5 Steps to Becoming Grateful & Raising Grateful Kids

By Barbara Rainey | October 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

  One of the great privileges of my life has been visiting multiple orphanages in Russia, China, and South Africa. Taking our children to third world countries to interact with Christians and ministries was life changing.  In 2006 we traveled with our daughter Rebecca and her husband of one year, Jake, to South Africa. One […]

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God’s Amazing Love: A Story Of a Girl and a Parakeet

By Barbara Rainey | September 28, 2020 | 4 Comments

  “I have called you by name you are Mine!” (Isaiah 43:1) My husband is an expert story-teller and always had wonderfully creative ways to engage with our kids, to get to their hearts. I just wanted them to obey and pick up their clothes! We were a very good balance for each other in […]

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Using Chores to Teach Your Children the Value of Work

By Barbara Rainey | September 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Early in our marriage, Dennis and I discovered we had very different views on the value of work. Then we had children … and the conversation widened to include questions like, “How do we balance play time and teaching time? How much can we expect of our toddlers, our preschoolers?” Do you know what values […]

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Three Ways to Make Your Home Safe Before the Storms of Life Hit

By Barbara Rainey | August 24, 2020 | 8 Comments

One ordinary morning I dropped my teens off at school, then headed home to tackle the laundry pile and breakfast dishes. My normalcy was abruptly interrupted when my phone rang at 8:30. Our friend Bob Lepine called to suggest I turn on the television. A plane had just flown into one of the twin towers […]

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When You Need Saving Because You Fear

By Barbara Rainey | July 27, 2020 | 6 Comments

  I was my children’s savior. So many times I scooped up a little one about to face plant, or rescued a bigger one from pain with Neosporin and Band-Aids and hugs. Car seats, seat belts, and filters of all kinds were my tools—weapons against lurking dangers. But children grow up and moms can’t protect […]

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