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Volume 2, Issue 7 - March 2006

But let all who take
refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

~ Psalm 5:11 NIV ~


Hello and welcome to the March issue of FaithWriters’ Magazine--full of encouragement, inspiration, and perhaps even a smile or two.

I can’t think of a more delightful way to start the month than with a story by Amy Michelle Wiley--our front page feature for March. When I first read "The Planet Next to the Moon," I have to admit that I was captivated. Amy’s imagination has woven a delightful story of a mother’s very special legacy of love and laughter. It is a guaranteed heart-warmer.

Being our front page feature also means that Amy is in the spotlight with FaithWriters’ favorite interviewer, Lynda Schab. Although I already did know Amy from her enthusiastic involvement at FaithWriters, I have to admit that I discovered a whole lot more about this lovely young lady as I read "His Eye is on the Sparrow--Meet Amy Wiley." It is wonderful to see a young woman who is willingly stepping through the doors that God is opening for her, and keeping her eyes on Him all the way.

Now, I know it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but I have to admit that I am always genuinely amazed at how the Lord brings the articles and stories together for FaithWriters’ Magazine each month. We only have two theme-focussed issues each year--one at Christmas, and the other for Easter--yet, quite often the other issues seem to end up following a certain direction as well. It’s rarely intentional, and is something that I usually only notice as the finishing touches are being added. It really is as though God takes over to ensure that the messages will be a word in season for readers--and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

The Planet Next to the Moon
By Amy Michelle Wiley

That weekend is etched in my mind like a well-known DVD. I can just hit a button and see it played out before me in true color. But it is better than a DVD, because the emotions are still there, embedded in my heart.

It was one month after Mother’s last chemotherapy treatment. All three of my little sisters were screaming in one huge tantrum.

"OK, that’s it." Mother’s hands were on her hips. "Pack your bags. We are going to Lunares."

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FWM: Amy, before we begin, I have to confess that I already feel old! You're young, energetic, and have already accomplished so much in your life that I feel out of breath just thinking about it! Seriously, though, you burst into FaithWriters almost a year ago like a firecracker. You jumped right into the Writing Challenge (and won a few right off the bat too, if I remember correctly). You probably have the record for the most posts on the FW message boards. You've made a gazillion friends and even started a group book that involves a few of them (more on that later).

But first things, first. Tell us a little about yourself.


AMY: Thank you, Lynda!

I am in my early twenties and live in the Pacific Northwest with my parents.

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This month I noticed that there is an underlying theme, in more than a few articles, of encouragement during times of tragedy, sorrow and hardship. So if you, or someone you love, is going through a valley time right now, I pray that these messages will help you through.

Dave Sable asks a very timely question in A Word in Season this month--Is God’s Hand in the Suffering? In the midst of hurricanes, mud slides, earthquakes and tsunamis, it’s not surprising that many people are looking to God and asking this very same question. Is it the judgment of God? Is it just natural phenomena? Or could it, perhaps, be something altogether different? Dave’s article makes a balanced, unsensationalized comment that really is a word in season.

Is there any tragedy greater than that of the loss of a child? It is the unthinkable and unimaginable for every parent, and it can shake a family to the very core, often with irreparable results--unless they are anchored in Christ. Nine years ago, such a tragedy happened to Anne Harrell and her husband, when their precious daughter, Cyndy, died. This couple really have suffered more than most of us ever will, and Anne’s simple testimony, "Trusting God when a Child Dies," will inspire you to hold onto the Lord during the dark times of your life as well.

Unless you are an incredibly calm, cool and collected person, you possibly find yourself in a bit of a panic when things go wrong. I have to admit that, more often than note, I do. In this month’s Parent’s Survival Guide, Anita Howell has some advice (gained from experience) about what to do when all the best emergency training goes out the window--"Stop, Drop, and Pray." It’s a drill that we should all really practice daily.

Straight Talk for Today is a new section, which will give our contributors an opportunity, from time to time, to tell it like it is. W.L. Hughen is the first to step up on the soap box to defend the Ten Commandments in his article, "They’re Not Just a Bunch of Rules." Although this is aimed straight at readers in the United States, the message is universal. The two questions W.L asks at the end may leave you thinking.

For all the married couples who are looking for greater intimacy with their partner, I think you’ll have a smile as you read Shane Kahkola’s article in United as One this month. Shane’s self-deprecating humor is a treat to read, and his message in "Married Maids," is one that I think most couples will appreciate.

I am always delighted when there is an article for We are the Church, and this month is no exception. I always enjoy Dr. Daniel Pann’s stories, and "Everybody is Somebody" is a very special reminder for all of us. I have to admit that I was inspired by the growth that the Lord has brought about in Dr. Pann’s church in a very short space of time, but even more inspired by the heart of the people. I think you will be as well.

Don’t forget, if something you read inspires you to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys), or if you just have something on your heart, make sure you send us a note via the Your Letters page. We love to hear from you, and it’s a joy to be able to share some of your messages each month.

Well, once again, that’s just a little peek at what’s inside this month’s issue of FaithWriters’ Magazine. May every word inspire and encourage you on your journey--for His glory!

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters’ Magazine
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