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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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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