Have you ever felt surrounded by people but still very much alone? When I was 19 I had an experience that forever changed how I view friendship and our truest friend, Jesus.
There was a time when I even questioned getting married and having kids at all--I was leaning toward it being a bad idea. No one who was married seemed happy through my teenager eyes. But then I saw the beautiful example a peculiar family; they were like nothing I'd ever seen. They loved, and laughed, and played and seemed genuinely happy. I wanted to know why.
It never fails. Whenever I step into the shower, begin cooking dinner, or turn the ignition on my car, my cell phone rings. It is comical how my dad always seems to call at the most inconvenient, busiest time of the day. But when I think about my sweet dad and his penchant for phone … Continue reading Fathers
Lately, we’ve heard the word ‘essential’ used quite a bit. By definition, the word essential means something that is absolutely necessary or indispensable. People have jobs that are essential, or nonessential. Businesses and services are either essential or nonessential. Travel can be essential or nonessential. A desire to see a medical professional can be deemed … Continue reading Just What is Essential?
Now, when confronted with tragedies and disappointments, instead of allowing panic and hopelessness to creep in, I take a deep breath and direct my thoughts to the many times I’ve seen God’s hand in the significant as well as the trivial concerns of my life.
"With God’s help, good cheer permits us to rise above the depressing present or difficult circumstances. It is a process of positive reassurance and reinforcement. It is sunshine when clouds block the light."
I love the legend of how we got the poinsettia in the first place. The flower originally came from Mexico, where it was called "Flor de Noche Buena", or "Flower of the Holy Night". According to the legend, the flower first appeared in a little village long ago, in Mexico, where everyone was getting ready for Christmas.
Christmas is such a special time of year when people increase their efforts to love and serve others. The #LightTheWorld effort focuses on serving others as Jesus did—one by one. Here at Uplift the World, we invited our readers to tell us who has made an impression in their lives through their Christlike efforts. Enjoy … Continue reading Putting Christ in Christmas, One by One #ShareGoodness
I thanked Phil for organizing the event and including me, to which he humbly replied, “It’s what Father would have us do.”
There are numerous opportunities to help those in your community, and others that have a much farther reach. One such option is the Days For Girls program that assembles reusable feminine hygiene kits that are distributed to girls and women in over 120 countries. "Around the world, girls and women resort to using rags, mattress … Continue reading MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Support Days for Girls on Saturday, October 26th