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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How to Chase Joy in Your Life Even in Hard Seasons

By Barbara Rainey | October 12, 2020 | 8 Comments

  Recently my husband, Dennis, went on a hunting trip with our son, and I decided to make the days alone ones of rest and refreshment with activities that were fun and gave me joy. In my Bible study lessons this fall we’ve talked about how the source of joy is found in relationship with […]

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Give Thanks Together: Four Weeks of Gratitude Week 4

By Barbara Rainey | November 20, 2017 | 2 Comments

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” Psalm 50:15 Knocking knees around an overflowing Thanksgiving table is the perfect time to remember. Families share inside jokes from that one vacation. Remember whens from funny parenting mistakes. I can’t believe we…from adult childhood admittance. All of […]

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Give Thanks by Praising: Four Weeks of Gratitude Week 3

By Barbara Rainey | November 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

You know those people that seem to always have a song in their hearts? It can be pouring rain, bumper to bumper traffic, or 2am in a hospital waiting room and those people are whistling or humming away, seemingly unphased by the surrounding circumstances. As annoying as that can be when you’re the one in […]

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