Why Prayer is So Hard

By Barbara Rainey | January 11, 2021 | 8 Comments

When I was a baby Christian in my early 20s, I decided I wanted to be a prayer warrior … someone who really knew God and saw lots of results from their prayers. It was a lofty and very naïve goal. Fifty years later I feel like I’m finally learning to pray!  In these intervening […]

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Hope After Unhappy Holidays

By Barbara Rainey | December 28, 2020 | 6 Comments

  I’m wondering today if you are feeling disappointed. The Christmas holidays are almost over. Though we are still surrounded by decorations and lights, for many of us the sparkles only magnify our loneliness. Our losses.  Were you alone this Christmas, even if you weren’t alone?  Did you watch your children not getting along? You […]

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Can You Hear Him?

By Barbara Rainey | November 23, 2020 | 11 Comments

  To my friends, Last week I woke up early. I looked out the window to assess the time and assumed it was about 6am. The sun wasn’t up but the sky seemed to be lightening in the east.  My mind began working as it so often does in my interrupted sleep world.  “What should […]

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Help Us by Sharing … and Help For You from Messiah Our Savior

By Barbara Rainey | November 16, 2020 | 14 Comments

  Dear Friends, I’m beginning this post differently today because I need your help. It’s an understatement to say life has changed in 2020. What wasn’t clear last winter is now becoming more obvious: The changes to our lives are not the result of just a single virus named Covid, but other viral infections are […]

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Traditions Matter, More Than Ever

By Barbara Rainey | November 9, 2020 | 6 Comments

  My expectations for Thanksgiving this year have changed.  Dramatically! With all the uncertainty in our lives, we’ve decided not to do our usual Peterson family gathering of 30-40 people this year. Though we intended to continue this annual Thanksgiving tradition for at least this year since my mom died, it’s now clearly not prudent. […]

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