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Volume 3, Issue 2 - October 2006

"…one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
~ Philippians 3:13b-14 NIV ~


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

I have to admit that I have always had a bit of a soft spot for country music, and recently 'discovered' one of the brightest singers on the scene today--Keith Urban. The fact that he is a fellow Australian, and just married "our own" lovely Nicole Kidman, certainly made me want to have a closer listen.

Rosie Baxter's legacy
By Melanie Kerr

Into a sleepy village
By fields of golden corn
Some families had moved into
New houses one spring morn.

The road of clean black tarmac
Did not yet have a name
The man behind the Council desk
Said, "We are not to blame…

"A nasty horrid virus
Has wiped our hard disc clean
The list of 'could-be-street-names'
Is nowhere to be seen."

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I'm so glad I did. There's a joy and enthusiasm that flows through most of his music, and perhaps never more so than on his hit song, "Days Go By." Apart from being a very catchy tune, the song reverberates with life and wisdom for this time and this place. The simple message in the music is that we have each only been given a certain amount of time here on earth, and so we had better make the most of every single minute of it.

The truth of that message seems to ring even louder in light of the recent, tragic death of one of Australia's other dearest sons, Steve Irwin. Enthusiastic, passionate, hyperactive, all round decent "bloke"--that was Steve, and his loss is still being felt. At just a year younger than me, I have to admit that Steve managed to squeeze at least twice the living out of life than I have; in fact, probably way more.

Life is a gift from God just waiting to be opened and used. Can I encourage you, this month, to take that gift out of the closet, open it up and start to really use it? Don't let another day go by with your God-given hopes and dreams left to gather dust. Seize the day, because not one of us knows for sure that there will be another tomorrow.

So to help you make the most of today, we've got some wonderful inspiration for you in this month's issue--starting right here on the front page with Melanie Kerr's absolutely delightful poem, "Rosie Baxter's Legacy." The minute I read this, I couldn't wait to share it with you all. It is a real feel-good story and will leave you smiling and encouraged with the knowledge that you don't have to be a star in order to shine brightly. I could be wrong, but I think this may be the first poem we've ever used on our front page, and I'm sure it won't be our last.

For the ladies, we have a story by Debbie Sickler in A Woman's World that will give you a smile, while whispering wisdom to your heart. If the cares of the world are getting you down, and the romance has started to dim in your marriage, then you definitely need "Teatime at Auntie Ethel's." I think we could all do with an Auntie Ethel in our lives.

When life is particularly hectic, we often lose sight of the glory of God all around us. If it's been a while since you've really soaked in the wonder of His creation, then you must read Beth Muehlhausen's article in Take it to Heart. Beth's descriptions will transport you to a place where you can catch a "Glimpse of Heaven." The descriptions are so alive and appealing that you will probably want to grab a coat and go for a walk yourself.

In many parts of the world, the school year has just begun, and that means that a lot of parents are breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to all the spare time they will have while the children are at school each day. Strangely enough, as Jill Hart explains in this month's Parents' Survival Guide, all that spare time seems to disappear very quickly--particularly if you are a work at home mother. In her article, "Back to School Time Management," Jill gives some simple advice to help work at home mothers (and fathers) make the most out of every day.

When the rain seems to be a deluge, and every day seems only to produce weeds, Kimberly Thomas has an inspirational answer in her message, "A Mixed Bouquet," in Ascribe Greatness this month. You will be uplifted.

While searching for material for FaithWriters' Magazine, I tripped over a very unusual and extremely powerful poem by FaithWriters' newcomer, Kim Sandstrom. Since then, I have re-read this piece several times, and each time it hits my heart. For anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a child, whatever the age, "Gymwork" is for you. Kim hasn't sugar-coated her pain, or the inner battle that raged as her body continued on with life "as usual." Read it once, then read it again ... and maybe even again. This is a very different and impacting piece that you may want to share with others.

Well, that's just a few highlights to get you going, but there's plenty more to inspire, challenge and delight in this month's issue of FaithWriters' Magazine. But if you should happen to run out of reading before November arrives, why not take a visit to the Archives and enjoy two years' worth of great articles--you won't be disappointed.

So until next time, God bless, happy reading ... and remember to seize today and every day, for His glory.

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine