Friendships

By Barbara Rainey | September 23, 2019 | 11 Comments

Friendships Enable me to live so as to deserve a friend and if I never have one on earth be Thou my friend, for in having Thee I shall have all that is dear and valuable in friendship. Amen. We had dinner with sweet friends the other night. Friendship came up as she shared how […]

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Remember to Breathe

By Judy Douglass | September 19, 2019 | 19 Comments

Intro from Barbara: “ I know exactly what Judy means when she writes in this post about remembering to breathe. Though it’s a built-in automatic bodily function, when you have a prodigal or one of your chicks is wandering in their faith, we mamas hold our breath … a LOT. Most every Christian parent wants […]

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Is God Near?

By Barbara Rainey | September 16, 2019 | 6 Comments

Have you ever awakened in the morning and felt your senses dulled? Has a lack of sleep, preoccupation with one or more of your kids, or ongoing loss left you feeling dull or even dead inside? Or could it be some other unnamed something? Recently over dinner, my husband shared a story with me about a […]

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What To Tell Your Children After A Mass Shooting

By Barbara Rainey | September 9, 2019 | 8 Comments

This is not an easy topic. I’ve been thinking a lot; reading and praying since the latest wave of shooting terrors began. News cycles move on. People can’t. Especially those in Southhaven, El Paso, Dayton and now Midland-Odessa. My first two thoughts were, I can’t believe it happened again … but then again I can.  […]

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Teach Your Children The Value Of Work

By Barbara Rainey | September 2, 2019 | 2 Comments

Do you know what values motivate you? Years ago Dennis and I made individual lists of what mattered to each of us then combined those lists into one page of values we then used to make decisions about how we raised our kids, what we taught them and how we spent our time as a […]

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Schedules

By Barbara Rainey | August 26, 2019 | 3 Comments

Unbelievable that we are here! Again my man and I are in a place irritating and all too familiar. I just discovered our schedules are not in sync. “We talked about this,” he said, “yes, but I couldn’t look at my calendar in that moment and then forgot.” And now we are double booked. He […]

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Loss Can Bring Good

By Barbara Rainey | August 19, 2019 | 8 Comments

One of the most profoundly helpful books of my life is by Jerry Sittser. A Grace Disguised belongs on the shelf of every follower of Jesus so it’s close in times of need. Last fall I reread this book, cover to cover, and strongly encouraged Dennis to do the same. And he did. Chapter six […]

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Praying For Your Adult Children

By Barbara Rainey | August 12, 2019 | 20 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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