My Favorite Song

By Barbara Rainey | June 11, 2018 | 9 Comments

Dime jars, coloring books, Tupperware containers of crayons, the songs from the album Bullfrogs and Butterflies, the stories from Adventures in Odyssey and The Chronicles of Narnia, plus lots of other cassette tapes (dates us I know) accompanied our cross-state journeys in our bulging Suburban every summer. The inside of our vehicle was a sight! […]

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Helping a Friend Through Pregnancy Loss and Grief

By Rebecca Rainey Mutz | July 14, 2017 | 3 Comments

If you keep up with the news you’ve likely heard of Charlie Gard, a terminally-ill British infant. My heart aches for his mom and dad. They’ve been faced with a diagnosis for their son they never saw coming, decisions they never expected to have to make, and likely death they don’t know how to face. […]

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

By Janel Breitenstein | January 10, 2017 | 16 Comments

Do you remember the moment that first made you wonder if He truly loved you? I don’t know if I remember the first one. But I remember the first big one, and I can trace the crooked, faltering lines of the rest of them through my past. (Fear has its way of searing itself upon […]

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When You’re Sinking Instead of Sailing

By Barbara Rainey | April 27, 2016 | 5 Comments

When our son was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease, we journeyed through months of fear, disappointment, and loss. My heart was broken for him and us. I cried like never before. When our daughter was living with friends we felt were a bad influence, my husband and I imagined the worst and prayed for deliverance. […]

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4 Do’s and Don’ts of Helping a Friend Face Hardship

By Tracy Lane | April 21, 2016 | 5 Comments

I know I’m not the only one who has faced a heart-wrenching, life-altering announcement in my life. In fact, at this very moment, a friend sits in a waiting room aching to be mildly comforted by a muddle of confusing options in response to her husband’s recent heart attack. Since we are talking about life’s storms […]

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