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. 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 processing and it bubbled to […]

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God Has Given Us Everything We Need … for Every Circumstance

By Barbara Rainey | January 18, 2021 | 8 Comments

As a history major in college and an eager learner ever since, I’ve read countless books on World War II and the Holocaust, the Russian Revolution and the Romanov dynasty, Rwandan and Armenian history … and I’ve sprinkled in books on Rome and ancient cultures, as well as  lots of American histories.  I’ve always wondered […]

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Hope After Unhappy Holidays

By Barbara Rainey | December 28, 2020 | 6 Comments

  I’m wondering today if you are feeling disappointed. The Christmas holidays are almost over. Though we are still surrounded by decorations and lights, for many of us the sparkles only magnify our loneliness. Our losses.  Were you alone this Christmas, even if you weren’t alone?  Did you watch your children not getting along? You […]

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The Gift of a Hard Season

By Susan Yates | October 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

  Two weeks ago I shared a devotion from my dear friend Joanne. Today I want to share one from Susan. The three of us live in three different states and do a 3-way call once a month to catch up and then we do a lot of praying for each other in between. On […]

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Three Ways to Make Your Home Safe Before the Storms of Life Hit

By Barbara Rainey | August 24, 2020 | 8 Comments

One ordinary morning I dropped my teens off at school, then headed home to tackle the laundry pile and breakfast dishes. My normalcy was abruptly interrupted when my phone rang at 8:30. Our friend Bob Lepine called to suggest I turn on the television. A plane had just flown into one of the twin towers […]

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