Your Presence Matters

By Barbara Rainey | October 4, 2018 | 11 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 […]

Read More

Wisdom From the Grand Lady in Pearls

By Barbara Rainey | April 20, 2018 | 9 Comments

A year ago the Super Bowl was held in Houston, Texas. The most poignant moment of the entire game for me, the coin toss, was watched by millions. Chosen to toss the commemorative coin was former President, George H.W. Bush and his loved-by-all wife, Barbara. They were led onto the field, he in a wheelchair, […]

Read More

Remember Your First Love Promises?

By Barbara Rainey | February 2, 2018 | 8 Comments

It was a warm, early summer day when Dennis invited me to go to lunch. We’d known each other as friends for three years in college.  But we hadn’t seen each other in a year since graduation, so we had a lot to catch up on. One lunch wasn’t nearly long enough. So he invited […]

Read More

5 Resolutions That Could Actually Change Your Life … #1: Nurture Your Marriage

By Barbara Rainey | January 3, 2018 | 8 Comments

Not one New Year’s resolution list that I’ve seen has a single declaration about marriage. Yet stable healthy marriages are the bedrock of secure societies worldwide.  More important than exercise, staying hydrated, and cutting out sugar is cultivating a heart devoted to strengthening your marriage. In all relationships Jesus is our model. Here is a simple […]

Read More

The Third Person In Your Marriage

By Janel Breitenstein | August 30, 2017 | 12 Comments

Is it amazing to anyone else how much you think you know about marriage before you are, in fact, actually married? And then (say, a year later) how much you actually are quite sure you don’t know? Dan Allender speaks of marriage as both an experience of heaven and hell. Yup. Marriage, at least in […]

Read More