Cultivating Gratitude: Moving From “I Have To” to “I Get To”

By Barbara Rainey | October 31, 2022 | 1 Comment

Two of my grandsons worked during their summers as counselors for Pine Cove Camp in Texas. It’s a great Christian camp with a long history of investing in kids, including inner city kids, and families. One of Pine Cove’s goals every summer is training its leaders to be grateful servants. Not begrudging unhappy servants, but […]

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Giving Thanks Means Speaking Thanks

By Barbara Rainey | November 22, 2021 | 2 Comments

    Only three days remain before the day which annually reminds us to express gratitude. Have you ever thought it’s not just an attitude of gratitude that’s important? What are you doing to make sure you and yours find ways to actually verbalize thanks to God for all He has given us? “Every good […]

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Why We Need Gratitude More Than Ever

By Barbara Rainey | November 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

  When the Covid-19 pandemic arrived in early 2020, did any of us have any idea how much it would still be affecting us in the final months of 2021? How it would disrupt our lives, our communities, our nation, our world? Unsettled describes life since March of 2020. But sometimes unsettled feels too mild […]

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Traditions Matter, More Than Ever

By Barbara Rainey | November 9, 2020 | 6 Comments

  My expectations for Thanksgiving this year have changed.  Dramatically! With all the uncertainty in our lives, we’ve decided not to do our usual Peterson family gathering of 30-40 people this year. Though we intended to continue this annual Thanksgiving tradition for at least this year since my mom died, it’s now clearly not prudent. […]

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Why Choosing Gratitude Is More Important This Year than Ever

By Barbara Rainey | October 19, 2020 | 5 Comments

  Everything feels foreign and different this year. Our long ordeal with Covid-19 continues to impact every area of life, it seems. This would be bad enough, but with the looming chaotic presidential election, the future seems even more unsure. Still one of my favorite verses is true, “He shall be the stability of your […]

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