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A Prayer to Keep Our Neighbors Warm

posted by Jana Melpolder

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, […]

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Fear on the First Anniversary of Sandy Hook

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

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What Are People REALLY Thankful for This Year?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Thanksgiving is the time to gather around loved ones, family, and friends who feel just like family. Check out what people are grateful for this year and who they want to thank. Video from Odyssey Networks

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A Prayer for the Washington DC Tragedy

posted by Jana Melpolder

Prayer for Victims of Violence Loving God, Welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism. Comfort their families and all who grieve for them. Help us in our fear and uncertainty, And bless us with the knowledge that […]

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, […]

What’s It Like to Be a Sikh in America?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Sikhs can often be misunderstood to be Hindus because of the turbans they wear on their heads. Sikhism originate in India, and the men do not cut their hair but instead wrap it under their turban. They try to learn […]

A Prayer for a New Baby

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

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 […]

How Women Are Breaking the Church’s Glass Ceiling

posted by Jana Melpolder

Jesus treated women differently than others would have treated women during his time, serving as a sort of early feminist, says the Rev. Susan Sparks, senior pastor at Madison Avenue Baptist Church. “Maybe you could even say Jesus was sort […]

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.

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.

Household Chores Hold Girls Back

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

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.

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 […]

The Story of a Bed Net – World Malaria Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

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.

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 […]

Are You Thirsty?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Image wanting to take a shower. Or cook food. Or take a drink – and all you had was water that looked like this: This is a reality that many people in Kenya are dealing with on a regular basis. […]

How Do You Get Over Being Cheated On?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Several months back I interviewed Jason Vallotton, a man who became familiar with pain and devastation after his wife, Heather, announced she was leaving him for another man. In his book The Supernatural Power of Forgiveness, Jason uses his own […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s the Reality of Poverty?

posted by Jana Melpolder

World AIDS Day 2011

posted by Jana Melpolder

I still want to express more than I can about HIV and AIDS. It affects individuals, and it also affects the families and friends of the victims. This isn’t an issue that’s “over there”; HIV and AIDS exist in the […]

The Life of the American Homeless

posted by Jana Melpolder

What’s it like to live in a tent because you’re no longer able to afford your house? This is a harsh reality for many men and women in the United States. Watch how these brave individuals continue on despite their […]

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 […]

A Prayer for the Unemployed

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

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 […]

Psalm Sundays: Be Loved

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

1 Man, 3 Wives, and 24 Children

posted by Jana Melpolder

I recently interviewed Joe Darger and his three wives Alina, Vicki, and Valerie to capture what life was like for this polygamous family and their 24 kids. Check out how Joe describes the polygamous lifestyle. Read the entire interview here>> […]

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 […]

Village Life in India

posted by Jana Melpolder

Village life is more complex than what merely meets the eye. At first glance, there’s a small community of people that have spent their entire lives together in close-knit relationships. But look deeper, and you’ll see an amazing array of […]

10 Things to Love About India

posted by Jana Melpolder

Tourists should visit India more often!! Here’s a quick list of reasons why I think India is a beautiful place: 1. The closeness within an Indian family. 2. The spicy food.   3. The respect for elders. 4. The beautiful saris and […]

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    

Serving the Families That Lost a Loved One on 9/11

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

Video: Blind 9/11 Survivor Talks About Being Guided Out of the Twin Towers

posted by Jana Melpolder

  You can also check out: Beliefnet Editors Share Their Experiences of September 11th Beliefnet Bloggers Talk About What They Were Doing on 9/11  

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!  

Watch What Sponsoring Just One Child Can Do

posted by Jana Melpolder

Video created by Jamie Flora  

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 […]

Social Justice Exhaustion

posted by Jana Melpolder

This featured post was written by my friend Matthew Paul Turner. Check out his Beliefnet Blog “Jesus Needs New PR.”   Can I be honest? I think many of us who are engaged in the blogging world (Christian or otherwise) are suffering from a disease. […]

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 […]

Video: Watch Arminda’s Story

posted by Jana Melpolder

This is Arminda. She is the little girl in the “Sponsor a Child” banner below. And this is her story.  

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 […]

The Domino Effect of Sustainable Development

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

The Force of a Tiny Mustard Seed

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 […]

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 […]

A Trip to Bolivia with World Vision

posted by Jana Melpolder

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. […]

Discovering the World

posted by Jana Melpolder

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 – […]

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Fear on the First Anniversary of Sandy Hook
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