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 God Brought Her Horses Together

After LeAnn Convis’s horse Storm lost her pasture mate, she searched endlessly for another horse to adopt but none felt like the right fit. It was when she went to buy more grain that the store clerk told her about a golden palomino named Kado, who lived just 10 minutes away and needed a retirement home. Will he be a good companion to Storm?

A group photo of three different breeds of dogs and a cat together.

Celebrating the Blessing of the Animals

A service for all creatures in honor of St. Francis.

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Jeannie and Jim with their kids, Marre, Jack, Michael, Patrick and Katie

Life Lessons Jeannie Gaffigan Learned from Her Brain Tumor

The wife of comic Jim Gaffigan and busy mom of five changed her priorities following a health crisis.

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Helping a friend

When God Picks You to Solve a Problem

It might be inconvenient. It might take time out of your day. But here’s why it’s a blessing.

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Rachel, Wesley and Josie

Could a Dog Help Her Son With Autism?

She feared she was not up to raising a special-needs child, but a heaven-sent Aussiedoodle puppy stepped up to lend a hand.

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Todd and Karla meet life’s challenges with prayer and a smile; photograph by Scott Goldsmith

A Health Crisis Bolstered Her Faith and Their Marriage

Her husband was paralyzed following a cerebellum hemorrhage. Would he walk or talk again, much less compete in his beloved marathons?

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Linda and Mick at their renewal ceremony.

Their Love Defies Age and Illness

Her husband suffered from Alzheimer's, but that did not stop him from remembering to propose again as they renewed their vows.

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Left to right, Jorge Jarrin, Rick Hamlin, Jaime Jarrin

An Unlikely Gift from Dodger Broadcaster Jorge Jarrin

How he paved the way to self-discovery for a childhood buddy.

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Making new friends

Why You Should Make New Friends as an Adult

Relationships only become more important as we age. 

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Barbranda Lumpkins Walls

Dealing with Grief During the Holidays

Barbranda Lumpkin Walls shares how her family coped with her father’s passing on Thanksgiving Day.

Linda and Mick renewing their wedding vows.

The Miraculous Vow Renewal Ceremony

Dementia had stolen Mick's memories and much of his regular life—but it was no match for his and Linda's love. See how the couple renewed their vows, a day Linda says Mick still remembers.

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Andy, Rachel, Wesley and Josie (from right to left)

How a Dog Helped Her Son with Autism

Rachel Webb Turner shares how bringing a dog into her home enabled her son Wesley, who has autism, to connect with the world around him.

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Karla McIntyre, her husband Todd and Todd's mobility service dog, Groot

Following His Health Crisis, Their Marriage Is Stronger Than Ever

Karla and Todd McIntyre share lessons they learned during his long, difficult recovery from a cerebellum hemorrhage and paralysis.

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Is faith about having God do stuff for us?

Is the Point of Faith Getting God to Do Stuff For Us?

Yes, faith can move mountains, but often God hands you a shovel first.

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