Avoid This Mistake When Praying for Grown Children

By Barbara Rainey | August 16, 2021 | 28 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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When God Makes Us Wait … Seeing God in Disease, Delays, and Divine Detours

By Barbara Rainey | April 13, 2020 | 9 Comments

  How many of us hoped for a disease-healing miracle on Easter Sunday … not unlike the disciples hoped for a kingdom-miracle on Palm Sunday?  Are we now waiting for normal to return on April 30? Waiting for the curve to flatten and the numbers to return to zero? It’s become our national focus, and […]

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The Incarnation

By Barbara Rainey | December 16, 2019 | 3 Comments

A gossamer veil between this world and the next, division of temporal and eternal seen and unseen . . . Pierced. Light of the world sent by God, broke through, came to us. Emptied … became microscopic, past the curtain to our side entered the chosen cell. From that other world— more real, substantive than […]

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Cradle To Cross

By Barbara Rainey | December 9, 2019 | 1 Comment

Beautiful Savior, What more could be done than Thou has done! Thy death is my  LIFE, Thy resurrection my  PEACE, Thy ascension my  HOPE, Thy prayers my COMFORT. Help me give thanks today and forever. Amen. A Puritan prayer quoted in Valley of Vision, compiled by Arthur Bennett   The incarnation of Jesus … His first […]

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