How Does the Holy Spirit Speak Personally to Me?

By Barbara Rainey | May 20, 2024 | 19 Comments

Keeping my two grandsons recently, ages 4 and 2 1/2, reminded me of the perpetual dilemma I faced with my own children: Who started the fight and how can I possibly know the whole truth? You’ve been there too, haven’t you? Was it an accident that the younger one hit the older one? Is the […]

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When God Asks You to Do Something You Don’t Want to Do

By Barbara Rainey | August 23, 2021 | 117 Comments

  Dear Barbara: I’m struggling right now. I really feel God asking me to do something that sounds too hard. Honestly, I don’t want to obey. Why would He do that? How can I negotiate? Dear friend, It’s scary, isn’t it? I’ve wondered the same. I remember when, after an exhausting week wrangling five relentless […]

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Pestering God

By Barbara Rainey | August 9, 2021 | 4 Comments

Too often I’m in a hurry and end up using my driving time to talk to God.  Conversing with my Heavenly Father throughout the day, in or out of the car, is always good.  But my fast-paced life often leaves too little time to talk face to face.  It’s like my relationship with some of […]

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Ten Words to Live By

By Jen Wilkin | July 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Note from Barbara: This summer I’m going to be sharing some books with you that will feed your own soul, help you invest spiritually in your kids or benefit your marriage in some way. The change of pace in the summer is a good time to make reading a priority. The first of these recommendations […]

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When Life Feels Impossible…Can God Still Work?

By Barbara Rainey | March 22, 2021 | 7 Comments

During the years our children were teens—a long season for Dennis and me—I remember a time when our marriage felt impossibly difficult. I don’t remember the circumstances, but I can vividly see myself standing in our closet one day and thinking, “If I hadn’t promised ‘for better or worse’ I might walk away. Right now […]

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