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Volume 2, Issue 2 - October 2005

"Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the LORD."

~ Psalm 31:24 NIV ~


Hello and welcome to the October Issue of FaithWriters’ Magazine!

I don’t know about you, but there are times when I’ve done something in ministry, and then walked away feeling as though it didn’t make any difference at all. When that happens, it usually leaves me wondering whether I’m really doing what God wants me to do at all.

If you’ve ever felt that way, then be encouraged. Our front page feature article, "No Such Thing as a Bad Day" by Kathleen Fairman will make your heart sing and stir you to press on – regardless of how you may be feeling. Then, make sure you take a moment more to read Kathleen’s interview with Lynda Schab – it’s delightful.

I was thrilled when Lynda jumped to be a part of the "roving reporter" team at FaithWriters’ Magazine. From feedback we’ve received, I know that our readers have been enjoying the opportunity to get to know the people behind the stories – and I know you’ll love Lynda’s style. As a keen observer of human nature and life, together with a writer’s desire to always know more, Lynda is an asset to the team. So keep an eye out for more of her interviews in the future.

Advice. Sometimes we want it, sometimes we don’t – and sometimes we get it handed to us whether we want it or not. How do you tell what’s hot and what’s not? Well thanks to Kenn Gividen’s 1st Grade experience, he has some very good suggestions on how to weigh up the good from the bad. You’ll smile when you read his article, "How to Spell Cat," but you’ll also get some very good "advice" while you’re at it.

There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Day: How God Was Faithful … Even When I Wasn’t Looking
By Kathleen Fairman

"Do you know where Henry is?"

Striding quickly through the hallways of a nursing home that I visit as a music minister, I was stopping staff members to ask about the husband of one of my patients. "I have to find him soon. Mavis is dying!"

As my eyes darted around each corridor, I mentally reviewed Mavis’s history. She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease some decades before. For the nearly one year that I had known her, she had been very ill – unable to care for herself, non-responsive,

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Ministering God’s Love in Word and Song – Meet Kathleen Fairman …
Interview by Lynda Schab

FWM: Kathleen, you've been a member of FaithWriters for only two months (one of the "newbies," as we would say). How did you find us?

KATHLEEN: I think that I just ran a web search on something like "Christian writers groups" on Google. I had become interested in doing more with my writing, and wanted to find a community of writers that I could connect with. I was so thrilled to find Faithwriters,

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When you think of the word "mission," what comes to mind? I think most of us immediately connect it with traveling abroad to reach other nations for Christ. Yet, I’m sure we all realize that mission can be as close as your next-door neighbor – and sometimes, that can seem even harder. Gary Sims touches on this as he weaves a beautiful message in his story of two childhood friends, "Same Path, Different Directions." It’s a message that I’m sure will hit home with many readers.

The world has looked on in horror and heartache at the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Coming so close on the heels of the Tsunami in December last year, we are left humbled and overwhelmed at the fury of nature unleashed. With that in mind, one of our favorite devotional writers at FaithWriters, has written a powerful piece that holds the mirror to our souls and asks the question, "What did you do?"

Although fictional, Randy’s journalistic approach to this piece definitely hits the target. I encourage everyone to read, "Prayer Support Leaves Katrina Victims High and Dry." Personally, I found it both compelling and challenging.

On a much lighter note, how do you start your day? Do you spring up with a "Good morning Lord!" on your lips, or do you crawl out from under the blankets, grumbling, "Good Lord! It’s morning!" Well, if you’re the former, then you don’t need Sandra Fischer’s delightful article in Take it to Heart. But if you fit into the latter category, then rush straight over and read, "Hope’s Sunrise Serenade," before your alarm goes off tomorrow.

Well, that’s just a few highlights to get you going … there’s still plenty more to read and enjoy in every page of our October Issue. But if you should happen to run out, why not take a visit to the Archives and enjoy a year’s worth of great articles – it’s a treasure trove of inspiration!

So until next time, God bless and happy reading!

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters’ Magazine