How Long Is an Age?

By Barbara Rainey | July 13, 2020 | 6 Comments

  Last words are important. They’re meaningful. Spoken before death or by a soldier leaving for deployment, parting words are memorable. Often those words keep the left-behind ones getting up each morning, counting the days as they wait for the anticipated reunion.  So the last words Jesus, before He ascended to heaven, are some of […]

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When Life Feels Overwhelming

By Barbara Rainey | July 6, 2020 | 3 Comments

  One of my greatest comforts in the multiplied trials of the last few years and especially in the unexpected events of 2020 has been the truth that God is WITH me! What a wonder is His constant unwavering presence! This month, because I need these reminders myself, I’ll be posting short little devos (quick […]

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A One-Click Boost for Deepening Your Marriage in These Virus-Obsessed Days

By Barbara Rainey | June 22, 2020 | 2 Comments

  Stress is normal in all marriages in every season, but it has been elevated beyond the ordinary for many marriages in these days of pandemic. Communication keeps relationships running smoothly like oil in a car engine reduces friction, but so often our conversations remain factual, superficial.  We need help knowing how to go deep. […]

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Feeling Gratitude for Spiritual Fathers and Mothers on Father’s Day

By Barbara Rainey | June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

  Fathers are not always biological. Early in my baby days of faith I remember eagerly soaking up every morsel of truth from Bible teachers who taught dozens of college students in evening studies. Their words of faith and stories of God’s miraculous works parented me, inspired me, and guided me on my own journey […]

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Can the Holy Spirit Help Me Love Someone When I Don’t Feel Like It?

By Barbara Rainey | June 8, 2020 | 13 Comments

    Years ago we had neighbors with children about the ages of our middle kids. They didn’t come over to play very often, but when they did I insisted they play outside in the backyard. One of them seemed like an angry kid. This child used a few bad words, sometimes played rough, and found […]

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How Do I Become Friends with the Holy Spirit? Summer Blog Club Week 1

By Barbara Rainey | June 1, 2020 | 18 Comments

  Miraculous true stories of people led by God’s Spirit have been told for generations. Pastors, medical missionaries, and believing men and women manning mission outposts experienced intimate friendship with God. Reading about their adventures generations later called my heart to desire His Spirit’s work in me, too.  I went into full time mission work. […]

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Why Freedom Is Precious

By Barbara Rainey | May 25, 2020 | 1 Comment

  Today is Memorial Day. The calendar calls us to remember those who ignored fear to serve in the military to preserve our freedoms. Today it feels more real medically instead of militarily. We have two close family friends whose children volunteered to work in the Covid units in their cities. We prayed for them […]

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Celebrate a New, but Old, Holiday

By Barbara Rainey | May 18, 2020 | 3 Comments

  This Thursday, May 21, 2020, marks forty days since Resurrection Sunday, the day in the Bible when Jesus left the earth for heaven. But for most Christians, Ascension Day is uncelebrated, unnoticed, even unknown. We know the Easter story, but do we know the Ascension story?  For centuries too many have missed this critical event […]

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4 Steps to Getting Along with Your Mother-in-Law

By Barbara Rainey | May 11, 2020 | 11 Comments

  All six of our children had adjustments and challenges with their in-laws. Everyone does. We did too.  Two daughters had extra challenges setting boundaries with their in-laws. Living in the same city brought expectations for dinners, family gatherings, and baby-sitting privileges that hadn’t been declared in advance of the marriage.  Whether living close or […]

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A Mother’s Love Is From God Himself

By Barbara Rainey | May 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

  God gave the world a clear glimpse of His tender, unending love for each one of us in our mother’s love. A mother’s devotion to the needs of her deeply dependent little ones creates coding in little hearts. Her affection and her welcoming arms when her toddler comes crying from a scraped knee teach […]

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