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 53 on Christian Women Online.


“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt 5:48 KJV) When I was a young believer this verse in Matthew was often quoted to indicate what my goals should be, and I naively assumed that now that I was saved, I must also be perfect. “Perfect” seemed to […]


Blue flowers

A little boy, only five years old, went home to be with the Lord this week.  He was a handsome, bright little boy; inquisitive, funny ~ with a loving and patient nature.  His name was Ben Sauer, and he lived with his Mom and Dad, twin brother and little sister just outside Buffalo, NY.  Not […]

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Pic for Barbs

“Oh, sacred Head now wounded, with grief and shame bowed down Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown. Oh sacred Head, what glory, what bliss till now was Thine! Yet though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine. What Thou my Lord has suffered was all for sinners gain. Mine, mine was […]

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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 […]