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Pray for Kevin and Melanie S.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“We have been separated since April 5, 2008. We’ve been married 10 years. I’m praying for marriage restoration.” –melanies Add your prayers now

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Stuff About Stuffing Yourself

posted by lmarcus

Let’s work together on the feeling of being way too full, or stuffed. Has it happened to you, that “your eyes were bigger than your stomach,” and you took too much food for yourself, and ate the whole thing? It […]

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Today’s Eco Tip for March 31, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Talk to your boss about getting some recycling bins around the office, and encourage your co-workers to use them. You can also talk to your local representatives about setting up recycling bins at malls, parks, and beaches.

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Dalai Lama Quote for Tuesday, March 31, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

I always believe that it is much better to have a variety of religions, a variety of philosophies, rather than one single religion or philosophy. This is necessary because of the different mental dispositions of each human being. Each religion […]

Pray for Tom W.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My husband Tom, cancer patient – Please help his body heal completely – Please pray for peace of mind to return to our happy home so that there is no more sadness and dread, worry and fear because of this […]

The Inner Wisdom of Dreams

posted by Jana Melpolder

Once or twice a month I am bolted awake in the middle of the night by a dream of a prowler standing outside wherever I’m sleeping that night (home, hotel, a friend’s guestroom). The prowler is fumbling with the locks […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 30, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Get informed! Before casting your vote in November, find out where the candidates stand on environmental issues.

Dalai Lama Quote for Monday, March 30, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Some years ago I met some scientists in the United States who said that the rate of mental illness in their country was quite high – around twelve percent of the population. It became clear during our discussion that the […]

Episode 4: Conversation

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present an inspirational devotional from the gifted Christian author Brian McLaren. This is week 4 of the 8 week-long devotional. If you missed the previous entries, stay subscribed to this feed to start over. Abraham leaves […]

Bible Q&A for March 30

posted by Jana Melpolder

How are Christians suppose to accept homosexuals who say they are believers in Christ Jesus and in all of what God’s Word in the BIble says about their lifestyle, but do not accept the idea that God in whatever person […]

Pray for T. & L. Carlton

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My husband and I have been married for 17 years and have been separated for 8 months. I am requesting prayer for healing and the restoration of our marriage.” –lyneec Add your prayers now

Today’s Eco Tip for March 29, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Eat whole foods! Not only are whole fruits and veggies good for you, but the more whole the product is, the fewer resources were used getting it to your plate.

Dalai Lama Quote for Sunday, March 29, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Perhaps you may know that my usual way (of) meeting with people (is) completely informal. I think the very purpose of meeting is connection, or contact, person to person. So formality sometimes becomes (an) additional barrier. Insight From the Dalai […]

Pray for a Mother and Her Children

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I’m really scared right now! My boyfriend walked out on my children and I yesterday leaving us with no money. Please Pray for me that I find the strength to take care of my children alone.” –umma_do_me1 Add your prayers […]

Let God In On Your Plan

posted by lmarcus

Remember the moment you first felt the presence of God or a Higher Power. How did the divine come into your awareness, and into your life? Once you take the time to write this down, meditate on this experience, allowing […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 28, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Next time you have extra time, lend your skills to an environmental organization. Local groups can always use your help.

Dalai Lama Quote for Saturday, March 28, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

A consciousness that conceives of inherent existence does not have a valid foundation. A wise consciousness, grounded in reality, understands that living beings and other phenomena – minds, bodies, building, and so forth – do not inherently exist. This is […]

Pray for Sharon C. and Her Family

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Our Father which art in Heaven please here my prayers for my children and grand-children.” –desselb34 Add your prayers now

Today’s Eco Tip for March 27, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Get involved. Get some friends together to start an Environmental Action Committee at your school or local community center. Change starts with just one person.

Dalai Lama Quote for Friday, March 27, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Great compassion and wisdom are the chief qualities of the Buddha. Even in worldly terms, the more intelligent and knowledgeable a person is, the more the person commands respect. Similarly, the more compassionate, kind, and gentle a person, the more […]

Pray for All the Unemployed

posted by Jana Melpolder

“We are praying that God will bless America and restore the U.S. economy. We are praying for our Nation and its leaders that they will make wise decisions concerning the welfare the U.S. citizens, we are praying for the unemployed […]

The Inner Wisdom of Space

posted by Jana Melpolder

When the world feels as if it’s swirling out of control with family and office drama, schedule conflicts, and missed deadlines, the sanest thing to do sometimes is to turn your attention to creating little sanctuaries of calm and inspiration […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 26, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Dispose of your old, used motor oil properly. One quart of motor oil can pollute 250,00 gallons of water! Ask your local auto shop where to find the best place to throw your used oil away.

