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

By Barbara Rainey | September 6, 2021 | 49 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 side laid […]

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Teach Your Children the Value of Work

By Barbara Rainey | August 30, 2021 | 4 Comments

  Do you know what values motivate you? Years ago Dennis and I made individual lists of what mattered to each of us. Then we combined those lists into one page of values we used to make decisions about how we raised our kids, what we taught them, and how we spent our time as […]

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When God Asks You to Do Something You Don’t Want to Do

By Barbara Rainey | August 23, 2021 | 92 Comments

  Dear Barbara: I’m struggling right now. I really feel God asking me to do something that sounds too hard. Honestly, I don’t want to obey. Why would He do that? How can I negotiate? Dear friend, It’s scary, isn’t it? I’ve wondered the same. I remember when, after an exhausting week wrangling five relentless […]

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From Barbara: Dear Reader

By Barbara Rainey | August 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Thanks everyone for some really good questions you sent in response to my Friends and Family letter on July 30! I love the varied generations of my readers, so here are two very different questions—one from a grandma and one from a young mama of two little ones. For these two women, and I […]

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No Trouble at All

By Samuel Rainey | August 19, 2021 | 3 Comments

Note from Barbara: There is nothing like the love of a parent for her child. In June I listened to this child of mine, Samuel, speak at a Weekend to Remember marriage getaway and I cried with joy and wonder and pride at how wisely and clearly he and his wife whom I love, communicated […]

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