The Power of an Attitude of Gratitude

By Barbara Rainey | November 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Gratitude – For decades now, I’ve been captivated by the untapped wealth concealed in a simple holiday now almost buried by the commercial presence of Christmas. (Somehow the irony of one day of thanks being overtaken by, well, mass consumption on ‘black’ Friday—even admittedly for the sake of others—makes me chuckle, or occasionally worse. But […]

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Gratitude: The Purity of

By Barbara Rainey | November 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

This summer of 2012 has been exceptionally dry for much of the United States including our town.  I have prayed many times for rain and I’m not alone in that request.   But it was interesting to listen to what people were saying when the guaranteed deliverance of rain began to come near in the form […]

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Thanksgiving Quotes – My Favorites

By Barbara Rainey | November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Rather than speaking my mind on the topic of Thanksgiving once again, here are five Thanksgiving quotes from others, which have shaped my attitude on gratitude over the years. “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” H.U. […]

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Thanksgiving Day Story Time

By Barbara Rainey | November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Somehow we think that stories should be read aloud only to little children. Where that idea came from I have no idea but anyone who believes it is missing out on an easy way to build strong connections at home between parents and kids. When my youngest two were teens I read The Hiding Place […]

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What is Thanksgiving ?

By Barbara Rainey | November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Either because we are so accustomed to hearing the word or because we are so flooded with messages about Christmas, the meaning of the word, Thanksgiving, and the holiday itself is endangered. Giving thanks is the essence of the word but how can that happen in the rush of our modern pace? Pausing to reflect […]

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