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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{Part 3} Becoming a more Grateful Woman and teaching children to give thanks, too.

By Barbara Rainey | November 15, 2018 | 5 Comments

It’s obvious to every mom, every teacher, every grandparent that gratitude is not natural in children. It is an attitude that must be modeled, taught, and nurtured. Our family’s travels to impoverished places in other countries glaringly revealed our lack of gratitude for all we have in the United States. Prosperity breeds entitlement not thanksgiving. […]

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{Part 2} Becoming A More Grateful Woman and Teaching Children to Give Thanks Too

By Barbara Rainey | November 8, 2018 | 3 Comments

One of the great privileges of my life has been visiting orphanages in places like Russia, China, and South Africa. Taking our children to see those little ones who had no parents, no room of their own, no toys or clothes of their own was life changing. Through these many visits we learned that those […]

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