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Volume 4, Issue 3 - November 2007

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
~ Philippians 4:6-7NIV ~

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

We had our church camp last weekend and, once again, it rained. As someone commented on the first night, setting the date for this annual gathering is a sure sign that rain clouds are on the way.

Taboo Blessings
By Laura L. Shaw

We were "stuffed as a tick on a coon dog's belly," and the lethargy had kicked in--must have been from the chemicals released in the turkey. It couldn't have been that we'd gorged enough carbs and sweets to send our bodies into a diabolic crash, no!

As for me, all I really wanted to do was slide into a pair of stretchy pants and lie in a reclined position until I fell into a dreamy sleep, but family tradition would rule otherwise.

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A week later and it has been raining every day, to varying degrees. With the washing piling up and my hair going frizzy with the damp, I have found myself, occasionally, on the verge of grumbling about the weather--but before I give voice to those grumbles, I bite my tongue and remind myself that this rain is a gift from God.

You see, I live in Sydney, Australia, and like many parts of this country, we have been in drought for several years. Although there have been some very heavy falls this year, the water restrictions and relatively low water levels in the dams remain. So instead of complaining about the dirty washing and unruly hair, I'm giving thanks to the God who supplies all our need according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

And isn't that what this season of Thanksgiving is all about? Regardless of the inconveniences and trials we may be facing, we are all abundantly blessed in a multitude of ways. Sometimes we become so focused on the superficial, that we miss those God-given blessings that are helping us to grow into the men and women we were created to be.

So, with thanksgiving in our hearts (and on our minds), let's explore the gifts we have for you in this month's FaithWriters' Magazine, and what better place to start than right here on the front page.

Laura Shaw is a brand new FaithWriters' friend, and it is a delight to be able to showcase one of her stories, Taboo Blessings, on our front page this month. Laura has a way of making her characters come to life, and this story is so special. It is charming, quirky and moving--all rolled into one. It blessed me, and I know it will bless you too.

As a special treat, we have a feast of seasonal poems this month as well--and what a mixture!

If you ever feel as though you have nothing to be thankful for, you must read Noble Nabila by Terry Eissfeldt in The Rhythm of Life. As simple as this poem is, it had a powerful impact on me as I read it. It is quite inspirational.

Also in The Rhythm of Life, there's a glorious celebration to our Creator and Lord in Verna Mitchell's Brimful of Thanksgiving. Then, in that same attitude of praise, we have Harvest Time by Jan Ross in Tis the Season. These two poems will lift your heart in worship and praise.

Our last poem for the month is also in Tis the Season, and it's just for fun. It gave me a chuckle when I read it, and I think it will bring a smile to your face as well. So don't miss Thanksgiving Turkey by Clarence "Sonny" White. The last line is a message from turkeys all over the United States at this time of year!

If Clarence's turkey whets your appetite for some more fun, then click on over to A Merry Heart and read Brad Paulson's true story, Nowhere to Run. Having met Brad at the FaithWriters' Conference in August, I have to admit this story tickled my funny bone even more as I pictured him in this situation. Brad has quickly become a FaithWriters' Magazine favorite, and with stories like this, it's no wonder.

Dixie Phillips allows us access to her heart with her Woman's World article, Grumbly Hateful or Humbly Grateful. I think many of us will relate to her experience. Then, over in Just Between Men, Jerry Ousley has a message for us about Taking Out the Trash. It's full of food for thought, and perfect for recycling. To be honest, these two articles make great reading for both men and women. So don't pass them by.

There's a very special short story waiting for you in Heaven Bound this month. Debbie Roome is an excellent storyteller, and Gold Glitter-Dust is proof of her talent. With a message of forgiveness and grace in a time of great sorrow, this story will inspire. Then take a trip Down Memory Lane for a very sweet story, Letter to Grandma by Dorothy Purge. Be blessed!

With marriages falling apart all around us, even among church families, it is incredibly refreshing to read an article like My Superman by Sally Hanan. This is a beautiful tribute to a couple who are most definitely United as One.

Finally, we have another FaithWriters' Gold Seal book review for you in our Well Read section. This month's review by Linda Germain is of Daniel Owino Ogweno's book, A Life of an Enthusiastic Worship.

Well, that's the November issue of FaithWriters' Magazine--a cornucopia of reading to encourage and bless you in a multitude of ways. But if you should happen to run out of reading before December arrives, don't forget we have three years' worth of great articles available in the FaithWriters' Magazine archives. Best of all, they're all dust free and as fresh as the day they were written!

So until next time, happy reading and may God bless you and your loved ones abundantly as you rejoice in His goodness and grace.

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine