Barbara Rainey

Barbara Rainey

Barbara Rainey is the Co-Founder of FamilyLife, the Founder of Ever Thine Home, mother of six and a grandmother to over 20 – 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.


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Three Uncommon Goals

As we change our calendars this week from 2010, we automatically feel an unspoken invitation to new beginnings and fresh starts. A year’s worth of mostly blank pages beckon us to make our mark…

A Late Unwrapping

Maybe it’s because it’s December. Maybe not. Gifts are given at other times of the year, I know. And all are not wrapped in shiny paper tied with ribbons. Gifts of inheritance,…

Moms and Christmas

Something changed about Christmas when I became a mom of several children. The wonder of my personal experience was superseded by my growing realization that this was a prime teaching time. My…

Hunting for Mint M&Ms

It’s less than two weeks before Christmas. Have you noticed that there are some things that can only be found easily at this time of year, like slippers, the color red,…

Celebrating Thanksgiving

It’s my favorite time of year again. The leaves have changed and are at their peak. There is a sugar maple tree on the south side of our house that is glorious…

Private Pain

A few weeks ago, I had lunch with a friend who told me a very sad story. Her married daughter and son-in-law have been communicating passionately all the mistakes they believe…

The Return of Cleavage

A glossy new “Vogue” magazine, the August fall fashion issue, was in my purse. We were about to get on a plane, and I needed some lightweight reading material for the…

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…

Summer in the South

Yesterday, I came downstairs at 7:30 a.m. and announced to my husband that I was headed out for my walk “before it got too much hotter.” Or I may have…

Rejoicing in the Empty Nest

I just talked to my daughter. Ashley has five — count them — five boys! They are all 10 and under. She was telling me today how tired she is. Bless her. I listened and tried to…

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