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Pray for EJ

posted by Jana Melpolder

“She is afraid because she is not working, her self esteem is down, and her husband is a difficult person living with chronic leukemia.” –mslizz Add your prayers now

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Gospel Reading for Saturday, February 28, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 1:43-51 43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to […]

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John 1:43-51

posted by Jana Melpolder

[43] The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. [44] Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. [45] Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We […]

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The Meaning of Favorite Foods

posted by lmarcus

What does your favorite food mean to you? Be personal and intimate, and really descriptive. What sensation and pleasure is it giving you? My addiction was ice cream. I just couldn’t live without having at least a pint, or preferably […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 28, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Put a lid on it! If you put lids on the pots on your stoves while you cook, it saves 20% of the cooking time (and energy) needed. That means you get your food faster!

Bill Hybels Day 10: Being a Friend

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Saturday, February 28, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Compassion is the pillar of world peace. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 28

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Share the famous line from Hamlet, Act I, Scene 3: “To think own self be true…” with your kids. Talk about how we remain true to ourselves.” –Mimi Doe

Introduction to Seven Days of 3:16

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). Introduction The story of Jesus reads a bit like a scrapbook. Headline clippings. Newspaper photos. Jesus’s favorite stories […]

Love Note for February 28

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Love is not merely blind but mentally afflicted.” –Alice Thomas Ellis

Inspiring Words for February 28

posted by Jana Melpolder

“The animals of the planet are in desperate peril… Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.” –Alice Walker

Pray for Sandra Walls

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My sister Sandra just lost her son and her husband. I’m praying for her emotional stability more than anything.” –jcb2642 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Friday, February 27, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 1:35-42 35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, […]

John 1:35-42

posted by Jana Melpolder

[35] Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; [36] And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! [37] And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. […]

Friday: Promises Associated with His Name

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to “Praying the Names of Jesus.” If you missed the explanation for the name of Jesus we’re studying this week, click here or scroll down to Monday’s entry. One of the most winsome promises Jesus made to his […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 27, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Take care of the air as well as your garden. Pull weeds by hand or mechanically, instead of using chemical weed killers that can harm the air you’re breathing.

Bill Hybels Day 9: Getting Up Close

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Fearless in Parenting: Making Fearless Choices

posted by lmarcus

After eleven years of marriage, when it became clear that divorce was the only option, I was consumed by fear: How would I tell my two daughters? If I broke up the family they knew, would it change them irreversibly? […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Friday, February 27, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

In order to have genuine faith, you need to have one truth, one religion. But that does not mean you lose respect for those of other traditions. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 27

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Celebrate something today. Google the date and find any historical event that occurred today, or celebrate the sunset, the first tulip, or that you are all together for dinner.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 7

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 7 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the first day, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 27

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Falling in love is a condition, keeping in love an art.” –Mary Garden

Inspiring Words for February 27

posted by Jana Melpolder

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at.” –Jesse Owens, Blackthink (1970)

Pray for a Lost Pet

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I need prayer that we might find our lost dog who is deeply loved by the family.” –susienight Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Thursday, February 26, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 1:29-34 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a […]

John 1:29-34

posted by Jana Melpolder

[29] The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. [30] This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is […]

The Inner Wisdom of the Journey Itself

posted by Jana Melpolder

Women who entered the ministry more than 20 years ago, when I was ordained, endured the mocks and jeers of family, friends and male ministers in order to be ordained and had nothing to look forward to but assignments to […]

Thursday: Praying the Name

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to “Praying the Names of Jesus.” If you missed the explanation for the name of Jesus we’re studying this week, click here or scroll down to Monday’s entry. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on […]

Facing Despair With Joy

posted by Jana Melpolder

[To the Syrophoenician woman, Jesus said], “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs” (Mark 7:28). This woman has just asked that her daughter be healed, […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 26, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Take advantage of your dishwasher. So long as you only wash full loads, you’ll waste less water than you would with hand-washing.

