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A Touch of Encouragement

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Asking for Help

posted by Brandi Harkonen

When we find ourselves too emotionally and physically exhausted to ask for help, Martha Williamson believes if we just stand still and call out to God with faith, confidence and patience He will be there to answer our prayer.

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When Father’s Day is Tough

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson realizes that for some Father’s Day isn’t always a day to celebrate, but she reminds us that there is One Father who will always be there for us. Watch Martha’s tribute to her father in “The Hero on […]

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Are You Still Grieving?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson reaches out to a viewer who tragically lost her son.

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Pass or Fail

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson believes that the people who truly bless and enrich our lives are the people who have been with us in our everyday living, and she has a test to prove it!

Unspoken to Art Linkletter

posted by Brandi Harkonen

As Martha Williamson recalls a story she never got to tell Art Linkletter when she met him, she reminds us that if there is something you want to share with someone, do it now and don’t wait. You might not […]

Thanks to Dad

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Martha Williamson shares her unique Father’s Day gift idea. Take a look at these uniquely designed “Thank You For Encouraging Me Dad” gift mugs by Martha!

The Same New Song

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson believes that the experience of reading the Bible can be like hearing a song as it was meant to be sung; no matter how many times you hear it, it will always sound brand new.

The Soldier at the Window

posted by Brandi Harkonen

This Memorial Day Martha Williamson shares how deeply moved she became when she met an Iwo Jima survivor. And from all of us at A Touch of Encouragement, we want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone serving, and […]

Going in Peace

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson always enjoys the benediction at the end of her church service, and even though it may be difficult at times, she tries to live up to its challenge of “holding onto what is good, return no one evil […]

The Miracle of the Living Word

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson believes that the miracle of the Living Word is what happens when you and the Bible and the Holy Spirit meet to create a new truth meant just for you.

Losing Jackson Bear

posted by Brandi Harkonen

How losing a pet taught Martha Williamson a lesson in forgiveness.

Leave it at the Altar

posted by Brandi Harkonen

While filming the revelation scene for the Touched By an Angel episode “Out of the Darkness”, Martha Williamson was reminded of how important it is to leave our burdens at the altar with God instead of just “letting them go.”

Translating the Language of Love

posted by Brandi Harkonen

After being introduced to the book “The Five Languages of Love” by Dr. Gary Chapman, Martha Williamson finally learned how to listen and was able to hear “I love you” in more ways than just words.

A Mother’s Wisdom

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Martha Williamson shares how her mother’s favorite sayings have impacted her life and even kept her going when times got tough. Share your favorite “Mom-ism” this Mother’s Day.

How I Got the Job

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Martha Williamson shares a funny story about how she got a job by accidentally dialing the wrong number.

The Incredible House Call

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Martha Williamson tells a touching story of a doctor who proved the world hasn’t changed so much after all.

A Life in Books

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Martha Williamson believes you can discover a lot about a person by the books they read, and in this charming video Martha shares what’s lined her shelves over the years.

God is in the Details

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson reminds us that God not only cares about the big things in life, but also the little things. Watch Martha this Sunday, April 25th on the Hour of Power with Dr. Sheila Schuller Coleman as they discuss Martha’s […]

What Does God Look Like?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

When Martha Williamson envisions what God looks like, she can only imagine a bright light; a light that is love itself. And even though she doesn’t know exactly how God looks, she knows how he loves and that’s what’s important.

An Unexpected Time Machine

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson reminds us that moments of true happiness come all the time but we have to stay in the present to feel them.

Getting Over It

posted by Brandi Harkonen

While recovering from the flu, Martha Williamson knew she wasn’t in charge of what came next; she just needed to surrender to the healing process. That became a good lesson in remembering that surrender isn’t necessarily weakness, it can simply […]

Back from the “Pip”

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Feeling better, Martha Williamson wants to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes!

Who’s in the Driver’s Seat

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson believes that it only takes a moment of courage to find a lifetime of peace.

Is He Really Risen?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Dear Friends of A Touch of Encouragement, My name is Brandi Harkonen; I’m one of the people who work behind the scenes to help bring you Martha’s inspirational messages each week. I’m writing to let you know that Martha hasn’t […]

Put it in the Pew

posted by Brandi Harkonen

If your heart is seeking God, Martha Williamson believes worship and fellowship alongside others in church is a great place to start looking.