Dalai Lama Quote for Thursday, March 26, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

This may sound naive, but the only way to stop terror is through altruism. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Bible Q&A for March 26

posted by Jana Melpolder

I have a friend who believes adamantly that all Jews are going to hell. I confronted her on this to ask where in the Bible it says this. She couldn’t answer me exactly, but stood firm in her belief that […]

Pray for a Daughter’s Marriage

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My daughter’s marriage is coming apart. I don’t know the details, but the marriage is still new and there are children involved.” –marie48 Add your prayers now

Today’s Eco Tip for March 25, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Next time you’re going out with friends, offer to pick them up instead of meeting there. Not only does carpooling cut harmful emissions down, but the carpool lane gets you where you’re going much faster!

Dalai Lama Quote for Wednesday, March 25, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

In trying to determine the source of one’s problems, it seems that the Western approach differs in some respects from the Buddhist approach. Underlying all Western modes of analysis is a very strong rationalistic tendency – an assumption that everything […]

Pray for Jake

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My 25-year-old brother Jake is on a short-term mission trip in Uganda right now, and for some reason I am having very bad anxiety that he won’t return safely or at all.” –hydro Add your prayers now

Remembering How It Felt

posted by lmarcus

To encourage permanent weight loss and your best health, write about what you were like when you lost weight before, or when you gained weight? How did it feel to be heavier? How did it feel to be lighter and […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 24, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

If your car is leaking, get it fixed right away! Oil leaks end up in our water supply.

Dalai Lama Quote for Tuesday, March 24, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

People who fight with other human beings out of anger, hatred, and strong emotion, even if they gain victory over their enemies in battle, are not in reality true heroes. What they are doing is slaying corpses, because human beings, […]

Pray for Chris Ruiz

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Chris is a wonderful 18 year old born with cerebral palsy. All his life he has brought smiles and happiness to all those around him. He has never let his sickness and countless operations get him down.” –melnwyrk Add your […]

The Inner Wisdom of Timing

posted by Jana Melpolder

Is it possible to miss opportunities that come our way? Of course it is. But it’s also possible that the reason we miss them is because we’re not ready within. Some opportunities come around once in a lifetime, but God […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 23, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

If you’re traveling, consider taking a train instead of an airplane. Not only are they usually much more comfortable, but they’re also more environmentally friendly – airplanes are responsible for 8% of global warming emissions.

Dalai Lama Quote for Monday, March 23, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

What I believe, according to my own experience, is that a calm, peaceful mind is a very important element for sustaining the body in a balanced way. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Episode 3: Calling

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present an inspirational devotional from the gifted Christian author Brian McLaren. This is week 3 of the 8 week-long devotional. If you missed the previous entries, stay subscribed to this feed to start over. God doesn’t […]

Bible Q&A for March 23

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew’s gospel opens with a list of “begats” tracing Joseph’s lineage back through David to Abraham. How is this relevant, considering that the Holy Ghost is the father of Jesus? Why do they not give us Mary’s lineage? The genealogy […]

Pray for a Mother’s Heartache

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I want to start a prayer circle for our prodigal children. I have 4 out of my 6. They are angry at God over the deaths of they’re Dad in ’01 and brother in ’03.” –carolmariev11 Add your prayers now

Dalai Lama Quote for Sunday, March 22, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Decisions become wrong decisions under the influence of inner armament. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Pray for John

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Please pray for John…patient in coma.” –docworks Add your prayers now

The Influence of Friends

posted by lmarcus

The Beatles sang, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” and I know that’s true. My friends mean so much to me, I would be lost without their care and interest in me, and me in them. […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 21, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Decide what you want before you open the fridge – and keep it organized, so things are easier to find! The less time spent with the refrigerator door open, the more energy conserved.

Dalai Lama Quote for Saturday, March 21, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

We must find a way to present basic human values to everyone – and present them not as religious matters but as secular ethics that are essential whether you are religious or not. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” […]

Pray for a Sick Uncle

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Dear Lord I pray that you heal my Uncle Joe who has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer.” –paulad Add your prayers now

Today’s Eco Tip for March 20, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Keep up with maintenance around the house. A leaky faucet loses up to 20 gallons of water every day, while a running toilet will waste up to 100 gallons!

