5 Ways to Show Love for Valentine’s Day

By Barbara Rainey | February 12, 2018 | 5 Comments

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. It’s fun to look forward to a day focused on love and hope your spouse surprises you with a plan to celebrate….but let’s be honest. A lot of times we expect too much and give too little. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating with your sweetie. But love is to be given […]

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Your Neighborhood, Alive

By Janel Breitenstein | November 22, 2017 | 2 Comments

Returning from work in Africa can be a little unnerving. In some ways, it’s the same, because a great deal of missionary work is not nearly as sexy as it sounds. I was still running after kids, still buying groceries, still feeding the dog. Everything had about three extra steps, but they were not usually […]

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Value of Together

By Barbara Rainey | August 31, 2017 | 3 Comments

Have you ever wondered where you belong? Looked for a place to fit in? Felt all alone right in the middle of all your people? It’s okay. I have too. We all have. Together matters even when we don’t feel the connections as we’d like. Home matters too because that’s where belonging begins. You’ve likely […]

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3 Ways to Be Front Yard Friendly

By Barbara Rainey | August 14, 2017 | 3 Comments

While some days it’s hard to focus on the eternal and invisible, it’s more important than ever to root ourselves in a security that will last forever. A popular ad for a leading hotel chain used to say, “We’ll leave the light on for you,” reminding travelers that any time of day or night the […]

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3 Ways to Cook Up Love in Your Kitchen

By Barbara Rainey | July 10, 2017 | 5 Comments

Early one morning on a quiet, lonely beach a solitary man stood looking out over the blue of the sea. He was watching a small fishing boat. As it neared the shore, the beachside onlooker and the fishermen shouted greetings to one another.  As anglers often do, the man offered a fishing tip to the […]

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