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The Price of Freedom

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is Rebecca Brittingham. Happy July 4th, everyone. Let freedom ring! Barbeques, fireworks, pool parties, and parades will be itching their way into most American homes. Children, parents and grandparents will proudly wear the colors red, white and […]

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6 Reasons to Observe Lent (Even if You’re Not Catholic)

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Ash Wednesday is February 22nd and so begins the season of Lent. I grew up a non-denominational Christian and had little experience with Lent. In fact, I remember working at a bookstore and wondering why, one particular evening, about a […]

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Your True Life Love Stories

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Last week, I asked you dear readers to share with me how you met your Valentines. What an overwhelming response! Counting Facebook friends, I had at least 100 stories. Some of them almost made me cry. You’ve had romance worthy […]

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Video: Are You Unlucky in Love? Stop the Loneliness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

So, we’ve been gabbing a lot about love lately. You are sending me love stories of how you met your Valentines. Spirit Junkie Gabrielle Bernstein shared a meditation for romance. We even got a definition of love from 1 Corinthians […]

Tell Us Your Love Story: How Did You Meet Your Valentine?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I used to tell people that Valentine’s Day was the same as Yom Kippur to me. I didn’t think much of it, because it didn’t pertain to me. Even as of last year, I’d made peace with the quasi-holiday. I […]

Chinese New Year Quotes and Proverbs

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today is the Chinese New Year! Whether you celebrate it or not, I’m into any holiday that allows you to refocus and start again. So, to usher in the Year of the Dragon, here are some Chinese proverbs to give […]

10 Great Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here are inspirational quotes from the great leader. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” “We are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside… True compassion […]

What Would You Do with Your Last Year on Earth?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Let’s be clear. The world isn’t ending on December 21, despite what you’ve read or heard. At least, I’m pretty sure it’s not. That said, what if it were? All the Mayan calendar hoopla got me thinking how differently I […]

Top 10 Inspiring Blog Posts of 2011

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

In the right column, you can see the blog posts that got the most comments, and they are some of my favorites as well. However, here are the blog posts that you loved the most. They got the most views […]

The Story of 2011: What Did You Learn This Year?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The gifts are unwrapped. Family members are packing up and going home. Christmas is officially over. And now the last piece of the holiday season is coming into place: New Year’s. I love this dark week of December. Chances are […]

Choir Sings ‘Joy to the World’ in Busy Mall

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I got a lot of good feedback from the last blog where a choir flash mob serenaded a food court of busy shoppers. I found another cool one by the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Minnesota. Seems these unsuspecting […]

Anonymous Donors Pay Off Kmart Layaway Accounts

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

How precious is this story! I hope it encourages you to do a good deed this holiday season or at least still believe in the kindness of strangers. OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The young father stood in line at the […]

The Hope of Christmas: A Promise Kept

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

You are savvy readers here at the Inspiration Report. So I know that in spite of all the hustle and bustle of the season, you haven’t forgotten the real reason why we celebrate Christmas. This year I am pondering it […]

Beliefnet Spreads Holiday Joy through ‘Angel Tree’ Giving

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

It’s so great to work at a place that is always thinking of others, and this year Beliefnet wanted to spread some Christmas cheer to those less fortunate. Last week, we partnered with our sister company Affinity4 to help as […]

A Hallelujah Chorus in a Mall Food Court

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This has got to make you smile. I’m sure you’ve heard about flash mobs where groups of people plan impromptu concerts and dances in public places taking unsuspecting patrons by surprise. This is one of my favorites and it’s perfect […]

‘It’s Not Over Yet': The 11th Hour Miracle

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This year is drawing to a close. As we hang the holly and shop for gifts, we know the end of 2011 is looming. How was your 2011? Was it a good year for you or was it difficult? For […]

What Are You Wishing for This Christmas?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Christmastime is here. I am unapologetic in my love for this season. The lights, the ribbon, the glitter… this holiday literally shimmers. No matter what you celebrate during the months of November and December, it’s a joyous time for all. […]

Halloween: Curse the Darkness or Light a Candle

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This time of year, I enjoy a few a scary movies with friends and definitely over indulge my sweet tooth. But generally I’ve never made a big fuss about Halloween. It was neutral in my book. I was tempted to […]

