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Guideposts

November 2020

Guideposts is a monthly inspirational, interfaith, non profit magazine written by people from all walks of life. Its articles help readers achieve their maximum personal and spiritual potential.

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we are family

Those of you who read Daily Guideposts, our popular annual book of devotions, will recognize Patty Kirk, whose devotion we feature in this issue as a preview to Daily Guideposts 2021. For Patty, a passionate cook, Thanksgiving is the culinary culmination of the year, a moment when family and food unite. The year she writes about, however, was different. One of her daughters was unable to make it home. Crestfallen, Patty wondered if this augured future Thanksgivings when her children would be grown and far away. I won’t spoil the ending for you, though. You’ll have to turn to page 35. Thanksgiving 2020 is shaping up to be a little like the one in Patty’s devotion. Because of the pandemic, many of us will be holding smaller celebrations without family members…

1 min.
what’s new on guideposts.org

Music Man! Don Embrey (page 36) honored his Vietnam service in the United States Marine Corps with a banjo he crafted himself. Listen to him play a classic tune in our exclusive video in celebration of Veterans Day. guideposts.org/dembrey Sweet Peace In this Guideposts video, Rose McGee (page 48) talks about her mission to bring healing to hurting communities, one sweet potato pie at a time. guideposts.org/rmcgee Thanksgiving Anywhere Not all of us will be together this Thanksgiving. Check out our five tips for gratitude at a distance. guideposts.org/thanksgivingprayers Keep Your Guideposts Coming We make it easy to renew your magazine, check on the length of your subscription, view your donation history or manage book series shipments. guideposts.org/ecares…

1 min.
the up side®

“My faith is the guiding force in my life. It keeps me grounded, aids in every decision I make. It’s the foundation. With a rocky foundation, you will stumble, but with a solid one, you will flourish.”OCTAVIA SPENCER, Oscar-winning actor“God says that we are all valuable, that all of us are important. And we’ve got to take care of what God thinks is valuable—even when it’s you. Especially when it’s you.”entrepreneur LORI ALLEN, from her book, Say Yes to What’s Next: How to Age With Elegance and Class While Never Losing Your Beauty and Sass!“There are only two responses to the world: fear or love. Your life depends on which one you choose.”DEEPAK CHOPRA, author“What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”posted on…

3 min.
someone cares

SIMPLY THE BEST The first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic got my husband, Kevin, and me down. We slipped into the habit of saying “That’s the worst” whenever we heard an alarming news report or encountered a rude person. Griping only added to our unhappiness. Then I came across a plaque that read: A Grateful Heart Opens the Door to Miracles. We could use a miracle now more than ever. I shared the saying with Kevin and suggested we focus our conversations on the best, not the worst. came across a plaque that read: A GRATEFUL HEART OPENS THE DOOR TO MIRACLES. We could use a miracle now more than ever. I shared the saying with Kevin and suggested we focus our conversations on the best, not the worst. We’ve had to clamp…

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“we’re his family”

I SAT BESIDE THE ELDERLY VETERAN’S bed in the hospice unit. Watching him struggle to draw breath, I felt an ache in my own chest. Lord, am I really helping? I’d been so sure I was on the right path, a path the Lord had set me on, but now I wondered. Until he’d moved into hospice, this Vietnam veteran—I’ll call him Robert—had been living with my family as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical foster home program. Taking care of these men—cooking for them, helping them with daily activities, providing a safe and stable home—was my job. Although we’d welcomed Robert into our house more than two years earlier, I’d always felt some friction between us. He and I had never really been able to see eye…

2 min.
supporting military caregivers

There are an estimated 5.5 million military caregivers in the United States—spouses, family members and friends who care for wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans at home. They play a vital role in improving the health and quality of life of service members and veterans. Unlike Lynn Rufing, most are not trained professionals, and their caregiving takes a significant toll on their own well-being. A study by the RAND Corporation found that, compared with civilian caregivers, military caregivers report more sleep deprivation and greater incidence of chronic illness. They have an elevated risk for depression. They have greater out-ofpocket expenses and are more likely to experience workplace problems and social isolation. Post-9/11 caregivers—taking care of someone who served after September 11, 2001—fare worst. They tend to be younger, lacking…