Bright Lights, Big Galaxy

posted by Brandi Harkonen

While visiting the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, Martha Williamson became intensely aware of how tiny we really are, but more importantly, she was reminded of how God created everything with meaning and purpose, including us.

Hearts and Hands

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After freely giving to a homeless man on the street, Martha Williamson learned a powerful lesson about joy.

The Speech I Didn’t Give

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While struggling with a speech, Martha Williamson was reminded that amazing things can happen when we give up control and ask for God’s help.

The Irish Hour

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Martha Williamson shares a heart-warming story of how she and her grandmother were able to bridge the gap of distance and time through the power of music one St. Patrick’s Day.

Feeling Left Behind

posted by Brandi Harkonen

If you are feeling disconnected or forgotten by God, Martha Williamson believes you just need to go back to the last place you saw Him and He will meet you there with open arms.

Cyprian’s Letter

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Using a message form the past, Martha Williamson shares how a person’s faith can make a powerful difference.

Erma’s Best Line

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In this uplifting video, Martha Williamson shares some words she found life-changing by the beloved American humorist, Erma Bombeck. To hear more encouraging words check out The Simply Complex You and The Rock in the Woods.

Perfectly Complete

posted by Brandi Harkonen

While sitting in church one Sunday, Martha Williamson began contemplating the idea of what it is to be perfect versus being complete.

BLOG: A List to Live By

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson shares the full list of inspiring ways to live your life as seen in her video A List to Live By. 1. Pray 2. Go to bed on time. 3. Get up on time so you can start […]

A List to Live By

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson shares timeless motivational suggestions to help people feel less stress when dealing with every day challenges. See the entire list of motivational suggestions in Martha’s blog below: BLOG: A List to Live By.

Table Topics

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Sparked by a dinner conversation with her children while playing Table Topics, Martha Williamson was reminded of God’s enduring love through her child’s words.

A Backstage Revelation

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Martha Williamson recalls an incident that occurred while shooting the revelation scene for a Touched By An Angel episode and how it impacted an actor’s life. For more information on the new Touched By An Angel: Inspiration Collections – Faith, […]

Lessons From The Bucket List

posted by Brandi Harkonen

After reading your comments from the video “The Bucket List,” Martha Williamson was reminded that the most important things to do before we die – loving God and loving others – are the things that stay on the list forever.

The Best Valentine Ever

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Martha Williamson shares the Valentine’s Day gift she’ll never forget. Watch “A Valentine to Wait For” for more Valentine’s Day stories.

What’s the Good Word?

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Inspired by viewer comments from the video “Look That Up in Funk and Wagnells”, Martha Williamson shares some of the beautiful words chosen by you.

The Truth About Ruth

posted by Brandi Harkonen

While having a conversation with a gentleman who had suffered a stroke, Martha Williamson was moved by the word with a thousand meanings.

Whatever Does it Mean?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

As Martha Williamson deals with the issue of what she should allow her children to watch on television, there is one word that will always make her change the channel – “whatever”.

The Bucket List

posted by Brandi Harkonen

While talking about the Touched By An Angel episode Psalm 151, where a young boy had a list of things he wanted to complete before he died, Martha Williamson was reminded of the bucket list she created thirty years ago […]

Stories of Faith and Love

posted by Brandi Harkonen

We have more exciting news to share! Touched By An Angel returns with two new uplifting collections on DVD! TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL: INSPIRATION COLLECTION – FAITH and LOVE each feature four thematic episodes specially selected and hosted by series […]

“Look That Up in Funk and Wagnell’s”

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Inspired by Wilfred J. Funk, Martha Williamson shares her list of words that are not only beautiful in sound, but also in meaning.

Morning Faces and Morning Hearts

posted by Brandi Harkonen

After hearing a beautiful passage by Robert Louis Stevenson, Martha Williamson was reminded that even in our darkest and weakest moments, there is a way to bring joy to the child in each of us.

Anger and the Eye of the Needle

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson believes that anger serves no purpose if we let it take over our lives, but if we can turn that anger over to God and ask for the courage to change things, then that is what we call […]

Ode to Joy and Spiders

posted by Brandi Harkonen

In this funny story about experiencing a moment of joy, Martha Williamson shares her encounter with a spider while singing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

The Rock in the Woods

posted by Brandi Harkonen

At one of her lowest points in life, Martha Williamson had her very own Touched By An Angel revelation moment and realized that no matter what, God will always love and appreciate us.

