How Long Is an Age?

By Barbara Rainey | June 28, 2021 | 8 Comments

  Last words are important. They’re meaningful. Spoken before death or by a soldier leaving for deployment, parting words are memorable. Often those words keep the left-behind ones getting up each morning, counting the days as they wait for the anticipated reunion.  So the last words Jesus, before He ascended to heaven, are some of […]

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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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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. 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 processing and it bubbled to […]

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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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What to Do with Unanswerable Questions About an Unknown Future

By Barbara Rainey | August 10, 2020 | 11 Comments

Corrie felt more grown up sitting next to her father on the train into the city. As she watched farms and fields fly by out the window she decided to ask her papa a question. After rehearsing the words this way and that, she bravely turned her face toward him and asked, “What is sex?” […]

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