Anticipation

By Barbara Rainey | March 18, 2019 | 5 Comments

Laura is my youngest. From the time she was four or five she couldn’t go to sleep on Christmas Eve till way past her bedtime. Then she was awake before dawn because of her great excitement for the big day. As she got older, this sleepless pattern extended to include the nights before tryouts, and […]

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Easter Candles DIY

By Barbara Rainey | March 7, 2019 | 51 Comments

I have just made my first candle and I am THRILLED beyond words with its success! It only took about 45 seconds with the hair dryer and turned out perfectly. I am planning my Easter tablescape and also plan to make several for Easter gifts. My only problem has been finding enough candles for all […]

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Are We Hungry for God?

By Barbara Rainey | March 4, 2019 | 6 Comments

  There is comfort in recurring holidays that root our souls to a soothing rhythm with a repetitive beat. But there is also a quickened sense of anxiety that we haven’t prepared, haven’t anticipated as we feel we should.  So the arrival of Lent this week, finds us thinking of many other things besides this […]

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Why I Like Easter Better Than Christmas

By Barbara Rainey | February 28, 2019 | 25 Comments

I’m thankful for the incarnation, for the warm cuddly images of Baby Jesus.  But without the cross, Christmas would mean nothing. And yet it’s Christmas that gets all our attention. My attic declares the overindulgence by the number of plastic bins stacked one on another. Does yours too? Like the sudden appearing of a rabbit […]

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What is Easter Advent?

By Barbara Rainey | February 21, 2019 | 4 Comments

  What is Easter Advent? Is waiting something you enjoy and eagerly look forward to? Sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room … Sitting on the interstate, traffic stopped with no exit near …   Daily or weekly treatments lasting months/years … Standing in line at the DMV for what feels like hours … The […]

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