Bill Hybels Day 8: Spotting Potential

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Thursday, February 26, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

In general, I always state that I have three commitments in life. On the level of a religious practitioner, my second commitment is the promotion of religious harmony and understanding amongst different religious traditions. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 26

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Add some humor to your family life, and lift everyone’s spirits. Post cartoons on the fridge, pick up a book of jokes from the library, or rent a funny film.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 6

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 6 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 26

posted by Jana Melpolder

“There are three kinds of kissers: the fire extinguisher, the mummy, and the vacuum clear.” –Helen Gurley Brown

Inspiring Words for February 26

posted by Jana Melpolder

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” –Marcus Garvey

Bible Q&A for February 26

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Bible tells me not to worry about money. I don’t work and I live on a fixed income. Does that mean I can spend money as long as I spend wisely, give generously to those that are in need, […]

Pray for a Sick Little Girl

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Emma, who will be 3 in April 2009, has an extremely rare form of Aplastic Anemia. She undergoes daily treatments, results are slow, and she has almost no immune system.” –pjslade Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, February 25, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 18:9-14 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a […]

Luke 18:9-14

posted by Jana Melpolder

[9] And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: [10] Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. [11] The […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Wednesday, February 25, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

The essential feature of true compassion is that it is universal and not discriminatory. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Wednesday: Praying the Name

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to “Praying the Names of Jesus.” If you missed the explanation for the name of Jesus we’re studying this week, click here or scroll down to Monday’s entry. Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 25, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Don’t throw away your old clothes! Stained or torn clothing can be cut into re-usable rags for cleaning. Clothing in good condition should be dropped off at a charitable organization near you.

Bill Hybels Day 7: Above My Pain

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Seeing God as the Cheerleading One

posted by Jana Melpolder

How has God been for you in the past six months? How has He encouraged you in your marriage? Your parenting? Read this verse: “Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakeable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 25

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Catch yourself if you begin to drift into the “comparing my kid to your kid” habit. Each child comes with unique gifts, and it’s your delight to support your children as they discover their gifts. It’s not your job to […]

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 5

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 5 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 25

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Sex is part of nature. I go along with nature.” –Marilyn Monroe

Inspiring Words for February 25

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Seeing their children touched and seared and wounded by race prejudice is one of the heaviest crosses which colored women have to bear.” –Mary Church Terrell

Pray for Florence K.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I am a single Mom struggling and lonely. I would like to begin a new career find my soulmate.” –Espoir Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, February 24, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 1:19-28 19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” […]

John 1:19-28

posted by Jana Melpolder

[19] And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? [20] And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. [21] And they […]

What’s Your Favorite Food?

posted by lmarcus

Most people have a favorite food, one that they keep returning to throughout their lives. For some it’s a comfort. For others it’s an addiction. My favorite food was ice cream. I would eat lots of it, eventually developing an […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Tuesday, February 24, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

I hope that you at this moment will think of yourself as a human being rather than as an American, Asian, European, African, or member of any particular country. These loyalties are secondary. If you and I find common ground […]

Tuesday: Praying the Name

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to “Praying the Names of Jesus.” If you missed the explanation for the name of Jesus we’re studying this week, click here or scroll down to Monday’s entry. See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted… […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 24, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Be trendy AND environmentally friendly, and buy clothing from used and vintage stores. You’ll look hip and prevent wastefulness.

Bill Hybels Day 6: Above My Present Situation

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Fearless in Parenting: Making Fearless Choices

posted by lmarcus

After eleven years of marriage, when it became clear that divorce was the only option, I was consumed by fear: How would I tell my two daughters? If I broke up the family they knew, would it change them irreversibly? […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 24

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Don’t fret about not doing everything for everyone perfectly. It only robs you of the enjoyment of what you do. What your kids will sense is your peace of mind.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 4

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 4 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 24

posted by Jana Melpolder

“A good man doesn’t just happen. They have to be created by us women …. So, first you gotta get rid of all the stuff his mom did to him. And then you gotta get rid of all that macho […]

Inspiring Words for February 24

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” –Oprah Winfrey

Pray for Deana

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Prayer for an 11 year-old – took Deana for a sports physical on Monday. She did not pass. The doctor found a heart murmur and an irregular rhythm of the heart.” –MelindaAnn Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Monday, February 23, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 1:1-18 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not […]

John 1:1-18

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Monday, February 23, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

When people get angry they lose all sense of happiness. Even if they are good-looking and normally peaceful, their faces turn livid and ugly. Anger upsets their physical well-being and disturbs their rest; it destroys their appetites and makes them […]

Conclusion

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present an inspirational devotional from the gifted Christian author Brian McLaren. This is week 8 of the 8 week-long devotional. If you missed the previous entries, stay subscribed to this feed to start over. I hope […]

The Inner Wisdom of Loneliness

posted by Jana Melpolder

Being alone and being lonely must never be confused with one another. We all know what it feels like to be crowded in by the demands of others so much that we crave time alone, time to ourselves, time for […]

