Dear Barbara: How Do I Decide Which New Friends My Child Can Play With?

By Barbara Rainey | July 23, 2018 | 3 Comments

Dear Barbara, We recently met a family at our library who has since that day been asking our son to come play. I don’t feel comfortable with my children spending a lot of time with a family I barely know, so I invited the family to a 4th of July party we were going to. […]

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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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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 | 31 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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