Upon Awaking

By Barbara Rainey | January 28, 2019 | 23 Comments

My limbs leaden this morning my head pounding my thinking dull from interrupted sleep. Jesus did you ever feel this way? You were fully human You too experienced interrupted sleep. In my kitchen coffee helps but can’t dispel the sluggishness. Multiplied needs of others assail me; my calendar’s commitments…must be kept but seem too much… […]

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In Need Of Sleep

By Barbara Rainey | January 21, 2019 | 21 Comments

    F I N A L L Y. I slide into the embrace of sheets Sigh, Exhale deeply. Eyelids close. Day is done.   Almost asleep consciousness floating dreams alighting. Breathing. Deeply.   A cry. Suddenly alert eyes wide. Thoughts flitting I know she ate enough. Will she go back to sleep? Will I? […]

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Resting in Your Plan for Me

By Barbara Rainey | January 14, 2019 | 14 Comments

    Lord God, Worker of all that is good, It is easy for me to boldly believe Your good and sovereign control over all as I look at the lives of others from afar. In my friend’s life, when she is struggling, suffering, wondering what You are doing in her world, I can so […]

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Daughters Of The King

By Barbara Rainey | January 7, 2019 | 11 Comments

  As I shared last week, I began writing a series of prayers in the winter of 2018 as I was processing some loss and experiencing a physical challenge. In the middle of that season I spoke at my daughter Ashley’s church’s women’s retreat to a group of wonderful women from college girls to grandmas. […]

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Daily Perplexities

By Barbara Rainey | September 3, 2018 | 5 Comments

Perplexed is a word I have grown to savor in recent years. No day is like another, no child is like his sibling, no marriage mirrors its neighbor. And beyond my own orb of experiences, God’s larger, ever-incomprehensible purposes often leave me very perplexed. But as the words of Paul affirm with gusto, “we are perplexed […]

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