Trusting God With Your Loaves and Fish

posted by Jana Melpolder

[To the disciples worried about the hungry crowd of 5,000, Jesus said], “You give them something to eat” (Mark 6:37). The disciples see a problem and suggest a practical solution: the people are hungry; they should be sent home so […]

Monday: This Week’s Name: Servant, Servant of God, Man of Sorrows

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome to “Praying the Names of Jesus,” by Ann Spangler. This week’s name: Servant, Servant of God, Man of Sorrows. — See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted…. My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 23, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

There’s no reason to have those bulky telephone books lying around when it’s much easier to look up phone numbers on the web. Call the Yellow Pages and White Pages in your area and ask to be removed from their […]

Bill Hybels Day 5: Above My Plans

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 23

posted by Jana Melpolder

“As parents we give so much to our kids that often our own well is dry. What is it that ignites your spirit–a walk in the woods, tea with friends, painting, a dance class? Take time to nurture yourself.” –Mimi […]

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 3

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 3 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 23

posted by Jana Melpolder

“When the only place a relationship wholly works is in bed, both people eventually get nervous … because they have to get out of bed.” –Erica Jong

Inspiring Words for February 23

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.” –Maya Angelou, “Still I rise,” And Still I Rise (1978)

Bible Q&A for February 23

posted by Jana Melpolder

Does the Bible prohibit drug use? I’ve read the passage that says that all animals and plants were created for our use. Much depends on your definition of drugs. There are, in fact, various places in the Bible where the […]

Pray for Troy M.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Please pray that the Lord sends an Angel with a kidney to my 40 year-old brother who is in dire need of a kidney transplant.” –ladybug7264 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Sunday, February 22, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 12:24-32 24 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Those who love their life lose […]

John 12:24-32

posted by Jana Melpolder

[24] Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. [25] He that loveth his life shall lose it; and […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Sunday, February 22, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

It is not until we understand the law of karma, or cause and effect, that we are inspired to embark on the path to end suffering. Negative thoughts and actions produce negative results and conditions, just as positive thoughts and […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 22, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Did you know that your old printer cartridges can be used up to fifty times? Make sure to recycle them so that you can help save on resources.

Bill Hybels Day 4: Above My Fears

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Consumerism and Kids

posted by Jana Melpolder

We live in a world of consumption, where life consists more in what we have than who we are. How do you want your children to view materialism? Psychologist Mary Pipher, author of The Shelter of Each Other, observes, “The […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 22

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Have you bought into any stereotypes about children such as “the terrible twos” or “awful teenagers?” If so, rewrite the script today. Shift these negative perceptions into positive phrases.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 2

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 2 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the first day, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 22

posted by Jana Melpolder

“The great secret of successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents, and none of the incidents as disasters.” –Harold Nicolson

Inspiring Words for February 22

posted by Jana Melpolder

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” –Colin Powell

Pray for Rodrick B.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My friend lost his 3 year-old baby girl in a terrible auto accident 3 weeks ago.” –prayerlife Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Saturday, February 21, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 12:35-44 35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? 36 David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit […]

Mark 12:35-44

posted by Jana Melpolder

[35] And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? [36] For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou […]

Making a Move To Move

posted by lmarcus

For today’s journal, we’re going to do something fun. Let’s write about how you use your body. Yes, that’s what I said – this is fun! Using your body, being active, and even exercising can be fun. If you’re like […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Saturday, February 21, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

I believe that no one is born free from the need for love. And this demonstrates that, although some modern schools of thought seek to do so, human beings cannot be defined as solely physical. No material object, however beautiful […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 21, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Always cut the plastic rings that come on six-packs of cans before you throw them away. When the rings are closed, they can be extremely harmful to wildlife after they’re disposed of.

Bill Hybels Day 3: Above My Feelings

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 21

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Imagine that your child picked you to be his parent. What did he come here to learn from you? What are you here to learn from your child?” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16 – Day 1

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 1 of the week-long devotional. DAY 1: AN EXTRA-ORDINARY NIGHT “Suddenly a great company of […]

Love Note for February 21

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid.” –Harlan Miller

Inspiring Words for February 21

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My ministry’s always been one of social activism. I think a responsible minister must be at some levels involved in the social order.” –Al Sharpton

Pray for a Family of Four

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Pray for this family of four with one on the way. The husband has been out of work for over one year and not been able to find a job.” –peachie65 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Friday, February 20, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 12:28-34 28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, […]

Mark 12:28-34

posted by Jana Melpolder

[28] And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? [29] And Jesus answered him, The first of all the […]

Friday: Promises Associated with His Name

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to “Praying the Names of Jesus.” If you missed the explanation for the name of Jesus we’re studying this week, click here or scroll down to Monday’s entry. Think of the most troubled marriage you know of. Living […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Friday, February 20, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

One of the most powerful visions I have experienced was the first photograph of the Earth from outer space. The image of a blue planet floating in deep space, glowing like the full moon on a clear night, brought home […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 20, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Save time and energy by microwaving your food instead of cooking it in the oven. Microwaves cook 75% faster and use only a fraction of the energy.