Emergency Instructions

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Since every day has its own “emergencies,” Martha Williamson knows there is always one book she can turn to for instructions: the bible. And no matter how many times she re-reads it, Martha believes there is always something new for […]

More or Less in 2010

posted by Brandi Harkonen

As the difficult year of 2009 turns into the hopeful New Year of 2010, Martha Williamson feels there is only one thing she really needs to have on her New Year’s list and that is faith.

One Thing That Could Change Everything

posted by Brandi Harkonen

As we prepare for the New Year, Martha Williamson asks us to take a look at that one thing we didn’t do last year that could make all the difference this year.

The Altar at the Manger

posted by Brandi Harkonen

This Christmas Martha Williamson made a list of relationships in need of reconciliation – either to forgive – or to apologize – so she can approach the Christmas altar with a heart emptied of hate or resentment and ready to […]

Christmas Posada

posted by Brandi Harkonen

While participating in a traditional Mexican Posada with her children, Martha Williamson realized the importance of her children seeing her as someone more likely to say yes than no to those God places in front of her. And she hopes […]

The Ones You Miss at Christmas

posted by Brandi Harkonen

If you’re separated from those you love this holiday season, Martha Williamson believes it’s okay to take the time to acknowledge your pain now so that you can make room in your heart for hope and joy later.

Will You Be Home for Christmas?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

As Christmas approaches, Martha Williamson gives some practical advice on how to enjoy the day no matter where you spend it.

Three Little Miracles

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It’s all about trusting God! Martha Williamson looks for a miracle in Guideposts magazine and finds three of them.

Stranger at the Doorstep

posted by Brandi Harkonen

As Martha Williamson reads this truly heart-warming story, we are reminded that it’s not what’s on the outside that matters, but what’s on the inside.

Martha Williamson and “Touched By An Angel” Interview

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Dear Friends, Last month I shared with you the exciting news that select episodes of Touched By An Angel have been released in two specially-themed collections – Touched By An Angel: Inspiration Collection – Hope and Holiday. Since then, the […]

Angel on Fifth Avenue

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson believes those who have the courage to take a risk and stand out from the crowd will always be the people that are remembered.

Cans O’ Joy

posted by Brandi Harkonen

In this charming story about her children’s recent Sunday school project, Martha Williamson was reminded of how wonderful it is to know how much you mean to someone.

My Own Thanks

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and shares her own reasons for being thankful this holiday.

Bowls Full of Love

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Martha Williamson reminds us that it’s not what’s on the Thanksgiving table that matters, but who’s sitting around it.

A Definite “No” to a “Yes”

posted by Brandi Harkonen

On a recent visit with her junior high school principal, Martha Williamson was reminded of a lesson she learned while in school that she still uses today: the art of presenting an idea with passion and commitment and expecting to […]

Averting Alzheimer’s Video Series

posted by Brandi Harkonen

I am so pleased that our six-part series on Alzheimer’s received such positive response. Not only did we receive very encouraging comments online, but so many people approached me at church to tell me they had seen Dr. Bresky’s interviews […]

A New Way to be Touched By An Angel

posted by Brandi Harkonen

We have some exciting news to share! Select episodes of the critically acclaimed and landmark series TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL make their DVD debut in two specially themed collections. TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL: INSPIRATION COLLECTION – HOPE and HOLIDAY each […]

A Simple Embrace

posted by Brandi Harkonen

After hearing a powerful story about a mission trip to an orphanage in Malawi where the children out numbered their caretakers, Martha Williamson was reminded of the amazing healing power of human touch and affection and how it can positively […]

Under Construction

posted by Brandi Harkonen

As many of us struggle to get it all right, Martha Williamson feels if we recognize we’re a work in progress, that’s when we can really start enjoying the journey.

On the Streets of New York

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson believes there are many times we are tempted to judge someone, but if we would just stop and really listen, we would decide to use prayer instead of judgment.

