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Angels on Earth


I’m not flying home to my family in New Orleans for Thanksgiving next week. As much as I’ll miss my parents and siblings, the comical parade of nieces and nephews, and the food (especially Mama’s dirty rice and Daddy’s oyster dressing), I felt relieved to finally come to my decision.

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Daily Devotions


My 18-year old–who has never been an easy child–was exceptionally irrational and argumentative the other day. After a bit of back-and-forth, it was clear that my powers of persuasion were no match for his ability to aggravate.

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Pet Stories


I have a big green chair. Sometimes I call it my prayer chair. Specifically, it’s a chair and a half. Just the right size for curling up with a dog or two–Ike climbs aboard and snuggles close. Kelly jumps (she’s spry for 13!) and perches on the back of the chair. All together, we’re cozy.

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Dear God, was it really your idea that I should be the owner of a cat? And not just any cat, this cat, this ornery, handsome, exasperating, demanding, standoffish Fred?

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There are experiences of God’s grace that leave a lasting impression upon our lives. In our family, November is a marker of His grace. Four years ago, my son Paul turned 25 and had just returned from business travel in Japan. We were all happy and excited for him.

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Inspirational Stories


I was fast asleep, middle of the night, when I awoke to a golden retriever snout plopping down next to my pillow. Millie. Oh, no, I thought, does she have to go out? Now? It’s pouring rain. As if on cue, the rain did a wind-swept paradiddle on the window.

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Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2, NIV)

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Outreach Ministries


It’s hard to be thankful when we find ourselves in difficult situations. That’s never more true than when you’re dealing with the separation of a deployment that spans the holidays.

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I am so pleased to share the letter and story below with you. My friend Marie Hatcher and her foundation, Matthew’s Hearts of Hope, are doing such tremendous things to help children with congenital heart defects.

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Life after Death


For three wonderful years I have been writing this blog, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Hearing from people all over the world, with their own very personal experiences of life and death, has been extraordinary for me.

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Mysterious Ways


Today’s guest blogger is assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

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It’s the final day of the “Miracle Chase Takeover Week”! In today’s last post, our miracle experts–authors Joan, Katie and Meb–talk about defining the miraculous…

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Stories of Faith


I have glorified You on earth. I have finished the work which You have given me to do. (John 17:4, NKJV)

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Personal Growth


Do you remember all the work and money it took to provide and pull off the perfect Christmas or birthday surprise for your child? The moment you saw the look of joy on her face and the thankful hugs made it all worth it?

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Positive Thinking


One of the nicest perks of my job is all the interesting and inspiring books that cross my desk. Those that have a possible story for the magazine, I try to look at right away. The others have to wait until I have a free moment.

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If I mentioned a “banana friend,” most of you would wonder what in the world I was talking about. But I can say those words to my 3-year-old granddaughter, Ava, and she’d know immediately.

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What are you thankful for?

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