Bill Hybels Day 2: Above My Needs

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Fearless in Parenting: The Guilt-Fear Conundrum

posted by lmarcus

My daughter Isabella and I joke about another of my fears: that she’ll actually get her driver’s license. The real fear, of course, is not only for my daughter’s safety, but for my efficacy as a parent. I’m convinced that […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 20

posted by Jana Melpolder

“When we feel disappointed by a choice our child makes, we must remember to find our fulfillment within rather than through our children.” –Mimi Doe

Introduction to Seven Days of 3:16

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). Introduction The story of Jesus reads a bit like a scrapbook. Headline clippings. Newspaper photos. Jesus’s favorite stories […]

Love Note for February 20

posted by Jana Melpolder

“When a man and a woman marry, they decide to become one. Of course, they must decide which one, and that is often where the storm starts.” –Pierce Harris

Inspiring Words for February 20

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Happiness doesn’t depend nearly as much on our circumstances as it does on our relationships, our attitudes, and our beliefs. It comes not as much from what we have and acquire, but from what we accomplish in the way of […]

Pray for Little Janae D.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“4 year-old Janae is struggling with Kawasaki Syndrome.” –tugalug Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Thursday, February 19, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 12:13-27 13 Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no […]

Mark 12:13-27

posted by Jana Melpolder

[13] And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words. [14] And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for […]

Thursday: Praying the Name

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to “Praying the Names of Jesus.” If you missed the explanation for the name of Jesus we’re studying this week, click here or scroll down to Monday’s entry. At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Thursday, February 19, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

To deepen your gratitude toward all people, it is helpful to reflect on the unintended kindness of those who provide goods and services without necessarily knowing the names or faces of those whom they serve. In this life there are […]

The Inner Wisdom of Mistakes

posted by Jana Melpolder

There is in each of us the potential to be the heroine, not just a victim, in our journey. You become a heroine by refusing to beat up on yourself for mistakes you made in the past and by refusing […]

Moving On

posted by Jana Melpolder

[As he was about to send his disciples out on a mission, Jesus said], “If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, shake the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them” […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 19, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Buy the products that you use every day – like toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, and coffee – in bulk. You’ll save on extra packaging, as well as avoiding wasting gas on multiple trips to the store.

Bill Hybels Day 1: Above My Wants

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 19

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Make a list of all the people who have been kind to your children in some way recently. Think of a way to show appreciation to each one–a simple phone call, email, or small gift. Showing appreciation opens the circle […]

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 7

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 7 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the first day, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 19

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Men who have pierced ears are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry.” –Rita Rudner

Inspiring Words for February 19

posted by Jana Melpolder

“A fully functional multiracial society cannot be achieved without a sense of history and open, honest dialogue.” –Cornel West

Bible Q&A for February 19

posted by Jana Melpolder

Why did Jesus always call the Blessed Virgin Mary “lady” and not “mother”? This is an excellent question (see John 2-19). It is my view that Jesus calls his mother “woman” (not lady) rather than “mother” because he is disengaging […]

Pray for the Lonely

posted by Jana Melpolder

“This prayer circle is for all those that are alone and feel that there just no answer.” –thankful11 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 11:27 – 12:12 27 Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him 28 and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who […]

Mark 11:27 – 12:12

posted by Jana Melpolder

[27] And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, [28] And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? […]

Wednesday: Praying the Name

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to “Praying the Names of Jesus.” If you missed the explanation for the name of Jesus we’re studying this week, click here or scroll down to Monday’s entry. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Wherever I go, with whomever I go may I see myself as less than all others, and from the depth of my heart may I consider them supremely precious. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 18, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, think about renewable energy sources. It can be something as big as choosing to use solar panels for power, or something as small as opting for ceiling fans over air conditioning.

