Barbara Rainey

After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Barbara joined the staff of Cru® in 1971. With her husband Dennis, whom she married in 1972, the Rainey’s cofounded FamilyLife®, a ministry committed to helping marriages and families survive and thrive in our generation. Barbara is a frequent speaker and guest on FamilyLife Today®, FamilyLife’s award-winning nationally-syndicated daily radio broadcast. She is the author or coauthor of more than 35 books, including Moments Together for Couples and Moments With You marriage devotionals; Growing Together, a series of books for families; A Symphony in the Dark; and her most recent, Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife. After faithfully served alongside Dennis, both in ministry and at home, Barbara launched a new endeavor called Ever Thine Home®. This line of home décor with interactive content helps families express faith at home in a way that is both biblical and beautiful. Her heart for Ever Thine Home is based on the familiar Old Testament instruction: “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, ESV) Dennis and Barbara live near Little Rock, Arkansas and continue to serve with Cru, FamilyLife’s parent organization. They have six children and an impressive number of grandchildren.

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Do you question your purpose? Barbara Rainey shares how she was questioning who she was after leaving leadership roles and how she found her purpose. View Show Notes →
Ever find your prayers not answered? Did that lead to being let down? Barbara Rainey shares her disappointment with God and journey to healing. View Show Notes →
Barbara Rainey, Karen Loritts, Mary Kassian, Holly Elliff, and Carolyn McCulley talk about the value of mentoring. View Show Notes →
Moms, if you had the chance to pick the brain of an older, more experienced mom, what would you ask? Hear what some young moms asked Barbara Rainey during a question and answer session. View Show Notes →
Larry Fowler, Emmitt Fowler, Hannah Leary, and Barbara Rainey talk about the blessings of hiding God's Word in your heart. View Show Notes →
What comes to mind when you think of home? Barbara Rainey and Jen Pollock Michel explain the value of making Christ the foundation of a stable, godly home. View Show Notes →
New Year's resolution: Read through the Bible in a year. Dennis Rainey, Bob Lepine, Jen Wilkin, Barbara Rainey, and Don Whitney offer some coaching on effective ways to dig into God's word. View Show Notes →
True, soul-deep security can only come when home is built on Jesus. Barbara Rainey encourages believers that our ultimate security is only in our eternal home. View Show Notes →
These days, many people feel it wouldn't be safe to go outside without a mask on. And yet others, need to arm their security system at night in order to sleep. According to Barbara Rainey there's one place we might not be securing, and it's probably doing more harm than good. View Show Notes →
Whether you are sending a child to college, or you are planning a wedding, releasing children can be difficult. Barbara Rainey, Susan Yates, and Bruce Johnston share how they managed this pivotal transition. View Show Notes →
Barbara Rainey, mother of six and grandmother to 21+, encourages listeners to take their fears and worries to God in prayer. View Show Notes →
From King David to Susanna Wesley, the faithful have been writing their prayers down for thousands of years. Barbara Rainey talks about the benefit of getting real and honest with God. Rainey shares some of her own prayers. View Show Notes →
As a lover of the Psalms, Barbara Rainey began to realize the importance of pouring her heart out to the Lord through written prayers. The more vulnerable she allowed herself to be with the Lord, the more she enjoyed it, and the more comfort she received from His presence. Rainey hopes that by sharing these heartfelt prayers with other women, they will be as encouraged and comforted as she has been. View Show Notes →
To help you get ready for gift giving-and charitable giving-this Christmas, Barbara Rainey, Randy Alcorn, Steve Moore, and some of the Raineys' adult children join us. View Show Notes →
Courage can be cultivated in our everyday decisions. Barbara Rainey, Karis Kimmel Murray, Tim and Darcy Kimmel, and Stephen Williams give give definitions of courage and stories of courageous decisions. View Show Notes →
Barbara Rainey explains that if you are a Christ follower, the Holy Spirit is enough for your tomorrows because He lives in you. Are you listening to His voice? View Show Notes →
Whether you are experiencing a sunny day or storm clouds, Barbara Rainey wants to remind you that God is in control. View Show Notes →
All of us have a past that includes good, bad, and ugly. How do you reconcile pain and suffering with a good God? Barbara Rainey talks about a God who is not "safe," and how Jesus is enough. View Show Notes →
Why isn't Easter celebrated like Christmas? Barbara Rainey tells how she and her husband, Dennis, gathered their family together to have an Easter celebration they'll remember for years to come. View Show Notes →
Barbara Rainey believes that Easter can be a perfect time to teach your children about Jesus. She shares ideas of how to make Holy Week special. View Show Notes →