12 (Printable) Prompts for the Christmas Soul

By Janel Breitenstein | December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

One thing I picked up from my Christmases in Uganda: All the glitter and hype of Christmas does have a purpose beyond the secular. God created seven feasts for the Old Testament Hebrews, which clues me in; these occurred in the same seasons. Maybe the Israelites knew Hadassah made the best matzoh, or Great-Aunt Hephzibah […]

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3 Tips When Your Prayer Doesn’t Get Past the Ceiling

By Barbara Rainey | April 19, 2017 | 12 Comments

A black cape snapped snug around my neck, our conversation somehow drifted to prayer. My hairdresser is delightfully light hearted and relaxed with everyone who sits in her chair, a skill refined after decades of practice. After six years of appointments, we’ve learned much about each another. With refreshing honesty she said, “I can’t pray […]

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Breathing Lessons

By Janel Breitenstein | January 25, 2017 | 5 Comments

For those of you who’ve been married: Do you remember what “just married” felt like? After the sound of the tin cans clanking behind the car faded, after you set your bags down in your together home after the honeymoon—what was it like? I thought since I had wonderful training in my home of origin, […]

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My Formula for Getting What I Wanted from God

By Barbara Rainey | January 18, 2017 | 14 Comments

One morning, right in the middle of my Bible Study Fellowship class I had a frightening thought: a possibility I’d never considered. As a firstborn rule follower mom, I was living my life with a reasonable, logical assumption about the Christian life. Every day my list was Do my best. Follow the rules—especially the Bible’s […]

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Pestering God

By Barbara Rainey | September 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

This morning I finally had time.  Too often I’m in a hurry and end up having to use my driving time to talk to God.  Not a bad habit at all. Conversing with my Heavenly Father throughout the day, in or out of the car, is always good.  But my fast-paced life often leaves too […]

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