A Fun Alternative to ‘Elf on the Shelf’

By Barbara Rainey | November 13, 2019 | 69 Comments

Contrary to popular sentiments, Christmas isn’t for children. Nor should the focus be all about kids.  Christmas is actually an annual opportunity to introduce your family to more and more understanding about the Babe in the manger, without whom this holiday would not exist.   Games of hide and seek are lots of fun so here’s […]

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Remember to Breathe

By Judy Douglass | September 19, 2019 | 19 Comments

Intro from Barbara: “ I know exactly what Judy means when she writes in this post about remembering to breathe. Though it’s a built-in automatic bodily function, when you have a prodigal or one of your chicks is wandering in their faith, we mamas hold our breath … a LOT. Most every Christian parent wants […]

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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 | 3 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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