Women's Lifestyle


June/July 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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2 min.
certain times

We were right in the middle of putting this June/July issue together for you when our world—and yours too, I’m sure—was flipped upside down. Medical experts advised the state of New York to order all nonessential businesses to close in order to stem the spread of Covid-19 and save lives. And while we certainly feel that providing you with true stories of hope and inspiration is essential, we are committed to serving the common good. We closed both the New York and Connecticut offices. Fortunately, we have the technology to work remotely and continue to serve you. That mission to bring you relevant, uplifting and informative content across all our platforms is keeping Guideposts going through these challenging times. Amazingly, many of the stories in this issue speak to those very challenges.…

1 min.
what’s new on guideposts.org

Prayers for July 4th Celebrate our nation’s independence with these prayers. guideposts.org/july4prayers Dolly Shines Go behind the scenes of our exclusive cover shoot with Dolly Parton (page 28) in this video. guideposts.org/dolly For the Dads Bless your dad with one of these special prayers on Father’s Day. guideposts.org/dadblessings Find Inner Peace These verses will help you overcome your fears and find peace with God. guideposts.org/fearverses Keep Your GUIDEPOSTS Coming We make it easy to renew your magazine, check on the length of your subscription or manage book series shipments. guideposts.org/ecares…

2 min.
the up side®

“There were days when I wondered if it was really worth fighting on. But I brushed that aside quickly because that would have been a massive betrayal… a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf.”ALEX TREBEK, Jeopardy! host, who has stage IV pancreatic cancer“Faith does not make things easy—it makes them possible.”BIANCA OLTHOFF, inspirational author“Whatever you’re going through in life, you tend to gravitate toward people who are going through the same things. You can’t fix it, but you don’t have to go through it alone.”singer AMY GRANT, on being a caregiver for her parents, who both had dementia“Life going against your plan might be the answer to prayer you didn’t even know you needed.”CAITLIN CROSBY, from the book…

1 min.
someone cares

CHRISTMAS IN JULY “What have you been up to?” I asked at lunch with some former colleagues. “Oh, I’ve been sending care packages to deployed troops,” said my friend Jean. “You know what surprised me? They ask for Christmas cards to send to their families.” Military exchanges, particularly in combat zones, didn’t sell cards. A few of us were paper crafters and decided to get together to make cards. The first year, 2016, we made 550, which Jean sent to troops in the Middle East through the Any Soldier program. Last year, we sent almost 7,000! Our cards reached military personnel in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Syria. Our original group not only still gathers to make cards; we also meet with churches, civic groups, sororities and other people who want to help deployed service members…

2 min.
michael platt

who he is Michael Platt, a 14-year-old from Bowie, Maryland, is the founder of Michaels Desserts. Born with “an epic sweet tooth,” he fell in love with baking at age nine, helping his grandmother make a cake. Intrigued, he began watching baking videos. Michael was also learning from his parents about income inequality and childhood hunger, and he wanted to fight those injustices. Since his diagnosis with severe epilepsy at 10, Michael has been home-schooled by his mother, Danita. With his activities restricted, he threw himself into baking. After his parents gave him Toms shoes, he discovered that firm’s one-for-one model of giving—and inspiration struck. In 2017, with his parents’ help, he founded Michaels Desserts. For every dessert sold, the bakery donates one to the homeless or hungry. Michael deliberately…

8 min.
come together

SO MANY PEOPLE ARE LONELY these days. Thanks to technology, we live in an increasingly interconnected world, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. Forty percent of Americans report that their social relationships are “not meaningful.” One fifth of people say they’re “lonely or socially isolated.” Nearly a third of older adults live alone. Loneliness is a physical as well as a mental health problem. Research links prolonged social isolation to higher risks for high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and even death. I don’t mean to frighten you. But I think it’s important to recognize the costs of our individualistic, on-the-go, screen-hypnotized culture. I speak from personal experience. I’m married to a wonderful husband who works as a chaplain at a…