Express Gratitude – Say it

By Barbara Rainey | November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

In this month which annually reminds us to express gratitude, I was thinking today it is not just an attitude of gratitude that’s important, but a choice to verbalize thanks for all that I have been given to the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Imagine sending a wedding gift to an engaged couple […]

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8 Meaningful Ways for Practicing Gratitude

By Barbara Rainey | November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

  At dinner each night of November, see if your family can collectively think of 10 things you’re thankful and have gratitude for. Keep a running list or make a new list each night.  Add them to the Gathered Round or scotch tape them around a door frame. Set a small, doable goal for yourself […]

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Morning Prayer for Today

By Barbara Rainey | October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

A morning prayer from 1916, still as relevant today as it was then because there is nothing new under the sun and Jesus never changes, but is the same yesterday today and forever! “As we take up life’s business afresh and hasten out into the wild hurry of the world, be Thou ever near us.  […]

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Beauty Turned Ugly

By Barbara Rainey | October 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Two young friends of mine, one 28 the other 30, are suffering deeply because their parents, who have strongly professed the name of Christ their entire lives, are walking away from their marriages.  In my view it is no different than Miley Cyrus who at age 14 told Oprah that her favorite bible verse was […]

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By Barbara Rainey | October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Lunch with a new friend this week opened up the pages of a storybook full of twists and turns and challenges and miracles that left me wanting more.  We were grateful to be sitting outside enjoying gorgeous fall weather.  While we ate our salads I asked a few questions and was introduced to the chapter […]

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Busy Can Be Good!

By Barbara Rainey | October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

An article I just read encouraged me greatly.  Kevin DeYoung has written a new book, Crazy Busy, and he says, “Sometimes feeling overwhelmed is part of what it means to be a Christian.  You can’t bear somebody else’s burden unless you are taking something of their load and it’s weighing you down a little bit.” […]

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Ah … Fall

By Carrie Hurley | September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

The first weekend in September, I climbed my stepladder and brought down the two boxes of fall decorations stored in a closet.  Though the thermometer still showed summer time temps just opening the box led me to think about cooler weather, fires in the fireplace and fall holidays, especially Thanksgiving. Every year I sort through […]

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The Power of a Name

By Barbara Rainey | September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

One of the most intriguing, exciting times in parenthood or grandparenting is the naming of a new baby. There’s so much that goes into a name, so much that it communicates and even determines! I love hearing the expression of my kids’ marriages and personalities and histories as they converge in the form of a […]

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God’s Minute Prayer

By Barbara Rainey | September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Collecting old Bibles, books and hymnals is a new enjoyment of mine for many reasons, but primarily these old volumes contain words of wisdom and most are beautifully illustrated, something we moderns have lost. Today I read in a small devotional book, God’s Minute, 365 Daily Prayers for Home Worship, this sentence in the prayer […]

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Beauty at Home

By Barbara Rainey | August 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Beauty at Home

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. — Charles Kingsley I constantly find my head turning toward nearly anything creative, like recently when I discovered this cool new paint by Amy Howard.  Two old badly faded chairs in my living room have been in need of restoration, so I […]

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