Remember When You Fell in Love?

By Barbara Rainey | February 1, 2017 | 14 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, so we had a lot to catch up on. One lunch wasn’t nearly long enough. So he invited me to […]

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Dear Woman, You Matter

By Barbara Rainey | January 9, 2017 | 12 Comments

A post in the Your Home Matters Series Opening an old journal I found on the shelf I found these words in my handwriting: “I really wanted to go to the meetings this morning, but here I am in our apartment being a mother. Mothering doesn’t stop. Their needs don’t stop. Sick kids can’t be […]

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A Time to Grieve During Stepfamily Holidays

By eth | December 13, 2016 | 2 Comments

By Sabrina McDonald My stepson Will and daughter-in-law, Kirsten, were driving in from Dallas to stay at our house over Christmas for several days. Even though my husband, Robbie, and I had been married for a couple of years, this was the first time for them to visit during the holidays. I was nervous. Christmas […]

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Surviving the Holidays With Your In-laws

By Barbara Rainey | December 12, 2016 | 9 Comments

Dear Barbara, This is our year to spend Christmas with my husband’s family and I’m dreading it. How can I still enjoy the holiday while spending it with difficult in-laws? I remember when Dennis and I married, I was beyond excited to spend the rest of my life with him. I can bet you felt […]

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Celebrating Christmas When You’re Alone

By eth | December 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

I’d love for you to hear some thoughts from my longtime friend Julie Denker. Julie has been on staff at FamilyLife for over three decades. She is a woman of strong faith, always looking to encourage and serve others in even the smallest ways. It’s an honor to know her and learn from her. And […]

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