The Polar Vortex is no joke – North America has recently experienced extremely low temperatures that’s made most of the country nearly shutdown. The negative temperatures outside have left many stranded in airports, unable to go to school and work, […]
Tragedy struck the entire nation last year when a gunman killed 26 first-grade students and adults on December 14, 2012. The community has experienced grief beyond what most of us can understand. But with time, the slow and painful process of healing […]
Heavenly Father, When it seems that we are actually, finally at our wits’ end… and we’ve seen the end of all that we can do, that is when you are at your nearest, your most miraculous, your best. Sometimes, the […]
Oakland, California is a small city filled with diversity and a powerful history that continues to unfold in surprising ways. The “not guilty” George Zimmerman trial verdict left many Oakland residents angry, and some even took to the streets to […]
The #royalbaby watch is underway, and throughout all the excitement, hope (and even annoyance for some), it’s a time to pray for the safety for the mother and child. But it’s also a time to remember the little ones born […]
Recently I had a chance to speak with well-known community activist Shane Caliborne, a Christian working in Philadelphia to reverse the city’s high gun violence rate. By combining his passion for healthy food access, community involvement, and peace, he is part of […]
Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade. Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, explains why suicide should be seen as a faith issue. Reprinted with permission from Odyssey […]
During their lifetime, one out of every four women will experience violence from an intimate partner. Today, clergy are reaching out and supporting those women who become victims in their own homes. Originally posted on Odyssey Networks.
This is a powerful piece. Simply put – love wins. Video comes from Odyssey Networks.
Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog program landed in Newtown, Conn. less than 24 hours after a gunman killed his mother, 20 school children, 6 adults and himself. The program, which started in 2008 after a shooting at Northern Illinois […]
Originally published on Odyssey Networks.
Gerritsen Beach, a tight-knit community in South Brooklyn that is nearly surrounded by water on all sides, was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Because Gerritsen was not deemed an evacuation zone by the city, many residents stayed in the neighborhood during […]
Nurse practitioners Mary Wysochansky and Anna Stinchcum founded and opened the Sumter Faith Clinic — a free clinic to treat the uninsured and underinsured in Americus, Ga., a community Wysochansky says has been particularly hard-hit by the economy. Fueled solely […]
Risk and sacrifice: a deeper look at Queen Esther‘s story. This is part of Odyssey Networks’ ON Scripture The Bible series.
A beautiful reminder… Originally posted on Odyssey Networks as part of the Biblical ON Scripture series.
I guess I am confused why it feels like so many Americans think that the government should or even could save us. Share your thoughts!
This was originally posted on Open Equal Free Young girls around the world are faced with a very difficult sense of reality. Often when one or both parents are unable to care for the home or family, a daughter will […]
Watch an inspiring video that’s part of Odyssey Networks’ ON Scripture The Bible series.
Antoinne Murphy is serving a 25-year-to-life sentence for homicide at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Murphy grew up in a middle class home in Flushing, Queens and attended private school. At 16, he says he headed down the wrong path and […]
I love this video that was just posted on Odyssey Networks. How does a Christian ministry help a Philadelphia community gain access to healthy food? One man in this video points out that The Lord’s prayer says “Give us this […]
Dreams. What dreams don’t I have? Dreams to find a few moments to sleep. Dreams to live in the same state as my boyfriend. Dreams to one day publish a book. Dreams to pay off my student loans. Dreams to […]
Today, April 25th, we turn the world’s attention to Malaria. It continues to kill children and adults in more areas than just Africa. Buying just one bed net can help save a child’s life.
In January 2012, 22-year-old Tacoma, Wash. resident Jefferson Bethke posted a recorded performance of his poem “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus” on YouTube. It was an overnight internet sensation, garnering more than 18 million hits and coverage in […]
“Anger is never without a reason, but seldom a good one.” – Benjamin Franklin
Recently I spoke with one pastor who was devastated after his wife left him for someone else. Meet Jason Vallotton, a man who went through the pain and forgiveness of a complete life change. Check out the first part of […]
Meet one man that struggles to keep above water. His powerful story of faith and living amidst the everyday struggles of our modern economy helps me to be grateful. Watch his story and check out others in the Odyssey Networks’ […]
I never heard of prayer flags until I saw this video. Watch one woman write the names and obituaries of those lost on 9/11. Later she hangs the papers up and over time, the ink washes away. It is a […]
Meet Leymah Gbowee, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who works to help empower women in her own community. She has been through the difficult struggles alongside women in her native country, and through it all she has shown great faith […]
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent Van Gogh “The beaten […]
This week has been incredibly cold in New York City. You walk around and the chill just gets to you. As soon as I could, I dressed in several layers to keep warm before I hit the streets of the […]
Kick off a blessed and happy week with Psalm 84. Taken from Biblegateway.com 5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. 10 For a day in Your courts is better than a […]
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” – Roy L. Smith “Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money….Let us pray that this […]
Here is one that many know by heart. Psalm 23 is taken from Biblegateway.com A psalm of David. 1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, […]
Don’t let your mind drive you crazy about what’s next. God keeps watch over us and takes care of our futures. We should enjoy the moment and the day. Psalm 121 from Biblegateway.com 1 I lift up my eyes to […]
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain… -Vivian Greene
This comes from Psalm 57 found at Biblegateway.com Enjoy! 7 My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. 8 Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 9 […]
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s a time to reflect on what we are grateful for in our own lives. I thought this psalm was an ideal way to praise God for all the things He has done. What […]
It’s been an intimidating week and one that makes me feel insecure. It’s always exciting but difficult to move to a new place, make new friends, and learn where to find everything. For me, this is a good reminder that, with God, […]
This week I wanted to share Psalm 4. It talks about peace and what we can do to feel better. This NLT version is taken from Biblegateway.com Psalm 4 1 Answer me when I call to you, O God who […]
The unemployed may feel lost, depressed, and emotionally exhausted. Whether you or someone you know is without work, here’s a short prayer that can help. Taken from Book of Common Prayer, 1979. Let us pray. For the poor and the […]
Here’s a quick motivation to help you. God can help you through the rough spots! Keep working hard for what you believe in!
