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A Touch of Encouragement

A Touch of Encouragement

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Being A Wasn’t

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Why does God allow good things to happen?

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The Gold Medal Process

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Legendary Olympic champion John Naber tells us why we need to “trust the process.”

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From Rage to Eternity

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A life or death choice changes one angry man forever.

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Sharing A Special Day With Randy Travis

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This week Beliefnet.com released the “official” announcement of “A Touch of Encouragement” to the media. Obviously it was a big day for us, and it was made all the more special for me when I discovered that on the very […]

The Recession Obsession

posted by Brandi Harkonen

How the tough got going when the going got tough.

Miracle in a Mexican Restaurant

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A miracle message from a mysterious stranger.

Showing, Telling, and Sharing

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A child’s forgotten “share” turns into a unique gift.

Bus Stop Blessing

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Paying it forward with a smile.

Putting the Fourth First

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A red, white, and blue promise to make to yourself.

Dogs, Cats and Other Angels

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How pets can teach us one of the great secrets of life.

Martha’s Wedding Checklist

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Two things that have to fit perfectly.

Thirteen Going on Vintage

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Tough times lead to a classic result.

The Everyday Holiday

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Christmas comes but once a year, but children are forever.

Where There’s Life

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“Where there’s life, there’s hope.”

The Team That Lost and Won

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An unusual play wins respect for a lifetime.

The Smallest Prayer

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A child prays for the wrong thing but gets it right.

Lizzie’s Looking for an Answer

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Watch Letter to a College Kid Our Mother’s Day video got a great deal of response. So many moving stories from you about your own mothers and your plans to honor them. I was deeply affected by the letters from […]

Prayer and the Single Girl

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Are you praying for Mr. Right?

The Simply Complex You

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It isn’t easy being us.

Love Is Always With You

posted by Brandi Harkonen

An unselfish gift from a gentle soul.

Letter to a College Kid

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A mother’s letter reaches across the miles to touch a lonely student.

The Troubled Tortoise

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What’s really going on when we’re going through troubles?

Something’s Changed

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Is change a good thing?

Giving It Up For Lent

posted by Brandi Harkonen

What Martha gained when she gave this up.

Strangers On A Plane

posted by Brandi Harkonen

You never know what someone else is going through.

Who’s That Dog?

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Martha introduces her occasional co-host.

Our St. Patrick’s Day Present

posted by Brandi Harkonen

The night before St. Patrick’s Day my six year-old asked, “do we get presents tomorrow?” I shook my head and said no, it’s not that kind of holiday. But then I started thinking and I realized that St. Patrick’s Day […]

Going, Going, Grey

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Finding the gold behind the silver lining.

The Real Deal

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Whether or not you are a country music fan, whether or not you have ever downloaded a song on your computer, whether or not you have ever heard country superstar Randy Travis perform, this would be a good day to […]

Return Of The Ring

posted by Brandi Harkonen

With God, all things are possible!

I’ve Got That Daytime Television Flu

posted by Brandi Harkonen

The letter sat in the mailbox nearly all day, because I was just feeling too crummy to go outside and check the mail Yes, the flu season has finally caught up with me. If it’s this bad after getting a […]

Dinner With The Greatest

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A night to remember with Muhammad Ali.

Where’s Grandpa

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A child grieves in a surprising way.

What Is Your Cup Of Coffee?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Dear Friends, Okay, it may be a few days after Valentine’s Day, but I’m keeping the “Coffee Cup” video up until next week, because I loved the responses it has received so far and I’m hoping for more. I laughed […]

One Little Cup Of Coffee

posted by Brandi Harkonen

What is your “cup of coffee?”

Hello, Young Lovers and Everybody Else, too.

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Dear Friends, I am running off today to celebrate my tenth anniversary with my wonderful husband, Jon. Okay, I’m not running off. I’m actually sitting here with ice on my left foot, wondering if I broke my toe. So much […]

The Tie That Binds

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Love and Windex never fail.