Averting Alzheimer’s: Memory and the Soul

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Averting Alzheimer’s Part 6 of a six part series. Concluding this insightful Alzheimer’s series, Martha Williamson and Dr. Arnold Bresky discuss the importance of giving meaning and purpose to Alzheimer’s patients. See “Martha’s Recent Posts” for the previous videos in […]

Averting Alzheimer’s: Over Fifty Without Fear

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Averting Alzheimer’s Part 5 of a six part series. Martha Williamson and Dr. Arnold Bresky continue their Alzheimer’s conversation and discuss Bresky’s approach to whole person centered care which addresses the body, mind and soul. See “Martha’s Recent Posts” for […]

Averting Alzheimer’s: Brain Exercises

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Averting Alzheimer’s Part 4 of a six part series. In this encouraging Alzheimer’s installment, Martha Williamson and Dr. Arnold Bresky discuss ways to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s. See “Martha’s Recent Posts” for the previous videos in this series. For […]

Averting Alzheimer’s: 9 Points for Prevention

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Averting Alzheimer’s Part 3 of a six part series. In this episode of Averting Alzheimer’s, Martha Williamson and Dr. Arnold Bresky discuss the nine points of Alzheimer’s prevention. See “Martha’s Recent Posts” for the previous videos in this series. For […]

Averting Alzheimer’s: Keeping the Brain Alive

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Averting Alzheimer’s Part 2. Martha Williamson and Dr. Arnold Bresky discuss the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and the importance of keeping the brain active.. For more information on Dr. Arnold Bresky, please visit mybraintuneup.com.

Averting Alzheimer’s: Brain Tune-Up

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Averting Alzheimer’s Part 1 Worried about aging and Alzheimer’s? In a special six part video series airing every day this week, Martha Williamson interviews Dr. Arnold Bresky about his life-changing approach to keeping your mind happy and healthy. Learn more […]

A Reel Makeover

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson asks us what we think beauty really looks like. Please watch this One-Minute Makeover Martha refers to in her video.

Rosie the Caterpillar

posted by Brandi Harkonen

In this touching video, Martha Williamson tells the story of how her young daughter loved a caterpillar and the lesson that no matter how big or small, learning to love has to start somewhere.

An Ancient Recipe

posted by Brandi Harkonen

As God prepares the road ahead, Martha Williamson believes there are things we must do now in order to be ready for God’s blessings later.

Packing for the Journey

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When traveling down the road of life, Martha Williamson believes if you keep God close you will never travel alone.

The River

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Martha Williamson believes that when you feel you’re in danger of being emotionally and spiritually swept away, if you trust in the Creator, He’ll safely bring you to the end of the river.

What Unconditional Love Is

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Continuing with her popular What Love Is Series, Martha Williamson shares more heartfelt viewer comments on what they believe love is. And Martha believes that every question we have about life begins and ends with absolute love. To see the […]

Vibiana’s Courage

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson believes that even though our faith is often challenged, we can draw courage from those who came before us.

Waving to a Stranger

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While going through photos, Martha Williamson discovered an interesting phenomenon: strangers were always waving. Martha believes it’s a way to pass a little more goodwill into the world and say “it’s good to be alive.” What do you think?

Head for the Hills

posted by Brandi Harkonen

When we’re at our lowest, Martha Williamson believes if we dare look up, we’ll see how strong and faithful God is.

Pride and Prejudice

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In this honest story about pre-judging someone, Martha Williamson recalls the day her heart instantly hardened against two complete strangers. But Martha believes that when it comes to prejudice there is always a choice we can make: we can choose […]

The Perfect Designer Kitchen

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Martha Williamson let her dreams of a “perfect kitchen” fade to let the real life of her family shine through.

Miracle on a Hollywood Bus

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Martha Williamson believes that sometimes the miracle we’re looking for is not the miracle we need.

The Yellow Group

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The signs were all there, but nobody read them. A tragic story of an old friend reveals that illiteracy is still a serious issue, and Martha Williamson reminds us to reach out to someone who is struggling.

A Successful Crash Landing

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Following up on her popular video “Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success,” Martha Williamson discusses the importance of packing our “spiritual map” while traveling the road to success.

Life is Like a Box of Crayons

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What are you still learning? Martha Williamson reminds us that everyday is a chance to start over and imagine all of the colorful possibilities.

