How to Prepare for Advent While Roasting a Turkey

By Barbara Rainey | November 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Overlapping precariously close this year are Thanksgiving Day followed three short days later by the first Sunday of Advent. Preparing for Advent has always taken a back seat for me because our Thanksgiving holiday is like a family reunion. It’s the one time a year my three brothers and their families, all our married kids […]

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5 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts to do with Children – That Encourage Gratitude

By Janel Breitenstein | November 14, 2019 | 3 Comments

By: Janel Breitenstein Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids Create a paper chain to countdown to Thanksgiving. As the links are daily removed, kids can write something new for which they’re thankful. Keep the slips in a jar, and have them read random selections at Thanksgiving dinner. Craft thank-you cards together to send to meaningful people in […]

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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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Happy Thanksgiving!

By Barbara Rainey | November 22, 2018 | 1 Comment

I hope you and perhaps your family, too, have made this month a focus on thankfulness and gratitude. But God desires for us to notice and not forget His goodness for much longer than one month. The frenzied pace of Christmas has already begun. Are you forgetting already to be thankful?  “God satisfies your YEARS […]

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{Part 4} Becoming a more Grateful Woman and teaching children to give thanks, too.

By Barbara Rainey | November 19, 2018 | 3 Comments

There is a story in the Bible that seemed exceptionally harsh to me. It’s the story of the Israelites being punished for ingratitude by wandering in a desert for 40 years. But as a parent, I began to understand a little of how God felt. I hated it when my children complained about what they […]

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