Learning Disorders and Other Thankful Things

By Barbara Rainey | May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

By Janel Breitenstein They found out as soon as he hit kindergarten. I remember watching furtively at his pediatrician’s appointment as the doctor asked him to draw an X and an O on the crackling tissue paper—and my five-year-old couldn’t do it. I felt embarrassed, inadequate. It would be only weeks until we obtained the […]

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When You’re Sinking Instead of Sailing

By Barbara Rainey | April 27, 2016 | 5 Comments

When our son was diagnosed with a neuro muscular disease we journeyed through months of fear, disappointment and loss.  My heart was broken for him and us. I cried like never before. When our daughter was living with friends we felt were a bad influence my husband and I imagined the worst and prayed for […]

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4 Do’s and Don’ts of Helping a Friend Face Hardship

By Tracy Lane | April 21, 2016 | 5 Comments

I know I’m not the only one who has faced a heart-wrenching, life-altering announcement in my life. In fact, at this very moment, a friend sits in a waiting room aching to be mildly comforted by a muddle of confusing options in response to her husband’s recent heart attack. Since we are talking about life’s storms […]

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The Glorious Light

By Barbara Rainey | April 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

By Janel Breitenstein You know, I love The Look. It kindles as a gleam in the eyes, I think; a spreading smile on those chocolate-colored faces. Poised or guarded features and body language acquire a sudden, easy fluidity. And I think: I have made it past their heart’s gate. See, I’ve watched this phenomenon time […]

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Where to Find Security When Fears Surround Us

By Barbara Rainey | April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

March went out like a lion; savagely shredding bodies and lives with the Brussel’s airport blasts, then the Easter Sunday explosions in a park in Pakistan, an intentional targeting of Christians celebrating the resurrection. Hundreds died. Hundreds more were seriously injured. All of us shaken by these senseless, irrational choices to kill children, their parents, […]

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