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3 Ways to Be an Authentically Positive Friend

You can encourage and support your friends and still tell the truth about hard things. Here’s how.

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Illustration by Ricardo Bessa

She Met the Woman She Had Prayed for Decades Earlier

She was a child when she prayed for an angel to watch over a family seen in a newspaper.  Then divine intervention brought them together. 

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Clare Biedenharn; photo courtesy Clare Biedenharn

When a Long-Planned Trip Fell Through, She Put Herself in God's Hands

She missed her flight to a much-needed spiritual retreat in Assisi. Now what?

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Jennie Ivey; photo by Wade Payne

Her Girlfriends Helped Her Come to Terms with Being Newly Single

After her marriage ended, a group of gal pals taught her to embrace the single life.

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An artist's rendering of Velma on a walk; illustration by Jackie Besteman

This People Pleaser Learned to Stand Up for Herself

She walked her neighbor’s dog as a favor, but it soon became a burden. How could she learn to say no?

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Silouette of hand with open handcuffs; Photo credit: Chanin Wardkhian/Getty Images

His Strange Dream Became A Spiritual Connection

The vision of his imprisoned friend made him realize that the bonds of friendship can be truly mysterious.

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Mari Pack and her boyfriend, Alex; photo by Todd Plitt

She Learned to Appreciate Her Partner More During Quarantine

She was high energy; he was more relaxed. But spending time apart during the pandemic highlighted her boyfriend’s special qualities.

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Dr. Robert Lesslie photographed in his office in May 2015. Photo by Davis Turner for Guideposts

Dr. Robert Lesslie: Guideposts Loses a Beloved Author

A call to prayer for the sudden loss of life and the gun violence that affects us all.

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Lou Dean and her friend, Red; photo by Matthew Staver

He Proved to Be the Big Brother She Didn't Know She Needed

She had always been fiercely independent. Why was her friend suddenly insisting that she go to church with him?

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Tonya Avent (left) with her friend, Ma’isha; photo by Jim Graham

These Faith-Filled Sorority Sisters Found Common Ground

They had opposite personalities and were of different religions. Could they find a way to work together?

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Neighbors Stephen Wilder and Nicole Figaro; photo by Kerry Ryan

Best Friends: The Deep Bond Between Next-Door Neighbors

A New Yorker shares how he and the woman in the next apartment learned to lean on each other.

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Stephen Wilder and Nicole Figaro`

How Two Neighbors Grew Even Closer During the Pandemic

New Yorkers Stephen Wilder and Nicole Figaro, who have been friendly neighbors for 30 years, explain how the Covid-19 crisis has brought them even closer.

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Living with depression

How to Help a Friend Living with Depression

The simple but powerful ways to walk with someone through their misery and mystery.

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Jorge Jarrin, right, with his dad Jaime Jarrin.

Dodgers Broadcaster Jorge Jarrin on Baseball, Faith and Friendship

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Rick Hamlin checks in with an old friend.

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