Taming Your House Full of Chaos

By Janel Breitenstein | October 11, 2017 | 27 Comments

There are moments in my home that can only be tidily described as chaos. Last night, as my two youngest were building a fort in the bedroom, I heard some concerning-sounding thuds: “That was the bathroom mirror, Mom!” (Oh. I think that’s supposed to make me feel better?) There was also the repetitive, distinctive bleat […]

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Inviting the Holy Spirit Into My Home

By Barbara Rainey | October 4, 2017 | 14 Comments

Though it is not yet Christmas, there is a name of Jesus often associated with this annual holiday that is meaningful to me every single day of my regular life. It is Emmanuel: God with us.   This concept of with us is woven like a glittering gold thread throughout the pages of the Bible, […]

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When You Long to Follow the Holy Spirit … and Then You Wonder What Happened

By Janel Breitenstein | July 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

It was a comment that stuck to my ribs in a good way, like brown-sugared oatmeal on a cold morning. A friend wrote on my Facebook page: [My husband] and I have wrestled with our “calling” to adopt years ago. We clearly felt it, and we have second guessed it almost every day since then, […]

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A Life in the Holy Spirit

By Barbara Rainey | July 19, 2017 | 8 Comments

Dennis and I were engaged for 6 very short weeks. It’s a great story but too long to tell you now. Maybe another time! But in the midst of all the fast paced wedding planning Dennis and I began the deep immersion of learning each other. He was in Colorado and I was in South […]

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How Do I Know It’s the Holy Spirit? 5 Ways to Recognize God’s Voice

By Barbara Rainey | July 12, 2017 | 40 Comments

Do you know of Elijah, prophet of God, who challenged 950 idol worshipers to a contest to see whose God was best? With thousands of spectators watching, the competition of gods felt like a championship football game or soccer match. Whose god was the real God? They all wanted to know. Each team laid a […]

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