Do You Know the Wonder of the Spirit’s Illumination?

By Barbara Rainey | June 24, 2019 | 2 Comments

Keeping my two grandsons recently, ages 4 and 2 1/2, has reminded me of the perpetual dilemma I faced with my own children. Who started the fight and how can I possibly know the whole truth? You’ve been there too haven’t you? I caught the older grandson in a lie once already. He’s clearly past […]

Read More

My Helper, My Friend

By Barbara Rainey | June 10, 2019 | 2 Comments

One of my greatest joys in recent years is the discovery that the Holy Spirit, most misunderstood member of the Trinity, is my dearest Friend. It is He who whispers truth to me, like the time I was longing for a more youthful face and I casually prayed, “Lord, what can I do?” Almost immediately […]

Read More

4 Ideas For Marking Pentecost With Your Family

By Barbara Rainey | June 6, 2019 | 2 Comments

Do you notice too, that it’s so easy to forget God in your normal daily life? An old hymn sings, “prone to wander Lord I feel it,” and Psalm 106 details the sad tragic results of forgetting God. To help us remember Him, for God knows us all too well, He gave His people, the […]

Read More

Five Reasons The Holy Spirit is Better Than Jesus

By Barbara Rainey | June 3, 2019 | 6 Comments

Though this title sounds heretical, Jesus told His followers and therefore us, “… it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go the Helper will not come …” (John 16:7). To say it another way, having the Holy Spirit is better than having the physical person of Jesus on […]

Read More

6 Easy Ideas for an Ascension Day Celebration

By Barbara Rainey | May 29, 2019 | 7 Comments

Have you thought about doing something special for this overlooked day in the church calendar? Ascension Day is Thursday, May 30th this year. Tomorrow! You probably haven’t 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 what that […]

Read More

Made For Rest

By Barbara Rainey | May 23, 2019 | 6 Comments

O Giver of Love, and all that is good You have provided Sabbath for me, calendar marked since the dawn of time for me. Oh how I needed rest in my mommy years, we practiced Sabbath, knew You made this holy day for me my personal gift it seemed. Saying no to everyday on Sunday […]

Read More

Dear Barbara, how do I not resent my husband?

By Barbara Rainey | May 13, 2019 | 9 Comments

Dear Barbara, Your words were wonderful to read tonight as I just got into a fight with my husband because I feel he does not appreciate all that I do and gives no help at all with our daughter, while I am expecting a second child. After reading your post, I just realized that I […]

Read More

Eve and Me

By Barbara Rainey | May 6, 2019 | 2 Comments

She shall be called woman. The pinnacle of Your creation made to complete Adam, the two shall be one together a mirror of Three in One. Their fateful decision, her choice, his silence, unleashed torrents of sorrow endlessly multiplied pains. Eve’s motherhood, fount of every life on earth. Women ever since condemned to suffer pain […]

Read More

Disappointed On Mother’s Day? 3 Tips For Helping Your Husband Win This Year

By Barbara Rainey | April 29, 2019 | 3 Comments

Ah, Mother’s Day! Images of rest, being waited on, gifts, sleeping in, a break from the daily duties … is that the way your Mom-holiday usually goes??? Maybe your husband forgot or ignored you on Mother’s Day last year? Maybe this wasn’t the first time either. What can you do besides feel sorry for yourself, […]

Read More

Savoring the Savior

By Barbara Rainey | April 25, 2019 | 10 Comments

It’s been four days since Resurrection Day. How many notifications have you received about Mother’s Day or summer sales already? Planning ahead is necessary but we’ve lost our ability to savor, to pause in the now, to experience the wonder of this present moment. On this day in AD33, the entire city of Jerusalem and […]

Read More
Scroll to Top