Teaching Our Children to be Grateful: Lesson 4

By Barbara Rainey | November 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

  One too common detail of our 6 children was that none of them seemed to mind voicing their unhappiness about anything. Complaining was as natural as breathing to them. I wanted more grateful kids. So, I took it as a personal challenge to develop in my children an attitude of gratitude. By repeatedly talking about […]

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5 Things I’m Thankful For in Laura’s Wedding

By Barbara Rainey | October 31, 2016 | 14 Comments

Rare are the moments in life when joy is pure, untinged by touches of sorrow, loss and sinfulness. If your family is like mine, most family gatherings are not times of pure joy, but Laura’s wedding day was an experience of unequalled delight, an uncommon gem among the ordinary rough stones of our broken world. […]

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Classic Thanksgiving Traditions for any Present-Day Family

By Barbara Rainey | October 24, 2016 | 3 Comments

I’ll admit it was a bit early, but this year I began thinking about Thanksgiving in August.  Not a lot mind you, because we were in the throes of planning Laura’s wedding, but I knew which of our six kids were coming with their families, so I found myself thinking about sleeping spaces and how […]

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Giving Our Last Baby Away

By Barbara Rainey | October 19, 2016 | 6 Comments

    It happened one weekday afternoon as I drove home after running a few errands. I had been troubled, disappointed, and discouraged about my youngest daughter. She was our surprise child. I’d given away all things baby. I was more than grateful my body was once again my own after repeated pregnancy/nursing cycles. The […]

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It’s Wedding Week! Prayers for Laura and Josh that Will Work for any Marriage

By Barbara Rainey | October 17, 2016 | 8 Comments

It’s finally here! We’ve been calling this ‘the wedding of the century’ in our family, which of course it’s not, but for us right now it’s a pretty big event. Laura has waited a very long time for God’s provision. One of her favorite verses is now Lamentations 3:25, “The Lord is good to those […]

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