 | 30 Comments

One of my great faults, which shows up regularly in our marriage, is my first-born perfectionism turned on my husband as ‘helping’. Sometimes it happens when he’s telling a story and doesn’t get the details right as I remember them and I correct him. (btw, I do work hard not to correct publicly.) Other times […]

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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 | 29 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 | 52 Comments

I have just made my first candle and I am THRILLED beyond words with its success! It only took about 45 seconds with the hair dryer and turned out perfectly. I am planning my Easter tablescape and also plan to make several for Easter gifts. My only problem has been finding enough candles for all […]

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