The God of My Heartbreak: Teaching Teens to Pray

By Janel Breitenstein | March 22, 2017 | 5 Comments

Of the many nuggets I’ve gleaned from my father-in-law, perhaps one I am most grateful for is his response to my husband’s teen years. A lot of people find merit in Mark Twain’s quip: When a boy turns 13, put him in a barrel and feed him through a knot hole. When he turns 16, […]

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Praying with your “Tweens”

By Barbara Rainey | March 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

Driving home there are two places where cell signals are most likely to drop. What is frustrating is the inconsistency. Sometimes the signal is compromised and the call doesn’t drop but the sounds are garbled. At other times the signal dies. I discover after a few moments of awkward silence that I’m talking to myself. […]

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Adoring God in a New Year

By Barbara Rainey | January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Happy January! I know Christmas is over, but my tree is still up. Adoring God doesn’t end now that a new year is here!  I remember driving through neighborhoods in early January over years past thinking the still-decorated rooftops must be owned by someone who was either lazy. Or crazy for savoring Christmas till all […]

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Daily Perplexities

By Barbara Rainey | August 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Perplexed is a word I have grown to savor in recent years. No day is like another, no child is like his sibling, no marriage mirrors its neighbor. And beyond my own orb of experiences, God’s larger, ever-incomprehensible purposes often leave me very perplexed. But as the words of Paul affirm with gusto, “we are […]

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Ever His Prayer

Create in Me

By Barbara Rainey | July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

As an artist I especially enjoy thoughts of Jesus, who created the universe, who holds all things together, as the Divine Artist. I wonder what the great Carpenter’s furniture looked like here on earth—finely turned lines? Planes smoothed to perfection? Even now, with the Father and the Spirit, this Trinity of Beauty cannot create anything […]

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