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., 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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When Fear Robs My Regular Life

By Janel Breitenstein | August 17, 2016 | 2 Comments

Parenting is…overwhelming sometimes pretty much all the time. Last night I recognized a sensation creeping over me with shadowy fingers, as my thoughts slammed into my kids’ schooling and implementing solutions for my son’s ADHD and appalling, heart-rending current events: anxiety. I want so much for my kids, as I’m guessing you do. I’m thinking so […]

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Where to Find Security When Fears Surround Us

By Barbara Rainey | April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

March went out like a lion; savagely shredding bodies and lives with the Brussel’s airport blasts, then the Easter Sunday explosions in a park in Pakistan, an intentional targeting of Christians celebrating the resurrection. Hundreds died. Hundreds more were seriously injured. All of us shaken by these senseless, irrational choices to kill children, their parents, […]

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Feeling Stressed?

By Barbara Rainey | May 19, 2014 | 4 Comments
Feeling stressed

Years ago I thought, with confidence and expectancy, When full time parenting is over, when all my kids are grown and on their own, then I’ll be so much more relaxed, have more time to myself, and will have a lot less stress. Once again I totally missed on that assumption, just as I wrongly […]

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