This is a simple reminder to enjoy the love offered to us. Parts of Psalm 18: Taken from Biblegateway.com 1I love you, LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my […]
Think New York City is just the bright lights and busy streets? There are surprisingly many quiet spots you can find – if you just know where to look. Check out photos from my recent trip to Brooklyn’s biggest park, […]
Each Sunday I plan to publish a Psalm that reflects something that many of you might be feeling. This Sunday I chose a Psalm on courage and peace. It helps me feel better, and I hope it reaches out to […]
Leymah Gbowee is a peace activist who has played a remarkable role in ending the war in Liberia. This Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is also a Lutheran, and she knows that faith has played a large part in her life. Watch how this inspiring woman […]
I have recently joined the American (and) global club of being unemployed. Whew, it’s tough to even write that. Besides my sweet deal here at Beliefnet of being a blogger, I’m looking for new jobs so I can get back into […]
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It could be up to you whether you move yourself to a new direction or stay put in a rut. You can do it! You can change your life! “You are not stuck where you are unless you decide […]
I like this Christian prayer of thanks – it reminds be to be grateful for simple things like the sunshine and good friends. Check out other prayers in Beliefnet’s Prayer Library. For each new morning with its light, For […]
“It’s in the difficult times that we’re growing and you can’t just rebuke everything hard. We’ve got to endure it and fight the good fight of faith and pass the test.” – Joel Osteen “Ever have days when life just […]
“Ease destroys bravery, trouble…creates strength.” – Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed Check out other inspiring quotes and resources: Motivational Quotes on Strength The Lord Is My Strength: the 23rd Psalm 8 Bible Quotes for the Depressed India’s Last Typewriter […]
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Written by Jana Melpolder America has been through a long and difficult journey throughout its 10 years after 9/11. This decade of loss and recovery not only belongs to Americans, but also to the family members that lost a […]
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. – Ambrose Redmoon Check out other inspiring quotes and resources: Motivational Quotes on Strength The Lord Is My Strength: […]
“It’s always too early to quit.” – Norman Vincent Peale “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth “You are never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka “There’s […]
What would you give up so that others could have life-giving water and food? Right now over 12 million in the Horn of Africa are in danger of dying simply because there isn’t enough food to go around. Around 30,000 children have […]
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This is a featured post written by my friend, Beliefnet blogger Ashley Mcdaniel. Check out her blog Whole Living. I pray these quotes bring peace and joy to your soul. You are not alone. Take comfort in these quotes. Psalm 9:9 […]
How will you be a humanitarian? World Humanitarian Day is today, August 19th. Some people devote their time to helping those in other countries… …and some give their time to helping those right at home. Either way, we can all […]
Looking for a break from your high-stress day? Check out these quotes that will give you some ease and comfort. “The more you have, the more you’re occupied; the less you have, the more free you are.” – Mother Teresa […]
Let’s face it. We laugh when they laugh. We smile when they smile. Children remind us what it’s like to be happy with the simple things in life. Check out five inspiring ways that kids can help us to get back to […]
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa Discover Inspirational Summer Quotes Movie Mom’s Best Movie Quotes 21 Ways to Do a […]
I am happy to say that this post was recently featured on the World Vision blog! To the incredible mothers and fathers of Bolivia, This journey has been an opportunity to give a voice for the voiceless. To put a […]
Puppies. Babies. You name it – Bolivia’s got it. All photos courtesy of Amy Conner with World Vision.
We were lucky to meet Moses, a little boy that will receive massive chest surgery on Tuesday, August 9th. Moses’ mother asked the World Vision bloggers to pray for her son – join us in the prayer we said for […]
Bolivia can give a new meaning to the word community. The family structure is very important – and the bonds that people have together can be inspiring to lonely hearts everywhere. Luckily, a whole community can benefit from even one […]
Sadly, the children with special needs in Bolivia might be overlooked. There can be many reasons for this. The parents might work and be away from their children. Another possibility could be that they suffer from drug addiction. They might love […]
I have arrived in Bolivia. It’s cold. I’m freezing. And it’s awesome to be here. Our first day marked an incredible tour of the World Vision sites in the Cochabamba area, which lies in the vast mountains of Bolivia. We […]
Soon I am going to travel to Bolivia to write on how international donors are making a difference in Bolivian communities. Some individuals (like myself) are inspired to travel far to help those in need. Others prefer to help those […]
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” -John Wooden “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” -Chinese Proverb “Past experience should be a guide post, not a […]
What is the definition of poverty? What does it mean to be poor in today’s modern world of multi-car families and HD television sets? Does poverty have the same effects all around the world? Apparently, no. Poverty can be […]
Have you seen this video of one man dancing with people in 42 countries? Check out how different people around the world might be more alike than we think.
The opportunities that God places at your doorstep can be amazing. On July 30th I will be traveling with World Vision staff members and several other American bloggers to Bolivia – a country full of history, mystery, and hope. […]
It is with great pleasure to extend to you a personal hello. The world needs to hear the stories and voices from the ones that can’t easily speak up for themselves. People have such incredible lives of overcoming obstacles – […]