For Every Winter

By Janel Breitenstein | March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last week, I woke in the darkness to what must be one of the greatest sounds on earth at times, just outside my louvered window: the whisper, then the thunder, of rain. A welcome chill had settled on my covers, and I snuggled next to my slumbering husband, falling back into that wonderful envelope of […]

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‘I Nothing Lack’

By Barbara Rainey | February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

A post from my friend Elizabeth Howell.  A simple song lyric that is a great challenge and comfort to me is the first stanza of Henry W. Baker’s “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” written in 1868. The King of love my Shepherd is Whose goodness faileth never I nothing lack if I am His And He is […]

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Unanswered Prayer

By Barbara Rainey | November 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

This morning I woke up sad. Nothing dramatic happened. No life-altering news had been delivered.  In fact, before going to bed last night we received good news about our next grandchild. Still I woke up with the question, “How do I have joy when it seems that so much is unsettled, unresolved, and unrestored in […]

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Why We Need Beauty

By Barbara Rainey | April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

This past weekend my husband and I took my mother and my brother to the new Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. Normal Rockwell’s traveling exhibit was there along with the museum’s permanent collection of wonderful art. While I knew my mother would enjoy it I was surprised that my brother, 6 years my […]

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Hearing and Seeing God

By Barbara Rainey | March 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Three days ago Dennis and I and our daughter Laura received the gift of being in the presence of a miracle. Our dear friend, Bill, who is only 50, suffered what should have been a life-ending stroke on January 28 while driving to a meeting. His loss of consciousness caused him to fall limp to […]

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