Stories of Heaven and Earth

LOVE IS AT WORK Love is ever diligent, laboring behind the scenes, rewriting sorrow’s stories into tales of redemption. Jesus said, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working.” --John 5:17
EVER MINDFUL Do not be anxious. He is also mindful of you, and knows your deepest needs. "In His hand is the life of every creature, and the breath of all mankind." --Job 12:10
THE SWIFT The race isn't always to the swift, but it's still not a bad idea to choose a really slow competitor! "Just you and me turtle-boy, from here to the edge of the carpet!"
DIVINE INVITATION What is needed to come to God? An open heart, and empty hands. “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings." --Hebrews 10:22
In my 40-year history as a human, I’ve disliked a lot of people for loving me, but none of them as much as I detested my husband. I just spent a lot of time wondering, subconsciously, mostly, but sometimes at the front of my brain, how he could be so stupid. So dim-witted. So stubbornly blind to my physical flaws and to my ...
This video provides a beautiful reminder that we can always have a positive impact on people’s lives, even if it’s just a small gesture. Not only can we promote a positive change in someone’s life, but we can also create a ripple effect that makes other’s want to follow in our footsteps. If we all do one small thing and ...
YOUR LIFE, YOUR SONG Every person is created unique, and thus able to uniquely reflect God's creativity. "Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth." --Psalm 96:1    
The boost of self-confidence you get after having your haircut puts pep in your step and makes you feel like you can take on the world. This is how Mark Bustos wants everyone to be able to feel, even if they aren’t able to afford one of his haircuts from the ritzy New York City salon he works at, or even ...
It began with overhearing an unkind comment from a couple of teenagers. They walked past 75-year-old Leonard Bullock’s home in Pendleton, Oregon and made a comment about how the house should be destroyed due to its poor condition. Union Pacific track inspector Josh Cyganik overheard the comment, as did the house’s owner Leonard Bullock. (more…)
To view the world through the eyes and heart of a child can be a powerful reminder. They possess an innocence and are not yet jaded by the harsh realities of the world. They can be examples for us to see the world with a pure heart. (more…)
Christopher Duffley has had a few obstacles in his life, and certainly hasn’t had an easy route. However, Christopher’s family believes that he was blessed with a gift from God. (more…)
After a young waitress says thank you with a small, but kind, gesture, her recipients return the favor in a huge way. (more…)
Some people love drugs. Others allow alcohol to replace the blood in their veins. Sex is surely toward the top of the list of things that people will do almost anything to engage in. People can become addicted to just about anything and, like most addicts, I wasn’t aware I had become one until I was desperately and carelessly chasing ...
How would you react if, after many years, someone decided to apologize to you?   Michael Goodman was reading about a local bagel shop on the social media website Facebook. While scanning the article, a named popped off the page: Claude Soffel. More than thirty years prior, Goodman had stolen Soffel’s bus pass from him outside New York City’s Museum of Natural ...
Grace is not about anything we can do. It’s about resting in what Christ has already done on our behalf. "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." --Matthew 11:28
If eternity has been set in our hearts, it makes sense that the echoed beauties of our world would resonate within us, awakening hope and homesick longings for the eternal. "He has made everything beautiful in its time, and has put eternity in our hearts.” --Ecclesiastes 3:11
We so often carry burdens too large for our small shoulders. Burdens we were never meant to carry. The divine call to be still is, at its heart, a call to freedom. It is a gracious invitation to lay our burdens down and breathe deep in the love of the One who alone can shoulder the weight of our lives. "Be ...
School started Tuesday. On Wednesday, my middle school daughter had picture day. PICTURE DAY. The day after school started! Which felt like a special form of cruelty, asking me to be organized two days in a row. Like the Universe was saying, “NO, Beth, it’s not enough to have ONE day’s worth of clean clothes; you’re supposed to keep a whole pile of ...
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