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Our culture is sorely lacking in civility and common decency these days. But I heard a story that lifted my spirits and I’d like to share it with you.

Billy was attending his first day at junior high school. It began with an assembly where all the home room teachers were introduced. First to be introduced was Miss Smith. The ninth graders knew she was an easy grader and not much of a disciplinarian. They began to cheer for her. The next to be introduced was Mr. Brown, who was a young and popular teacher — a special favorite. This time the eighth graders joined in the thundering approval.


A Life-Changing Moment

There are moments in our lives that change everything. Holding your child for the first time. Losing someone you love. Starting over in a new place. 

Brenda shared with us a moment that changed the course of her life, 20 years ago.

I’m author Holley Gerth, and if we could have coffee today I’d say, “Let’s look for the best in each other.”

It seems we are becoming a world that sees the worst in each other. Just take a look on social media. This concerns me because as I like to say, “People tend to become who you believe them to be. So believe the best." No one ever became a better person because someone believed the worst about them.


99 Balloons

They say that time is relative. The span of a lifetime is long, unless a lifetime is only 99 days. Matt and Ginny Mooney know how short 99 days is. It’s the number of days they got to share life with their first born son Eliot. In the course of 99 days the Mooney's became a family affected by disability and loss.

After becoming Eliot’s parents they felt God prompting them to provide a place where others facing disability could find hope and community. In 2007 99 Balloons was formed to provide a place of inclusion for everyone, no matter what diagnosis they were facing.

During the two and a half years my husband and I dated, we definitely had a breakup. Once we got back together and it was getting serious, I started to panic. As a teenager I had developed this list of all the qualities my perfect man would have. And what do you know? Cary, the guy I was dating, didn't fit the list. 


Day 21: Keep Running

You made it! As we close the 21 Day Challenge, we want to encourage you to continue connecting with God in a variety of ways.

Of course, we’ll be here with uplifting music and encouraging words on the radio each and every day. We hope you have benefited from joining a community that has prayed together, learned together, and journeyed together.


Day 20: Grace Day #3

Today is a “Grace Day” in the 21 Day Challenge!  

Today is a day to rest & reflect. Take a moment to review some of this past week’s posts or get caught up on what you may have missed. 

When there’s a crisis they’re the first to come to the rescue, to fight the flames, and to hold a hand. When the crisis is over they’re sometimes the last to eat, to sleep, and to hear the words “thank you.”

This Valentine’s Day we want to team up with you to “Be the Change” with Valentine Cards for First Responders. Let’s be the first to say thank you!


Day 18: Even If

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of making a little trip to Phoenix, Arizona, for a chance to get a preview of what the guys at Mercy Me have been up to. They've been working on a brand new album, and it comes out later this year!

When I walked through the door of my mom’s house, her first question was: Suzie, where’s your coat? When she discovered that I hadn’t brought a coat, she rummaged in her closet until she found one.

My first instinct was to remind her that if I wanted a coat, I would have worn one. Or to tease her and tell her that I didn’t want to wear a coat to make her feel warmer.

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