Friends & Family May 2021

Hey Everyone!

Summer is here and masks are going away! 

May has been full. I had an email to all of you started earlier this month and then three days ago I wrote another email. And now I’m changing it again. So much for planning ahead. God rules!

Dennis and I appreciate your friendship and need your prayers right now.  I hope to be able to explain in the future. 

If you would pray for us we would be so very grateful. We need lots of wisdom. We need strength, courage and stamina. 

I have learned a LOT about suffering in my life. It’s one of my life messages that I hope to write about one day. 

Today I want to share a few highlights and photos from this month that contained lots of family time.  

First, the month began with five of my girls here for a weekend. As I wrote in April my goals were to serve these young moms who needed a break from being on duty 24/7 and to listen, grateful to be in their presence. And that is what I did.

I also shared some verses with them that have encouraged me this spring. I’m including them for you because even today my heart needed them. Knowing God is with me, for us, holding our hands, and working in unseen ways is very comforting.

He rescued me, because He delighted in me.” Psalm 18:19

“ … the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him.” Psalm 139:11

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous … “ Psalm 34:15

“ … I am continually with You; You hold my right hand.” Psalm 73:23

“ … the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him.” Psalm 103:13

Here too are a few photos from that weekend.

The next family event was a graduation. We went to Dallas where Dennis had board meetings with Dallas Theological Seminary and our son-in-law, Michael Escue, graduated in the class of 2021. We were there with his sons and his wife, our daughter Ashley. We so admire Michael for this remarkable accomplishment. He did all his classes online while maintaining a medical practice, being a father to seven sons and wife to Ashley, and being very involved in their church. 

And then this past weekend we attended graduation for our grandson Peterson Rainey. We also attended his sister’s soccer game and then his soccer game to qualify for the state soccer tournament. Peterson’s team won on Saturday and then again on Tuesday and Wednesday so they are now playing in the finals for the championship today, Friday. It was so fun to cheer for his team as they won those qualifying matches.


Thanks to all of you my friends for your encouragement. I will be taking a break from new blogging for a while, though I may send a personal email like this again in June. Dennis and I need to rest, regroup and have extended time to think and listen and hear from God. 

The last three and a half years have been really challenging for us. I’ve had multiple long-lasting health problems. We’ve suffered many losses including my mom’s death.  

So it’s time for a pause, a retreat as in battle when troops pull back to regroup before moving forward again into the fray. 

Over the summer we have several guest posts already lined up for June and July featuring some books I’m recommending. We will be sharing some of the best-of-the-best posts from the last few years. Many of you are new subscribers so these posts will be new to you. 

Have a great summer and keep growing in Jesus. 

He is the same yesterday, today and forever. 

He is the stability of our times. 

He is the Alpha and Omega. 

He will make all things new. 

He is coming again!!!! 

Maranatha, Come quickly Lord Jesus!

Amen and Amen.


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5 thoughts on “Friends & Family May 2021”

  1. Thank you for always encouraging us and being a great example of a godly and intentional woman in all of the roles you play as wife, mother, grandmother, etc.
    Both you and your husband have been a blessing to our lives for the last 25 years and have helped to set a wonderful, godly foundation for our marriage through your bible studies.
    We are praying for you both as you navigate this season of your life. May the Lord be your Shepard, May He guide you along the right paths to bring honor to His name, May He restore your soul. I pray that you will fear no evil as you trust in him.

  2. Barbara,
    Thank you for sharing your life (highs & lows), your walk with Jesus, and letting us in on your girls weekend with your daughters. Each of these inspire me to draw closer to my Jesus, to be creative as a mom, and love my family intentionally.💗
    Lifting you up as you & Dennis rest in the Father this month.

  3. Barbara, You had a very busy May!! Thank you for the example you are to many and for pouring into your girls lives. The days are short and seem to go by faster every year. You and Dennis have been incredible in your example and encouragement to me and my wife. Praying for the Lord to bless you with wisdom and grace for the days to come. God’s peace to you both.

  4. Thank you Barbara for sharing you life stories with us. It is so encouraging to hear you talk about your love for Jesus. I also enjoy hearing all about your family. I will be praying for you and your husband. Go take a good long rest!

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