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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Avoid This Mistake When Praying for Grown Children

By Barbara Rainey | March 29, 2017 | 20 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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