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ISSUE 12 - AUGUST 2005

"Those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."

~ Isaiah 40:31 NIV ~


Hello and welcome to the 12th Issue of FaithWriters’ Magazine – and what a great selection of reading we have for you, starting right here on the front page.

Most of us would probably agree that it can be very easy to let our circumstances take control of our emotional barometer. If things are going well and the sun is shining, we’re on top of the world, but if things are looking grim and raindrops keep falling on our heads, we’re in the pits.

If that sounds like you, then a dose of Jan Eckles is exactly what you need –
not only in her front page featured article, "Dividend of Peace," but also as she shares in my interview with her, "A Light in the Darkness – Meet Jan Eckles." Jan is truly and inspirational woman who has been in the valleys, but has chosen to take our Savior’s hand and walk with Him on the mountain tops. Her attitude and faith will stir you to do the same.

Rev. James Snyder has some great news for everyone who has ever fought the battle of the bulge – you can Giggle the Pounds Away with Laughtercise! It’s easier than any diet, and whole lot less strenuous than pilates! It may not be all that effective in the long run – but it will brighten your day and put a smile on your face.

There’s a beautiful short story in Heaven Bound this month, by FaithWriters’ Magazine regular, Lynda Schab. Three Strikes and You’re Saved is a message of forgiveness, grace and new beginnings. This Gospel message is one that I know you’ll want to share.

Dividends of Peace
By Janet Eckles

"Good morning everyone," began the TV announcer. "Let me correct that, there is nothing "good" about this morning."

He was right. We had encountered, once again, an unwelcome visit from another member of the destructive and malicious gang: Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. Each member had engaged in a vicious game of out-doing the others in merciless destruction.

At first, the action outside was not much different than the usual storms in Florida. But we knew that this was no ordinary storm. It was the preamble of a destructive and dangerous hurricane named Charley.

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A Light in the Darkness – Meet Jan Eckles…
Interview by Debbie Porter

FWM: Jan, I noticed on your website that your motto is "God’s Word will turn the trials of today into treasures for tomorrow," which also ties in with your book. Most readers wouldn’t be aware just how true this is of your life. Would you mind sharing a little of your story with us?

JAN: When adversity hurled into my life--my blindness, marital infidelity, the murder of my son, I had a choice: to turn bitter and drown in self-pity because of my misfortune. Or, look up to see what God would do in my life. I chose the latter and invited Jesus into my life.

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On the subject of forgiveness, I was deeply moved by Dixie Phillip’s message, "The Day The Frost King Melted." With transparent honesty, Dixie shares her journey out of winter and I truly believe that many readers will relate to her story – I know I certainly did. Seeing forgiveness go beyond words, into action, was inspirational. I know you will be blessed when you read this true story in our new section, "Journey of Grace."

It’s the return this month of Just Between Men, with a fun article by FaithWriters’ Magazine newcomer, Roy Proctor. Cool Down at Summer Camp takes a message about overcoming temptation, and mixes it together with a good dash of humor. On top of that, Roy definitely deserves full marks for volunteering to be a parent helper at youth camp!

In this day and age it can be a little hard to really grasp what life must have been like for the woman who is recorded in three of the Gospels as having an "issue of blood" for 12 years. Helga Doermer takes us back 2,000 years and lets us live this woman’s experience through her story, "He Called Me Daughter."

Well, that’s just some highlights to get you started – there’s even more inside to enjoy in this month’s FaithWriters’ Magazine. So until next time, God bless and happy reading!

Deb Porter
Editor-in-Chief
FaithWriters’ Magazine