Why Mission Matters

By Barbara Rainey | April 30, 2018 | 5 Comments

One of our highest goals for our children was for them to experience Christianity in at least one other culture, preferably a third world country. Because it was a priority, we made it happen. Three of our girls–then ages 12, 13, and 15–went with me to Russia in January of 1999. For three weeks we […]

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Why Emotional Security Matters

By Barbara Rainey | April 23, 2018 | 10 Comments

I grew up in a secure and stable family. I never feared my parents would divorce or leave us. They cared for us, loved us, and provided the things my brothers and me needed for life. Though I knew all this was true, I did not always feel loved and secure. Every home is dysfunctional […]

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A Prayer for My Daughter

By Barbara Rainey | April 18, 2018 | 6 Comments

Developing a secure, confident identity is not easy for women today, and I suspect it never has been easy through the ages. The challenge for parents with their daughters is affirming God-created female traits apart from social norms or stereotypical roles. Our concept and understanding of God’s intentions is often clouded by our culture, our […]

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A Prayer for My Son

By Barbara Rainey | April 11, 2018 | 5 Comments

A four-part series aired in the month of March on Fox News focused squarely on the problems facing American men today. It was both sobering and overwhelming to see the mountain of facts and data and to know the trend cannot be corrected quickly. But it also reminded me of the high value, the world […]

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How to Build a Relationship with Your Child

By Barbara Rainey | April 9, 2018 | 3 Comments

Once there was a boy. Orphaned at an early age, then adopted by his uncle and aunt who lived on a modest little farm in the Palancar Valley, his was an ordinary life. Like the nearby village children he spent much of his time outdoors helping on the farm, tending the garden, or helping with […]

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