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!

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Finish the Race!

I have loved the Olympics this year! I love the patriotism. Let’s face it! In today’s world climate, the USA does not have the great respect she once had. It has been awesome to watch the athletes stand, hand over heart, with eyes fixed on the Stars & Stripes. With sometimes tears and most probably goosebumps, they sing along with…

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Love Never Quits Touching

For three years I taught elementary school. That was 1957 to 1960. I never considered myself an ace in the classroom. Maybe I was too harsh a judge. Last week my grandson met one of my students. Now retired, he had received many awards as an elementary school teacher. He said I was his role model. His mother died the…

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Looking 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…

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In Over Your Head!

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls.” Psalm 42:7 This is a deep thought, isn’t it? I like to ponder its meaning. It creates in me a desire almost too big to put into words!  Our family summer vacation to Michigan has been a lot of fun! I have treasured time spent with my boys, especially Jake,…

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Is God Deaf?

I resisted for a long time. Finally I had my hearing tested to satisfy my wife. I knew the audiologist would give me a clean bill of hearing health. Surprise! One ear was hearing poorly and the other was OK. The doctor checked me and determined that a hearing aid would do the trick. Oh boy! The sound of pots…

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One Simple Word – No

Years ago my mother did the family laundry with a wooden tub with a paddle/agitator connected. She swished the laundry around by a crank. Rinsing the clothes was done in two tubs. A wringer was mounted onto the wooden tub. The wet clothes were hung on long wires attached to two poles. Nothing else could be done all day. My…

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Let’s Toss the Labels!

Our friend and co-blogger Maddie Hosteter recently posted an interesting blog one of her friends wrote about how Millennials feel about the church. It brought a few debating comments, but I was left with this question — what is a Millennial? I’ve heard the term, but honestly what does this Millennial label even mean? So, even though I didn’t think…

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A New Old Bike

World War II had just ended. New bicycles once more appeared in the window of the Western Auto store. A blue beauty with headlight and horn was my dream. More than once I begged Mom to buy it. Her answer was consistent-We can’t afford it. School mates increasingly filled the school bike rack with new bikes. I wondered why their…

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Blind Guides

I am so glad I went to church today. It was good to meet together. There were some laughs! There were some tears. I realize how I overuse exclamation marks in my blogs!!!! I got to see some walking miracles. I got to talk to some exuberant kids. My soul was fed by Word and song. My tummy was fed…

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Standing on the Precipice of Life

I love this picture that Ben took of his cousin, Crew, at Eden Falls near Ponca, Arkansas. It is striking to me.  A small, timid boy, looking over a grand precipice into the roar of a waterfall. It’s a bit David and Goliath-ish, isn’t it? Sometimes we feel small. Scared. Uncertain. Inadequate. We are ridden with guilt. We feel like failures.  And…

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