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.

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How Finding Their Childhood Dog Became The Perfect Reunion

Thanks to an old T-shirt and God they were able to reunite with the small, white canine.

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Change of Seasons

God placed clues in nature to help us turn to Him and find meaning and purpose. Autumn, with its ...

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Heaven-Sent Messages from Beloved Grandparents

From dreams to family heirlooms, these signs from beyond brought joy and peace. 

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How a Cat Became an Answer to a Mother's Prayer

If she didn’t find a way to bond with her teenage daughter soon, she worried she might never be close to her.

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5 Tips for Helping Your Dog or Cat Slim Down and Get Healthier

Helping your pets lose weight can improve their energy, sleep, happiness and overall health.

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Ladybugs Renewed Her Appreciation of God's Lovely Creation

She became frustrated by the countless ladybugs in her home. Suddenly, her attitude shifted. 

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6 Incredible Stories of Animal Heroes

These heroic acts are proof of the undeniable bonds between humans and their pets.

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How a Military Chaplain is Finding Strength After News in Afghanistan

The importance of seeking encouragement through prayer, connection and camaraderie during these challenging times.

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She Turned to God for Help Finding Mr. Right

After two failed marriages, this mother of two decided to have faith that He would bring her the right partner.

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Grandparenting Teens: How to Stay Present and Engaged in Your Grandchild’s Life

A teen behavior expert shares tips for those who are having difficulty maintaining a relationship with their teenage grandchildren. 

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His Golden Retriever Prepared Him For Parenthood

This Air Force veteran had long prayed to be a good father; his dog helped him achieve this goal.

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Important Life Lesson from a Puppy

Why you should make intentional efforts to let those we love know we delight in being with them.

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How Two Hummingbirds Summoned Her Strength

The pandemic lockdown isolated and worried her. But then two birds encouraged her to stay strong. 

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His Dog Taught Him a Lesson in Love

Gracie the golden retriever—and a nudge from God—showed him that love doesn’t always come easy. 

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A Mother Learns a Lesson in Letting Go

The detour she took led her down an eye-opening road.

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Her Injured Dog Taught Her to Trust in God

A trip to the vet became a lesson in overcoming doubt.

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