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A woman serves as caregiver to her spouse

Spousal Caregiving: 5 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Strong

Strengthen the bond with your spouse by renegotiating your roles, finding new hobbies and more.

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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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A giant woodsman's peeking through pine trees; Illustration by Chris Wormell

A Woodsy Angel Helped Him Find the Perfect Solution

This heaven-sent dream helped him build the perfect dog house for the cold winter.  

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Lou Dean and her dogs, Tuck and Dell

The Incredible Bond She Formed with an Unexpected Pet

At almost 70, she thought she was too old for a puppy. Someone had other ideas.

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An artist's rendering of a goshawk in flight; Illustration by Christina Wald

This Heaven-Sent Bird Eased Her Worries

The rare Goshawk helped her rediscover the joys of nature—and distracted her from her Covid-19 anxiety.  

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Chuck Avery training a dog

This Cancer Survivor is Giving Shelter Dogs a Second Chance at Life

Chuck Avery rehabilitates dogs with aggression and other behavioral issues.

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Kathy Norton and Harry at her home in Hahira, Georgia. Sept. 2020.

A Horse Helped Her Heal From the Death of Her Son

Caring for the troubled ‘Handsome Harry’ taught her how to accept God’s comfort.

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Summer play

Dreaming of Sun and Warmth and Longer Days

Ready to say “so long” to snow and cold and dreaded wintry mix

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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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Dog trainer Chuck Avery

A Dog Trainer Offers Tips on Training Difficult Dogs

Chuck Avery discusses his therapeutic approach to training dogs who have been emotionally and physically abused.

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A happy couple embracing; Getty Images

5 Keys to a Thriving Relationship

Patience, trust and commitment to truth will help keep your love strong, even during tough times.

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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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Gracie and Edward relaxing

How a Dog Can Teach You to Live in the Present

There’s nothing like a napping pet to inspire serenity and spiritual equilibrium.

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Gracie and Edward in the woods

A Desperate Prayer for Trust and Patience Is Answered

After a frustrating effort to get the vaccine, some real hope emerges.

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