Bill Hybels Day 21: Where You Serve

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Focusing Fully On Our Children

posted by Jana Melpolder

Dr. Ross Campbell, author of How to Really Love Your Child, touts the importance of parents giving this type of attention: “Focused attention is giving a child full, undivided attention in such a way that he feels without doubt that […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 18

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Begin today to pay more attention to your intuition. As you listen to your gut feelings about decisions, you may find the answers come easier.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 6

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 6 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 18

posted by Jana Melpolder

“A girl can wait for the right man to come along but in the meantime that doesn’t mean she can’t have a wonderful time with all the wrong ones.” –Cher

Inspiring Words for February 18

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” –Michael Jordan, I Can’t Accept Not Trying (1994)

Pray for Lorraine N.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Lost my job..out of the blue. I am so worried and just sick about being able to find another. I feel so beaten down and discouraged like such a failure to my family.” –KATTEN Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 11:12-26 12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came […]

Mark 11:12-26

posted by Jana Melpolder

[12] And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: [13] And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, […]

Tuesday: Praying the Name

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to “Praying the Names of Jesus.” If you missed the explanation for the name of Jesus we’re studying this week, click here or scroll down to Monday’s entry. Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like […]

Has God Helped You?

posted by lmarcus

Consider journaling about how your relationship with God has helped you (or not) with your weight concerns and problems. Take the time to explore your experiences and the feelings associated with them – and be totally honest – you may […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars, and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 17, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Add a little romance to your life! Install dimmer switches on your lights. Not only will they extend the life of your bulbs and lower your electric bill, but they’ll set the mood for cozy dinners.

Bill Hybels Day 20: Where You Travel

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Fearless in Parenting: Being Role-Model Ready

posted by lmarcus

When my daughter Isabella was 11, she became preoccupied with everything she ate. She no longer touched sugar, she avoided carbs, and she exercised constantly. It wasn’t until her 12th birthday party, when she refused to eat a piece of […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 17

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Honor the natural energy rhythms of each family member. By knowing how your children are wired, you can preempt situations that might cause them stress.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 5

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 5 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 17

posted by Jana Melpolder

“A marriage without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs–jolted by every bump in the road.” –Henry Ward Beecher

Inspiring Words for February 17

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Do it right or don’t do it at all. That comes from my mom. If there’s something I want to do, I’m one of those people that won’t be satisfied until I get it done. If I’m trying to sing […]

Pray for Joy for Mary Kelley

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I am having a overload of crisis – I have nothing and no-one – I have no joy and nothing to look forwad to.” –falynsmommy Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Monday, February 16, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 11:1-11 1 When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter […]

Mark 11:1-11

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples, [2] And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as […]

Monday: This Week’s Name: Bridegroom, Husband

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to “Praying the Names of Jesus,” by Ann Spangler. This week’s name: Bridegroom, Husband. — “For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is his name – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Monday, February 16, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Universal humanitarianism is essential to solve global problems. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Episode 7: Consummation

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present an inspirational devotional from the gifted Christian author Brian McLaren. This is week 7 of the 8 week-long devotional. If you missed the previous entries, stay subscribed to this feed to start over. God’s people […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 26, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Did you know that Americans toss over 25 billion Styrofoam cups every year? Stop being one of the contributors. In fact, do your best to institute a mug policy at your school or workplace.

The Inner Wisdom of Joy

posted by Jana Melpolder

You’re only half alive if sex is the only outlet you have for expressing passion. As delicious experiences as romance and lovemaking are, human nature cannot thrive on physical passion alone. The human body is wired so that over time, […]

Laughable Hope

posted by Jana Melpolder

[Jesus said to those mourning the death of a child], “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him (Mark 5:39-40). Sometimes followers of the resurrected Jesus see life […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 16, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

When it’s someone’s birthday, buy them a waste-free gift, like digital music downloads or museum memberships, instead of products that create pollution during production, burn energy during transportation, and lead to waste with excess packaging.

Bill Hybels Day 19: Where You Worship

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 16

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Go with the flow. You will find a more harmonious path to getting yourself and your family where you need to go.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 4

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 4 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 16

posted by Jana Melpolder

“If love is the answer, can you rephrase the question?” –Lily Tomlin

Inspiring Words for February 16

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” –Booker T. Washington

Bible Q&A for February 16

posted by Jana Melpolder

Why are there two stories of creation? The creation story in Genesis 1 gives the general overview of all God’s creative work. The story in Genesis 2 is not an alternate version of the story but rather a close-up focusing […]

Pray for Rachel C.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I have been having relationship problems and my heart has been breaking.” –racheljane Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Sunday, February 15, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 8:12-19 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” 13 Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are […]

John 8:12-19

posted by Jana Melpolder

[12] Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. [13] The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Sunday, February 15, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Whether they belong to more evolved species like humans or to simpler ones such as animals, all beings primarily seek peace, comfort, and security. Life is as dear to the mute animal as it is to any human being; even […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 15, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Avoid aerosol products, like hairsprays and spray-paint. They contain CFCs that destroy the ozone.

