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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By Barbara Rainey | August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The beautiful catches our eye and calls us to pause and drink it in which is why I think so many of us want to know how to be beautiful.  We want to capture it and keep it forever. Today while sitting at my computer I watched out the window as a summer thunderstorm was […]

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Leave Him Thanks

By Barbara Rainey | August 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.   You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house…  Click read more about and purchase the “Leave Him Thanks” wreath You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and […]

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Eternal Beauty in Unexpected Places

By Barbara Rainey | August 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

“The Christian life should produce truth—flaming truth—but also beauty,” wrote Francis Schaeffer. Last week I saw a video which brilliantly illustrated his belief. Originally performed on “America’s Got Talent” this trio wowed the crowd and the judges with their singing of a prayer. A prayer written in Latin, which I’m quite sure, no one in […]

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Changing Seasons

By Barbara Rainey | August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves! ― Humbert Wolfe For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven… —Ecclesiastes 3:1 We’re coasting downhill now in that freewheeling bicycle ride that is summer. Plastic pails […]

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