Inspirational words to uplift and encourage.

We all need encouragement. Words that put a smile on our face and give us hope. SpringUpword exists for that reason alone. Contributors share from real life and uplift readers to the source of all life -- Christ!

Are You All In?

Watching basketball games is a painful thing…like literally! My heart goes to pounding and my stomach sorta churns. My mouth starts screaming things like “where’s the foul” and “box out!” Wild cheers for a shot made or a sweet pass just happen! I can’t contain it!! But only on certain games. Games my boys play in (or the Cowboys, but,…

Affirmation!

Mark Yaconelli writes about a little girl who received no affirmation at every stage of her life. At her high school graduation the audience clapped for every graduate but not for her. The silence stabbed her emotional heart. She feared her college graduation. She saw three young men at the back of the auditorium.  She offered them $20 each if…

How Much Do We Care?

My job as chaplain in a large psychiatric hospital was terminated. I think the corporate executives thought the bottom line would be improved. What they didn’t know was patients entered the chapel to pray and hear the chaplain’s daily devotionals. Patients often knelt in front of the cross to pray and cry out to God for healing. Several courageous patients…

Don’t Look Back!

A new family moved to the farm next to ours. The father was tired of factory work. He bought new machinery and proceeded to plant his fields. One day he walked over to our fence. Young man, I have a problem. I can’t make straight rows to save my life. Can you help me? I tied my team to the…

Lord, Is It I?

As the chosen 12 gathered together for the supper that would become known as the “last supper,” they were far from having it all together. Resentment was harbored in some hearts, arrogance in others. And not a single one of them were about to wash any dirty, stinky feet! A servant’s heart they did not possess. Jesus knew their hearts.…

Wait. Wait. He’s Coming!

We’re an impatient lot sometimes. We want faster internet. Microwaved food. Same-day delivery. Minutes. Seconds. Nanoseconds. That’s why one of my favorite characters in the “Christmas Story” is Simeon. Kind. Older. Steady. Devout. A fixture in the temple. And the Bible says he was patient. And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man…

BEST. PRESENT. EVER.

Thanksgiving was and is my favorite holiday, but that’s not to say Christmas doesn’t have it’s own traditions and fond memories. From the cozy wood-burning fireplace that left us Webb kids cologned with a smoky scent, to the Christmas tree me and my Daddy would hunt and then cut down, Christmas was wonderful.  We would strategically place the inevitable big…

Are You Running on Empty?

I love my sister-in-law Jen. She’s nice. She’s pretty. She’s fun. She has that sweet, kind, gentle-teacher way about her. But bless her heart! She has a dirty little secret. She lives on E. Well at least her gas tank does. She’s always empty and it’s a problem. For real. If we were all betting sorts, she’d be a sure…

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