More Than Romance!

By Barbara Rainey | February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Valentine’s Day…it’s either a much anticipated holiday for some or a really tough day for others. But shouldn’t February 14th be more than just a day for couples to celebrate their romantic love? What would it look like if we focused on loving others well every day or all year?  Who among us can claim […]

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‘I Nothing Lack’

By Barbara Rainey | February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

A post from my friend Elizabeth Howell.  A simple song lyric that is a great challenge and comfort to me is the first stanza of Henry W. Baker’s “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” written in 1868. The King of love my Shepherd is Whose goodness faileth never I nothing lack if I am His And He is […]

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By Barbara Rainey | January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the joys of my life is being around all my young friends, women in their 20’s and 30’s.  My favorites are daughters and daughters-in-law who bring me great joy, but I also delight in others who work with me at Ever ThineHome and FamilyLife.  They have energy and enthusiasm and keep me relevant even though I […]

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Hello After a Long Absence!

By Barbara Rainey | January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The holidays have come and gone and our homes are feeling the emptiness and relief that all the lights and tinsel are put away, the piles of needles swept up and the pace and focus of the Christmas season behind us for another year. We were on the road from December 20 until after the first and […]

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Music Calls Me

By Barbara Rainey | December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

This morning as I passed from deep sleep to wakefulness I unexpectedly heard the words to a grand Christmas carol making their melody heard in my soul. “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth…. Fall on your knees!  Oh, hear the angel voices! O […]

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Unhappy Holidays

By Barbara Rainey | December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Blogs I’ve been reading are oozing with enthusiasm, emotion and eager anticipation for the holiday season. Descriptions of fireplaces and hot cocoa, plaids and sequins, lights and laughter are so vivid they feel like an attempt to scatter glitter from every screen. Be warm, be filled, be happy. Let the dazzling delights of the season […]

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Unanswered Prayer

By Barbara Rainey | November 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

This morning I woke up sad. Nothing dramatic happened. No life-altering news had been delivered.  In fact, before going to bed last night we received good news about our next grandchild. Still I woke up with the question, “How do I have joy when it seems that so much is unsettled, unresolved, and unrestored in […]

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Skipping Thanksgiving

By Barbara Rainey | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

I freely admit for the last 20 years I have been rather fanatical, perhaps legalistic is the better term, about keeping my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, distinct and separate from the overpowering pressure of Christmas that begins in earnest on Nov 1. We are not naturally a thankful people and because that is true I wanted […]

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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 to Practice Gratitude

By Barbara Rainey | November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

1. At dinner each night of November, see if your family can collectively think of 10 things you are grateful for. Keep a running list or make a new list each night. 2. Set a small, doable goal for yourself to send out a few thank-you notes to people who might not know how much you […]

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