Here are the 10 videos that Guideposts readers and followers watched the most over the past 12 months.
- Posted on Dec 10, 2019
1. Kristy Dewberry offers inspiring and helpful advice based on her own experiences caring for a difficult parent who has Alzheimer's. Dewberry and her mom had a strained relationship for years, but despite the challenges of caregiving, they eventually forged a stronger bond. "At some point, juggling all of this, I realized that after a lifetime of doing everything I could to avoid Mom, I was figuring out how to work with her," Dewberry wrote in her story in the April 2019 issue of Guideposts.
2. In a Guideposts exclusive, Today show weatherman and co-host Al Roker opens up for the first time about parenting a child with special needs. "Doctors and specialists put him through a slew of tests," Roker says in the story. "Was it cerebral palsy? Autism? Maybe it was a processing disorder. Now that he's 17, I can tell you that, yes, he's somewhere on the spectrum and maybe obsessive-compulsive. But those labels can be frustrating; they don't begin to describe who Nick really is." In this video Roker talks about his son's special connection to their local church, the importance of acceptance when raising a child with special needs and how faith has guided his parenting.
3. Could God be trying to tell you something while you are sleeping? That's the question this video from the Mysterious Ways magazine team strives to answer. From dreams about deceased loved ones to those foreseeing future healing, this video breaks down the meaning of six spiritually significant dreams.
4. Surgeon and bestselling author Dr. Mary C. Neal recounts in detail the near-death experience she went through in 1999. When a kayaking accident left her submerged under eight to ten feet of water, she realized she was probably going to drown. Instead, she had a divine encounter. "I had no intention of returning, because I felt like I was absolutely home where we all belong," Dr. Neal said.
5. Before he and Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon's surface during the Apollo 11 moon landing, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin led the astronauts in a Christian sacrament: taking communion. In this moving video, Aldrin explains why this ritual was important to him, and what it meant to him to celebrate communion in space.
6. All Rachel Webb Turner wanted to do was find a way to communicate with her son, Wesley, who is on the autism spectrum. Despite her husband's allergy and her own reservations, Turner brought home a dog, hoping it would open her son up to the world. But could a dog really help?
Like this video? Read more about Turner's story in the October 2019 issue of Guideposts.
7. In our exclusive video, ESPN reporter Lauren Sisler shares how acknowledging her parents’ addictions allowed her to come to terms with their deaths. "It was tough telling people what had happened to my parents," Sisler says in the video. "And I think the biggest reason, is because I wasn't honest with how they passed away. I was so ashamed of knowing that both of them had overdosed on prescription drugs."
8. Mark Porter and his brother were searching for alligator eggs in a swamp when their boat broke down and left them trapped in a swarm of killer bees. "I thought, I've lived a good life on this Earth. If it's my time, it's my time," Porter shares in the story. Porter was certain they would not make it out alive, but then he heard a mysteriously familiar voice give him the direction he needed to escape. In this exclusive video, Porter shares who it was he thinks offered a helping hand from heaven.
9. A licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Dot Lee, was afraid the injured raccoon in her care would never recover. But then one kick changed everything, including the trajectory or her life.
10. Guideposts staffer Andrew Kessler shares his personal experience of encountering a spiritual presence in nature. In this video he offers tips for finding "thin places"—rare sacred spaces where the veil between this world and the next is thin. "I like to say that your thin places might not have Yelp reviews written about them," Kessler shares. "So they really can be very close to home. You just have to know where to look."