Going the Right Direction

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

31 Bits

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

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.

One Shade of Purity

Many Christians today feel an evil shadow spreading across the Church. A believing friend stumbles; a pastor falls. Something is desperately wrong. If that’s how you feel, consider this: Even Christian women are mistaking grey as the new white.

A Path Worth Following

When it came time to go to the airport, I couldn’t resist walking to the overlook to see the Pacific Ocean far below. It was the last day of a brief getaway taken after a seriously long winter. I was seeking God’s direction for the next issue of Life:Beautiful. But spring hadn’t come when promised and I felt as bland as the days had been. I wanted my high energy and my joie de vivre to return. I had been hoping that inspiration would arrive during my 72 hours on the California coast.

Noah and the Ark

The story of Noah afloat with all those animals has delighted children for thousands of years. But there is a deeper, richer story for all of us about obedience to God.

Rebuilding Through Faith

The trials of life sometimes seem to crash down on us like an avalanche. Emotional, financial, physical and spiritual problems take their toll.There’s only one way out, one door to go through. Cry out for the Lord. It was that way for Sandi Hixson. Her story is offered to honor all those who allow the light of God’s Word to guide their paths in difficult times.

Deliverance on Highway 6

Theologians may debate the existence of miracles, but for Texas couple Cody and Cheri Clemmons, the Truth has spiritual and physical power to set the lost free.

Called to an African Village

He was once a Wall Street broker and she was once a professional photographer. Now this husband-and-wife team serves as missionaries in distant southern Africa. Rooted in the Word, they are helping to change lives in a rural village.

What a Beautiful Name

We can learn a lot about God by observing what He does throughout Scripture, but we can also gain great insight into His nature by studying His many names—from Alpha and Omega to the Bread of Life to Abba Father. Add another dimension to your prayer life by including these names in your praise, worship and petitions.

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.

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