Come Ye Thankful People Come

By Barbara Rainey | November 16, 2016 | 2 Comments

The words of this hymn bring to my mind an image of women with bonnets and long dresses, men wearing odd hats and shoes with large square buckles, all walking to gather and share a meal with a group of very differently dressed native Americans. A famous painting captured that scene as the artist imagined […]

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Dear Barbara: How Do I Host Thanksgiving? Tips for the First-Time Hostess

By Barbara Rainey | November 14, 2016 | 10 Comments

Dear Barbara, How do I host Thanksgiving? It’s finally my turn, and I don’t even know where to start. I remember the first time in the early years of our marriage when we lived too far from home to share Thanksgiving with my family or my husband’s, and it fell to me to prepare a […]

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Use the Names of Jesus to Worship Christ this Christmas Season

By Barbara Rainey | November 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

As Christmas approaches it is as if the previous eleven months have been leading to this grand culminating event. It’s almost December and tree trimming can begin! As women, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make meaningful family memories at Christmas because we know that traditions are important. We want our kids […]

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Time to Gather

By Barbara Rainey | November 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

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, the month to reunite, the month to gather. It’s no wonder that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is repeatedly the busiest air travel day of the year. But did you […]

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Traditions Matter Even When Plans and People Change

By Barbara Rainey | November 7, 2016 | 7 Comments

My expectations of who is and isn’t coming for Thanksgiving this year have changed. My daughter and her husband can’t come as planned because of needs in Jason’s family, which we totally understand and support. Our son and his wife and kids have decided not to come because of their schedules and they were just […]

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