Surprised by George

By Barbara Rainey | June 3, 2021 | 7 Comments

  Though he was not cloaked in a coarse brown friar’s habit, the old man’s short cropped grey hair, ancient spectacles, wide girth, and shuffling gait suggested otherwise to me. His ringless fingers created lilting music during two evening dinners at the quaint Vermont inn. Like our chef he, too, was eager to hear approval […]

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My Life with Elisabeth Elliot, a Mentor Worth Following

By Barbara Rainey | May 17, 2021 | 8 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I had the great privilege to meet a New York Times best-selling author. While I was in Washington, D.C., for a board meeting, Ellen Vaughn met my friend Susan Yates and I for lunch, bringing with her the journal Elisabeth Elliot kept for the too-few years of her marriage to […]

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When Life Feels Impossible…Can God Still Work?

By Barbara Rainey | March 22, 2021 | 6 Comments

During the years our children were teens—a long season for Dennis and me—I remember a time when our marriage felt impossibly difficult. I don’t remember the circumstances, but I can vividly see myself standing in our closet one day and thinking, “If I hadn’t promised ‘for better or worse’ I might walk away. Right now […]

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God Has Given Us Everything We Need … for Every Circumstance

By Barbara Rainey | January 18, 2021 | 6 Comments

As a history major in college and an eager learner ever since, I’ve read countless books on World War II and the Holocaust, the Russian Revolution and the Romanov dynasty, Rwandan and Armenian history … and I’ve sprinkled in books on Rome and ancient cultures, as well as  lots of American histories.  I’ve always wondered […]

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Why Prayer is So Hard

By Barbara Rainey | January 11, 2021 | 8 Comments

When I was a baby Christian in my early 20s, I decided I wanted to be a prayer warrior … someone who really knew God and saw lots of results from their prayers. It was a lofty and very naïve goal. Fifty years later I feel like I’m finally learning to pray!  In these intervening […]

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