How to Be Hospitable When Hospitality Isn’t Your Thing

By Barbara Rainey | August 23, 2016 | 6 Comments

Your Home Is an Embassy, Part 2 For most of our marriage my husband and I have felt like failures when it comes to hospitality. Being hospitable has always loomed as unachievable for me because I am a task person, not a people person. My husband is a people person, but at the end of his […]

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Love Your Neighbor: Your Home Is an Embassy

By Barbara Rainey | August 19, 2016 | 1 Comment

 How to Use your Home as an Embassy, Part 1 A new school year is upon us. Even those of us who don’t have school-aged kids live in sync with the academic calendar. As we are all resuming regular routine, I want to challenge you to make a new routine for your home in this year. Think […]

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40 Reasons Your Home Matters

By Barbara Rainey | July 14, 2016 | 5 Comments

Each of you woke this morning in your version of home: a 2-story beachside condominium, a 1-level ranch on acreage, a fixer upper, an urban high rise, a studio apartment. Whatever it might look like to you there’s a place called home where you live. For 40 years FamilyLife has been offering help and hope […]

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What Is There to Talk About?

By Barbara Rainey | July 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Summer is a time when we slow down and intentionally connect with our friends and families. Just last weekend my family had a large family reunion with aunts and uncles and great aunts and uncles and even great great aunts and uncles. Sometimes it’s a lot to even remember everyone’s names. So what is there […]

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Your Home Matters … Because Presence Matters

By Barbara Rainey | July 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ten years ago a young wife and mom of two very small children made a crucial decision. Her husband had just begun his intense four-year residency program in a new city. So she unpacked all the boxes in their new home, wandered around town looking for the nearest grocery store, researched local pediatricians, and prayed […]

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