Gather

By Barbara Rainey | November 4, 2019 | 3 Comments

Stitched on pillows, printed on banners, and stamped on plaques on store shelves across the country is the word “gather.” November is the month for coming home. We gather together.  It’s no surprise that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is repeatedly the busiest air travel day of the year. But did you know this warm, inviting word […]

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What To Do When Influential Believers Fall From The Faith

By Barbara Rainey | October 28, 2019 | 3 Comments

This past summer, a well-known author and pastor made two very personal announcements on Instagram. One post told the social media world of his impending divorce, followed by a second public statement apparently renouncing his faith.   Only days later I read a post by John Cooper, lead singer for the rock band Skillet, who wrote […]

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Feeling Stressed

By Barbara Rainey | October 21, 2019 | 3 Comments

A lesson I’m still learning, but understand more clearly now, is that fixing my circumstances is rarely the answer to reducing stress.   For many years this was what I said to myself: When full time parenting is over … when all my kids are grown and on their own … then I’ll be so much […]

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Stability

By Barbara Rainey | October 14, 2019 | 5 Comments

In the current climate of our country I feel my stability—my sense of peace, my rootedness—is buffeted continually by news about political unrest, threats to national security, and even reports of extreme weather. Like the devastated Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, I feel as if my limbs are being stripped, my stability uprooted like the destroyed […]

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Dear Barbara, What if I Want to Quit?

By Barbara Rainey | October 7, 2019 | 5 Comments

Dear Barbara, What if I want out? Okay…don’t freak out. I am planning on staying, because on our wedding day, I promised I’d stick our marriage out. But what if I don’t WANT to anymore? I’ve wanted to quit before too. Somewhere in our third year of marriage, I went from a cheerful and confident I […]

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