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Violet Nesdoly
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Unused Gifts
By Violet Nesdoly

"After I'm finished drawing this poster," Christy promised Mom, "I'll color it for you." At last she'd get around to using the set of beautiful markers she'd got for her birthday months ago.

Christy sketched the scene but she wasn't happy with it. She erased it, drew it over, then erased it again. She just couldn't seem to get it right.

A year ago, when she'd been in Mrs. Murphy's art class, she'd been getting pretty good at drawing. And Mrs. Murphy had told her she had a talent for art. But after the class had ended, Christy got busy with so many things playing on the volleyball team, doing homework, spending time with her friends and, of course watching TV there just wasn't time to draw. Now it seemed she'd almost forgotten how.

Finally she was satisfied, but the page was grubby and smudged with eraser marks. It was a good thing she had the markers to cover them up.

She went to her room, found the package of pens and opened it. She'd forgotten how gorgeous the colors were. She raced downstairs, eager to see how they'd look on the poster.

She took out a soft blue and began to shade the sky. But after a few strokes the lines it made grew light and then it wouldn't color at all. She took another marker but it did the same thing.

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Salvation Bracelet
By Roberta Kittrell

Imagine a beautiful bracelet made of silver beads with a few beads of other colors, but this bracelet is not only something pretty to be worn around a wrist this is a Salvation Bracelet.

If you don't know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, God can use the bracelet to lead you to Jesus and to receive Him in your heart. If you already know Him as Savior, you can use the bracelet to help others come to know Him and accept Him as their personal Savior.

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Salvation Jewellery
By Violet Nesdoly

Kids, make your own Salvation Bracelet.

Buy silver and colored beads at your craft store. If you can't find a cross bead, substitute with plain white bead, then draw a cross on it with a permanent marker.

String the beads onto leather lacing or strong yarn.

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I Should be a Cowboy
By Teresa Lee Rainey

I will be a cowboy when I get older
My horse I'll call Star, only I can control her.
If I have my way, I won't own any car.
Wherever I go, I can get there on Star.

I'll be a cowboy who won't have a wife
Unless she'll accept me and my cowboy life.
She'll have to love me the way that I am.
Maybe I'll get her a horse she'll call Pam.

I must be a cowboy no matter what,
But Mom says it matters and matters a lot.
That Jesus approves of my life and my plans.
I need to be sure that I'm safe in His hands.

I could be a cowboy so I'm praying, "Please,
Lord, aren't you a cowboy too, just like me?
Mom told me the story of your big white horse.
How you ride into battle and you win, of course.

I should be a cowboy, but if you say no
I'll wait til you show me where you'll have me go.
For now, Lord, I'm praying that you will say yes,
Because cowboy livin' is simply the best.
Teresa Lee Rainey, her husband, and two of their boys were planted on the Nebraska plains in the spring of 2004. Teresa is a Native Floridian who is torn between her love of Florida and a growing love for her new home. She values the time she now has as a wife, mom, and inspirational author. Teresa is the Editor of our "Take it to Heart" department and you can find more of her work at http://www.faithwriters.com/member-profile.php?id=8183.