Be Present

By Barbara Rainey | December 13, 2018 | 7 Comments

The most meaningful gifts reveal profound knowledge: the giver knows the recipient well. To be known; deeply, lavishly and individually, and then to be loved anyway, in spite of our flaws and weaknesses is the collective longing of humankind. God knew that about us … and so, on the first Christmas morning, God gave us […]

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5 Posts to Help Holiday Stress

By Barbara Rainey | December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Everyday life is full of disappointment and mistakes, so why on earth do we expect the holidays to be any different? Because we were made for perfection, once upon a time in Eden, our hearts still long for that experience of untarnished peace, unguarded relationships and unequaled love; so we attempt to create a semblance […]

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Start a Book Bag Tradition

By Barbara Rainey | December 6, 2018 | 9 Comments

My kids all knew from the time they were little that books would be under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. And my husband was also a recipient of a book bag. Reading has been a love of mine since I discovered Nancy Drew in my single digit years. With my legs dangling over the […]

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Dear Barbara, What about Santa?

By Barbara Rainey | December 3, 2018 | 26 Comments

Dear Barbara, How should our family handle the popular tradition of Santa? I know Christmas is about Jesus, so is it wrong to talk about Santa too? Like many of you, Dennis and I kept our favorite childhood holiday traditions alive as we began growing our new little family: Santa, cookie recipes, all white lights […]

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Teach Your Children to Follow the Star this Christmas

By Barbara Rainey | November 29, 2018 | 6 Comments

Read the story below together at dinner or bedtime. Then talk about it. Have you ever wondered why the wise men, the magi, were searching the stars for signs of a coming king? Why stars? Why not maps? Did they know were they looking for? Did they have a name and address? How did they […]

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