Barbara Rainey

Barbara Rainey is the Co-Founder of FamilyLife, the mother of six and a grandmother to 18 – she is also a mentor and friend to countless women in the United States and abroad. She is a gifted communicator – and artist – who has created, and continues to create, resources that help parents and children connect and impress on their hearts the truth of God’s word. Barbara is the Titus 2 woman we all long to spend time learning from and will embolden you to spend time in the word and be a world changer, while prioritizing family – she will inspire and empower!

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Forget the Bunnies

Rabbits, eggs, candy, and chicks have nothing to do with Easter. Nothing. Really. We Christians have creatively found meaning in eggs—they represent new life. An empty shell, the empty tomb. With FamilyLife’s Resurrection Eggs® children learn the Easter story through a familiar tradition of the egg hunt. But Paul famously said when he became an Continue »

An Antidote for Stress

There is one simple but profound reality that might have made a big difference for me as a mother … if I had the wisdom and maturity to have grasped it when I was swimming in children, chores, and Cheerios. I’ll explain why I say only “might” later. Just a few months ago I learned Continue »

Being Normal

I received a note from a good friend who is reading the book Susan Yates and I wrote, Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest. She wrote, “Read more of the book last night and am so glad I did. I really drank in the chapter on loneliness. Between ministry and life stages I was so Continue »

What To Do When Overwhelmed

Today I am overwhelmed. My unplugged laptop had been set aside to fix another cup of coffee, water some plants, start and fold some laundry, and when I came back it said in red letters, “Battery dangerously low 6%.” Precisely how I feel today. And it’s only 9 a.m. I used to think being overwhelmed Continue »

What’s Wrong About Easter?

Something feels a little uncomfortable about Easter to me. For starters, it’s not about a sweet, soft, cuddly newborn baby, like Christmas. Babies are likeable. Our hearts are pulled to them, to their innocence, and to their need of our care. The Christmas story is easy to love with the happy, healthy birth, the visitation Continue »

Newtown: Light in the Darkness

Sadly, once again, we as a nation of families and individuals are trying to make sense of the senseless.  Death always feels wrong, even in old age, but in children?  And by execution?  In a classroom?  It is unfathomable because it is irrational.  Evil is incomprehensible.

Gratitude 101

Five boys. Five loud, active boys with their own unique personalities and preferences. Personal tastes, too. So at dinner a week or two ago, several of them expressed those preferences and personal tastes to their mother (my daughter, Ashley), about her menu choices that night for dinner. It was the end of a long day, Continue »