Unanswered Prayer: When God Doesn’t “Come Through” As You Expected, Then What?

By Barbara Rainey | May 16, 2022 | 7 Comments

Sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling sad and unsettled. I ask myself, “How do I have joy when it seems that so much is unresolved and unrestored in my life, my relationships, my world?” Do you know that feeling? Have you thought about the disciples and the weight of their unanswered prayers when […]

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Rushed Prayers: Treating God Like He’s a Vending Machine

By Barbara Rainey | May 9, 2022 | 2 Comments

Note from Barbara: Recently I wrote about the amazing access to God’s presence that we can enjoy because of Jesus’ death and Resurrection. If you missed it, you can find it here. As I’ve continued thinking about this, I’ve discovered I might know a little of what constant access might feel like for God. As […]

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Praying for Those Who May Be Difficult to Love

By Barbara Rainey | May 2, 2022 | 3 Comments

Note from Barbara: This is the second of six blog posts on prayer between now and June. (You can read the first here.) I have loved reading old prayers since the days of my mothering when I discovered the prayers of saints like Susanna Wesley. Each blog post will feature one of these prayers from […]

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Friends & Family April 2022

By Barbara Rainey | April 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

To my friends far and wide: Christ is risen!! The best news of this month and of all time. Here’s a photo of a cross our 83-year-old neighbor built for us out of our old deck boards. We finally cemented it in the ground last fall and I have loved seeing it every day out […]

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How to Enjoy Constant Access to God in Prayer

By Barbara Rainey | April 25, 2022 | 5 Comments

One week ago the world celebrated or at least recognized the pinnacle moment of history; the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sadly, by the next day most everyone went back to normal living as if it never happened. But what should be different? Or perhaps the better question is: How can my life today be changed […]

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