When It’s Hard To Be Thankful         

By Barbara Rainey | November 18, 2016 | 2 Comments

Thanksgiving is a week away and being thankful feels absolutely foreign for many of us. Images of happy families gathering is a reminder of what could have been or should have been. And it hurts. Pain is very real. I’ve been through seasons like that.  One in particular was spring and the season for graduation, […]

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Use the Names of Jesus to Worship Christ this Christmas Season

By Barbara Rainey | November 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

As Christmas approaches it is as if the previous eleven months have been leading to this grand culminating event. It’s almost December and tree trimming can begin! As women, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make meaningful family memories at Christmas because we know that traditions are important. We want our kids […]

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Time to Gather

By Barbara Rainey | November 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

Stitched on pillows, printed on banners, and stamped on plaques on store shelves across the country is the word “gather.” November is the month for coming home, the month to reunite, the month to gather. It’s no wonder that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is repeatedly the busiest air travel day of the year. But did you […]

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How To Talk to Your Kids Today About the Election Results

By Barbara Rainey | November 9, 2016 | 18 Comments

It’s been a long time since our nation was collectively shocked from coast to coast by a single event. Granted some will say they were confident of the election outcome but most Americans are united on this post-election day by one emotion: stunned disbelief. If adults are feeling this, then our children are too. In […]

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Higher Than I: The New President’s Got Nothing on This

By Janel Breitenstein | November 8, 2016 | 1 Comment

Nearly from the moment I set foot on American soil a few months ago, stability seemed a country mile from what any American Christians—and watching Christians from other countries—sensed. In fact, at my writer’s conference this weekend, a Ugandan pastor’s prayer request was for America. It’s such a center of missions, he reasoned. If America […]

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