5 Ways to Show Love for Valentine’s Day

By Barbara Rainey | February 7, 2019 | 8 Comments

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. It’s fun to look forward to a day focused on love and hope your spouse surprises you with a plan to celebrate….but let’s be honest. A lot of times we expect too much and give too little. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating with your sweetie. But love is to be given […]

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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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