What Does the Future Hold?

By Barbara Rainey | January 6, 2020 | 3 Comments

I have a friend who loves new school supplies.  Perhaps it’s a carryover from her childhood … but I agree with her that it’s exciting to anticipate a new school season. Purchasing new pencils, pens, clean notebooks, paper and calendars means starting afresh. We can begin again, re-organize, enjoy the opening of a new chapter.  […]

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Gather

By Barbara Rainey | November 4, 2019 | 3 Comments

Stitched on pillows, printed on banners, and stamped on plaques on store shelves across the country is the word “gather.” November is the month for coming home. We gather together.  It’s no surprise that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is repeatedly the busiest air travel day of the year. But did you know this warm, inviting word […]

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What to Do When Influential Believers Fall From the Faith

By Barbara Rainey | October 28, 2019 | 3 Comments

This past summer, a well-known author and pastor made two very personal announcements on Instagram. One post told the social media world of his impending divorce, followed by a second public statement apparently renouncing his faith.   Only days later I read a post by John Cooper, lead singer for the rock band Skillet, who wrote […]

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Feeling Stressed

By Barbara Rainey | October 21, 2019 | 3 Comments

A lesson I’m still learning, but understand more clearly now, is that fixing my circumstances is rarely the answer to reducing stress.   For many years this was what I said to myself: When full time parenting is over … when all my kids are grown and on their own … then I’ll be so much […]

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Where Can We Find Stability in an Unstable Time?

By Barbara Rainey | October 14, 2019 | 5 Comments

In the current climate of our country I feel my stability—my sense of peace, my rootedness—is buffeted continually by news about political unrest, threats to national security, and even reports of extreme weather. Like the devastated Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, I feel as if my limbs are being stripped, my stability uprooted like the destroyed […]

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