Follow the Star: Christmas Advent Activity for Your Family

By Barbara Rainey | October 23, 2017 | 6 Comments

Have you ever wondered why the wise men, the magi, were searching the stars for signs of a coming king? Who were they looking for? How did they know a king would be born to the Jews? Deep in the pages of the Old Testament the clues begin with the story of a young man […]

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Christmas Home Tour 2017

By Barbara Rainey | October 13, 2017 | 5 Comments

Can I tell you a secret? We don’t use a live Christmas tree in our home anymore. For years when the kids were younger, our tradition was to pick out a real tree together. Dennis held different trees out, pounding and shaking the branches open, measuring height, talking about which loose twigs to trim. It […]

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How to Remember Jesus on Christmas Morning

By Barbara Rainey | December 23, 2016 | 4 Comments

Have you been tempted to lose the celebration of Christ’s birth in a swirl of fairy tales and merchandising? Have you trivialized the stunning miracle of God becoming human with toys, tinsel, and trips to the mall in a frenzy for Christmas morning? You might have started strong with the weekly Advent readings but the […]

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By Barbara Rainey | December 15, 2016 | 4 Comments

I hope you’re enjoying these posts from my friend Dave Boehi, who wrote these Advent lessons to encourage us during Christmas. I love how he suggests using our new His Advent Names Adorenaments in each one. -Barbara  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not […]

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Come, Dear One

By Barbara Rainey | December 14, 2016 | 2 Comments

Come is a word we mothers use often. Can you hear yourself saying it or maybe you remember hearing it shouted at you? Directed at our recalcitrant children, or repeated in short bursts sandwiched with a whistle out the back door toward the dog, I expected results when I called this four-letter word with an impatient […]

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