What To Tell Your Children After A Mass Shooting

By Barbara Rainey | September 9, 2019 | 9 Comments

This is not an easy topic. I’ve been thinking a lot; reading and praying since the latest wave of shooting terrors began. News cycles move on. People can’t. Especially those in Southhaven, El Paso, Dayton and now Midland-Odessa. My first two thoughts were, I can’t believe it happened again … but then again I can.  […]

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Teach Your Children The Value Of Work

By Barbara Rainey | September 2, 2019 | 2 Comments

Do you know what values motivate you? Years ago Dennis and I made individual lists of what mattered to each of us then combined those lists into one page of values we then used to make decisions about how we raised our kids, what we taught them and how we spent our time as a […]

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Heart Identity Matters

By Barbara Rainey | February 4, 2019 | 27 Comments

Opening an old journal I read, “I really wanted to go to the meetings this morning, but here I am in our apartment being a mother. Mothering doesn’t stop. Children’s needs don’t stop. Sick kids can’t be delegated. So once again I’m isolated and he, my husband, is not.” My words sprawled over the pages, […]

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Teach Your Children to Follow the Star this Christmas

By Barbara Rainey | November 29, 2018 | 6 Comments

Read the story below together at dinner or bedtime. Then talk about it. Have you ever wondered why the wise men, the magi, were searching the stars for signs of a coming king? Why stars? Why not maps? Did they know were they looking for? Did they have a name and address? How did they […]

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{Part 4} Becoming a more Grateful Woman and teaching children to give thanks, too.

By Barbara Rainey | November 19, 2018 | 3 Comments

There is a story in the Bible that seemed exceptionally harsh to me. It’s the story of the Israelites being punished for ingratitude by wandering in a desert for 40 years. But as a parent, I began to understand a little of how God felt. I hated it when my children complained about what they […]

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