What Prayer Isn’t

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Prayer Series Part 5 In the last of her five part series on prayer, Martha Williamson discusses why she believes prayer at its best is about truly getting connected with God and being thankful for the gifts we already have […]

The Thirteenth Month

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What would you do with an extra one? As the summer comes to an end and we try to fit in everything we promised ourselves, Martha Williamson reminds us that the great miracle of this earth is that God’ll always […]

Prayer in the Shade

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Prayer Series Part 4 Martha Williamson believes it’s never too late to start praying and encourages us to open our hearts and take that step toward God, because when we do, He will always take a step toward us. Don’t […]

The Bride Of Cheerios

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Should she eat it or marry it? When it comes to choosing the right people in our life, Martha Williamson reminds us not to settle, but rather to always look for those who see the best in us.

When Mama Prays

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Prayer Series Part 3 In the third part of her prayer series, Martha Williamson talks about how prayer is very personal and unique to each individual. If you’ve missed the first two parts of this uplifting series, watch A Shawshank […]

God At The Top of the Stairs

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A child discovers God for the very first time. Martha Williamson learned early in life that even amidst our deepest fears, God guides us through every dark room we encounter on our life journey.

All My Prayers Get Answered

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Prayer Series Part 2 Martha Williamson doesn’t know how prayer works, but does know that each prayer will be answered one way or another.

Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success

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In this inspirational video, Martha Williamson introduces us to the new book “Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success” by Linda Seger which talks about success and how to reach goals without losing our soul. Martha also talks about the […]

A Shawshank Kind Of Prayer

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Prayer Series Part 1 In the first of her five part series on prayer, Martha Williamson describes the promise of prayer as something more than a conversation with God, instead she believes prayer can transport our spirits out of the […]

Wicked, Weary or Wrong?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

No rest for the wicked or weary? Martha Williamson sets the record straight.

What YOU Think Love Is

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In response to her very popular video What Love Is, Martha Williamson shares some touching viewer comments which seem to have one thing in common: what love is comes down to what love does.

Christmas In July

posted by Brandi Harkonen

By inventing her own kind of “home shopping network,” Martha Williamson shares her secret of how she manages to get through Christmas without all of the last minute stressful shopping. She also reminds us that in life we don’t always […]

Swinging Back In Time

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What did you dream? Martha Williamson recalls a childhood memory of swinging on a swing in Colorado and dreaming of the future yet to come. And today she encourages each of us to remember that kid we once were and […]

The Courage to Change

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Sometimes the safe choice is the dangerous one. The fear of change can paralyze us. In this inspirational video, Martha Williamson asks us to take a good look at what needs to change in our lives and encourages us to […]

What Love Is

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Do you listen with your head or your heart? Everyone says “I love you” in different ways. In this touching video, Martha Williamson shares a collection of children’s descriptions on what love means to them.

A Friend In Grief

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When someone close to you is grieving, Martha Williamson understands the importance of confronting the messiness of grief in order to better comfort the people we love. Martha learned this lesson the hard way when she pulled away from her […]

Emotional Emergency Exit Plan

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What’s your plan? Just as we plan our emergency exits for possible life-threatening events, Martha Williamson thinks we should also plan for the emotional emergencies we face in our life. And it was her own “emotional exit plan” that helped […]

The Flag That Saved Richard Gere

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The symbol that will always keep its promise. Martha Williamson’s patriotic tribute to the symbol of our freedom, the American flag.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Hamburgers

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What does happiness look like to you? In this Fourth of July tribute, Martha Williamson reflects back on the Declaration of Independence and what the founding fathers really had in mind when they wrote about our right to pursue happiness.

Summer By The Book

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Is it time to feel like a kid again? Martha Williamson recalls the books she loved as a child and recommends a few to read with your children this summer.

Economic Change for the Better

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How has the economy forced you to change? During these challenging economic times, Martha Williamson believes there have been positive changes in the way we live our lives. Watch Another Greatest Generation to hear more inspirational thoughts on dealing with […]

Steak Sauce and Statues

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Martha Williamson shares a Father’s Day tribute. If you missed Martha’s other Father’s Day video, watch World’s Worst Dad.

World’s Worst Dad

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In this Father’s Day video, Martha Williamson reads some heartbreaking letters from viewers. But even through all of the pain, Martha was struck by the resilience of the human heart and the amazing power of forgiveness.

