The Gift of Challenges

By Barbara Rainey | July 20, 2016 | 2 Comments

Comparison is a lethal trap for women. Sizing up another woman leads either to pride that I’m better in some way or to self-loathing that I’m inferior in one or many ways. Neither is good for our souls. The words “my lot” in this my favorite of all hymns presuppose the kind, benevolent rule of […]

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Crown Him with Many Crowns

By Janel Breitenstein | July 13, 2016 | 3 Comments

By Janel Breitenstein My son—my oldest—turns twelve this week. Helping him with his piano a few days ago, I played a few notes of the “New World Symphony” for him. He didn’t remember a bit of it—though we played it night after night after night for him as an infant, willing that cranky boy to […]

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The Power of a Name

By Janel Breitenstein | June 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

By Janel Breitenstein It was my freshman year of college. I stood nestled in our college choir with the second-altos, clad in a uniform dress that somehow carried the ability to transform my appearance into that of a black olive. The first few notes of the piano introduction were lilting over the auditorium, in our […]

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For the Love … of True Liberty

By Janel Breitenstein | June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

By Janel Breitenstein Freedom is a riveting idea no matter what continent you live on, whether you’re living beneath a baseball cap or a burqa. Freedom is a universal value. Still, definitions of “liberty,” I’m finding, can be as varied as Sno-Cone flavors at a summer stand. Most of us would agree  freedom only works when […]

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Do You Imagine You’ll Grow Out of Your Need for Grace, Like Me?

By Janel Breitenstein | June 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

By Janel Breitenstein I think you could call me a grace junkie. I am finally willing to admit that I am addicted to grace. When I first came to Christ, I thought that I would grow out of grace a bit. I knew I needed a flood of it to get in the door, and I’d […]

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