Bill Hybels Day 18: Where You Pray

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Parenting From Abundance

posted by Jana Melpolder

As a parent, my tank sometimes reaches empty, unable to give from what’s left inside. I forget that God wants to overflow me with His presence. Instead of making myself parent correctly, He wants me to tap into His available […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 15

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Has your son or daughter achieved a goal recently? Be sure to acknowledge the victory. Often we look to the future, forgetting to revel in the success of yesterday’s goals.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 3

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 3 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 15

posted by Jana Melpolder

“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” –Robert Quillen

Inspiring Words for February 15

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.” –Toni Morrison

Today’s Eco Tip for February 14, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

This Valentine’s Day, be romantic and aware of the environment. Turn off the lamp and eat by candlelight, and warm up by a fire instead of cranking up the thermostat. Give potted plants instead of cut flowers as gifts – […]

Pray for Suzanne F.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Suzanne has the best laugh I have ever heard. She is battling cancer at this time and pretty much confined to her home.” –blueocean60 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Saturday, February 14, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 10:46-52 46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of […]

Mark 10:46-52

posted by Jana Melpolder

[46] And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. [47] And when he heard that […]

Falling Back on God’s Strength

posted by lmarcus

Is there a symbol for your spiritual beliefs that is meaningful for you? Express how you see God, Spirit, Higher Power, Jesus, (however you know the Divine Creator) and how this spiritual belief manifests in you and your life. If […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Saturday, February 14, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

It is ironic that the more serious problems emanate from the more industrially advanced societies. Science and technology have worked wonders in many fields, but the basic human problems remain. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, […]

Bill Hybels Day 17: Where You Work

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 14

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Use your imagination to picture how you would like your day to unfold. Picture a calm, organized morning where everyone leaves for the day with all their belongings and a smile on their faces.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 2

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 2 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the first day, stay subscribed to this […]

Love Note for February 14

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Sometimes idiosyncrasies which used to be irritating become endearing, part of the complexity of a partner who has become woven deep into our own selves.” –Madeleine L’Engle

Inspiring Words for February 14

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My hope for my children must be that they respond to the still, small voice of God in their own hearts.” –Andrew Young

Pray for the family of Kelly-Sierra

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Both myself and my spouse lost our jobs…we have a new baby on the way and currently have no home…neither of us can find jobs.” –paigekelly Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Friday, February 13, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 10:32-45 32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what […]

Mark 10:32-45

posted by Jana Melpolder

[32] And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things […]

Friday: Promises Associated with His Name

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to “Praying the Names of Jesus.” If you missed the explanation for the name of Jesus we’re studying this week, click here or scroll down to Monday’s entry. Have you ever thought about how surprising God is? Wouldn’t […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Friday, February 13, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

It is not difficult to forgive destruction in the past, which resulted from ignorance. Today, however, we have access to more information, and it is essential that we re-examine ethically what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and […]

Today’s Eco Tip for February 13, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Use re-usable cleaning products like sponges and rags, instead of paper towels that create excess waste.

Bill Hybels Day 16: Where You Play

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome back to Beliefnet’s exclusive Bill Hybels devotional, “Living with Grander Vision.” This feed will appear in your profile every day for three full weeks. Did you miss any entries? Just stay subscribed, and the feed will begin again at […]

Fearless About the Body: Self-Confidence, the Ultimate Turn-On

posted by lmarcus

I mentioned finding some kind of exercise you can stick to and enjoy. I am not a naturally athletic person, so when I hit my forties and realized it was either shape up or go the way of my beautiful […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for February 13

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Give your children the knowledge that they are not victims, and empower them to craft the life of their dreams.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16 – Day 1

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 1 of the week-long devotional. DAY 1: AN EXTRA-ORDINARY NIGHT “Suddenly a great company of […]

Love Note for February 13

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Love is something sent from Heaven to sorry the hell out of you.” –Dolly Parton

Inspiring Words for February 13

posted by Jana Melpolder

“We are to mirror right here on Earth, what’s already being done in Heaven.” –Reverend Kirbyjon Caldwell, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (1998)

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