Dalai Lama Quote for Friday, March 20, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Buddhism is essentially a practical doctrine. In addressing the fundamental problem of human suffering, it does not insist on a single solution. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Pray for Healing for Chris

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Please heal my brain damage.” –chris432 Add your prayers now

The Inner Wisdom of Friendship

posted by Jana Melpolder

We throw around the term “my best friend” as a way to describe the friend who has come to mean the most to us and with whom we have bonded on the deepest level. We long for deep friendships. But […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 19, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do you often find yourself turning your faucet on all the way to get a strong stream (for example, when you’re rinsing dishes)? Pick up an aerator for the faucet. It’ll use air to make the stream more powerful, instead […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Thursday, March 19, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

The earth is, to a certain extent, our mother. She is so kind, because whatever we do, she tolerates it. But now, the time has come when our power to destroy is so extreme that Mother Earth is compelled to […]

Bible Q&A for March 19

posted by Jana Melpolder

How do Evangelical Christians justify their view that abortion is “murder” when there is nothing in the Bible to indicate human life begins at conception rather that birth? Other Christians see birth (or a midway point) as the starting point […]

Pray for a Broken Family

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Lord I have been alone for so long. I would love to have a beautiful, loving, commited relationship. I need some love and joy.” –falynsmommy Add your prayers now

Today’s Eco Tip for March 18, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Skip the unnecessary pre-wash cycle on your washing machine and save time and money. Also, look for detergents that work with cold water to save energy from the water heater!

Dalai Lama Quote for Wednesday, March 18, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Along with love, compassion is the face of altruism. It is a feeling from deep in the heart that you cannot bear others’ sufferings without acting to relieve it. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews […]

Pray for Tammy M.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Please pray for Tammy, she has been so depressed for months, having panic attacks and anxiety, things to keep her down and stressed keep happening in her life. Pray she finds peace, joy, and calm and will stop worrying.” –tlwm […]

The Wisdom of Words

posted by lmarcus

Today’s exercise can help train you to eat less– with God’s help. Jot as many single words that describe how you felt the last time you ate too much. Do this quickly, just getting as many adjectives and nouns written […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 17, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Say “no thank you” when people ask if you’d like to be placed on non-electronic mailing lists. Use the internet instead of catalogues to save on the amount of junk mail that just gets thrown into the trash.

Dalai Lama Quote for Tuesday, March 17, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Cultivating inner discipline is a time-consuming process. Having expectations of immediate results is a sign of impatience. Ironically, what the modern man wants is the best, the fastest, the easiest, and, if possible, the cheapest way. Insight From the Dalai […]

Pray for Ashley W.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I ask that you pray that her baby is well nurtured and is delivered as healthy as can be, and that I find the financial ability to have her in my home and take care of them both.” –mrs.virden Add […]

The Inner Wisdom of Vocation

posted by Jana Melpolder

You know you’ve found your life’s calling when what others find infuriating and odious about a task is precisely what you find fascinating and compelling. When the work’s complexities fire your imagination and its contradictions keep you awake at night […]

Episode 2: Crisis

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present an inspirational devotional from the gifted Christian author Brian McLaren. This is week 2 of the 8 week-long devotional. If you missed the previous entries, stay subscribed to this feed to start over. Unsatisfied with […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 16, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Run only full loads of laundry and full loads of dishes to save water.

Dalai Lama Quote for Monday, March 16, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Anger plays no small role in current conflicts such as those in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the North-South problem, and so forth. These conflicts arise from a failure to understand one another’s humanness. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 […]

Pray for S. Allen

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I guess what I am asking is that someone pray that I am doing the right thing by keeping her from hurting and that God will help her forgive me if I should go before her.” –Allen.S Add your prayers […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 15, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Keep the things that are supposed to be cool (like your air conditioner and fridge) away from things that are supposed to be hot (like your oven, dryer, and lamp) to make sure everything runs most efficiently.

