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Volume 3, Issue 9 - May 2007

" Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."
~ Proverbs 31:28, 31 NIV ~


Hello, and welcome to the May Issue of FaithWriters' Magazine. I have to admit that this issue is so packed with wonderful things that I really don't know where to begin. I certainly don't know how to pick which articles to highlight because everything is just so good.

But first of all, I can't go any further without wishing all the mothers a very happy Mother's Day. It's that one day of the year when we can honor those women who gave us life, and at FaithWriters' Magazine, we have some very special readable treats for Mother's Day too. Totally satisfying and far less fattening than a box of chocolates.

The Legacy
By Catrina Bradley

Memories assault Amanda as she sits in the familiar pew listening to the hymns that she helped select. She takes a cleansing breath and tries to pray. Still, the memories invade and interrupt. 'Was it only a year ago?'

Amanda closes her eyes and can almost see her mother, weak and frail to behold, sitting by her side, holding her hand and gently stroking it in comfort as she wept. 'I should be comforting her,' was Amanda's thought that day.

The church had been filled with people of all ages, and all so well known to her. The myriad members of her huge family had been there that day,...

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Our first Mother's Day blessing is right here on the front page, in Catrina Bradley's beautiful story, "The Legacy." As a mother, I know that the message of this story hit my heart, and whether you are a mother or father, I believe it will impact you too as you reflect on the legacy that you want to leave behind for your children.

There's another very special story to be found in A Woman's World, with "Garden of Love" by Jan Ross. You might want to grab some tissues before you read this one. It's a heart-warmer.

I have to admit that there have been many times in my life when I was sure that my children would one day be guests on one of those cringe-worthy television talk programs, telling the world how their mother messed up their lives. Thankfully, at 22 and 19, they don't seem in any great hurry to appear on Jerry Springer! Phew. So maybe I didn't do too bad a job after all, but I know that I'm still a long way from parental perfection, and I think that's why I enjoyed Jacquelyn Horne's witty article, "Reaching Perfection in Motherhood," so much. Enjoy!

When I first read Terry Eissfeldt's poem, "There's No Time but the Present," I have to admit that my immediate reaction was "Wow! A lot of mothers will relate to this." I'm not going to say another word about it. Not everyone will have felt the way the mother in this poem is feeling, but for those who have, or are, then this will minister straight to your weary heart.

Someone who is rapidly becoming a FaithWriters' Magazine favorite is Steve Uppendahl, and his contribution to 'Tis the Season this month just cements that spot even more. It is really amazing how Steve manages to get into a mother's mind in his story "Day In, Day Out." Steve dedicates this tribute to his beautiful wife, Trina, but it really does sum up the selfless heart of motherhood to perfection. So to all the hardworking, endlessly loving, graciously nurturing, sacrificial mothers out there-this is for you!

Rounding up our Mother's Day selection of reading, we have a chilling, but ultimately inspiring story in Heaven Bound-"Beyond the Closet Door" by Joanne Sher. Although fictional, the scene is played out in far too many homes each day. It's my prayer that God will use this story to give hope to those in similar situations.

For something completely different, pop over to A Merry Heart and have a chuckle as Tina Hoffman undergoes an intervention about her excessive dependence on her MP3 device. Ipodolatry is a must-read this month. And for another chuckle, you mustn't miss the very clever play on words in "Of Cats and Kings" by Arthur Bardswell (a.k.a. David Butler) in The Rhythm of Life. A few weeks ago I predicted to some FaithWriters members that this author was one to keep an eye on-and he is definitely proving me correct.

There are just too many more wonderful articles and stories to tell you about, that I can't go without a quick mention of them all. You won't want to miss any of them. There's a nostalgic and heartwarming trip to the General Store in a very sweet story by Tori Close, "Tiny Treasures," and some wisdom and inspiration in Take it to Heart with Kevin Pauley's excellent article, "El Cether-God My Hiding Place." Then there's encouragement from Lisa Copen with her Word in Season, "Six Reasons Not to Worry When You Have a Chronic Illness," and a very strong work by David Story in Just Between Men-"His Clandestine Sin." Finally, there's a beautiful poem by Suellen Fry-Washington in The Rhythm of Life for all those who have ever reached out to another for forgiveness, only to be rebuffed. This will minister to your hurting soul.

Don't forget, if you read something that really impacts you, please take a moment to write and let the author know by contacting them through the Letters page of this magazine. Your words of encouragement are such a blessing to the authors.

Until next time, happy reading, and God bless!

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine