The Value of Women

By Elyse Fitzpatrick & Eric Schumacher | May 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

  In early May we think about our mothers. This year, with the load most mother’s carry being realized more clearly than ever as daycares, schools and even most grandparents are cancelled; perhaps we can see the value of women, of moms, of those women who have ‘mothered’ us as never before. I’m grateful for […]

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The Coronavirus Reminds Us Our Parents Won’t Be Here Forever

By Barbara Rainey | May 4, 2020 | 2 Comments

  As a nation and world we have learned a hard lesson in the last eight weeks of the Coronavirus: the fragility of so many of our parents and grandparents. Seeing the hundreds of caskets in images on screens large and small has been a sobering reality. The occupants inside those wooden boxes: a generation […]

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Getting Through Hard Times When You and Your Spouse Are Stuck At Home

By Barbara Rainey | April 27, 2020 | 4 Comments

  Couples today, married or not, have been feeling the fallout from being stuck with one another at home. Relationships often suffer when hard times happen. How do we give one other space and lots of grace when marriage becomes hard?  How do we survive sheltering in place with those we love but can’t get […]

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Dear Barbara: How Can I Help My Children Learn Better Manners While We Are Quarantined?

By Barbara Rainey | April 20, 2020 | 4 Comments

  Dear Barbara: I remember reading about an etiquette dinner. We are planning one for our kids who are ages 10,8,4, and 2. Where do you suggest a list of manners to learn? I love this question because this mom recognizes an important part of child development; teaching kindness and respect for others using the […]

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When God Makes Us Wait … Seeing God in Disease, Delays, and Divine Detours

By Barbara Rainey | April 13, 2020 | 9 Comments

  How many of us hoped for a disease-healing miracle on Easter Sunday … not unlike the disciples hoped for a kingdom-miracle on Palm Sunday?  Are we now waiting for normal to return on April 30? Waiting for the curve to flatten and the numbers to return to zero? It’s become our national focus, and […]

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When God Disrupts Our Lives

By Barbara Rainey | April 10, 2020 | 1 Comment

Lives world-wide have been disrupted since January by the Coronavirus. Normalcy has been completely turned upside down. This Holy Week may we remember we are not the first to live with traumatic change. God Himself blindsided all expectations that week. The disciples, the religious establishment, the government rulers; no one saw the changes coming. Will […]

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How to Celebrate Good Friday and Easter at Home

By Barbara Rainey | April 6, 2020 | 6 Comments

  All my visions and plans for grand celebrations have crumbled. It’s Holy Week and I’m still not sure even today how Dennis and I will mark these two historic, world-changing events at home, just the two of us. The Coronavirus is still lurking. “Sheltering in place” is affecting everyone’s sense of well-being. In recent […]

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People Are Dying … Alone … Where Is God?

By Barbara Rainey | April 3, 2020 | 7 Comments

Never in our collective memory as a country, or even in the world, has Easter arrived at the same time as a disease that is killing thousands. Having just buried my mom in late February, I can’t imagine the compounded grief and loss of losing a loved one to the virus and then being banned […]

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Five Ideas to Plan NOW in Anticipation of Easter

By Barbara Rainey | March 30, 2020 | 2 Comments

Though winter is ending the Coronavirus isn’t … yet. Still spring is finally peeking through, so it’s starting to feel like Easter time. With less than two weeks to go, here are a few ideas. You can still plan a meaningful worshipful celebration for your family and others even from home.  It’s important for our […]

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Giving Thanks for Everything … Even the Coronavirus, Even at Easter

By Barbara Rainey | March 26, 2020 | 5 Comments

Last week I decided I needed to start a list of “good things” from the coronavirus outbreak. Everyone seems to be feeling overly cautious or panicked … or overworked if they are healthcare professionals. Or they are beginning to feel overly claustrophobic from staying home like I am. As I type this, I just cancelled […]

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