No Condemnation

By Kristen Wetherell | February 17, 2020 | 1 Comment

By: Kristen Wetherell If you’re human and breathing in and out the realities of this world, then you’ll resonate with Kristen’s blog post. All of us struggle with a sense of inadequacy and failure. The question is, where do we turn for hope?  One of my favorite verses has always been Romans 8:1. I have […]

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What Does the Future Hold?

By Barbara Rainey | January 6, 2020 | 3 Comments

I have a friend who loves new school supplies.  Perhaps it’s a carryover from her childhood … but I agree with her that it’s exciting to anticipate a new school season. Purchasing new pencils, pens, clean notebooks, paper and calendars means starting afresh. We can begin again, re-organize, enjoy the opening of a new chapter.  […]

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Feeling Stressed

By Barbara Rainey | October 21, 2019 | 3 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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Where Can We Find Stability in an Unstable Time?

By Barbara Rainey | October 14, 2019 | 5 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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When It Feels Like All Hell Has Broken Loose

By Barbara Rainey | November 1, 2017 | 10 Comments

How do we rest in this chosen-ness? When it feels as if all hell has broken loose, how do we stand? I’ve talked to friends recently who are waking each morning wondering what news awaits that day with children who are wandering from the faith, making choices that frighten their parents, fears those parents feel […]

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