When God Asks You to Do Something You Don’t Want to Do

By Barbara Rainey | August 17, 2020 | 16 Comments

  Dear Barbara: I’m struggling right now. I really feel God asking me to do something that sounds too hard. Honestly, I don’t want to obey. Why would He do that? How can I negotiate?   Dear Friend, It’s scary isn’t it? I’ve wondered the same. I remember when, after an exhausting week wrangling five […]

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What to Do with Unanswerable Questions About an Unknown Future

By Barbara Rainey | August 10, 2020 | 11 Comments

Corrie felt more grown up sitting next to her father on the train into the city. As she watched farms and fields fly by out the window she decided to ask her papa a question. After rehearsing the words this way and that, she bravely turned her face toward him and asked, “What is sex?” […]

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Finding Stability As We Enter Certain Instability This Fall

By Barbara Rainey | August 3, 2020 | 8 Comments

  As August ushers in the fall of 2020, I am amazed at how much our lives have changed, and how differently we think about our daily activities. For the most part, Dennis and I are still staying at home. No dinners at restaurants. No movies. No weekend soccer tournaments. No trips other than visiting […]

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When You Need Saving Because You Fear

By Barbara Rainey | July 27, 2020 | 6 Comments

  I was my children’s savior. So many times I scooped up a little one about to face plant, or rescued a bigger one from pain with Neosporin and Band-Aids and hugs. Car seats, seat belts, and filters of all kinds were my tools—weapons against lurking dangers. But children grow up and moms can’t protect […]

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When You Are Afraid

By Barbara Rainey | July 20, 2020 | 2 Comments

  When was the last time you were afraid? Was it yesterday or the day before? Maybe you have even felt fear today in one of its cousin forms: anxiety, stress, anger, nervousness, or hyper-vigilance to name a few.  When we feel out of control, we are afraid.  Sounds at night produce panic or wakefulness, […]

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