The Disappearing Ring

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In this funny video, Martha Williamson explains how her husband lost his ring for the second time and then took the opportunity to turn the unfortunate event into a lesson about what’s really important in life. Watch Return of the […]

Funeral Parking

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While attending a recent funeral service, Martha Williamson was reminded of how taking a few hours to honor a life well-lived is also a good way to re-commit to living a life that honors God. Watch Four Songs and a […]

My Dream Wedding Disaster

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How the wrong road taught the right lessons. Martha Williamson shares how she was able to get through her wedding day encounter with an uninvited guest.

Saving a Life Behind Bars

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After losing her pet hamster, Martha Williamson’s daughter went to the Humane Society to find the newest member of their family. It was during this trip that Martha thought of all the people who are imprisoned in some way and […]

The High Road

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In this inspirational video, Martha Williamson shares the advice her father gave her on “rising above” bad situations. Watch An Angel in the Plane, the video that inspired Martha to write The High Road.

Getting Results

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What are you in it for? Martha Williamson reminds us that it’s not always the results of what we do that are important; instead it’s the joy we receive from doing it.

Remember the Poppies?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Dear Friends, I remember being a little girl and getting a dollar from my father to “buy” one of these poppies. (Remember the strange, stiff crepe paper with the dusty red color that rubbed off?!). As a small child, I […]

To Decorate a Soldier’s Grave

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How will you celebrate Memorial Day? In this Memorial Day tribute, Martha Williamson traces the origins of the holiday back to 1868 when it was first called Decoration Day. She also urges us to not only remember those who have […]

To the Parents of the Soldier

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Martha Williamson shares a special video thank you to the parents of men and women in the armed services.

No Accidents

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Is there really such a thing as a coincidence? In this video about God’s perfect timing, Martha Williamson shares the amazing set of circumstances that happened when she took a recent trip to New Mexico.

Tell Me Why?

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Is a child’s why really a simple question? From her daughter’s curiosity, Martha Williamson was not only reminded of a family’s unique love, but also the love that God has for each of us.

Red and White Roses

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How will you honor your mother? Martha Williamson believes honoring your mother this Mother’s Day is very different than just giving her a present.

A Sunday Morning Slip

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An unintentional lesson. Martha Williamson believes that every situation we’re in can be a learning one.

Life for Dummies

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A book she didn’t want to have to read. Martha Williamson believes when life throws us a curve ball there is one book we can always turn to, and that book is The Bible.

Getting Through the Grief

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Walking through the valley of death and feeling left behind. When we feel sorrowful and left behind by the loss of a loved one, Martha Williamson shares that just as God welcomes them into His arms, He is also with […]

The Jeweler’s Secret

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How do you show it? As our economy continues to struggle, Martha Williamson reminds us that love is the hidden gold in our lives.

The Perfect Day

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What’s your perfect day? Martha Williamson knows her perfect days are those spent with family.

Four Songs and a Funeral

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An unforgettable song. Martha Williamson shares a touching story of how she was able to grant her mother’s final wish.

Easter in Black and White

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How do you see it? Martha Williamson feels the essence of Easter is hard to capture in a simple description, but instead, requires us to believe that the impossible is always possible with God.

Not Your Mother’s Career Counselor

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Never say never. Martha Williamson shares some practical advice for college graduates looking for their first job.

Passing Judgement

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A juicy hors d’oeuvre? During the times we’re tempted to judge, Martha Williamson reminds us that we never know what someone else is going through.

The Real April Fools

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When tomorrow’s here before today is gone. In the race to fill our schedules, Martha Williamson reminds us not to forget to enjoy the day we’re in.

The Waiting Room

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A little piece of heaven. Martha Williamson believes we can find encouragement even in the midst of strangers.

Present at the Moment of Death

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A final farewell. Through the sudden death of her daughter’s pet, Martha Williamson was reminded of the true gift of God’s eternal love.

The Problem with Prayer

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When silence holds the key. When we’re searching for answers, Martha Williamson believes that sometimes we just need to be quiet and listen to find them.

The People We Were

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What are you waiting for? Martha Williamson reminds us that we shouldn’t worry about who we used to be, instead, focus on who we want to become. To see another video about starting fresh each new day, watch A Brand […]

Another Greatest Generation?

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Another midnight talk with God. As the news on the economy worsens, Martha Williamson feels that not only can we learn from those who survived the Great Depression, but we can find hope and encouragement from them as well.

Lost and Found

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What are you looking for? Martha Williamson reminds us that if we are always looking at things in the same way, nothing will change.

