Christmas Card Photos

By Barbara Rainey | November 11, 2019 | 7 Comments

Hey everyone, Tis the season to be getting your family’s photo taken for your Christmas cards this year! It’s never as easy as we hope or imagine. In our family someone was always unhappy about it. My daughter-in-law told me one year she and her husband, my son, were having a big argument as the […]

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Gather

By Barbara Rainey | November 4, 2019 | 3 Comments

Stitched on pillows, printed on banners, and stamped on plaques on store shelves across the country is the word “gather.” November is the month for coming home. We gather together.  It’s no surprise that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is repeatedly the busiest air travel day of the year. But did you know this warm, inviting word […]

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6 Easy Ideas for an Ascension Day Celebration

By Barbara Rainey | May 29, 2019 | 7 Comments

Have you thought about doing something special for this overlooked day in the church calendar? Ascension Day is Thursday, May 30th this year. Tomorrow! You probably haven’t because it’s not a popular holiday, but it was a remarkable memorable moment for the disciples as they watched Jesus ascend into Heaven. Can you imagine what that […]

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Savoring the Savior

By Barbara Rainey | April 25, 2019 | 10 Comments

It’s been four days since Resurrection Day. How many notifications have you received about Mother’s Day or summer sales already? Planning ahead is necessary but we’ve lost our ability to savor, to pause in the now, to experience the wonder of this present moment. On this day in AD33, the entire city of Jerusalem and […]

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Traditions

By Barbara Rainey | April 15, 2019 | 1 Comment

Beautiful repetitions bind us together ‘we always bake these cookies, celebrate this way’ give life and meaning raise us above our more ordinary days. Other patterns, attitudes like recipes handed down from generation to generation bind and blind. Family histories of oppression, abuse, mediocrity tragic, not new so too church families, God’s called ones set […]

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