Barbara Greenhow

I was born and raised in Detroit, and have also lived in Ontario, Massachusetts, and now in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I am divorced, with four grown children, and retired. A few of my favorite things are classical music, reading, and cooking. I came to know the Lord at fifteen, and have been a believer for more than 60 years. Like most people, I have experienced many situations throughout my life which have challenged my faith and caused me to examine my relationship with God and those around me. Inevitably, I have found that my salvation, comfort and wisdom ultimately could only be found in the love, grace and mercy of God. After I retired from working at 70, I began to write as a way of working out various questions about my faith that had been in the back of my mind for many years. As I wrote, I was able to work many of these out with the Lord. It is my hope and prayer that in sharing these insights with others, it will be an encouragement to them, but I want to make it very clear that I am still on the journey myself. My hope is to glorify God through my writing and encourage and be supportive of those who are making the journey with me.

Barbara has written 50 on Christian Women Online.


I don’t shock easily.  I have been around a long time and have known all kinds of people.  None of us, not even Christians, even distantly approaches perfection.  However, I must admit I was recently appalled to read in the “Church Around the World” publication that “data suggests that the overwhelming majority of Christian young […]


Winter Scene 1

It is snowing again. It is ironic how, at the beginning of winter, snow makes me feel good.  I remember all the fun things from my childhood: sledding, snow forts, catching the first flakes on my tongue.  The stark, bare trees and the forlorn drifts of lifeless autumnal leaves are covered over by a pristine […]



I was charmed recently to observe a young teen couple who obviously liked one another, but who were terrified that the other might recognize their interest.  They verbally danced an intricate dance of advance and retreat.  I wished them well; I recognized the dance. Being a young teen is emotional chaos.  As you begin to […]


Swans - Ice

This afternoon I was listening to some glorious choral music and found myself feeling wistful because I can no longer even hum along.  One of the things I miss most about getting old is the loss of my singing voice.  This is especially true around Christmas and Easter, when I have memories of singing beautiful […]



I was still a young bride in January of 1956.  Along with the rest of the world, my husband and I were shocked and horrified when we heard of the deaths of the five missionaries (Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming and Roger Youderian) in Ecuador.  Our hearts went out to the families […]


White Flowers

Occasionally the Lord is gracious enough to open my mind for a second to receive a new insight about truth I thought I already knew. One of these moments occurred in church last week.  We were in the middle of the Lord’s Supper, and as I watched the bread being broken and the little cups […]

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