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Our Second Act
I LAY IN BED ASKING A QUESTION I never imagined I’d ask: Was my marriage about to collapse? My wife, Anne, and I were recent empty nesters. After nearly 25 years working and raising a family in the Northeast, we’d moved to Nashville to start the seco
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Jacob’s Joy
THE CONFERENCE FLOOR WAS buzzing last May in Minneapolis, where I was speaking as president of the National Organization on Disability, a private nonprofit that focuses on increasing employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities. I wasn’t
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Equal To The Test
I’LL NEVER FORGET the day Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, asked me to join his baseball organization. I would be the first Black man to play in organized baseball—that is, if I were good enough to make the grade. Mr. Rickey’s office
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What Prayer Can Do
Taking care of business. That was my motto as a Marine; now it was the motto of my small trucking business. I’m a man of action. But there wasn’t a thing I could do about my current situation. A driver at my company’s Casper, Wyoming, location had go
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Miracle on Hold
WHEN GOD GIVES YOU A MIRACLE, why would it be taken away? I had really felt like that: God’s walking miracle. I traveled all over the United States, talking to different groups, telling my story and giving witness to my dramatic turnaround. I wrote a
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The Decision
MONTHS INTO MY FIRST SERIOUS attempt to stay sober, I was about to throw it all away. I stood in my dorm room at Mercy House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Georgetown, Mississippi. Mercy House is faith-based, emphasizing spiritua
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Faith & Courage
I’m extremely proud of the seventy-fifth-anniversary classic, featured on page 46 of this issue, by the great Jackie Robinson, who shares how faith helped him defeat the racial injustice of the so-called color barrier in Major League Baseball, which
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Family Room
“I love serving the players and helping them and their families achieve their goals,” says Troy Vincent Sr. (Breaking the Cycle, page 22). As the NFL’s second-in-command, and the first former player to become executive vice president of football oper
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & VICE PRESIDENT Edward Grinnan EXECUTIVE EDITORS Rick Hamlin, Amy Wong CREATIVE DIRECTOR Kayo Der Sarkissian SENIOR EDITOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS Celeste McCauley SENIOR EDITORS Evan Miller, Jim Hinch, Hilary Ribons COPY CHIEF Lisa Guerns
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Guideposts Impact
For more information on Guideposts’ outreach programs, visit guideposts.org/helping-others, write to GUIDEPOSTS FOUNDATION, 100 Reserve Road, Suite E200, Danbury, CT 06810 or e-mail us at outreach@guideposts.org. ■
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What’s New on Guideposts.org
Sidney Smith (page 56) discusses his recovery from drug addiction and shares his advice for addicts seeking help. guideposts.org/ssmith Red Cross chaplain Earl Johnson (page 16) gave spiritual support after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Hear his tips f
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Continued
GUIDEPOSTS helped me find a job! Five years ago, I was ready to retire after 40 years in sales. I would need part-time work to supplement Social Security but didn’t want to operate a cash register or manage people or sell anything. I did want to make
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The Up Side
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Someone Cares
My daughter Brenda called from Virginia. “I’ve got a great way to honor Dad,” she said. “Let’s send some Packers gear to the hospital for a baby born on his birthday.” It was a year after my husband, Eugene, had passed away. Brenda got the idea from
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The Hardest Post
4/9/2016, 11:21 a.m. Dear friends, family and acquaintances, I got some news this week that threw my world out of orbit. I stopped and stared at the computer screen. Since being diagnosed with Stage I invasive ductal breast cancer a few days before,
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Staying Strong In A Crisis
WE ARE LIVING IN FRIGHTENING, tumultuous times. Coronavirus continues its spread across the globe, killing hundreds of thousands of people, its toll of sickness and economic disruption affecting millions more. The poor and people of color have been p
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Mysterious Ways
Mom’s favorite color was purple. Most of her wardrobe consisted of shades of lilac and mauve. Every year for her birthday, we’d order a huge sheet cake with purple buttercream flowers to share with the other residents at her assisted living facility.
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Breaking the Cycle
THE SOUND IS SEARED INTO my memory. Heavy footsteps. Pounding. Screaming. A storm of violence on the other side of my bedroom wall. More heavy footsteps and a slammed door. Eerie silence. I was just seven years old when my mom’s boyfriend, the father
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A Light From Within
HAD I MADE THE RIGHT DECIsion, getting these horses? I paced in our home near Norfolk, England, waiting for the horse whisperer to pull into the drive. I’d found his information in an equine magazine. He claimed to help people with difficult horses.
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & VICE PRESIDENT Edward Grinnan EXECUTIVE EDITORS Rick Hamlin, Amy Wong CREATIVE DIRECTOR Kayo Der Sarkissian SENIOR EDITOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS Celeste McCauley SENIOR EDITORS Evan Miller, Jim Hinch, Hilary Ribons COPY CHIEF Lisa Guerns
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Joyful Reawakening
I OPENED MY EYES THAT SUNDAY, the first day of quarantine, and thought, The world as we know it has closed. No more car commutes, rushing to drop the kids off at school or with babysitters before work. No more lively people populating the scenes of m
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Here for You
The military and military veterans have always been close to our hearts. Ruth and Norman Peale founded Guideposts in 1945 just as the troops were coming home from World War II, reuniting with their families and returning to civilian life. Dr. Peale w
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A PREVIEW FROM Daily Guideposts 2021
—LUKE 18:1 (NIV) I KEEP A GOD BOX. IT’S A round black cardboard box. I think it was the gift packaging for a necklace. I place in my God Box folded bits of paper with written prayers for help with some of my biggest or most intractable problems. It’s
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The Up Side®
SEND AN UPLIFTING QUOTE from a newsmaker or yourself to upside@guideposts.org or GUIDEPOSTS, The Up Side, 110 William Street, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038. ■
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What Prayer Can Do®
I had dedicated some 20 years to the company where I worked as a metrologist, calibrating and purchasing industrial measurement instruments. Now, thanks to new management, I was out of a job for the first time in my adult life. I was 56 and trying to
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Someone Cares
I started running in 2013 and quickly realized that wearing a good sports bra is necessary. Fortunately, I have found a number of sports bras that help me stay focused on my performance. My friend Sarah Dwyer-Shick, a soccer coach, learned women and
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Family Room
“It was God alone who aligned our paths,” says Sandy Blair (Still Serving, page 26) of Caity Casey, the communications director of her nonprofit, Operation WEBS (Women Empowered Build Strong). In one of their early conversations, Sandy and Caity disc
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Lynn Colwell
who she is Lynn Colwell is a mixed-media artist in Redmond, Washington. In grade school, a teacher told her she had no artistic talent and Lynn believed her. Until 2015, that is, when she retired from a career in corporate communications. Looking to
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Guideposts Impact
For more information on Guideposts’ outreach programs, visit guideposts.org/helping-others, write to GUIDEPOSTS FOUNDATION, 100 Reserve Road, Suite E200, Danbury, CT 06810 or e-mail us at outreach@guideposts.org. ■
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What Love Had to Do With It
OH, NO. OUR COUNTY HAD ISSUED a stay-at-home order. This was necessary to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, but I dreaded it. For myself, for my boys. How would they handle being cooped up together for weeks on end? How would I keep the peace whil
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