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The Most Powerful Moments of 2013

posted by Jana Melpolder

This past year has been one of growth, happiness, and challenges, both for the world and for myself personally. What has 2013 meant to you?

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What Makes a (Very) Loving Wife

posted by Jana Melpolder

One of the dearest “church ladies” that I had the privilege to know died yesterday in hospice care. She was living with her daughter and son-in-law, and at an elderly age, she peacefully died in her sleep. As a widow, […]

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Let’s Celebrate Nelson Mandela!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Nelson Mandela, who today turns 95, is a man of honor, courage, and empowerment. His work to end apartheid not only helped South Africans for the past several decades, but will also impact future generations in Africa and around the […]

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Success vs. Failure

posted by Jana Melpolder

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

End Violence Now: Turning Guns Into Garden Tools

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Parents of Sandy Hook Victims Speak Out at Press Conference

posted by Jana Melpolder

This is a powerful piece. Simply put – love wins. Video comes from Odyssey Networks.

Comfort Dogs Aid Healing Process After Sandy Hook Shooting

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Help Your Church Conserve Energy and Save Money

posted by Jana Melpolder

Connecticut Interfaith Power and Light, one of 39 state affiliates of Interfaith Power and Light, a national umbrella organization, offers a practical, real-world way for clergy and faith leaders to practice conservation. The group offers a class on how to […]

Relying on Faith, NYC Beach Residents Weather Hurricane Sandy

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

A Healthcare Clinic: “The Lord Led Us”

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Eating with the Enemy: Esther’s Story

posted by Jana Melpolder

Risk and sacrifice: a deeper look at Queen Esther‘s story. This is part of Odyssey Networks’ ON Scripture The Bible series.

Lessons from 5 Fathers in the Bible

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Bible is full of stories that capture what fathers were like in Biblical times. Check out the ones I’ve selected below and see what modern fathers can learn from the stories. God the Father Christian beliefs teach that God […]

Speech Can Unite or Divide

posted by Jana Melpolder

A beautiful reminder… Originally posted on Odyssey Networks as part of the Biblical ON Scripture series.

September 11th: A Survivor’s Story

posted by Jana Melpolder

Stanley Praimnath miraculously survived the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, and found his calling to ministry as a result of his dramatic struggle to break free of rubble that had him pinned down on the 81st floor of […]

Keep Getting Back Up

posted by Jana Melpolder

“The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.” – Abraham Lincoln

Jesus Can Calm the Storm in Your Life

posted by Jana Melpolder

Watch an inspiring video that’s part of Odyssey Networks’ ON Scripture The Bible series.

A Life Behind Bars: Transformation Through Education

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Give Us This Day OUR Daily Bread

posted by Jana Melpolder

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: Finding Fear, Finding Faith

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Sudanese American Women Are Encouraged to Further Education

posted by Jana Melpolder

I originally posted this on Open Equal Free – check out the site! Women who left the worn-torn country of Sudan were given a clear message at a recent conference: the path to success in the United States is paved […]

YouTube Sensation Jefferson Bethke and His Faith

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Quotes for Women’s History Month

posted by Jana Melpolder

Here are a few that inspire me! Enjoy! “You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.” – Barbara De Angelis “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” […]

Meet the First Female President of Union Theological Seminary

posted by Jana Melpolder

For International Women’s Day, I’d like to introduce you to Rev. Dr. Serene Jones. I was fortunate enough to meet her as she stopped my office in New York. She is the first female president of Union Theological Seminary, which […]

Be Calm and Don’t Get Angry

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Anger is never without a reason, but seldom a good one.” – Benjamin Franklin

Film Critic Nun Discusses the Oscars

posted by Jana Melpolder

It was a pleasure the recently interview Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP, an enthusiastic film critic. Watch as she shares her thoughts on the Oscars before the Academy Awards aired last night. Discover what she says about this year’s movies and […]

5 Ways to Enjoy Boston (or Any New City) with Your Best Friend

posted by Jana Melpolder

My best friend Jenn and I recently spent the day in Boston for the first time. If you haven’t had a road trip with a best friend lately, don’t wait any longer! Here’s a few pointers I came up with […]