I Will Walk With You, Part 2

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The Lost Is Found

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Some of you may remember my story of rescuing the lost puppy who was running in and out of traffic last week. After attempting to find his owner, we finally took him to the nearest humane society and signed up […]

The Intersection Of Life And Death

posted by Brandi Harkonen

I sat in a hospital waiting room recently, awaiting news from the OR while a friend was in surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Over the hours I watched as two others waited nervously on the other side of the […]

The Cyberspace Rest Stop

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Taking a break from all the “ings.”

A Voice From The Past

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Dear Friends, We’re going back in time today. I’m attaching links to a two-part interview that Dinah Shore did with Paddy Chayefsky back in 1977. Part 1, Part 2 First, notice how much TIME she gave him to make his […]

Hero On The Dresser

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A simple errand gives a man a new goal.

“The Fate” Of A Little Puppy

posted by Brandi Harkonen

If I’d had another cup of coffee after church, we’d have been too late to see the dog run across the street. If we’d left church a few seconds sooner, we would have hit the dog as it ran under […]

Keep On Keeping On

posted by Brandi Harkonen

If you are joining us here for the first time, WELCOME! Somewhere out there in cyberspace, I imagine someone sitting in front of a computer, typing the word “hope” into a search engine, seeking just a moment of encouragement, a […]

Hey! Who’s Encouraging Who Here?!

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Dear Friends, This was a difficult week for me; it was the anniversary of my father’s death and it is always an emotional time. Seventeen years have passed and yet, as so many of you understand, a song, a photograph, […]

I Will Walk With You, Part 1

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Most Annoying Celebrity?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A Parade Magazine Poll has named Rosie O’Donnell The Most Annoying Celebrity of 2007. I can remember a time when I’d grab the Sunday newspaper and search for the Parade Magazine insert and more often than not I’d find a […]

A Brand New Start

posted by Brandi Harkonen

This simple habit gave somebody a brand new start every day.

God’s Calendar Or Yours?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

If it’s hard to believe that it’s 2008 already, imagine how they felt back in 1751. When the English fell asleep on March 24, 1751, they awoke to March 25, 1752. It was all part of a tricky plan to […]

I Did “The Thing” On New Year’s Eve

posted by Brandi Harkonen

On the last night of December, sixteen hundred and two years ago, according to Thomas Cahill, author of “How The Irish Saved Civilization“, “the Rhine river froze solid, providing the natural bridge that hundreds of thousands of hungry men, women, […]

The Courage Of A Young Cowboy

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Somewhere in Texas there’s a little boy named Logan who broke my heart this morning.

The Resolution Solution

posted by Brandi Harkonen

Here’s a New Year’s resolution you’ll probably want to keep.

Our Caroling Comeback

posted by Brandi Harkonen

I saw a survey yesterday that confirmed that neighborhood Christmas caroling is on the wane. With clickable advent calendars and online shopping, the demise of neighborhood carolers is not a surprise to anyone. But it is sad. I was mourning […]

Oh, Holy Night, Part 2

posted by Brandi Harkonen

The best Christmas carol he ever heard. Did you see Oh, Holy Night, Part 1?

WELCOME!

posted by Brandi Harkonen

This is my first blog ever and I thought I’d start it with a thank you to everyone at Beliefnet who made this webpage possible. They are terrific and so committed to making “A Touch of Encouragement” something special. We […]

Oh, Holy Night, Part 1

posted by Brandi Harkonen

The Christmas carol that saved a life. Did you see Oh, Holy Night, Part 2?

A Golden Opportunity?

posted by Brandi Harkonen

A different Christian perspective on the Golden Compass.

Welcome!

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A miracle in the desert.

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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.

posted 5:54:24am Jun. 22, 2010 | read full post »

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."

posted 6:10:00am Jun. 18, 2010 | read full post »

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