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Volume 3, Issue 10 - June 2007

"Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
You guard all that is mine.
The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
What a wonderful inheritance!"

~ Psalm 16:5-6 New Living Translation ~

Hello, and welcome to the June Issue of FaithWriters' Magazine. Once again, it's a bumper issue, full of some of the best reading you'll find online this month-and it all starts right here on the front page.

With Father's Day being celebrated in many parts of the world this month, I couldn't think of a better article to showcase on our front page than Brad Paulson's wonderful piece, A Change for the Better. Brad is a talented writer with a great sense of humor and I know parents everywhere will enjoy his new baby memories.

A Change for the Better
By Brad Paulson

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

Winston Churchill was not referring to parenting when he uttered these words; however, if he had been, I would have gone right out and bought his parenting book. My greatest achievements, as well as my greatest failures, in life have all revolved around fatherhood and my ability to adapt to change. In the infancy of my venture into parenting I realized that great triumphs and failures could be experienced in one short visit to the changing table.

Like many men, I was not fully prepared for the degree of servant-hood required to be a new daddy. My wife seemed to step into...

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Of course, we can't forget all those who are about to become dads (or maybe in the not too distant future). Lynda Schab has some very important advice for these dads-in-waiting in her article, A Husband's Guide to Labor Etiquette. In fact, she even recommends laminating a copy of it and taking it with you into the delivery room for easy reference. Your wife will appreciate your thoughtfulness. Written with a smile, as we would expect from Lynda, but carrying loads of wisdom, this is an article to share with any expectant parent.

Then over in Teen Truth we have something quite different for Father's Day. Gift Rappin' for Father's Day is a clever bit of writing by FaithWriters regular, Al Boyce. What do you give the dad who has everything?

This time of year can be quite a sad one for those who don't have a father in their lives-particularly for young boys. Debbie Roome uses this as the inspiration for her story, Daddy for a Day. This story is both inspiring and challenging. It's something I believe every Christian man should read. You can make a difference.

Someone who is quickly becoming a FaithWriters' favorite is Steve Uppendahl. His stories are always welcome in FaithWriters' Magazine, and this month is no exception. Game Over is not only an ideal story for Father's Day, but it's also a reminder that there comes a time in all of our lives when we have to put away the childish things of our youth, and grow up into the people God expects us to be.

Aussie FaithWriter, Val Clark, definitely had some fun when she wrote her very witty story, Testosterone Doesn't Rule Here. You'll find it in A Woman's World, and ladies, I am sure most of you will relate. I'm not saying another word ... just make sure you don't miss it.

The best thing about being a part of the FaithWriters family is that I've made friends with so many of my fellow writers. This month marks a very special milestone in the life of one very dear FaithWriters family member-Jan Ackerson. It is such a privilege to be able to share a tiny part of this special time in Jan's life (and that of her family). Please pop over to Ascribe Greatness and read Jan's beautiful article, Spun Sugar Flowers. My heart is absolutely full to overflowing for this family as this very special day approaches.

Also this month, don't miss Marty Wellington's heart warmer, Mosaic of Memories. It brought a tear to my eye and blessed my soul.

Another very special piece of writing can be found in The Rhythm of Life. I really only discovered Janice Cartwright's poem a few days before preparing this month's issue. It was an entry in the Poetry Writing Challenge at FaithWriters, and I was blown away by Therefore Choose Life when I read it. The poem is based on Deuteronomy 30:19, and is quite different and absolutely glorious. Using words, Janice has painted a picture that will sweep you away from the very first line. Enjoy ... and of course, choose life!

Then over in The Joy of Family we have something quite lovely for all the empty-nesters. When I first read Jacquelyn Horne's poignant poem, If Time Stood Still, I found myself feeling torn in exactly the way she describes-there's the great joy in seeing our children grow to maturity, but also that longing for their childhood days to stay a little longer. This is such a precious poem, and I'm sure that you, like me, will be moved.

Last of all, this month sees the return of our book review section, Well Read. Every book featured in this section will have received the Gold FaithWriters' Seal of Approval when reviewed by the FaithWriters Book Review Department. This month's featured review is of Teri Wilson's excellent book, All Creatures of Our God and King. This is a must read for all animal lovers.

Well, that's our June Issue all wrapped up. Don't forget, if you read something that blesses you, please take a moment to write and let the author know by contacting them through the Letters page of this magazine. I can assure you that every word of encouragement you take the time to send is used by God.

So Happy Father's Day to all the dads, and until next time, happy reading, and God bless!

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine