Bethany Hamilton drew national attention when the Hawaii-based surfer lost her arm at the age of 13 in a shark attack. Today, Hamilton has had the chance to share her own story and her Christian faith through a book, film and most recently an appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast. Hamilton is also featured in "The Current," which premieres on EPIX on March 12 at 8 p.m. ET. The one hour documentary showcases athletes with disabilities who find relief through scuba diving, surfing, and swimming with dolphins.
Hamilton recently sat down with The Christian Post to chat about her new movie, meeting the Obamas, and her recent marriage to youth leader Adam Dirks.
CP: You've had the opportunity to share your story all over the place, including this year's National Prayer Breakfast. What did you think of that experience? more >>
Mike Moore knows the meaning of true friendship! He clears a path everyday for his best friend Nick, 29, who had recently suffered a stroke. Nick had insurance when he was in the hospital but the insurance didn't cover all of his bills, leaving him in mountains of debt.
Mike uses his time and tools during each snowstorm to help raise money for Nick's medical bills. Little by little he is moving a burden until there is nothing left. Word has even spread through social media. Now people can contact Mike to help clear the way after a big snowstorm. He is currently bringing in about $500 each snowstorm and it's all going towards the medial bills of his best friend Nick.more >>
Every young girl has pictured what their dream wedding would look like when they grow up. Most of them picture something like a Disney movie with the prince walking them down the aisle. Most of the time that doesn't happen. But, in Nikki Marquez's case, tears turn to joy, as her boyfriend's apparent affair leads to an amazing dream-like proposal and wedding she could never imagine.
What started out with the couple sitting at a dinner table inside of a hotel arguing, turns into something incredible. The future husband, Justin Davis, is sitting talking to Nikki at the table and another girl comes over to them. This girl, who Justin supposedly cheated on Nikki with, throws a drink into his face. Nikki is in complete shock and Justin walks away from the situation pretending to be embarrassed. What happens next is so touching.
The whole restaurant is in on the flash mob and they create a surprise wedding proposal for the ages! Watch and see this incredible surprise marriage proposal and wedding below: more >>
I spend a good bit of my time around teenagers. At times it is to deliver a message on good choices at youth groups, and middle or high schools. At other times it has been in my capacity as a youth athletic coach. Sometimes, as it was a few weeks ago, it is just to "hang out" or "chill." From my youthful days I believe the word has now evolved to chillax, chillmatic, chillin, chillaxing, and more from the original "relax".
Have you figured out how to motivate your pre-teen or teenager to live upright consistently? A variety of studies point to the profitable involvement of parents and other ancestral family relations. Those relationships provide great stability in life. Framing the life of your teenager to desire leaving a powerful legacy empowers them to take personal ownership for their actions. It also elevates their level of maturity and personal responsibility. Legacy transfers family values and systems which allow parents and children to live moral and productive lives.
I watched a college basketball game with a few 15-year old boys a couple of weeks ago. We decided to grab a bite after. As our conversation flowed I was struck by their frequent use of the phrase "our generation." It appeared to be a clue of an expression frequently used about them in dialog by authority figures in their lives. To be exact, one such reference was "Adults believe our generation is more about recreational drug use than concrete choices." more >>
When Albright College senior Meghan Boyle took the floor for her final collegiate basketball game, she had no idea what was going to happen next. Her brother Billy, who had been deployed in Afghanistan for the past year, walked through the door before the start of the game. Meghan's face lights up from excitement when she finally gets to see him again. They are both full of joy while they hug each other in the middle of the basketball court.
A very emotional homecoming surprise for Meghan. The heartfelt reunion between these two will move you!more >>
Rave Ministries, an organization focused on teenage girls, will launch AprilRAVES next month, a 30-day challenge to commit to giving hand-written notes of encouragement to others.
Following the success of the ministry's "No Makeup November" campaign that attracted thousands to participate last year, the group of young women behind Rave wants to continue building a community of supportive girls. Their intent is to motivate one another amid the negativity they are exposed to through social media.
"We decided to make this campaign about writing notes because written words have extreme power. You can re-read them over and over again. On days when life is horrible and you feel all alone, you can pick up notes and read them and be reminded that the Lord made you for a purpose and someone noticed that," Becca Daniel, leader of the organization, told The Christian Post. more >>