Dalai Lama Quote for Sunday, March 15, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

We can see that all the desirable experiences that we cherish or aspire to attain are dependent upon cooperation and interaction with other sentient beings. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Pray for Soldiers

posted by Jana Melpolder

“God bless you all and your family and return soon. Stay safe.” –ghalley29 Add your prayers now

Carry That Weight

posted by lmarcus

For me, extra weight meant several things. On the positive side, as I am a big man by nature – over 6 feet tall, with big frame and bones, I naturally weigh a little more and that’s good. When I […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 14, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Place a bottle of sand inside your toilet tank. You’ll be saving that much water every time your toilet flushes.

Dalai Lama Quote for Saturday, March 14, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

I am optimistic that the ancient values that have sustained mankind are today reaffirming themselves to prepare us for a kinder, happier twenty-first century. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Pray for Judy E.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Please pray for Judy E. to help her overcome her addictions and be able to keep her freedom.” –judyengebretson Add your prayers now

Today’s Eco Tip for March 13, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Ditch the screensaver. When your computer has a screensaver up or is in sleep mode, it uses the same amount of energy as when you’re working on it. Turn your computer off when you’re not using it and save $120 […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Friday, March 13, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Nowadays the world is becoming increasingly materialistic, and mankind is reaching toward the very zenith of external progress, driven by an insatiable desire for power and vast possessions. Yet by this vain striving for perfection in a world where everything […]

Pray for a Young Student

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Single Mom is asking you to pray for her daugther E. to have an opportunity to get financial help to go to college.” –Sosso Add your prayers now

The Inner Wisdom of Self

posted by Jana Melpolder

We talk as though there is only one self within when there is, in fact, a committee of personalities living within each of us. The members of your internal committee represent different parts of yourself, competing sides of your personality, […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 12, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

After your morning cup, unplug your coffee machine. Even appliances that are turned off consume energy when they’re plugged in.

Dalai Lama Quote for Thursday, March 12, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

As a Buddhist monk, my concern extends to all members of the human family and, indeed, to all sentient beings who suffer. I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 12

posted by Jana Melpolder

“As your child is discovering the world, you’re discovering who she is–and giving her all the support, encouragement, and acceptance she needs to thrive.” –Mimi Doe

Bible Q&A for March 12

posted by Jana Melpolder

During the first century A.D., Mithraism is the dominant faith in the places Paul travels to. Is it not probable that early Christianity was mirrored after this pagan faith in order to gain new converts? Mithraism was indeed a rather […]

Pray for Nikel

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Help for a 16 year-old chap who needs to deal with the loss of a friend who tried to save him but drowned in the process.” –jahdazee Add your prayers now

Today’s Eco Tip for March 11, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Keep in mind that on hot days, emissions from your car create even more smog than usual. So when the weather is nice, walk or ride your bike – and if you’ve got to drive, drive slowly!

Dalai Lama Quote for Wednesday, March 11, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

To generate the type of love and compassion that motivates you to seek Buddhahood, not for yourself but for the sake of others, first you must confront suffering by identifying its types. This is the first noble truth. Insight From […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 11

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Instead of looking at parenting as a project, view it as a dance–one that you and your child are enjoying together.” –Mimi Doe

Pray for Caragan

posted by Jana Melpolder

“2 year-old little girl involved in a tragic accident – She was recently taken out of ICU because she was breathing on her own and awake and alert but was just placed back in ICU.” –Brokenego63 Add your prayers now

The Mind and Body Connection

posted by lmarcus

When I was very fat, I often felt a disconnect between my mind and body. I felt like I was always “upstairs” in my brain and emotions, and out of touch (literally and figuratively) with my body. Consciously looking for […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 10, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Start a garden and grow your own fruits and vegetables. By avoiding harmful pesticides you contribute to cleaner air, plus saving energy on transportation and avoiding packaging waste.

Fearless in Love: The Big “R,” Rejection

posted by lmarcus

I spent nine years with my ex-boyfriend, Bernard. It would have been easy for me to decide that Bernard wouldn’t marry me because I wasn’t good enough or I wasn’t the woman he wanted–because, in short, he had rejected me. […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Tuesday, March 10, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Emptiness should be understood in the context of dependent arising and it should evoke a sense of fullness, of things created by causes and conditions. We shouldn’t think that self is something that is originally there and then eliminated in […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 10

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Parenting can be joyful. What has gotten out of balance to erode your joy? Take stock today and come up with a plan for adding more fun to your daily round.” –Mimi Doe

Pray for L.J.M.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“A young teen, needs guidance to avoid bad peer pressure.” –brendplus Add your prayers now

