Savor

By Barbara Rainey | December 27, 2014 | 7 Comments

Stop. Don’t hurry to box up the ornaments and purge the regalia from your home! Early on the 26th day of December, a national morning show featured an expert happily talking about packing away decorations and properly disposing of your Christmas tree.  “It’s time to move on” was the clearly communicated messaging. I want to […]

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One for You, Two for Me

By Barbara Rainey | November 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

Last week I thumbed through a glossy stacks of Christmas catalogs, each one boldly calling for my attention as they spilled from the narrow confines of my mailbox. My artist’s heart loves the displays and innovative photography that pique curiosity with their eye-catching beauty and unique arrangements. But it was one beautifully scripted, lavishly arrayed […]

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Music Calls Me

By Barbara Rainey | December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

This morning as I passed from deep sleep to wakefulness I unexpectedly heard the words to a grand Christmas carol making their melody heard in my soul. “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth…. Fall on your knees!  Oh, hear the angel voices! O […]

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Unhappy Holidays

By Barbara Rainey | December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Blogs I’ve been reading are oozing with enthusiasm, emotion and eager anticipation for the holiday season. Descriptions of fireplaces and hot cocoa, plaids and sequins, lights and laughter are so vivid they feel like an attempt to scatter glitter from every screen. Be warm, be filled, be happy. Let the dazzling delights of the season […]

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Christmas Calm

By Barbara Rainey | December 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

A week ago we were in a group sharing some of what is going on in our lives.  Dennis and I were amazed at the difficulties others were dealing with from chronic pain to a prodigal child and aging parents to marriage struggles.  Afterward we said to each other something about how grateful we are […]

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