A Real Life Love Story: Laura Rainey is Engaged!

By Barbara Rainey | July 28, 2016 | 19 Comments

Love stories are always favorites because they mirror the greatest love story ever told; the proposal and engagement, already accomplished by our groom Jesus, and future wedding we will enjoy one day in heaven as His bride. Until then we delight in hearing stories of God’s orchestrating the unions of male and female as husband […]

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40 Reasons Your Home Matters

By Barbara Rainey | July 14, 2016 | 5 Comments

Each of you woke this morning in your version of home: a 2-story beachside condominium, a 1-level ranch on acreage, a fixer upper, an urban high rise, a studio apartment. Whatever it might look like to you there’s a place called home where you live. For 40 years FamilyLife has been offering help and hope […]

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Why Your Home Matters … Even If It Doesn’t Look Like You Want

By Barbara Rainey | May 12, 2016 | 7 Comments

Do you know there are children who live on the streets? Not kids whose mom or dad is temporarily homeless and they are too by default. Not the ones who live in your local shelters as tragic as that is. No, it’s children who have lived all their lives in gutters, in sewer pipes, or […]

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Why Your Home Matters … Even Though It’s Far From Perfect

By Barbara Rainey | May 5, 2016 | 13 Comments

Do you wish your home were more peaceful? I sure did when all six of my kids were at home. Even when only two were left, it still wasn’t peaceful the way I wanted it to be. You see I wanted everyone to get along and like each other. What I really wanted, truth be […]

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What Makes You Remember?

By Janel Breitenstein | December 31, 2015 | 16 Comments

In my dad’s garage are stashed a few items that would be of little significance to anyone else, but that mean the world to him: a charred license plate and an old mechanic’s shirt—the kind he wore daily in his farming years—with the back torn away entirely. These, he’s told me, represent the days God […]

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