God’s Amazing Love: A Story Of A Girl & A Parakeet

By Barbara Rainey | September 28, 2020 | 2 Comments

  “I have called you by name you are Mine!” (Isaiah 43:1) My husband is an expert story-teller and always had wonderfully creative ways to engage with our kids, to get to their hearts. I just wanted them to obey and pick up their clothes! We were a very good balance for each other in […]

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Finding God in the Ordinary

By Barbara Rainey | September 21, 2020 | 5 Comments

  My newborn granddaughter loves being swaddled snugly. Wound correctly, a swaddle blanket will cocoon Emma Cate’s newborn form tightly into the familiar shape of the womb, her first home. She knows the feel of that place. She trusts it … she calms … she sleeps. Birth is a launch from home into a new […]

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Conquering Anxiety When Living with Divisions at Home and in the World

By Barbara Rainey | September 14, 2020 | 3 Comments

  Watching differences turn into divisions in our country over recent years has made me anxious. I wish I had an on-off switch for this constant malaise, this undertow, but alas I only have a dimmer. I know enough of my Bible to know anxiety is not what God desires. Jesus taught in the Sermon […]

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Three Ways to Make Your Home Safe Before the Storms of Life Hit

By Barbara Rainey | August 24, 2020 | 8 Comments

One ordinary morning I dropped my teens off at school, then headed home to tackle the laundry pile and breakfast dishes. My normalcy was abruptly interrupted when my phone rang at 8:30. Our friend Bob Lepine called to suggest I turn on the television. A plane had just flown into one of the twin towers […]

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When God Asks You to Do Something You Don’t Want to Do

By Barbara Rainey | August 17, 2020 | 16 Comments

  Dear Barbara: I’m struggling right now. I really feel God asking me to do something that sounds too hard. Honestly, I don’t want to obey. Why would He do that? How can I negotiate?   Dear Friend, It’s scary isn’t it? I’ve wondered the same. I remember when, after an exhausting week wrangling five […]

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