By Barbara Rainey | February 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Valentine’s week found us on a ship in the Gulf of Mexico, and thankfully NOT the one that stalled and stank! Phew I’m grateful that was not on God’s agenda for us Being on a ship with 2000 of your closest friends could become tiresome but these cruises, this our third in a row, have […]

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By Barbara Rainey | February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The wind is howling as a front is approaching bringing rain and colder temps. Though it was Monday on the calendar, for Dennis and me it was Saturday. Having been on the road for a week, arriving home late Saturday night, we both needed a weekend. Two full days to recalibrate. Yesterday was our Sabbath […]

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Launching Lent

By Barbara Rainey | February 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s here already! Despite the pink cloud of Valentine’s Day, the somber gray of Ash Wednesday emerges this year the day before Valentine’s Day. Some of us may find this inauguration of self-denial and repentance a little bewildering. What should I give up for Lent? (And why?) This quote from John Piper inspires and reminds […]

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Lent Means What?

By Barbara Rainey | February 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

So what’s with Lent? Why do people fast and smudge ashes on their heads? For starters, Lent simply means the lengthening of days. Where we live it is light in the evening an extra 30 minutes already. A change that has happened since the earth began but still seems remarkable to me. But the ashes […]

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Snapshots for Lent

By Barbara Rainey | January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

For years I’ve dabbled in photography, snapping candid shots of my children that attempt to capture my delight in their being, or my sons’ senior pictures —freeze frames of the beauty I glimpse in their expressions, their unabashed joie de vivre. Photography occasionally manages to capture the depth of a moment for me in ways […]

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By Barbara Rainey | January 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Lent? …In January? It might boggle the mind a bit to know the holiday season I’m already looking forward to this year is Lent. I know, I know. Isn’t Lent the season for Mardi Gras, which has never made sense to me, or Fat Tuesday which is also an odd occasion.  And then your calendar […]

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New Year

By Barbara Rainey | January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Welcome 2013! Clearly I am not on top of things if I’m just now posting about the New Year!  A bit of explanation includes a cyber attack over Christmas which took our site completely down into the first weeks of January, a bad 5 day virus for both my husband and me, a week of […]

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Endings and Beginnings

By Barbara Rainey | December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

There is something glittering about the New Year—other than the ball in Times Square, that is. Right now, as I look out my window, the ground is still littered with broken branches from our Christmas Day ice storm. Surviving limbs and twigs reach to the sky like fingers, poised and frozen, waiting to catch the […]

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Christmas Calm

By Barbara Rainey | December 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

A week ago we were in a group sharing some of what is going on in our lives.  Dennis and I were amazed at the difficulties others were dealing with from chronic pain to a prodigal child and aging parents to marriage struggles.  Afterward we said to each other something about how grateful we are […]

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Rewrapping Christmas

By Barbara Rainey | December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

I want to introduce you to a friend.  Janel and her husband and their four kids moved to Africa a year ago as missionaries.  She is a very good writer and has helped me significantly with projects like What God Wants for Christmas and the new Messiah Mystery, a family Lent experience coming in January […]

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