Avoid This Mistake When Praying for Grown Children

By Barbara Rainey | March 29, 2017 | 18 Comments

For years I avoided reading the book of Job because I was afraid I’d contract some of his suffering.  I knew enough about his story to have zero envy of his previous and post suffering wealth and success. But my Bible study class during my children’s teen years included a week focusing on Job. I’m […]

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The God of My Heartbreak: Teaching Teens to Pray

By Janel Breitenstein | March 22, 2017 | 5 Comments

Of the many nuggets I’ve gleaned from my father-in-law, perhaps one I am most grateful for is his response to my husband’s teen years. A lot of people find merit in Mark Twain’s quip: When a boy turns 13, put him in a barrel and feed him through a knot hole. When he turns 16, […]

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Praying with your “Tweens”

By Barbara Rainey | March 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

Driving home there are two places where cell signals are most likely to drop. What is frustrating is the inconsistency. Sometimes the signal is compromised and the call doesn’t drop but the sounds are garbled. At other times the signal dies. I discover after a few moments of awkward silence that I’m talking to myself. […]

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If You Pray Only One Prayer for Your Marriage…

By Barbara Rainey | February 15, 2017 | 14 Comments

Have you ever woken one morning in a daze, wondering what happened in your marriage? Something is different but it doesn’t have a name. Or maybe it was a slow dawning realization that you and he have both changed. When did that happen? You didn’t see it coming. Maybe you look at him across the […]

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9 Ways to Pray for your Marriage

By Janel Breitenstein | February 8, 2017 | 16 Comments

It’s been one of the most pressing seasons for our marriage. We’ve been navigating a crux of major life decisions—only one of which included the continent we’d be living on. And our marriage that has been characterized by fairly fluid teamwork can at times be pulled taut by our diverging passions, longings, and reasoning. “Stressed” […]

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