Why Your Home Matters … Even If It Doesn’t Look Like You Want

By Barbara Rainey | May 12, 2016 | 7 Comments

Do you know there are children who live on the streets? Not kids whose mom or dad is temporarily homeless and they are too by default. Not the ones who live in your local shelters as tragic as that is. No, it’s children who have lived all their lives in gutters, in sewer pipes, or […]

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Why Your Home Matters … Even Though It’s Far From Perfect

By Barbara Rainey | May 5, 2016 | 13 Comments

Do you wish your home were more peaceful? I sure did when all six of my kids were at home. Even when only two were left, it still wasn’t peaceful the way I wanted it to be. You see I wanted everyone to get along and like each other. What I really wanted, truth be […]

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The Beauty of Do-Overs

By Barbara Rainey | January 7, 2016 | 3 Comments

Celebrating newness means embracing the opportunity for a new response, a new us to whittle away a former us that’s not God honoring.  Take a look at how my friend Julia, who I have admired for a long time, is allowing herself a Do-Over in her motherhood.  She’s intensely honest about the struggles she faces in her […]

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A Back-to-School Time Saving Idea

By Barbara Rainey | August 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

  With a full house of six kids, getting ready for school each morning often presented more challenges for me than I was ready to handle before the sun came up. I’m not a morning person so I struggled just to be alert and patient with hundreds of questions and complaints filling the air. Even […]

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When My Kids Got In The Way Of My Passion

By Barbara Rainey | May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

It was a form of adult grounding, I suppose; one of those life events that demanded my schedule grind to a travel-free, work-minimized halt. While the introvert in me initially welcomed the mandatory hiatus, the rest of me chewed on the reason and all its implications: radiation. The six weeks of daily treatments were only […]

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