Hope on This Side of Eternity

It was the fall of 2013. Like many young moms, Kim Andrew was juggling her busy life as a wife and mother of two with her commitments at work and her ministry to teens. Then the 29-year-old got the diagnosis. Cancer. And the roller coaster ride began. With honesty and humor, Kim blogs from her home in Pennsylvania about her life and her faith. She and her readers laugh, cry, worry and hope together. Here are samplings of her blog.

The Design Process

A lilac bouquet starts with a cutting planted in good soil that must be tended, watered and pruned. When the shrub is mature, it blooms and offers a bounty of flowers—fragrant, graceful stems that symbolize love. The process God uses for shaping your life is similar. The practical tools and methods here will help you blossom as a Christian.

31 Bits

Vibrant handmade beads and a desire to help displaced Ugandan women led five Christian college friends to launch a successful jewelry company.

A Time to Plant

From the day humans were created, we’ve been drawn to gardening. Plant a garden this year and you’ll be happier, more fit and more spiritually healthy. Plus, there are all those tomatoes.

The Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the story at the heart of the Bible, at the heart of the Gospel, and at the heart of what it means to be a Christian. Read about this miraculous event in the Gospel according to Matthew. Then, in the First Letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul explains how the Christian faith rises or falls with the resurrection. These readings are from a Bible translation called "The Voice," published by Thomas Nelson. It's a modern language translation that presents scripture as story.

Ivy: Designed by the Master

Ivy forms an almost inseparable union with any surface it attaches to, inspiring generations of artists to use it as a symbol for faithfulness and eternal life. This remarkable vine gives testament to the very nature and existence of God, the Master Creator of the Universe.

Mary in a Martha World

Most of us are like one or the other of two sisters—Martha and Mary. Martha thought the way to fulfillment was serving a perfect Julia Child meal in a spotless house decorated by a trendy designer. Mary just wanted to make her guests feel welcome, as if they were part of the family. If Martha plays her cards right, she may gain the whole world and a reality TV show. All Mary wants to do is live well, love well and be loved by her Lord. Who are you?

True Glory

The most important teaching on the field of play isn't about running or catching, it's about building character and faith.

Ian & Larissa

The love story of Ian and Larissa Murphy almost ended before it started. But God had a plan for this vibrant couple.

The Story of David

David, a young shepherd from the fields of Bethlehem, rose to become king of Israel. He moved from obscurity to history. God chose David not for his strength or good looks, but because he was a man after God's own heart. "He (David) will do everything I want him to do." Acts 13:22 NLT. His life was marked by incredible adventure, great triumphs and some disheartening personal failures in judgement and deeds. David's story reveals the life of a complicated man who found favor with God even though he struggled with a host of human imperfections.

Going the Right Direction

There are many paths to the same destination, but some have fewer pitfalls and the promise of peace.

Jesus: A Life Foretold in Prophecy

The life of Jesus Christ and His return to life stand as irrefutable testimony to the truth of the Bible prophecies in the Old and New Testaments. From His birth in an Israeli backwater town to His brutal crucifixion to His ultimate victory over death in the Resurrection, every prediction was fulfilled. With all of the prophecies about His first coming divinely realized, our hope in the prophecies about Christ’s second coming stands firm.

The Master's Plan for a Digital World

Though many believers find it tricky to discern God’s will, Bud and Betty Miller have learned the secret to His leadings. Even when they feel inadequate and clueless, they are confident God will show them the way.

A Chance at Life

Given the chance to film one of God's miracle workers, filmmaker Brian Ivie learns from the divine Director that each life is precious, including his own.

Standing Firm in Faith

David Green, founder of Hobby Lobby stores, is worth honoring for his federal court challenge to Obamacare rules on religious freedom grounds. But more important, David is a faithful, generous and humble follower of the Lord.

Ready to Serve

For Katie Farrell, balanced healthy living began when she immersed herself in the Word of God. Today, she shares what she’s learned about healthy eating, exercise and devotion with women around the world.

God's Wisdom

Balancing life as a mom or grandmother has been a struggle since the first woman strapped a baby to her body and did chores. But women do it every day with style and grace. On my busiest, most challenging days a list like this is invaluable. Keep it tucked into your purse or posted for daily encouragement.

Fear No Evil

Living with fear is a daily fact of life in our world. None of us can hide from it. Deep anxiety is triggered by unexpected events, whether they occur in our homes or in far away countries.

The Cameron Effect

Kirk Cameron is a deeply committed Christian seeking to turn our culture back to God. Don’t be dismissive of this former TV sitcom star’s lofty goal. He’s a man following His Master’s plan.

Sharing the Greatest Gift

Bring the family together for a winter evening study and discussion on the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Read aloud from the Bible, then read this version from Hurlbut’s Story Bible based on Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-39.

The Salvation Army

The Christmas of 1891 was coming and Joseph McFee of The Salvation Army was determined to provide a free holiday dinner for the poor in San Francisco. But how would he pay for it?

Pieced Together

Quilts are unique expressions of God’s love. Some are crafted for those we hold dear, but most are for strangers. We’re all the same to the lord.

Reclaimed Charm

Deep in the heart of Texas, Chip and Joanna Gaines transform ugly houses into welcoming family homes. Now, in the second season of their HGTV makeover show, Fixer Upper, they tell Life:Beautiful readers the secrets to a truly beautiful home.

Education for Life

Raising a godly child in an ungodly world can be a daunting task. But be confident—God has a plan that assures your success.

Happy Soles

What does it take to change someone's life? For children in Uganda, change occurs one foot at a time with divinely inspired, upcycled shoes.

Get to Know the Ten Commandments

The Ten commandments are as relevant today as they were to Moses and the Israelites when God inscribed these enduring laws into stone.

A Forgotten Tale

Heroes of the faith are those who show courage in extreme circumstances. Such is the story of missionary Dr. Susanna Carson Rijnhart, who we honor for her pursuit of God’s calling over 100 years ago.

Letters Home

The spoken word is a powerful way to pray to our heavenly Father. There are times, though, when it soothes the soul to let our spirit pour out our deepest, most complicated or personal thoughts onto a clean sheet of paper. Writing a letter to a loving God allows you to share fears, hopes, dreams and anything else on your mind. Writing out your thoughts forces you to organize and review what you are saying in a way that is impossible when speaking.