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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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Thanks to Dad

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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!

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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 […]

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A Mother’s Wisdom

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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.

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 […]

The Irish Hour

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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.

The Best Valentine Ever

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

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

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

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

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

The Thirteenth Month

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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 […]

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 […]

The Flag That Saved Richard Gere

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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.

Steak Sauce and Statues

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

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

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

Red and White Roses

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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.

Easter in Black and White

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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.

The Real April Fools

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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.

A Valentine to Wait For

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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 […]

Confessions and Resolutions

posted by Brandi Harkonen

What’s your recipe for a great 2009?

Christmas Wishes

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

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

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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.

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.

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.

Putting the Fourth First

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

The Everyday Holiday

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

Lizzie’s Looking for an Answer

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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 […]

Giving It Up For Lent

posted by Brandi Harkonen

What Martha gained when she gave this up.

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 […]

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 […]

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 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?

Oh, Holy Night, Part 1

posted by Brandi Harkonen

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

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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." ...

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

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