The Inner Wisdom of Work

posted by Jana Melpolder

If you are working on the job that you are for the money and all that having money promises, then don’t be surprised when you discover that money does not do all the things it promises to do. It’s time […]

Episode 1: Creation

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present an inspirational devotional from the gifted Christian author Brian McLaren. This is week 1 of the 8 week-long devotional. If you missed the previous entries, stay subscribed to this feed to start over. Before anything […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 9, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

When you’re washing your car in your driveway, make sure to use a bucket instead of a hose. Hoses use ten gallons of good drinking water every minute. Also, check to be sure that your cleaning fluids are environmentally friendly, […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Monday, March 9, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

I think in our daily experience, daily life, when we develop strong emotions, then we can’t see the reality. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 9

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Place a flower, heart, or pretty postcard on your child’s pillow tonight before bedtime. With a little effort, we can create magical moments for our children.” –Mimi Doe

Bible Q&A for March 9

posted by Jana Melpolder

How are Protestants able to discard the belief in the Petrine Doctrine and a 1500-year history so quickly? Do they not believe that Christ left behind a Church with a teaching authority, or what we Catholics call the Magisterium? The […]

Pray for a Dear Husband

posted by Jana Melpolder

“We have been married for 44 years and now after 30 years it looks like the Lord is calling him. Every day he is getting worse.” –jlray64 Add your prayers now

Today’s Eco Tip for March 8, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Keep your environment pretty without contributing to pollution! Buy a push-mower for your lawn and get some exercise while you cut your grass.

Dalai Lama Quote for Sunday, March 8, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

In every part of the world, there are people who really speak about human rights, and speak about the right of self-determination, and rights of animals. All of these are, I think, signs of positive change. Insight From the Dalai […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 8

posted by Jana Melpolder

“If you attend a house of worship, arrange to take your child there when there is no service. In the quiet, sacred space, you can talk about how it feels to be there, observe the light coming through the windows, […]

Pray for Jennifer W.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My daughter is in a burn unit with 40% burns and fighting for her life.” –hopeone Add your prayers now

Reflecting on Childhood Games

posted by lmarcus

Describe the games you played with friends as a child: riding bikes, playing ball, sledding, roller-skating, dancing. Use this occasion to re-experience the joy you had in movement, and with cherished childhood friends. What has changed? In short, write about […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 7, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Many organizations collect and re-distribute old pairs of eyeglasses. Donate your used glasses and help someone less fortunate see the world a little clearer.

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 […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Saturday, March 7, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

When we apply our reason in addressing a problem, we have to be vigilant in ensuring that we remain honest, self-aware, and unbiased; the danger otherwise is that we may fall victim to self-delusion. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 7

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Engage your child in conversations about God and be open to what interests him or her. When we invite God into our everyday lives, our children see this sacred connection as always available.” –Mimi Doe

Pray for S.T.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I find myself feeling hopeless, worthless and have no reason to go on. I am very involved in my daughters life – she has just turned 13 and it seems like overnight we have grown very apart. I believe she […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 6, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Recycling just one aluminum can can save enough energy to run a television for three hours. Offset the energy you use by reaching for the recycling bin instead of the garbage can.

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 in Love: The King of All Fears

posted by lmarcus

In the book I talk about the first big love of my life: Bernard Levin. We met on a panel for a British TV show when I was 21. Bernard was twice my age exactly, with an encyclopedic knowledge of […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Friday, March 6, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

The practice of compassion and wisdom is useful to all, especially to those responsible for running national affairs, in whose hands lay the power and opportunity to create the structure of world peace. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 6

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Kids learn from observing us, even when we think they’re not paying attention. Take time today to observe yourself from your child’s point of view.” –Mimi Doe

The Inner Wisdom of the Body

posted by Jana Melpolder

Anyone who has ever surrendered her or his body to the hands of a capable masseuse knows that the very word “massage” is an inappropriate word for what takes place on the massage table. “Listening to the body” is the […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 5, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Encourage your kids to be creative and save trees! Instead of using expensive gift wrap, wrap your presents with newspaper, and encourage the kids to draw on the paper before they bring the gift to the party!

