Surrender Is Best For Me

By Barbara Rainey | May 17, 2017 | 30 Comments

Our daughter, Rebecca, was in competitive gymnastics during her elementary school years. Agility and flexibility were part of her DNA, so, twisting, tumbling, the splits, and a host of other complex skills were relatively easy for her. For me it was a true delight to watch her practice and perform in meets.  Imagining her quitting […]

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Living “Sent”: An Updated Job Description

By Janel Breitenstein | May 10, 2017 | 3 Comments

Quick role-play. Let’s say you, your spouse, your kids—you’re all headed back to the Western world from some distant land. You’ve been missionaries somewhere; Africa, maybe. (You pick.) You’ve been helping people gain clean water, maybe, or teaching refugees, or advocating for orphans of AIDS. How would you live in your home country? This is […]

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I Can’t Do it All

By Barbara Rainey | May 3, 2017 | 8 Comments

I confess I often feel like a failure. I don’t pray for my neighbors or my community very often at all. I barely keep up with prayers for my own family and friends. When I think about my neighborhood, my community, I make assumptions based on what I see others doing. I know women who […]

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Abundant Simplicity

By Janel Breitenstein | April 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Randy Alcorn explains in his (highly-recommended) The Treasure Principle, “The more things we own—the greater their total mass, the more they grip us, setting us in orbit around them.” We sense this, I think. We sense that where our treasure is, there our hearts will also be. That the holes in our lives are never […]

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Never Forgotten

By Tracy Lane | April 21, 2017 | 2 Comments

Have you ever been forgotten? Left behind? Overlooked for someone else to be chosen instead? It happens to all of us. But it still hurts. The betrayal stings. It leaves us wondering why we aren’t good enough, wanted enough, loved enough. But have you ever been remembered? Was there a special day that a dear […]

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