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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8 Meaningful Ways to Practice Gratitude

By Barbara Rainey | November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

1. At dinner each night of November, see if your family can collectively think of 10 things you are grateful for. Keep a running list or make a new list each night. 2. Set a small, doable goal for yourself to send out a few thank-you notes to people who might not know how much you […]

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Busy Can Be Good!

By Barbara Rainey | October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

An article I just read encouraged me greatly.  Kevin DeYoung has written a new book, Crazy Busy, and he says, “Sometimes feeling overwhelmed is part of what it means to be a Christian.  You can’t bear somebody else’s burden unless you are taking something of their load and it’s weighing you down a little bit.” […]

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Exultant

By Barbara Rainey | March 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Have you ever danced for joy before God? Or shouted with glad hoorahs? Outloud? Or jumped up and down with abandon? All because your sins are forgiven and your destiny delivered from death? Most of us have done all these actions at sporting events, at weddings or parties, but before God in worship? Resurrection Day […]

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