Remember 9/11 on Beliefnet

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today is Patriot Day. I hope you can take this day to remember the men and women who lost their lives in the tragedies of 9/11. We also honor those who fought for our country that day and every day […]

Why Your Dad Is the Best

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

A few days ago I asked you to brag about your dad. And boy, did you brag! More than 100 comments full of touching stories and life lessons from your fathers. You all have been blessed to have such amazing […]

Brag about Your Dad

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Mothers are great, but there’s something uniquely special about a good father. If you have one or had one, you know what I’m talking about. Here’s the man who loved and hugged even if it wasn’t second nature to him. […]

Wisdom from Dad: This Too Shall Pass

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

As Father’s Day approaches, I’m reflecting on the inspiration that my own father has given me over the years. I’m lucky enough to have a great dad. He was there. He loved us. He loved Mom. He provided for his […]

Your Love Stories

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Last Friday, I asked readers to tell me the sweetest thing they’ve done for love or that someone did for them. The response was heart-warming. Some of you have had some true romantic movie magic in your lives. Here are […]

The Sweetest Thing You’ve Done for Love

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I thought it might be fun to recount some of the kindest acts of love you’ve done or experienced yourself. My story is very simple. When I was in college, I worked in a hotel […]

Dealing with Holiday Grief

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

On Monday’s blog, a woman named Delores posted a comment that touched my heart and the hearts of many other readers. It read:I had a very special valentine until 2-26-08 then the love of my life my husband was killed […]

A New Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’ve had maybe one Valentine my whole life, so naturally I’ve had an odd relationship with this holiday. Some years, I tolerated it. Other years I ignored it altogether. And then there were those college years when I loathed it… […]

‘Mary Did You Know’ Song

posted by lbrockway

A friend in ministry sent this to me this morning. I had never heard it. Thought many of you would enjoy it. It is Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd singing “Mary Did You Know.” Listen to Mary Did You Know […]

MixedBlessing Cards Create Unity Through Diversity

posted by lbrockway

With all the stress and uncertainty in people’s lives, what a breath of fresh air it is to receive a holiday card that envisions a world of peace and tolerance. This is something we all need, now more than ever. […]

Be An Angel Day is on August 22

posted by lbrockway

Guest Blog by Alexander Garrett Be An Angel Day 2010 is just around the corner, on August 22nd. This holiday has been around since 1993,  and is in the 17th year of its existence. Be An Angel Day is, well, about being […]

How to Celebrate the Spring Equinox

posted by lbrockway

It is time to welcome spring inspiration! Today, March 20, 2010, is Spring Equinox and the first day of spring.Author Barbara Biziou says our forefathers and foremothers celebrated the Spring Equinox as not just the start of spring, but the […]

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Poem: In The End
Today’s guest blogger is poet Tara Sophia Mohr Learn more about Tara’s poetry ...

posted 4:30:02pm Oct. 24, 2012 | read full post »

A Quote to Live By
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." Henry David Thoreau Whatever you were put on this earth to do, do it today. Don't delay. Don't look back. Run like crazy towards your passion and watch God ...

posted 9:22:40am Aug. 01, 2012 | read full post »

People Who Do Good: A Cake that Makes a Difference
Our "People Who Do Good" series has been a blast and I've enjoyed highlighting the stories and lives of everyday heroes. This one comes to us from writer Rebecca Brittingham who traveled to Florida to find a cake-maker with a heart for the less ...

posted 12:10:27am Jul. 30, 2012 | read full post »

The Problem with Pain
I’ve heard people say, “How do I get over something if it still hurts?” And yes, forgiveness is key, whether it’s aimed towards yourself or someone else. However, it’s not really the main issue. What people really want to know is, ...

posted 11:06:30am Jul. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Oprah and Marianne Williamson on Super Soul Sunday
Photo Credit: OWN / George Burns We have a number of bloggers and writers here who have been inspired  by the writings of Marianne Williamson. Her debut book, A Return to Love, reflected A Course in Miracles for a new generation. She first ...

posted 4:53:44pm Jul. 26, 2012 | read full post »

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