Is God Near?

By Barbara Rainey | September 16, 2019 | 6 Comments

Have you ever awakened in the morning and felt your senses dulled? Has a lack of sleep, preoccupation with one or more of your kids, or ongoing loss left you feeling dull or even dead inside? Or could it be some other unnamed something? Recently over dinner, my husband shared a story with me about a […]

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What To Tell Your Children After A Mass Shooting

By Barbara Rainey | September 9, 2019 | 9 Comments

This is not an easy topic. I’ve been thinking a lot; reading and praying since the latest wave of shooting terrors began. News cycles move on. People can’t. Especially those in Southhaven, El Paso, Dayton and now Midland-Odessa. My first two thoughts were, I can’t believe it happened again … but then again I can.  […]

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Teach Your Children The Value Of Work

By Barbara Rainey | September 2, 2019 | 2 Comments

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

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Schedules

By Barbara Rainey | August 26, 2019 | 3 Comments

Unbelievable that we are here! Again my man and I are in a place irritating and all too familiar. I just discovered our schedules are not in sync. “We talked about this,” he said, “yes, but I couldn’t look at my calendar in that moment and then forgot.” And now we are double booked. He […]

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Loss Can Bring Good

By Barbara Rainey | August 19, 2019 | 8 Comments

One of the most profoundly helpful books of my life is by Jerry Sittser. A Grace Disguised belongs on the shelf of every follower of Jesus so it’s close in times of need. Last fall I reread this book, cover to cover, and strongly encouraged Dennis to do the same. And he did. Chapter six […]

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