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.

Marilyn, Dolly and Chuck; photo courtesy Marilyn Turk

A New Dog Helped This Retiree Strengthen His Faith

He had plans for retirement—travel, fishing and relaxing with his wife. They didn’t include a rambunctious puppy named Dolly.

Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth; photo by Larsen&Talbert

Kristin Chenoweth: The Gift That Taught Her the Meaning of Christmas

As a teen, the award-winning actress and singer wanted Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, but the gift she received instead proved to be much more meaningful.

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Cheryl and her family; Photo credit: NIK LINDE

How God Divinely Provided for Her Adopted Children

Preparing to adopt four children, she was anxious about her family’s changing dynamic, until the miracles started rolling in.

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Peggy and Kelly; Photo credit: Roy Gumpel

How Persistent Prayer Saved Her Beloved Dog

She was praying for a healing miracle during the holiday season. Would her spaniel ever walk again?

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Artist Carole Hénaff's rendering of the animals of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’

Merry Christmas from All Creatures Magazine

We encourage you to share this Christmas e-card with the animals lovers in your life.

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Joy to the World; illustration by Jessica Hische

Merry Christmas from Guideposts Magazine

From the Guideposts family to you and yours, we wish you all the joys the Christmas season brings.

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An illustration of an angel and a dog; Illustration by Mickey Paraskevas

An Ethereal Christmas Day Vision of Her Late Dog

She was mourning her beloved canine companion. Then an angel showed her that her pet was now joyous and free.

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Paul driving his decorated doggie train around the neighborhood

This Homemade Doggie Train Brings Joy to Adopted Animals

Paul Johnston hopes the Wonderland Express makes folks smile—and inspires them to adopt a pet. 

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Truffles the cat wearing her statement frames

How Truffles the Cat Helps Kids Who Need Glasses

The former stray found her home and calling in an optical shop: She shows kids who need glasses they don’t need to be afraid.

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Julie O’Neill and daughter, Bekah; photo by Cory O’Neill

She Trusted God to Guide Her Daughter Through Disappointment and Depression

Her daughter was devastated after a knee injury ended her college athletic scholarship plans. But then God opened another door.

Peggy Frezon and her two golden retrievers, Petey and Earnest

Seven Ways a Pet Can Bless Your Life

Peggy Frezon shares seven reasons she’s grateful for her golden retrievers, Ernest and Petey.

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Patti LaBelle. Photo by Whitney Thomas

For Patti LaBelle, Cooking Is a Family Tradition

This legendary singing star makes desserts to sing about.

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Illustration of a boy adding a star to the top of a Christmas tree

Her Autistic Son Showed Her That Nothing Is Impossible at Christmas

Adding the star to the top of the tree was a big step for her little boy.

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Estelle Grinnan, Edward Grinnans mother

A Mother with Alzheimer's Gives Her Family a Christmas to Remember

She gave her loved ones one last glimpse of who she was. 

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Edward hugging Gracie

A Dog’s Tale: Thoughts on Being Lost—And Found

Remember, there will always be someone looking for you, praying for your return.

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Illustration of two yellow birds

5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays With Your Pet

Peggy Frezon shares how pet parents across the U.S. include their furry, finned and feathered family members in their holiday traditions.

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