Walking Along a Very Dark Hallway

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Hope and encouragement in the midst of burden. Martha Williamson shares a story about childhood abuse and encourages you to heal — no matter what burden your heart may be carrying.

The Return of Jeannie

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An old childhood friend is back! If you feel abandoned or uncared for, Martha Williamson believes if you put your life in God’s caring hands, He will redeem your days and give you hope. To see Jeannie before her visit […]

A Valentine to Wait For

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How to feel better about Valentine’s Day, especially if you weren’t looking forward to it! Martha Williamson shares unhappy stories of Valentine’s past, before she had the Valentine of her dreams.

A List to Check Yourself

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How are you spending it? Martha Williamson asks us to take a good look at our lives and how we spend each day. Watch Time for a Change to see another video on the importance of making healthy choices in […]

A Stinky Video

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Is there something you need to clean up? In this funny story which started from a promise to her daughter, Martha Williamson turns a difficult subject into a life lesson about taking responsibility for our actions and cleaning up the […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Dear Friends, We’re keeping our Valentine’s video going through the week-end to encourage as many hearts as possible, especially the lonely ones. If you know someone who could use a boost on Valentine’s Day, please use the link above to […]

Kelly Corrigan’s Transcendence

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A window into a woman’s heart and mind. Martha Williamson shares a touching video where best-selling author, Kelly Corrigan, sums up what it means to be and have a best girlfriend. Watch the video from Kelly Corrigan.

An Angel in the Plane

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Her dream is to become an angel. From her interview with a courageous piano teacher, Martha Williamson reminds us that the most satisfying dreams are those born from the desire to make the world a better place. For more information, […]

The Internet Slambook

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Why this almost didn’t happen. While recalling a horrible teen-age ritual, Martha Williamson addresses the question of why it seems so easy to remember the bad things said about us but not the good.

So, What Happened to the Bird?

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And here’s the rest of the story. As Martha Williamson finishes her story of the surprise hitchhiking bird, she reminds us that God’s eyes are on everything and everyone, no matter the size. (To hear about how the adventure started, […]

The Hudson River Miracle Mystery

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What does God have planned for you? From the amazing story of the US Airways plane crash on the Hudson River, Martha Williamson reminds us that each day is a gift and a chance to make a difference.

The Kindness of Strangers

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Hello, Friends! I hope you have enjoyed hearing Keb’ Mo’s beautiful song. It won’t hurt to hear it again and perhaps pass it along to a friend today! You may notice that there is not a new video posted today. […]

An Anthem for America

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A song that says it all. For Inauguration Day Martha Williamson shares a new song by Grammy award-winning singer Keb’ Mo’, who also played the Angel of Music on Touched By An Angel. For more information on Keb’ Mo’ and […]

My Declaration of Service. How About You?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Dear Friends, I don’t know the exact quotation, but I recall words very much like these: “Anyone can be great, because anyone can serve.” Whatever the specific words were, that message from Martin Luther King, Jr. is clear – each […]

The Little Things

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How a hamster, a dog, and an injured bird taught a lesson about responsibility. Martha Williamson reminds us if we faithfully take care of the small things in life, God will trust us with the big things.

Nobody Comments Like You Do!

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Dear Friends, It is five-thirty in the morning and I have been reading your comments to the most current video. In the early morning quiet your thoughts and concerns seem particularly powerful. I hear a distant truck. The clock in […]

Time for a Change

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Is there something you need to let go of?

Lots of Luck?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Is God enough? Do you knock on wood, thank your lucky stars, and read your horoscope too?

The Miracle of the Green Plate

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Surviving the worst economic times through God and good people.

In God We Almost Trust

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Does your faith have something in common with an old silver dollar?

Confessions and Resolutions

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What’s your recipe for a great 2009?

Injured and Alone?

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How do you answer someone who says “I feel worthless”? Watch “A Midnight Talk With God” to read the viewer’s comment Martha responds to in this video.

Not Enough Faith

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Martha’s tough answer to a sad question.

Christmas Wishes

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A special homemade Christmas wish from us at A Touch of Encouragement.

A SAD SORT OF ANGRY, FRUSTRATING, LONELY, MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR YOU?

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Hey! It’s Christmas! So, what are you doing at the computer? I was hoping you’d be having dinner with your family or your friends, or maybe opening presents, or on your way out to someone’s house for turkey. But if […]

A Mother’s Holiday Farewell

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A mother’s surprise note leaves a family something to remember. Watch “The Secret Ingredient“ and read the viewer’s comment Martha responds to in this video.

