I Can’t Do it All

By Barbara Rainey | May 3, 2017 | 7 Comments

I confess I feel like a failure. I don’t pray for my neighbors or my community very often at all.  I barely keep up with prayers for my own family and friends. When I think about my neighborhood, my community, I make assumptions based on what I see others doing. I know women who love […]

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Abundant Simplicity

By Janel Breitenstein | April 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Randy Alcorn explains in his (highly-recommended) The Treasure Principle, “The more things we own—the greater their total mass, the more they grip us, setting us in orbit around them.” We sense this, I think. We sense that where our treasure is, there our hearts will also be. That the holes in our lives are never […]

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3 Tips When Your Prayer Doesn’t Get Past the Ceiling

By Barbara Rainey | April 19, 2017 | 12 Comments

A black cape snapped snug around my neck, our conversation somehow drifted to prayer. My hairdresser is delightfully light hearted and relaxed with everyone who sits in her chair, a skill refined after decades of practice. After six years of appointments, we’ve learned much about each another. With refreshing honesty she said, “I can’t pray […]

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A Fast for Your House: The Surprising Treasures of Simplicity

By Janel Breitenstein | April 12, 2017 | 14 Comments

I always learn something from my friend Monica. She learned to read and write in the last decade or so, when she moved to Kampala from her village in northern Uganda. But despite my college education, she has a lot to teach me. When I visited her shared compound on Saturday, she couldn’t wait to […]

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Love Starts in the Kitchen

By Barbara Rainey | April 5, 2017 | 4 Comments

Early one morning on a quiet, lonely beach a solitary man stood looking out over the blue of the sea. He was watching a small fishing boat. As it neared the shore, the beachside onlooker and the fishermen shouted greetings to one another.  As anglers often do, the man offered a fishing tip to the […]

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