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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Hope After Unhappy Holidays

By Barbara Rainey | December 28, 2020 | 6 Comments

  I’m wondering today if you are feeling disappointed. The Christmas holidays are almost over. Though we are still surrounded by decorations and lights, for many of us the sparkles only magnify our loneliness. Our losses.  Were you alone this Christmas, even if you weren’t alone?  Did you watch your children not getting along? You […]

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Do You Feel a Need for Perfect Peace Today?

By Barbara Rainey | November 2, 2020 | 4 Comments

  Do you feel like you are holding your breath this week?  Do you feel anxious and hypervigilant?  I can’t say anything about the events happening tomorrow and this week because recently I wrote a post and mentioned in one sentence the name of our collective civic duty and was blocked on social media. It’s […]

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How to Chase Joy in Your Life Even in Hard Seasons

By Barbara Rainey | October 12, 2020 | 8 Comments

  Recently my husband, Dennis, went on a hunting trip with our son, and I decided to make the days alone ones of rest and refreshment with activities that were fun and gave me joy. In my Bible study lessons this fall we’ve talked about how the source of joy is found in relationship with […]

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When God Asks You to Do Something You Don’t Want to Do

By Barbara Rainey | August 17, 2020 | 16 Comments

  Dear Barbara: I’m struggling right now. I really feel God asking me to do something that sounds too hard. Honestly, I don’t want to obey. Why would He do that? How can I negotiate? Dear Friend, It’s scary isn’t it? I’ve wondered the same. I remember when, after an exhausting week wrangling five relentless […]

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