Prayer Walk

By Janel Breitenstein | June 17, 2014 | 2 Comments
Prayer Walk

It’s dawn, and Africa is rising, stretching, and crowing around me. Smoke from breakfast fires winds in gray ribbons I can see from my back porch, just before the silver sliver of Lake Victoria. But I’m going out the front this morning. I turn my keys in the gate’s lock, clanking it shut behind me. […]

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A Lesson From Winnie

By Janel Breitenstein | June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Lesson From Winnie

I was sautéing dinner last week when the clink of the lock at our gate resonated through the kitchen. I looked up, and through the window saw my friend Winnie standing behind the gate’s bars, expectantly and with her characteristic wide smile. Beneath her arms was a colorful book on the human body I’d lent […]

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Preparing for Guests

By Barbara Rainey | June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Preparing for Guests

This past weekend Dennis and I spent hours in our large yard weed-eating, blowing debris, pruning, fertilizing and more. We have guests coming. What is it about guests that inspires this kind of labor? Yes, it is an important and influential group–our FamilyLife board of directors, men who have significant responsibilities in companies and churches. […]

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Feeling Stressed?

By Barbara Rainey | May 19, 2014 | 4 Comments
Feeling stressed

Years ago I thought, with confidence and expectancy, When full time parenting is over, when all my kids are grown and on their own, then I’ll be so much more relaxed, have more time to myself, and will have a lot less stress. Once again I totally missed on that assumption, just as I wrongly […]

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Where is God?

By Barbara Rainey | April 28, 2014 | 1 Comment
where is God

Last Monday I boarded a plane to spend the week with my daughter who had just had her fourth child, our 20th grandchild. She and I both had big plans for the week which included lots of cuddling with the precious newborn. On Tuesday night my husband arrived, ready for the much-anticipated day to come. […]

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