A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the Empowerment of Women

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Quotes for the Restless Heart

posted by Jana Melpolder

“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 […]

Refuse to Be Defeated

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, “I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.” – Ann Landers Find more quotes […]

God Provides in Times of Need

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Psalm Sundays: Being Happy with God

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Quotes About Christmas

posted by Jana Melpolder

“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 […]

Psalm Sundays: Psalm 23

posted by Jana Melpolder

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, […]

Psalm Sundays: God Watches Out for You

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

‘Dance in the Rain’

posted by Jana Melpolder

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain… -Vivian Greene

Psalm Sundays: Give to the Lord

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Psalm Sundays: Thanksgiving and Praise!

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Psalm Sundays: Have Hope for the Future

posted by Jana Melpolder

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, […]

Psalm Sundays: Don’t Let Anger Control You

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Inspirational Women Part II

posted by Jana Melpolder

Read the stories of other women that have made an incredible impact on the world. Some you may know and some may surprise you! Irena Sendler Irena Sendler is known for her humanitarian work, most notably from the World War […]

Famous Women That Inspire Us

posted by Jana Melpolder

Besides the incredible women in our own lives such as our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and friends, there are many famous women that can draw us in by the inspirational things they do. Who made my list? Check back tomorrow to […]

Psalm Sunday: God Helps Us in Times of Trouble

posted by Jana Melpolder

This week I’m featuring my Mom’s favorite psalm which is Psalm 46. Taken fron Biblegateway.com  1 God is our refuge and strength,    an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way    and the […]

More Than ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’

posted by Jana Melpolder

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, […]

Psalm Sundays: Take Heart and Do Not Fear

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Quotes About Autumn

posted by Jana Melpolder

I love the beginning of each season. Fall is special because you can grab a cup of steaming hot cider, put on your favorite sweater, and feel that crisp nip in the air. Check out what other people have to […]

Uplifting Quotes on Generosity

posted by Jana Melpolder

Here are a few quick sayings that I enjoy on being kind and generous. Enjoy! “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington   “The best way to cheer yourself up is to […]

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

posted by Jana Melpolder

Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go has inspired adults and children alike with this story of travel and discovery. I mean really, what graduating senior hasn’t heard this book during that final graduation ceremony? There’s a deep message of […]

Feeling Stuck? Get Out of It!

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

A Prayer of Thanks

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Encouraging Words for Hard Times

posted by Jana Melpolder

“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 […]

Push Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

posted by Jana Melpolder

“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 […]

Video: A Glimmer in the Shadows of 9/11

posted by Jana Melpolder

  Video: Finding a Cross Amid the   Rubble of The World Trade Center       View the Clip Here    

Have the Courage to Push Yourself

posted by Jana Melpolder

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: […]

Photos: Friendship in the Most Unexpected Places

posted by Jana Melpolder

Photos are provided by the Beliefnet Community member Callielou. Join the growing Beliefnet Community and talk about your faith, ask questions on relationships, and check out other fun photos!  

Inspiring Quotes for Challenging Times

posted by Jana Melpolder

“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 […]

Featured Blog: Christian Quotes for Comfort

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

World Humanitarian Day 2011

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Words of Comfort

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

5 Ways Children Inspire Us

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

A Tiny Drop of Inspiration

posted by Jana Melpolder

“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 […]

A Letter to the Mothers and Fathers of Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

There Are a Lot of Cute Things in Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

Puppies. Babies. You name it – Bolivia’s got it. All photos courtesy of Amy Conner with World Vision.    

One Bolivian Mother’s Prayer Request

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

So, I Met the ‘It’ Girls of Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

They’re beautiful. They inspire us. Who are they? Celestine – Meet a woman who is a fierce example of what the love of a mother can do. When Celestine’s son was young, he wasn’t able to walk and play like […]

How Do YOU Create a Better World?

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Quotes for Perseverance

posted by Jana Melpolder

“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 […]

Enjoy a Tour of Israel – Right from Your Own Living Room

posted by Jana Melpolder

  “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and I remember more than I have seen.” -Benjamin Disraeli Old ruins in the city of Beit She’an in Israel.   Check out an exciting virtual tour of […]

Have You Seen This Guy?

posted by Jana Melpolder

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.  

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