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Volume 3, Issue 3 - November 2006

"Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name."

~ 1 Chronicles 29:12-13 NIV ~



Hello and welcome to the November Issue of FaithWriters' Magazine!

Almost every week, when our little congregation comes together to worship, an opportunity is given in the service for the members to give thanks. Although I'm sure every person is silently offering their thanksgiving to God in their hearts, there are only ever two or three who actually speak those words out in the midst of the assembly--and they are usually the same people.

It really is amazing that we can go to a sporting event and scream our lungs out for our favorite team without any hesitation at all.

What If You Already Have It All?
By Todd Tribble

I want it all.

What does that comment mean anyway?

I want it all.

I have never quite understood why people let that comment fly. How do you know when you have it all? Is there a list that I am supposed to have in my possession, which I can check off as I make my collections? Will alarms go off and balloons fall from the ceiling when I make that magical last purchase? Will the credit card companies stop sending me advertisements since it will be a fruitless pursuit? Will I sit back in my house and just relax for the rest of my life? How will I know that I truly have it all?



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Yet often find it almost impossibly hard to bring out a single word when the opportunity is given to praise Almighty God.

Location, circumstances, upbringing, personality ... all these things can cause us to zip our lips at a time when they should be overflowing. Which is why it is so wonderful that for one day this month, so many people will be stopping their regular activities in order to acknowledge the goodness of God.

Of course, as Christians, our thanksgiving shouldn't be an annual event. It should be an everyday part of our prayer life, with the reasons to give thanks bursting out of our mouth as easily as our list of needs. The number one reason is that God is good, and we, His children, are living in the glorious blessing of that goodness.

And that's the heart of our front page feature this month. Todd Tribble asks the question, "What If You Already Have It All?" Join with Todd as God leads Him from discontentment to satisfaction and joy. There is a delightful warmth and realness in Todd's writing, and I think you'll enjoy this quite thoughtful piece for Thanksgiving.

There are so many very special pieces in this month's issues, it's hard to know where to begin. However, one of the most special of all has to be Karen Elengikal's amazing testimony, "God Carried My Baby," in Ascribe Greatness.

I have the privilege of knowing Karen personally, and of being able to call this precious lady my sister in the Lord and friend of the heart. Both she and her family have inspired me in so many ways. This testimony is one example. Read and be blessed. Please also pray for Karen and her family as they prepare to return to the mission field in India.

Julianne Jones provides a Thanksgiving message in 'Tis the Season, but from a slightly different point of view. Julianne is an Australian living with her family in New Zealand, so a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is far from traditional for her--but that could be changing. When they opened their home and their hearts to a young woman from America, she opened the door to a new celebration--including pumpkin pie. In the process, God taught Julianne something very special. I know you'll enjoy her story, "Spirit of Thanksgiving."

We have an absolutely beautiful poem in The Rhythm of Life this month. Vivian May Edwards weaves words of encouragement and strength through every stanza of her poem, "Remember." This is something you'll want to share with friends--it is so uplifting.

Catrina Bradley takes us for a walk Down Memory Lane, with her delightful piece, "Beauty is Fleeting." There is something so down-to-earth and appealing about the way Catrina wrote this, and I think you'll enjoy reminiscing with her (particularly about those LOOOONNNNG talking bits in church).

For something completely different, I have to say that I chuckled from start to finish as I read Betty Castleberry's story, "Dear Edna." I loved it so much that I even dusted off one of our very old, neglected sections, Cyber Walk, just so that I could find the perfect place for it. I'm not going to say another word--just read and enjoy!

Well, once again, that's a few highlights to get you going there's plenty more to read and enjoy, and I'm sure each article and poem will bless you abundantly. Don't forget that you can write to all our authors care of the Letters page, and believe me, they really do love to hear from you.

So until next time, have a wonderful November and may God bless you and your loved ones each day, in every way.

Happy reading!

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine