Surrender Is Best For Me

By Barbara Rainey | May 17, 2017 | 30 Comments

Our daughter, Rebecca, was in competitive gymnastics during her elementary school years. Agility and flexibility were part of her DNA, so, twisting, tumbling, the splits, and a host of other complex skills were relatively easy for her. For me it was a true delight to watch her practice and perform in meets.  Imagining her quitting […]

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Living “Sent”: An Updated Job Description

By Janel Breitenstein | May 10, 2017 | 3 Comments

Quick role-play. Let’s say you, your spouse, your kids—you’re all headed back to the Western world from some distant land. You’ve been missionaries somewhere; Africa, maybe. (You pick.) You’ve been helping people gain clean water, maybe, or teaching refugees, or advocating for orphans of AIDS. How would you live in your home country? This is […]

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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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