“Can You Fix My Spouse?” (And Why That Prayer Doesn’t Work)

By Jodie Berndt | June 7, 2021 | 1 Comment

  When Jodie Berndt asked if I would consider endorsing her new book, Praying the Scriptures for Your Life, I gladly agreed. Like Jodie, I appreciate the power of prayer—particularly as it shapes our friendships, our parenting, and our marriages. One of the things I love about Jodie’s writing is her honesty. She doesn’t hold […]

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My Life with Elisabeth Elliot, a Mentor Worth Following

By Barbara Rainey | May 17, 2021 | 8 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I had the great privilege to meet a New York Times best-selling author. While I was in Washington, D.C., for a board meeting, Ellen Vaughn met my friend Susan Yates and I for lunch, bringing with her the journal Elisabeth Elliot kept for the too-few years of her marriage to […]

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Looking Forward to the Real Mother’s Day

By Barbara Rainey | May 3, 2021 | 1 Comment

My first memories of Mother’s Day are sitting in church as a child while the minister recognized all the mothers. I remember them standing in recognition of their day, each mother wearing a corsage. It was a tradition in that generation and somehow the men knew it was part of their jobs to provide the corsages […]

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When Following is Dangerous: Refusing Bad Marital Dance Steps

By Barbara Rainey | April 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Barbara: What am I supposed to do when my husband is leading me into territory that I don’t think is healthy or holy? And he won’t listen?   Dear Daughters of Eve: A few years ago Dennis and I signed up for dance lessons. If you had been there to watch, you would have […]

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“Becoming Small” in the Lives of Your Adult Children

By Barbara Rainey | April 19, 2021 | 14 Comments

My good friend, Jane Ann Smith, who also has six children and is about 10 years ahead of me in life’s journey, has given me lots of good advice over the years. As I began my empty nest years, I continued to watch her, ask questions and learn from her. A few years later when […]

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