Bill Hybels Day 15: Where You Live

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, March 5, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Although none of our Buddhist societies developed anything like democracy in their systems of government, I personally have great admiration for secular democracy. When Tibet was still free, we cultivated our natural isolation, mistakenly thinking that we could prolong our […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 5

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Make sure you are learning new things, so your child sees that learning is a lifelong process.” –Mimi Doe

Bible Q&A for March 5

posted by Jana Melpolder

I have heard that your name can be blotted out of the Book of Life. Is this true? I have found several verses that say our name can never be erased but am still searching for the verse that proves […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 4, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

On a friend’s birthday, send an E-card or use a greeting card made from recycled paper products.

Bill Hybels Day 14: Keeping the Faith

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 Wednesday, March 4, 2009

posted by rphillips

“Who is more important, you or others? The conclusion is clear; even if minor suffering happens to all others, its range is infinite, whereas when something happens to me, it is limited to just one person. When we look at […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 4

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Learning is full of joy, but often our kids see it as drudgery. Take time today to teach your child something new, just as an adventure. Ask your child to teach you something too.” –Mimi Doe

Pray for Lester

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Lester was burned terribly in a mining accident…he is burned on his face with third degree burns on his arms and hands…it was very hard to see him like that, but God is already working in a great way.” –Tweety211 […]

Identifying the Pain

posted by lmarcus

Often, we live with regular pain or discomfort and just tolerate it day after day. I lived with lower back pain for years, and it just kept getting worse and worse. Ultimately it traveled down my right leg and caused […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 3, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, but we’re only recycling about 28%. Commit to an easy recycling habit and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Bill Hybels Day 13: Staying in Style

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: Creating a Fearless Tribe

posted by lmarcus

Growing up in Athens, I would venture away from home out into the neighborhood, but I was never without a mother. Every woman on our block would treat me like her daughter, whether it was to feed me or scold […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Tuesday, March 3, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

The idea that people can live together freely as individuals, equal in principle and therefore responsible for each other, essentially agrees with the Buddhist disposition. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 3

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Trust your body and what it is telling you it needs–more sleep, water, exercise. Help your children develop an awareness of what their bodies need and support them as they act on it.” –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 […]

Pray for a Kind and Young Artist

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Please include your thoughts and prayers for this teenage boy…that he may gain spiritual awareness and start eating healthy again to return to a healthy state of physical and mental strength.” –faithspiritseas Add your prayers now

The Inner Wisdom of the Soul

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Make the loneliness go away,” we say to God. But there is a loneliness that is intrinsic to our humanity. Even with family, friends and satisfying work in abundance, you’re likely to find yourself at moments struggling with feelings of […]

Submitting to Suffering

posted by Jana Melpolder

[Jesus] rebuked Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things. (Mark 8:33). When Peter refuses to acknowledge that Jesus must suffer and die, Jesus calls Peter demonic, and they […]

Today’s Eco Tip for March 2, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Buy rechargeable batteries. You’ll save money, always have batteries on hand when you need them, and avoid throwing them (and their harmful toxins) in landfills.

Bill Hybels Day 12: Seeking to 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 […]

Dalai Lama Quote for Monday, March 2, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Basically, universal responsibility is feeling for other people’s suffering just as we feel our own. It is the realization that even our enemy is entirely motivated by the quest for happiness. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 2

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Treat yourself the way you would like your family to treat you.” –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 […]

Bible Q&A for March 2

posted by Jana Melpolder

My mentally ill older brother has schizophrenia and it’s only getting worse for now more than 20 years. He has nightmares of demons wanting him to die and sometimes he hears them loud and clear. I know Jesus Christ was […]

Introduction to “From Genesis to Revelation”

posted by Jana Melpolder

Join author Brian McLaren for “From Genesis to Revelation,” a 7-part journey through the biblical narrative. Once a week, you’ll receive a set of new journaling prompts about a new part of the Bible story. Use these prompts in your […]

Pray for Elkin G.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“His mental illness is killing him.” –antonioochoa Add your prayers now

Today’s Eco Tip for March 1, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Never throw away an old computer after you buy a new one. Instead, look up local stores that accept recycled computers. You’ll most likely make some money off of it, and avoid contaminating landfills with certain harmful parts of the […]

Bill Hybels Day 11: Hearing Them Out

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 Sunday, March 1, 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Students who become overly attached to one subject become lopsided; many subjects need to be studied. Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar,” Copyright © 2006, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for March 1

posted by Jana Melpolder

“You are never alone. Remember that you are co-parenting with God. You are filled with the Divine and can tap into that presence by listening to your intuition.” –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 […]

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Pray for L.C.
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Pray for Maria and Rosa
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