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 […]

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Dear Barbara: What If My Husband and I Fight All the Time?

By Barbara Rainey | October 1, 2018 | 10 Comments

Dear Barbara — “What if we fight all the time? It seems like that’s all we ever do anymore: nitpick about everything, look for the worst in each other, and are ready to duke it out daily. What can we do?” First, let me assure you: you’re not alone! Earlier this month on September 2, […]

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When You Want to Get Even

By Barbara Rainey | July 30, 2018 | 8 Comments

Remember the story of Cain and Abel? I’ve always marveled that Cain actually heard the voice of God speak to him, out loud I presume, about his bad attitude. I believe if I heard God say to me, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen?” that I would have listened and not […]

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Dear Barbara: How Do I Convince My Husband to Change?

By Barbara Rainey | July 16, 2018 | 16 Comments

Dear Barbara, How do I convince my husband to change? There are certain areas we’ve been fighting about for years now. And I really am right. How can I get him to see it?  The moment I married Dennis I knew I was in for an adventure. He wasn’t just different in his interests. His […]

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Why Easter Matters to Marriage

By Barbara Rainey | March 19, 2018 | 23 Comments

One of my greatest faults that shows up too often in our marriage is my firstborn perfectionism. When my husband tells a story but doesn’t get the details right, I barge in to correct him. Well, not publicly. But I file away the errors to sort out with him later. I’ve also found plenty of […]

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