Teaching Our Children to be Grateful: Lesson 4

By Barbara Rainey | November 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

  One too-common trait that our sixchildrenshared was that none of them seemed to mind voicing their unhappiness about anything.Complaining was as natural as breathing to them. I wanted more grateful kids. So, I took it as a personal challenge to develop in my children an attitude of gratitude. By repeatedly talking about this quality […]

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Gathering Matters

By Barbara Rainey | November 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

November has arrived. In spite of the already present Christmas advertising, most of us women will be planning for Thanksgiving, even though the seasons sometimes overlap on our to-do lists. Maybe you are like me and you’ve asked yourself, “Why am I doing all of this?!” on more than one overly busy day. We women […]

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Does God ‘So Love’ … Me?

By Janel Breitenstein | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

A friend and I were headed for haircuts together. It was definitely time: My naturally curly hair was starting to resemble, at alternating moments, a lampshade or a labradoodle. As we circled a roundabout discussing spiritual matters, her confession tumbled out. “Honestly, I’ve always struggled with whether God loves me—as an individual.” Her vulnerability echoed […]

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Teaching Our Children to Be Grateful in 4 Easy Lessons: Lesson 2

By Barbara Rainey | October 20, 2016 | 4 Comments

I admit to being a discouraged mom at times. With six children it seemed like someone was always unhappy about something – what they had to eat, where they had to sit, who they had to sit next to, what they had to wear, and on and on. None of them seemed to mind voicing their […]

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Teaching Our Children to be Grateful in 4 Easy Lessons: Lesson 1

By Barbara Rainey | October 13, 2016 | 19 Comments

“Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank You for this place in which we dwell, for the love accorded us this day, for the hope with which we expect the morrow; for the health, the work, the food and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of […]

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