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Why I Like Easter Better Than Christmas

By Barbara Rainey | February 28, 2019 | 25 Comments

I’m thankful for the incarnation, for the warm cuddly images of Baby Jesus.  But without the cross, Christmas would mean nothing. And yet it’s Christmas that gets all our attention. My attic declares the overindulgence by the number of plastic bins stacked one on another. Does yours too? Like the sudden appearing of a rabbit […]

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What is Easter Advent?

By Barbara Rainey | February 21, 2019 | 4 Comments

  What is Easter Advent? Is waiting something you enjoy and eagerly look forward to? Sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room … Sitting on the interstate, traffic stopped with no exit near …   Daily or weekly treatments lasting months/years … Standing in line at the DMV for what feels like hours … The […]

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Unseen

By Barbara Rainey | February 18, 2019 | 11 Comments

  Jesus, You spent thirty years waiting in obscurity; hidden, unseen unknown. Mothers understand. We too live in obscurity working, teaching, correcting, praying hidden unseen unknown at home. Only one snapshot remains in the photo album of Jesus’ childhood. Mary, frantic, worried about her son. left behind, oblivious to the multitude dangers she imagined. Moms […]

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The Comparison Delusion

By Barbara Rainey | February 11, 2019 | 16 Comments

    It started with her eyes. Something beautiful, delicious looking desirable, beckoned. Like Eve my eyes, easily distracted, attracted to other lovelies, imagined relationships, longings to be like her or her, secretly glad I’m not like her. My Creator, my Abba Father, You make no mistakes, Your plans are perfect, always for my good. […]

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5 Ways to Show Love for Valentine’s Day

By Barbara Rainey | February 7, 2019 | 8 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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