Daily Perplexities

By Barbara Rainey | September 3, 2018 | 5 Comments

Perplexed is 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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Schooling for Moms

By Barbara Rainey | August 2, 2018 | 7 Comments

Motherhood, for me, was a minefield of less-than-honorable passions. Sloughing through a thankless and often humiliating gauntlet of messes and mistakes elicited more anger and exhausted misery than I ever thought possible.  Yes, there were multitudes of joys. But that was not where most of the lessons were learned. Not until I had been mothering […]

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My Favorite Prayer, because I’ve repeated it so many times recently

By Barbara Rainey | June 25, 2018 | 12 Comments

Do you ever feel like I do; weary, broken, bewildered? Do you ever feel beat up by the world, by circumstances, by life in general? Do you ever feel like your brain is clogged, in a fog, unable to form words, at a loss for what to pray to God? No words make sense? I […]

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A Prayer for my Daughter

By Barbara Rainey | April 18, 2018 | 6 Comments

Developing a secure, confident identity is not easy for women today, and I suspect it never has been easy through the ages. The challenge for parents with their daughters is affirming God-created female traits apart from social norms or stereotypical roles. Our concept and understanding of God’s intentions is often clouded by our culture, our […]

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A Prayer for my Son

By Barbara Rainey | April 11, 2018 | 5 Comments

A four-part series aired in the month of March on Fox News focused squarely on the problems facing American men today. It was both sobering and overwhelming to see the mountain of facts and data and to know the trend cannot be corrected quickly. But it also reminded me of the high value, the world […]

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