Dear Barbara, How do I convince my husband to change?

By Barbara Rainey | July 16, 2018 | 16 Comments

Dear Barbara, How do I convince my husband to change? There are certain areas we’ve been fighting about for years now. And I really am right. How can I get him to see it?  The moment I married Dennis I knew I was in for an adventure. He wasn’t just different in his interests. His […]

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Dear Barbara, It’s so hard for me to leave my children!

By Barbara Rainey | February 26, 2018 | 7 Comments

  One of my favorite quotes about moms explains the reason for your it’s-so-hard-to-leave-them fear, worry, and anxiety. Author Jean Fleming wrote, “Every child is a piece of a mother’s heart walking around outside her body.”* Babies and little ones so recently severed from your body are especially hard to leave. Their existence literally depends […]

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Mommy, why does racism exist?

By Barbara Rainey | January 15, 2018 | 11 Comments

Mommy, why does racism exist?  What a huge question from an inquisitive eight-year-old girl. What a huge question for a loving mother, my friend, to answer that day on the drive home from school. Why does racism exist? And how, as believers, should we respond while helping our children understand? What’s a mom to say […]

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Do second marriages matter?

By Barbara Rainey | September 18, 2017 | 23 Comments

Dear Barbara, Do second marriages matter? You talk so much about staying together and making marriage work. What if my first marriage didn’t and now I’m trying again. Can I honor God with a new marriage? I appreciate the honest question. Since we added an official ministry to step families several years ago here at […]

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Where is God When Our Marriage Fails?

By Barbara Rainey | August 21, 2017 | 26 Comments

Dear Barbara, Where is God when our marriage fails? We tried everything. Is every marriage meant to be saved? I received a lot of comments on the recent post If Their Marriage Couldn’t Survive What About Mine? I knew when I wrote it that I didn’t have space to fully explain every point I made. […]

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