15 Things We Can Count On in 2021

By Barbara Rainey | January 4, 2021 | 5 Comments

Stepping into a new year always feels a bit like stepping off a precipice before a vast unknown. Like the door in one of the books in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series—it stood open, surrounded by the countryside, yet when entered revealed a new land unseen from the other side. In every new year there […]

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What Does the Future Hold?

By Barbara Rainey | January 6, 2020 | 3 Comments

I have a friend who loves new school supplies.  Perhaps it’s a carryover from her childhood … but I agree with her that it’s exciting to anticipate a new school season. Purchasing new pencils, pens, clean notebooks, paper and calendars means starting afresh. We can begin again, re-organize, enjoy the opening of a new chapter.  […]

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New Year, New Beginnings

By Barbara Rainey | January 2, 2019 | 15 Comments

It is with a sense of great relief that I closed the last page of my 2018 planner and look ahead to clean pages filled with hope and expectancy. To be sure God gave me many many wonderful days, events, and moments in the last twelve months. Using a single summarizing adjective, casting the whole […]

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New Beginnings, New Prayers, More Love for Jesus in 2018

By Barbara Rainey | January 1, 2018 | 15 Comments

On this New Year’s Day I am sitting in a very old house, surrounded by ancient oaks and one remaining corner of a cedar tree fencerow planted as a demarcation line 100 years ago. Though remodeled and updated through the years, the old farmhouse sits on the original foundation; uneven original pine floors prolifically marked […]

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Adoring God in a New Year

By Barbara Rainey | January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Happy January! I know Christmas is over, but my tree is still up. Adoring God doesn’t end now that a new year is here!  I remember driving through neighborhoods in early January over years past thinking the still-decorated rooftops must be owned by someone who was either lazy. Or crazy for savoring Christmas till all […]

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