My Life with Elisabeth Elliot, a Mentor Worth Following

By Barbara Rainey | May 17, 2021 | 4 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I had the great privilege to meet a New York Times best-selling author. While I was in Washington, D.C., for a board meeting, Ellen Vaughn met my friend Susan Yates and I for lunch, bringing with her the journal Elisabeth Elliot kept for the too-few years of her marriage to […]

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6 Easy Ideas for an Ascension Day Celebration

By Barbara Rainey | May 10, 2021 | 10 Comments

  Have you thought about doing something special for this overlooked day in the church calendar? Ascension Day is Thursday, May 13 this year.   You probably haven’t planned anything because it’s not a popular holiday. But it was a remarkable memorable moment for the disciples as they watched Jesus ascend into Heaven. Can you imagine […]

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When Life Feels Impossible…Can God Still Work?

By Barbara Rainey | March 22, 2021 | 6 Comments

During the years our children were teens—a long season for Dennis and me—I remember a time when our marriage felt impossibly difficult. I don’t remember the circumstances, but I can vividly see myself standing in our closet one day and thinking, “If I hadn’t promised ‘for better or worse’ I might walk away. Right now […]

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The “Savior Names” of Jesus Christ

By Barbara Rainey | March 8, 2021 | 1 Comment

In the beginning God created and He named. He called the darkness night and the light day. He named the dry land earth and the sky above heaven. He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, giving each one its name. Children learn at a very young age that the warm yellow ball in […]

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In This World We Will Have Trouble … but There is Hope

By Barbara Rainey | January 25, 2021 | 12 Comments

All too frequently I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. A week ago at 3:30 a.m., in more unwelcome wide-awake minutes, my brain started firing about the condition of our world. I didn’t ask for this, didn’t want it either, but it’s what my inner being was […]

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