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 in the wake of recent white supremacy demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia. What a huge question for a loving mother, my friend, to answer that day on the drive home from school. What’s a mom to say to her children? To put it […]

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Dear Barbara: 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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Dear Barbara: Where is God When Our Marriage Fails?

By Barbara Rainey | August 21, 2017 | 30 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 like this 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 […]

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Dear Barbara: What If I Don’t Even Like My Kids?

By Barbara Rainey | July 17, 2017 | 9 Comments

Dear Barbara: I’m almost scared to say it out loud, but lately there are days when I don’t even like my kids. Am I a total mom failure? What do you do when you don’t like your kids? You too, huh? There were many days in motherhood where I was scared to say that out loud. […]

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