Unanswered Prayer: When God Doesn’t “Come Through” As You Expected, Then What?

By Barbara Rainey | May 16, 2022 | 4 Comments

Sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling sad and unsettled. I ask myself, “How do I have joy when it seems that so much is unresolved and unrestored in my life, my relationships, my world?” Do you know that feeling? Have you thought about the disciples and the weight of their unanswered prayers when […]

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Rushed Prayers: Treating God Like He’s a Vending Machine

By Barbara Rainey | May 9, 2022 | 2 Comments

Note from Barbara: Recently I wrote about the amazing access to God’s presence that we can enjoy because of Jesus’ death and Resurrection. If you missed it, you can find it here. As I’ve continued thinking about this, I’ve discovered I might know a little of what constant access might feel like for God. As […]

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Praying for Those Who May Be Difficult to Love

By Barbara Rainey | May 2, 2022 | 3 Comments

Note from Barbara: This is the second of six blog posts on prayer between now and June. (You can read the first here.) I have loved reading old prayers since the days of my mothering when I discovered the prayers of saints like Susanna Wesley. Each blog post will feature one of these prayers from […]

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Avoid This Mistake When Praying for Grown Children

By Barbara Rainey | August 16, 2021 | 31 Comments

  For years I avoided reading the book of Job because I was afraid I would contract some of his suffering. I knew enough about his story to have zero envy of the wealth and success he enjoyed before and after his period of suffering. Then I spent a week focusing on Job for my […]

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Getting Through Hard Times When You and Your Spouse Are Stuck At Home

By Barbara Rainey | April 27, 2020 | 4 Comments

  Couples today, married or not, have been feeling the fallout from being stuck with one another at home. Relationships often suffer when hard times happen. How do we give one other space and lots of grace when marriage becomes hard?  How do we survive sheltering in place with those we love but can’t get […]

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