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Overcoming My Archie Bunker Prejudice

Guideposts | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion

When I get emotional about something I think somebody has done to me, I try to think before I start hurling a few hasty, bigoted thunderbolts. I simply leave the judging to the Lawgiver.

A Heart-Shaped Sign Of A Champion

Guideposts | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion

Shortly after Jim's funeral, I told Lauren about a grieving widow who found a heart-shaped rock on the beach where she and her husband had vacationed. Jim and I loved that story of God's comfort. For a while, I hoped I'd get my own sign from above. But nothing came.

My Parents' Dementia And The Last Lesson They Taught Me

Guideposts | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion

Caring for the ones who had been so capable is not easy. All my life I've asked God to lead me to where he needed me. Again and again he's answered that prayer. But this time there were no easy answers.

They Know Not What They Do: The Bombing Of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Guideposts | Posted 03.22.2013 | Religion

Boom! The floor swayed. Glass fell at my feet. Someone shouted, "Hit the floor!" I dropped, flat on the ground. Silence. Then a stampede of feet. Police sirens. I looked up. There was a hole in the stained-glass window where Jesus' face had been.

Amy Grant: The Most Thankful Day

Guideposts | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion

I think that sometimes we can over-think giving. It should be as natural as breathing. You have. You give. You receive. You share.

The Sign That Inspired Me To Become A Parent

Guideposts | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion

For 10 years, my husband, Ian, and I had wanted be parents. We had tried everything. Then we looked into pri­vate adoption. We put our names on waiting lists in every state, then even in China and Greece. But the phone never rang and the guest room stayed empty.

Mysterious Ways: Why I Had To Talk To This Woman

Guideposts | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion

Talk to her, I thought. Talk to her. Normally, I don't strike up conversations with perfect strangers but there was something about the woman waiting for the elevator with me at the medical complex. I couldn't ignore the voice in my head any longer.

Andrew Zimmern's Road To Recovery

Guideposts | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion

Outside the kitchen my life was spiraling downward. I told myself I was in control, that I wasn't really addicted at all. I used heroin to come down from coke, alcohol to moderate the pills. I had it all figured out.

Do You Need To Believe In God To Pray?

Rick Hamlin | Posted 06.08.2011 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

My very thoughtful 20-something son asked me the other day, "Dad, how do you pray for somebody if you don't really believe in God?" I thought back to a phrase my dad used.

Prayer 101: An Attitude Of Gratitude

Rick Hamlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

What occurs to me is that gratitude, whether directed to Someone or not, is a spiritual state. It's an attempt at humility, a reckoning of your place in the universe, a recognition that you're blessed.