Why Choosing Gratitude Is More Important This Year than Ever

By Barbara Rainey | October 19, 2020 | 5 Comments

  Everything feels foreign and different this year. Our long ordeal with Covid-19 continues to impact every area of life, it seems. This would be bad enough, but with the looming chaotic presidential election, the future seems even more unsure. Still one of my favorite verses is true, “He shall be the stability of your […]

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How to Chase Joy in Your Life Even in Hard Seasons

By Barbara Rainey | October 12, 2020 | 7 Comments

  Recently my husband, Dennis, went on a hunting trip with our son, and I decided to make the days alone ones of rest and refreshment with activities that were fun and gave me joy. In my Bible study lessons this fall we’ve talked about how the source of joy is found in relationship with […]

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5 Steps to Becoming Grateful & Raising Grateful Kids

By Barbara Rainey | October 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

  One of the great privileges of my life has been visiting multiple orphanages in Russia, China, and South Africa. Taking our children to third world countries to interact with Christians and ministries was life changing.  In 2006 we traveled with our daughter Rebecca and her husband of one year, Jake, to South Africa. One […]

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How to Prepare for Advent While Roasting a Turkey

By Barbara Rainey | November 25, 2019 | 1 Comment

Overlapping precariously close this year are Thanksgiving Day followed three short days later by the first Sunday of Advent. Preparing for Advent has always taken a back seat for me because our Thanksgiving holiday is like a family reunion. It’s the one time a year my three brothers and their families, all our married kids […]

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5 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts to Do with Children to Encourage Gratitude

By Janel Breitenstein | November 14, 2019 | 3 Comments

1. Create a paper chain to countdown to Thanksgiving. As the links are daily removed, kids can write something new for which they’re thankful. Keep the slips in a jar, and have them read random selections at Thanksgiving dinner. 2. Craft thank-you cards together to send to meaningful people in their lives. Use a 3-D […]

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