I AM the Light of the World

By Barbara Rainey | April 11, 2022 | 1 Comment

“I AM the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 This second declaration of “I AM” during Holy Week was made in the temple, a place full of people and priests busy with the business of church. Most of those present […]

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I AM the Bread of Life

By Barbara Rainey | April 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

Holy Week is the most important week of the Christian calendar. To help you appreciate these last earthly days of Jesus’ life and to guide you into an experience of wonder and worship, I’ll be posting a short devotion each day here on the blog. My greatest prayer in the last eight years has been […]

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The Barbara Rainey Podcast: How the Passover Foreshadows Easter

By Barbara Rainey | April 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

Easter is just around the corner! As you’ve heard me say many times, Easter is about a LOT more than pastel colors, the Easter Bunny, and new clothes. And as the mother of six and grandmother to many more, I have often pondered how to raise the bar, so to speak, when it comes to […]

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7 Ways for Your Family to Experience the REAL Easter

By Barbara Rainey | April 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Did you know that bunnies and chicks have nothing to do with Easter? What a surprise! Yes, I know that they are the focus of most Easter celebrations. They are comfortable and cute … unlike the cross and death at the center of the real Easter. What Jesus accomplished on the cross is the pivotal […]

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The Barbara Rainey Podcast: Making Much of Easter

By Barbara Rainey | March 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you have followed me for very long you are already well aware that Easter is my favorite holiday and, in my view, the pinnacle of all our holidays as believers. Our life would be meaningless if Christ hadn’t died and purchased our salvation. Listen in today and hear how we have elevated Easter despite it […]

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Friends & Family March 2022

By Barbara Rainey | March 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

What a difference a few weeks make! Earlier this month Dennis and I went to the farm (my mom’s birthplace that my brothers and I inherited after her death in 2020) for a couple days. We wanted to check on work we’re having done to make repairs and updates to the over 100-year-old house. While […]

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3 Ways to Teach Your Children to Understand and Express Their Emotions

By Barbara Rainey | March 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

This is the conclusion of a two-part series on the importance of emotional security in your children. Read part one here. When you welcomed your first child into the world, if someone had asked you, “How will you teach this child about their emotions?” how would you have answered? I would have stared back wordlessly […]

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The Barbara Rainey podcast: Getting Ready to Release Your Teens

By Barbara Rainey | March 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

Do you remember when you were 17 or 18 years old? Do you remember struggling with things like time management, learning the value of a dollar, and making sense of this crazy world? In today’s episode of The Barbara Rainey Podcast, Dennis and I talk about some of the lessons we learned while guiding our […]

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Why Developing Emotional Security in Your Children Matters

By Barbara Rainey | March 14, 2022 | 4 Comments

The room was small, dark, and silent. Stepping inside we saw three walls lined with baby cribs each occupied by a tiny baby. In the back corner a disengaged caregiver lifted her eyes in our direction. The babies were alone. Unattended. Silent. Our daughter Laura and I were part of an overseas medical mission team […]

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In Times of War, Our God, Our Mighty Fortress, Is Still “the Stability of Our Times”

By Barbara Rainey | March 10, 2022 | 3 Comments

Every day I trust the walls and roof of my house to remain stable, the roads on which I drive to remain solid. But those remaining in Ukraine now know the opposite; the constant sound of bombs and the experience of crumbling walls, falling roofs, and impassible roads … if those who stayed even have […]

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