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!

Portion!

Portion. It’s an interesting word. I’ve been wanting to write something about this word for a while now. For some reason — and I don’t know why — it makes me think of eating Cream of Wheat when I was a little girl. I had a method to eat my portion of Cream of Wheat — but I won’t bore…

Lesson from Beethoven

When contemplating my move to Arkansas I heard about refrigerators on front porches and treasures under blue tarps. I was told that Beethoven and Brahms had been squeezed into oblivion by bluegrass and country. I didn’t think I could survive without Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. I had heard it performed by orchestras in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Pittsburg, Cleveland and Chicago. Would…

Do You Need a Haircut?

Jackson and Reddy didn’t plan to become famous — just trick their teacher. Best buddies, these two little fellows had different haircuts. Using simple boy logic, they figured that identical haircuts would make it impossible for their teacher to tell them apart. So Jackson sat in the barber’s chair. Giggles. Fidgeting. Laughter all around. When finished, the two boys had identical haircuts. Little Jackson —…

He Is For You!

I am for my boys! I’m for them succeeding in life, whether it be in their grades, their friendships, or their sports. In fact, I’m a fantastic cheerleader, if I do say so myself!   I can’t help it! I’m a yeller…a screamer…a YEAHHH-er! Sometimes I tell Tom I’m going to try being quiet at a game and he just nods. What…

Where Are We?

My sweet little red-headed man-child has had me giggling and shaking my head all week!  Here’s the story . . . Last week he told Tom and me he was going backpacking with a group of college friends to the Smokies. We were excited for him! How fun! The trip was a success and he sent us some gorgeous pictures…

Music Magic

I have felt the magic ever since I attended a concert by the Philadelphia Symphony. Maestro Eugene Ormandy opened the concert with Samuel Barber’s Suite for Strings. I never knew that 100 strings could sound as one. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony was the second piece. With the down beat the corpulent lady next to me elbowed my ribs. I felt my…

Trusting God with Empty Pockets

“Everybody trusts God on a good day with $20 in their pocket.” Interesting quote!!  It came from the movie “Seasons of Gray,” and just like my family, I can’t know if y’all actually listen to me, so I encourage you to watch this movie again! In this modern day story of Joseph, this little slip of paper was left by…

Miracles

A west coast seminary offered a course called Miracles. The class was withdrawn after one semester. The teachers failed to define miracle. Lots of ideas were bounced around in an atmosphere of controversy, but seminary leaders deemed it unprofitable. Religious leaders in Jesus’ day considered miracles evidence of divine calling, really BIG miracles. Eugene Peterson hit a home run when…

Ben Hur’s 2017 Challenge!

It’s been great having all the boys home over Christmas break. We’ve spent some quality family time together and we’ve watched a few movies. One movie we watched was Ben-Hur. Apparently, Ben-Hur is a film from 1959 starring Charlton Heston. It was remade in 2016 and we rented it from the Redbox.  Ben-Hur is a fictional story about a man…

South Mountain Test

My brother Carl had a foolproof test of a car’s worth. If the car could climb to the top of South Mountain without shifting into second gear, it was a keeper. He challenged our father to the contest. Carl’s ’38 Ford easily passed the test, but our father’s old clunker was known to require low gear to reach the summit.…

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