Feeling Stressed

By Barbara Rainey | October 21, 2019 | 0 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 | 3 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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New Assignment

By Barbara Rainey | September 30, 2019 | 8 Comments

Like a new school year with its anticipations—Who will be my teacher, who will be in my class, who will be my friends?— so has been my life, Lord, with more changing roles than I ever imagined. My name as wife, then mom took getting used to. Then it became comfortable . . . and […]

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Friendships

By Barbara Rainey | September 23, 2019 | 11 Comments

Friendships Enable me to live so as to deserve a friend and if I never have one on earth be Thou my friend, for in having Thee I shall have all that is dear and valuable in friendship. Amen. We had dinner with sweet friends the other night. Friendship came up as she shared how […]

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