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 | 15 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 six very short weeks. It’s a great story but too long to tell you now. 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 Carolina so our […]

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Home of the Holy Spirit

By Barbara Rainey | July 8, 2017 | 3 Comments

Have you ever seen old run down buildings? Maybe you’ve seen an ancient church building in person that was barely standing. Maybe you have seen pictures of dilapidated downtown offices. It’s sad to see these structures, often beautifully designed, now neglected. They were built intentionally with love and inhabited by people living with purpose.  The […]

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