How Do I Know God Is Near?

By Barbara Rainey | May 25, 2016 | 10 Comments

Have you ever woken up and felt your senses dulled? Or maybe you’ve felt dead inside from deep anguish or loss? Sadly I have learned that I am hopelessly, until I leave this planet, tied to my emotions, to unseen environmental effects on my body and to subconscious thoughts. Recently over dinner, my husband shared a […]

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I Want More

By Barbara Rainey | May 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

By Janel Breitenstein I wish I had more. Sometimes my praise for God feels like a crayon drawing. I look back on the way I blew it with my kid that morning. The way I have morning breath and occasional body odor and bad habits in my anger. I think of how my sin’s blindspots have […]

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Welcome Holy Spirit

By Barbara Rainey | May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

This past weekend thousands gathered in Orlando to share best practices in their shared passion to care for orphans. They also came to be inspired which is the work of God’s Spirit. And He showed up in amazing worshipful stories of redemption, grace and miracles. (to learn more go to CAFO.org) Orphan work is one […]

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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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