Big Cheese

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A teenage lesson about love.

I Need Your Help!

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Dear Friends, We’re making plans for the New Year and for new videos, and I want to know: what do you think of our website and what do you want to see? Please take a moment to click on the […]

Carol of the Good King

posted by Brandi Harkonen

The humble king who inspired this Christmas carol.

Tiny Band of Angels

posted by Brandi Harkonen

It’s the little things that count at Christmas. After you watch this video, scroll down the page to check out “A Small Gift from A Touch of Encouragement,” a new text post from Martha.

A Small Gift from A Touch of Encouragement

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Happy December, dear Friends! If your month is anything like mine, it’s busy, busy, busy. The economic crisis has challenged us all to downsize and re-think gift-giving, which has been a good thing, I think. It forces me to be […]

The Rose Tree Cottage

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A courageous story of tea, sympathy, and never giving up. For more information please visit www.rosetreecottage.com

Peace on Earth?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Bringing peace into our hearts this Christmas season.

A Midnight Talk with God

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A classic song for troubling times.

The Secret Ingredient

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Cherishing Thanksgiving memories past and present.

The Best Thanksgiving Ever

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A lonely college kid receives a Thanksgiving care package just in time.

The Grief that Doesn’t Go Away, Part 2

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When grief gets in the way.

The Grief that Doesn’t Go Away, Part 1

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Do we ever stop grieving?

The Transformation of Jeannie

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A hospital visit for a child’s best friend.

The Risky Recipe

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Taking a risk in the produce aisle

An Unlikely Interview

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Was the promise ever kept? Click the link to watch the interview with Woody Allen and Billy Graham.

A “House Party” for Art Linkletter

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Finding the kid in each of us.

A Trip to the Mountains

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Finding a safe haven.

Crisis Control

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Coping during the financial crisis.

Roma Downey and Operation Smile

posted by Brandi Harkonen

If you have watched the video “Smiles from an Angel” then you have been introduced to Operation Smile. It is a marvelous organization that Roma Downey discovered when we made a “Touched By An Angel” episode about this organization in […]

The Princess and the Cynic

posted by Brandi Harkonen

What do these G-rated movie and R-rated movies have in common?

In God We Trust

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Separating the headlines from our hearts.

A Mother’s Last Plea

posted by Brandi Harkonen

She was too smart to save her own life.

How Would Love Respond?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Out of the closet, out of our prayers? Read the Beliefnet article “CCM veteran Ray Boltz comes out of the closet and confesses he’s gay.“

PRAYERS, PANIC, AND PLUMMETING STOCKS

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Dear Friends, This has been an extraordinary day in the history of American finance. I can’t begin to understand it all, but I know that many are worried about the future tonight. I think it’s all made even more distressing […]

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR VIEWERS

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Dear Friends, We have received a number of comments regarding the unfortunate appearance of an advertisement for a film entitled “Religulous” that has recently been playing side by side with my Moments with Martha videos. I, too, am quite distressed […]

Seventy-Five Life-Changing Dollars

posted by Brandi Harkonen

One act of kindness became the gift that kept on giving. Read the article “Saving Lives, One Rent Check at a Time“ to learn more about the man who helped inspire this video.

The Movie that Moved Me

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A quirky love story that deserves another look.

The Mime and the Message

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A snap judgment almost turned courage into catastrophe.

My Friend Stevie

posted by Brandi Harkonen

The last powerful lesson from a childhood friend.

Another Letter to a College Kid

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Is it farewell or good-bye?

An Apple A Day

posted by Brandi Harkonen

How life got better because of an apple.

The Bad and the Beautiful

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Finding beauty in all the right places.

Diving Into the Olympics

posted by Brandi Harkonen

One dive changed the life of Olympic Diver Laura Wilkinson.

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Asking for Help
When we find ourselves too emotionally and physically exhausted to ask for help, Martha Williamson believes if we just stand still and call out to God with faith, confidence and patience He will be there to answer our prayer.

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When Father's Day is Tough
Martha Williamson realizes that for some Father's Day isn't always a day to celebrate, but she reminds us that there is One Father who will always be there for us. Watch Martha's tribute to her father in "The Hero on the Dresser."

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