Small Lies Add Up

By Barbara Rainey | May 23, 2018 | 4 Comments

A few years ago I saw a tweet from my son and I always read what my sons post on Twitter. Ben linked this article, The Surprisingly Large Cost of Telling Small Lies, and said in his tweet, “something I need to work on immediately.” Impressed with his transparency I opened the article and began […]

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Taming Your House Full of Chaos

By Janel Breitenstein | October 11, 2017 | 27 Comments

There are moments in my home that can only be tidily described as chaos. Last night, as my two youngest were building a fort in the bedroom, I heard some concerning-sounding thuds: “That was the bathroom mirror, Mom!” (Oh. I think that’s supposed to make me feel better?) There was also the repetitive, distinctive bleat […]

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All is Well

All is Well

By Barbara Rainey | June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

I entered the fall of 2003 more emotionally depleted than I thought possible. That summer I had juggled the joy, anticipation and proper sorrow of our youngest daughter’s preparation and departure for college along with the deeply difficult decisions surrounding the needs for help of her older sister, a prodigal. Within a two-week span in […]

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Skipping Thanksgiving

By Barbara Rainey | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

I freely admit for the last 20 years I have been rather fanatical, perhaps legalistic is the better term, about keeping my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, distinct and separate from the overpowering pressure of Christmas that begins in earnest on Nov 1. We are not naturally a thankful people and because that is true I wanted […]

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Launching Lent

By Barbara Rainey | February 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s here already! Despite the pink cloud of Valentine’s Day, the somber gray of Ash Wednesday emerges this year the day before Valentine’s Day. Some of us may find this inauguration of self-denial and repentance a little bewildering. What should I give up for Lent? (And why?) This quote from John Piper inspires and reminds […]

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