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From the Editor -
Diane Exner
A Woman's World
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From One Woman to Another
Written by Diane Exner

Welcome to "A Woman’s World."

Even as I write the phrase, I can hardly believe that I have been chosen to be editor of this department. It’s truly only by God’s grace because it wasn’t that many years ago that I was so afraid to talk to women I would almost hyperventilate.

I was raised a farmer’s daughter, and would much sooner play sports than paint my nails, and no matter how hard I tried, I could not get use to wearing high-heeled shoes. There were only a few occasions I wore a dress, and my high school graduation was one of them. Jeans and a sweatshirt weren’t acceptable dress code if I wanted to get my diploma.
Never Trust a Picture on a Hair Color Box!
Written by Pat Sheets

There are some things that need to be left to the professionals, things like brain surgery, nuclear physics and especially, hair color. One wrong move in any of these areas can lead to disaster!

My unfortunate experience with hair color started on a Saturday morning when I received a phone call from my stylist.

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Being somewhat of a ‘Tom Boy’, I wasn’t able to be a part of the girls’ clubs, and I wasn’t invited to their parties. The teen years were the worst, because playing ball or going dirt biking with the guys made me even more of an outcast. One group of girls even sent me a letter signed, ‘Your Friendly Neighbourhood Enemies.’ Let’s just say, it wasn’t an invitation to a tea party.

Little by little my heart became hardened to all women and soon it became easier just to avoid relationships with them all together.

Early in my Christian walk however, God brought two strong, spirit-filled women into my life to break down the walls of mistrust I had so carefully built. They chiseled away at the hard rocks by spoon feeding me God’s Word and continually telling me that I was a beautiful woman of God.

At first I clung tight to every brick and made them rip it from my clenched fists. They were taking away my comfort zone and the only shelter I knew to be safe. My coping mechanisms were being exposed and I had to learn a new way to relate to people – especially women. These two ladies appeared to be destroying my way of life.

Eventually I came to realize that they truly loved and cared for me, and in turn I started trusting their words and believing in the plans that God had for me. They showed me God’s unconditional love and told me of his plan for my living freely. Through their loving ministry, years of mistrust washed away as I began to accept God’s truth. Step by step God brought more and more women into my life, and has now brought me full circle, to be able to encourage and bless others who have been hurt or downtrodden.

Why did I have to go through so much pain, sorrow and suffering in my youth and young adulthood? God had a plan for me to minister to people, especially women. As the old saying goes, I had to walk a mile in their shoes to truly understand their hurts, as well as their desires.

My plan was to take matters into my hands and live by my own wisdom. Even though the transformation didn’t happen overnight, I can confidently claim that I am now a woman of God who has a heart to see other women set free from hurts and heartaches as I was.

My mission, and prayer, is to show the same unconditional love to all women, that two angels showed me early in my Christian walk. By sharing the love of the Lord, the chains of bondage and burden were broken. By using the two women as examples in my life, God showed me how to minister to the women He brings into my path. Thank you Janet, my mother-in-law, and Kelly, my friend and pastor to women, for following God’s call to minister to the broken-hearted and set the captives free.

This month’s feature article, ‘Never Trust a Picture on a Hair Color Box’, provides us with a real-life example of what can happen when we try to take matters into our own hands. It’s a fresh and fun-loving look at how God gives us life lessons in even the most peculiar situations and is sure to tickle your funny bone.

In the months to come, we will share many topics that will allow us to grow as God works through our lives. As I share my personal testimonies, and those of other women, we will learn how God works things out to encourage and bless others as we grow closer to Him.

My life verse is Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." My desire is to see women set free as they learn the truth of God’s plan for their lives. He has made us each with a special purpose, and my goal is to be an encourager in any way I can, to fulfill this calling on my life. I will look forward to meeting with you month after month to taste God’s goodness through ‘A Woman’s World’.