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ISSUE 11 - JULY 2005

"My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him."

~ Psalm 145:1-2 NIV ~

"Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!" The words of that old Nat King Cole song have been ambling through my mind this month – and not surprising, with some very summery additions to FaithWriters’ Magazine this month. From rogue lawns to beating boredom, there’s something for everyone – starting right on the front page with our two featured "lazy days" articles.

Escape with Helga Doermer as she enjoys the peace and serenity of a lakeside Sunday morning, in "The Invitation." You will be carried away on a wave of peace and tranquillity as Helga paints the scene through her words.

Then, take a scenic trip down Alabama way with Pamela Bridgeman, as she takes us on a gloriously nostalgic journey to a town where "Nothing Has Changed."

I just know that both our front page features will be a blessing to you.

Deuteronomy 32:3 (NKJV) says, "For I proclaim the name of the LORD: Ascribe greatness to our God," and that’s the heart cry of every author who contributes to FaithWriters’ Magazine. This month, we are including a department for that specific purpose – to Ascribe Greatness! This month, editor Deborah Anderson introduces two very different testimonies with one common theme - freedom. Join with Janet Eckles as she shares her family’s story of finding a new life in the United States, in "Two Thousand Blessings." Then read Janis Hutchinson’s honest and gripping account in "Escape from the Cult." As I read Janis’ story, I was struck by just how powerfully our minds can be taken captive, even when doors around us are wide open.

As always, there are stories about inspirational people in this month’s FaithWriters’ Magazine. Two in particular stand out – Criss Bertling’s "Am I Still Not God" in A Woman’s World and Matthew Morgan’s "God-Moments in Adversity" in Golden Apples.

The Invitation
By Helga Doermer

God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:3 NRSV)

There is a kind of invitation I find difficult to resist. It is the kind that is extended with a patient persistence and gentle determination. Just recently I found myself in the presence of such bidding. It beckoned through every window of our tiny cottage as the sun finally broke through a week of cloud, drizzle and rain. Though loath to break from my otherwise undisturbed routine, I finally succumbed. Setting my work aside, I stepped out the front door and paused on our elevated front deck to be greeted by the outdoor world.

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Nothing Has Changed
By Pamela A. Bridgeman

The Dairy Queen® still sits on Alabama Highway 280 between Childersburg and Sylacauga. Drive the scenic route from Birmingham to Montgomery and you'll see it there on the right side just before you get to the weather beaten hardware store. Locals say Limbaugh's was built in the early 50's. The rotten wood and tin Coke® signs testify to the folklore.

Shopping plazas, fancy eateries and new developments creeping out of Jefferson County threaten to overtake this time-capsuled hamlet like kudzu entangling the bottomland. Still it's pretty much the same on that stretch of road as it was when Kymulga Caves became known as Desoto Caverns. Sure, the grass has grown high and covered the windows of the abandoned sawmill. A wooden single blade plow stands in the middle of the meadow like a picture on the front of a postcard.

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Criss admitted to me that she wasn’t sure whether to share James’ story in A Woman’s World this month, but I’m so glad she did. It is a powerful message that is a must-read for all – male or female. It left me stunned, challenged and inspired. I know it will impact your life as well.

Then in "God-Moments in Adversity," Matthew introduces us to Stephanie and Ed – a couple who embody the wedding vow, "In sickness and in health, until death do us part." Their story will move you.

We’ve all heard about the generation gap – that seemingly uncrossable divide between the ages. Well after reading Pat Sheets’ contribution to "Teen Truth" this month, I am here to say that the generation gap isn’t quite as enormous as it sometimes may appear. Discover how God granted Pat’s birthday wish, in a totally unexpected way – through a very unexpected person. This story isn’t just for teenagers.

Of course, July brings with it all the celebrations for Independence Day in the United States, and so there are a few 4th July themed messages in FaithWriters’ Magazine this month. One in particular really said it all – even for those of us from other nations.

Donna Conger’s article, "Freedom Still Rings," in ‘Tis the Season, is a stirring reminder to every person living in a free nation, to thank God for their blessings. Without resorting to an overdose of sentimentality or relying on patriotic fervor, Donna’s message rings clearly through.

As always, A Merry Heart is full of treats to make you smile (or maybe even laugh out loud). Join John Hunt as he does battle with a rogue lawn in "Spiritual Fescue," then join a FaithWriters’ favorite, Dori Knight, as she goes "Digging Deep" with faithful, old Bob. Then, to top things off and move us out of the garden, take a trip to the mall with Cheri Hardaway and her children, in "The Missing Gene."

I have to admit that Cheri’s true-life adventure is one of my personal favorites this month – perhaps because, like Cheri, I too am one of those "missing gene" women who hate to shop. This is a delightful read for every mother.

Ever wondered why you don’t always get everything you pray for? Corinne Smelker helps us understand the value of those times when God says "no," in her Word in Season article, "Lovingkindness." Written in Cori’s wonderful, down-to-earth, easy to understand, style, I think this will be a message that you may want to share with others.

There was a time when I really didn’t like my name – Deborah. That was probably due largely to the fact that when I was a child, it was only ever used when I was in trouble. Double trouble if it was "Deborah Ann!" But time changes things, and now I not only love my name, but I also consider it an honor to have been blessed with it – even more so after reading a very special Through Their Eyes story this month, "The Call of Deborah" by April Groves. April has imaginatively explored the possible battle Deborah may have had when she responded to God’s call to become one of the Judges of Israel. Ultimately, Deborah responded to that call – the challenge for us today is to be willing to do the same.

Well, that’s just a small taste of what you will find inside the pages of FaithWriters’ Magazine this month. So until next time, may every day be filled to overflowing with God’s love, grace and joy!

Happy reading!

Deb Porter
FaithWriters’ Magazine