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What to Do When a Loved One “Comes Out”

This is where it gets practical and personal. Your loved one (like all of us) needs community, a family . . . and hope. Where better to experience these things than around your dinner table, in your church, and in the everyday stuff of life? This is especially important if theyve already experienced rejection from... Read more

You Are Loved and Not Forgotten – Encouragement for Today – July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020You Are Loved and Not ForgottenARLENE PELLICANELee en espaolThe steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23 (NKJV)Years ago, my mom was traveling next to a woman who was wrestling with a pie. The lady was trying to take out her work things... Read more

Why Losing a Loved One Doesnt Feel Real

I was awakened Sunday by a telephone call from a friend telling me news I never expected to hear: that my friend and former student had been killed, run over by an 18-wheeler while helping stranded motorists beside a highway. Before grief hit incredulity. I kept saying What? And in the hours since, I cry... Read more

Loved Because of Who You Are – Encouragement for Today – July 2, 2020

July 2, 2020Loved Because of Who You AreLYNN COWELLLee en espaolSee what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1 (NIV)I recently discovered... Read more

Lies, Labels and LOVED. – Encouragement for Today – June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020Lies, Labels and LOVED.CINDY BULTEMA Lee en espaolYou were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22, 24 (NIV) Within... Read more

LOVED. In the Loss – Encouragement for Today – June 24, 2020

June 24, 2020LOVED. In the LossCINDY BULTEMA Lee en espaolNeither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39 (NIV)My gut-punch arrived with a phone call.My fianc David and I were in the midst of... Read more

‘Your Loved Ones Will Not Have Died in Vain,’ Trump Tells Families in Signing Order

'Your Loved Ones Will Not Have Died in Vain,' Trump Tells Families in Signing Order President Trump on Tuesday met with families of black individuals who have died from police violence and then signed an executive order banning most chokeholds while establishing a database to track police officers who have used excessive force.Your... Read more

A Prayer for Those Who Lost a Loved One to COVID-19

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)I walked hesitantly, unable to see where the pier ended and the river began. The lighthouse was assuredly in the distance, but its presence remained covered by thick fog laying down on the surface. The details of the brightening horizon... Read more

The difficult reality of caring for a loved one with dementia

(Photo: Pilgrims' Friend Society)Louise Morse is a writer and speaker for Pilgrims' Friend Society and has a Master's degree examining the effects of dementia care on families. She explores the challenges facing those who care for someone with dementia.A wife whose husband had died of dementia raged to me that more should be published about... Read more

10 Ways to Make Your Mom Feel Truly Loved

Betsy St. Amant Haddox iBelieve Contributing Writer A mothers love is a beautiful gift. God uniquely designed mothers with instincts, desires, and abilities that reflect His own nurturing and loving care for us. He has equipped moms in a special way, not only with the ability to bear and deliver a child, but also spiritually,... Read more

20 Birthday Bible Verses to Bless and Celebrate Loved Ones

It is important to honor the birthdays of loved ones, friends, and neighbors; it reminds them they are special, loved, and remembered. There are many ways to show our love: gifts and balloons are always fun.  One of the best ways to remember a birthday is with Bible verses filled with loving words and encouragement.... Read more