My Helper, My Friend

By Barbara Rainey | June 10, 2019 | 2 Comments

One of my greatest joys in recent years is the discovery that the Holy Spirit, most misunderstood member of the Trinity, is my dearest Friend. It is He who whispers truth to me, like the time I was longing for a more youthful face and I casually prayed, “Lord, what can I do?” Almost immediately […]

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Five Reasons The Holy Spirit is Better Than Jesus

By Barbara Rainey | June 3, 2019 | 7 Comments

Though this title sounds heretical, Jesus told His followers and therefore us, “… it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go the Helper will not come …” (John 16:7). To say it another way, having the Holy Spirit is better than having the physical person of Jesus on […]

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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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