{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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Becoming a More Grateful Woman and Teaching Children to Give Thanks Too {Part 1}

By Barbara Rainey | November 1, 2018 | 2 Comments

While there were many things that I loved about being a mom, I hated it when my kids complained, often multiple times daily. With six children someone was always unhappy about something – what they had to eat, where they had to sit, who they had to sit next to, what they had to wear, […]

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Part 2: 6 Lessons I learned about God as an adoptive mom that every parent needs to know

By Barbara Rainey | October 15, 2018 | 8 Comments

Like all new parents Dennis and I welcomed our first four bio babies with joy and great anticipation for what God had planned. It was no different with our adopted daughter. We had equally lofty hopes and dreams for life with her. Our story, like most adoptions, was marked by the unmistakable hand of God. […]

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