Enduring It WellOne of my favorite parts of the day is after the kids get off to school, when I tackle the kitchen, straighten up, and start the laundry (on Mondays and Thursdays). I love listening to uplifting, inspiring, and interesting stories while I work. One of the series I listen to is called, "Enduring it Well," and it includes interviews with people who have survived and thrived in the midst of various hardships. Some are on-going and challenging, such as handicaps or blindness. Others come on suddenly, such as death or natural disasters.
A few I've loved recently and highly recommend:
- Haiti Earthquake Endured. This story would make a great action movie -- a man goes to Haiti right after the earthquake to bring relief supplies to the orphanage where the daughter he and his wife have been trying to adopt lives. Last-minute miracles, a near mugging, an airlift, and the rescue of dozens of babies are just part of this amazing story.
- In a Whirlwind. The story of a couple who survive the Joplin, Missouri tornado, how they re-united with their daughters who also survived, and the challenges afterwards.
- There's also great insights into how to handle and understand challenges like Depression, Heartbreak and Divorce, Raising a Child with Autism, Keeping Hope After a Kidnapping (Elizabeth Smart's parents), Alzheimer Disease, as well as advice on Living a Balanced Life.
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Christmas Mood LiftersThanks to Andrya, I was clued into this beautiful song, which finally has lyrics to match the Hallelujah.
Here it is with a music video:
And with just the lyrics:
I also loved this video:
And if that isn't enough to get you in the spirit of Christmas, how about this beautiful song?