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Answered Prayers
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Messages From Above
I’d been struggling with depression, and my therapist recommended starting a weekly activity to help me meet people. I’d always been a homebody. I usually came home from work and stayed in the rest of the night. Then an idea came out of nowhere: Join
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5 Ways To Set Yourself Up For Success As A Caregiver
No two family caregiving situations are exactly the same. Pamela Haskin’s experience with her mother’s Parkinson’s disease differed greatly from what Edwina Perkins encountered when she moved to care for her adult daughter with cancer. Still, some ex
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Mysterious Ways
It was strange to see my husband’s name in the paper, even if just the county news. “They even spelled it right!” I said. Adlai laughed. The article was about Adlai’s pickleball group. He’d taken up the game, a combination of ping-pong and tennis, in
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Not Like Me
Easthampton, Massachusetts The knot in my stomach grew tighter. I was dropping off my teenage daughter, Maggie, at her friend’s house. She was staying over with some high school classmates, kids in her drama club, girls and boys. I was worried, maybe
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The Most Powerful Words
Atlanta, Georgia “I need help.” The three most powerful words a person can say. I should know. It took me a long time, but I finally said them. It most likely saved my life. I guess it started when I was about 13. Today I understand I was having symp
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Family Room®
You might know lifestyle expert Katie Brown (Everyday Blessings, page 34) from her PBS show, Katie Brown Workshop, and her national TV appearances. What you might not know is that she grew up with GUIDEPOSTS. “My mom would read the stories to me over
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Childlike Wonder
From the minute I woke up, I was behind schedule. Typical. I loaded my two young daughters into the car to run errands. Our town, Petoskey, was built along Lake Michigan. To get from one end of town to the other, you have water on one side of you at
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Someone Cares
My mom always made birthdays special. She died of cancer when I was 32. After that, I dreaded my birthday because she wasn’t here to celebrate with me. As I approached 40, I decided that I wanted to have joyful birthdays again. A friend told me that
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Speak My Word!
Bellevue, Nebraska I live near Omaha, in southeastern Nebraska. If I ran to the basement every time I heard a tornado siren go off, I’d never get anything done. So when a siren wailed one Friday in June, just two days before Father’s Day, I didn’t pa
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Max Lucado
We had a chat with pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado about what we’ve been facing in the past year, from the coronavirus pandemic to global protests against racism. Among his latest projects is the upcoming book Begin Again: Your Hope and Ren
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“The Up Side®
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Embracing Change
More than 170 years ago, French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr penned the saying “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” That no longer seems to apply. The 2021 version might be “The more things change, the more things change.” Cha
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A Spoonful of Sugar
Robert Sherman was desperate. He and his brother, Richard, had been hired to create the songs for Walt Disney’s upcoming 1964 film Mary Poppins, a musical version of the children’s books by P. L. Travers. Disney himself wanted Julie Andrews to play t
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I made a friend through GUIDEPOSTS! The April 2005 Up Side featured a cartoon by artist Cuyler Black. I loved the cartoon and wanted to see more of Cuyler’s work, which you described as “the Bible meets The Far Side.” I enjoy art that lets people of
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Fairy Gardens
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Spirit Lifting
A recent writing exercise asked me to list everything I loved. Here are some items on that list: Chocolate, of course. The smell of cut grass. The relaxed, quiet pleasure of a job well done. Laughter around the dinner table at the end of a meal. Red
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Ruth Logan Herne is just one of the inspiring authors writing for Miracles & Mysteries of Mercy Hospital, a new fiction series from Guideposts. This cozy mystery series features four women from different walks of life who witness miracles happening a
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As Bold as Fireworks
July 4. It’s the most American of holidays and a rite of summer for so many of us. Barbecues, carnivals and—of course—fireworks. I grew up in New York City, in a building that overlooked the East River. Every year my family and I would go to the roof
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Spring and Summer
For now, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come. Song of Solomon 2:11–12 It’s easy to forget that much of the Bible was written to be sung. Sing this one to yourself. The whole cre
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Allen Zhou
WHO HE IS Allen Zhou, 20, teamed with his younger brother, Anthony, and University of Texas classmate Aditi Merchant to launch Big & Mini, an online, cross-generational social connection platform, last April during the Covid-19 pandemic. Allen and Ad
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My Old School
Sparta, Georgia I opened the freezer and shoved in the cake—a sheet cake with my son’s name in red and black frosting—the colors of the University of Georgia, where Laughlin, my youngest, would graduate in May. Except now there would be no graduation
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Walking Velma
Walnut Creek, California “Look at the little dog!” a girl squealed from across the street. “She’s got rain boots!” I smiled and waved. Yes, Velma had her own rain boots, her own raincoat, both of which matched the leash I was holding and the bow in h
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Inspiration for Life
Notice anything different about your magazine? I’m kidding. Of course you do. You’re seeing many of the exciting changes I’ve been telling you about for the past few issues. Start with the better paper and cover stock. That makes your magazine more d
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Casey Illinois
Casey, Illinois, is a small town—population: 2,700—but we’re home to some really big things. Literally. We’ve got 12 attractions that are the world’s largest, according to Guinness World Records. How did that come about? It goes back to my wife and d
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The Art Of The Apology
I’m sorry. Two little words that play a big part in our daily vocabulary. You might apologize while squeezing through a crowd or using the last of the printer paper at work. We toss off these everyday “I’m sorry’s,” but true apologies are a different
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What Prayer Can Do®
Dyslexia. Processing disorder. Learning disability. Nothing in my online search matched the issues my six-year-old son, Nathan, was having in school. When his teacher had expressed concern about his progress, I shifted into overdrive, trying to pinpo
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Our Trip to Branson
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Carol and I sat on the balcony of the condo we’d rented for the week in Branson, Missouri, sipping our morning coffee and watching the sunlight wash across the Ozarks. It had become our habit on this trip. Sometimes we talked,
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The Pastor’s Wife
I was 27 years old and living the life I always wanted…or thought I did. I was married to a youth pastor. We had two daughters, and I was pregnant with our third baby girl. My husband, Daniel, was busy at church (very busy), and our family was belove
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