What is Easter Advent?

By Barbara Rainey | February 21, 2019 | 4 Comments

  What is Easter Advent? Is waiting something you enjoy and eagerly look forward to? Sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room … Sitting on the interstate, traffic stopped with no exit near …   Daily or weekly treatments lasting months/years … Standing in line at the DMV for what feels like hours … The […]

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Lent Lesson 1: Clues in the Garden

By Barbara Rainey | February 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

Have you ever heard of “lent”? Lent is the time of getting ourselves ready for the most stupendous event of all time: Jesus and His resurrection! To build anticipation for that very first Lent season, leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, the Bible takes us on a scavenger hunt—dropping clue for mankind to piece together about […]

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Why Lent?

By Barbara Rainey | February 20, 2017 | 3 Comments

Spring holidays are upon us! Recurring holidays root our souls to a soothing rhythm with a repetitive beat. But there is also a quickened sense of anxiety that we haven’t prepared, haven’t anticipated this annual event as we feel we should. Most women, and men too, have spent our yearly holiday energies on Thanksgiving and […]

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For Every Winter

By Janel Breitenstein | March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

For every winter Last week, I woke in the darkness to what must be one of the greatest sounds on earth at times, just outside my louvered window: the whisper, then the thunder, of rain. A welcome chill had settled on my covers, and I snuggled next to my slumbering husband, falling back into that […]

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You Don’t Need to Pretend You’re Ok

By Janel Breitenstein | March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

It was the end of a long playdate, and a couple of friends and I were helping our children corral Star Wars action figures and Legos into their proper homes for the night. Thankfully, playtime for the kids had left margin for deeper conversation by their mothers, and we sopped up the last few minutes […]

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