Friends and Family

What is a family? Sometimes your family includes friends who stand by you in every season of life. The heart of your family might also be your marriage, or the meaning and purpose you derive from parenting, caregiving, or even loving the pets who never let you down.
Carol with her longtime friend Tarra

She Founded North America's Largest Elephant Sanctuary

Her love for one elephant launched Carol Buckley on a mission to save others.

How do you appear to others?

What Do You Really Look Like?

How we see ourselves and how others see us can be a mile apart. But it’s how God sees us that matters.

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A woman reads a Bible by a window

7 Encouraging Bible Verses for Dementia Caregivers

A cofounder of Home Instead Senior Care shares scripture to comfort, encourage and inspire those who are caring for a loved one with dementia.

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Caregiving—Faith in Action

Our faith comes alive when we express love to people in times of need.

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Kamryn (left) and Korbin pose with two of the Hances' rescued animals

Life on the Farm: Five Kids and a Menagerie of Rescued Animals

Wanting more space for their big family, Natasha and Kirk Hance moved from the city life in Fort Worth to a small farm in Weatherford, Texas. Soon after settling in, their farm became a place for all creatures to call home.

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3 ways military families can cope with change

3 Ways to Cultivate Resilience

In military families, it’s important to be able to bend, not break, when change comes.

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Acts of kindness

Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness

Behind those seemingly small gestures of help and good will from others lies a more powerful force.

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Child-like faith

Asking with a Child-Like Faith

When we come to God with a question, He will answer it according to what we need.

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Military and Valentine's Day

When Valentine’s Day Arrived in a Combat Zone

In a place of danger, a box of cards and candy transformed these soldiers’ day.

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Celebrating life's imperfections

Celebrating an Imperfect Life

Every imperfect part of life becomes something precious when sifted through God’s loving fingers.

Family baking

Working Hand-in-Hand with God

Baking together as a family offers ways to bond as well as bless others with the goodies from your kitchen.

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Trying to see too far ahead?

When You're Struggling to See Too Far Ahead

Sometimes it's the things close by that God wants us to notice.

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Peggy's granddaughter Grace with her dog, Ernest

8 Tips for Introducing Your Grandchild to Your Pet

All Creatures columnist Peggy Frezon offers some tips for introducing your grandchildren—or any child that visits your home often—to your pets.

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Gift of a quilt from a soul friend

The Gift of the Mysterious Quilt

Do you have a soul friend, someone who brings a bit of a miracle into your life everytime you talk?

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