What’s Hiding in My Heart?

By Barbara Rainey | January 4, 2017 | 16 Comments

I know the outside isn’t as important as the inside. But I still whirl about my home like a little tornado trying to fluff everything just right before we welcome guests like we did a few weeks ago for a Christmas party. I love making my home beautiful and welcoming. But there is never enough […]

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A Prayer for a New Year

By Barbara Rainey | December 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here we are again at dusk of 2016. Looking out over a new year is similar to the nightfall of day when our eyes close. We finally open on the dawn of another.  So at the end of this year, most of us feel these last days as a summation. The anticipated morrow is a […]

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Jesus, the Messenger: Join the Conversation

By Janel Breitenstein | December 21, 2016 | 5 Comments

It was 2004, and I was seven months pregnant with my first child when I lost my job. Stunned and fretful over more than the insurance I’d need for my delivery, I still recall distinctly the conversation of two mentors that sat with my husband and I praying at the table that week: We pray […]

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Come, Dear One

By Barbara Rainey | December 14, 2016 | 2 Comments

Come is a word we mothers use often. Can you hear yourself saying it or maybe you remember hearing it shouted at you? Directed at our recalcitrant children, or repeated in short bursts sandwiched with a whistle out the back door toward the dog, I expected results when I called this four-letter word with an impatient […]

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O Come, Emmanuel

By Barbara Rainey | November 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

Did Advent sneak up on you three days ago like it always does on me? Maybe it’s because I like to savor Thanksgiving and those in my family who gather each November–often it’s the only time we get that time all year–that I am reluctant to move on to Christmas before the Thanksgiving weekend is […]

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