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Volume 2, Issue 1 - September 2005

"One generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts…
They will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness."

~ Psalm 145:4,7 NIV ~

Hello and welcome to our 1st Birthday Issue of FaithWriters’ Magazine – and what a year it’s been! Looking back over the last 12 issues, I find myself thinking of all the people who have shared their lives and their stories with us during that time. I know that I’ve laughed and cried many times over this past year as I’ve read the articles in each issue. I’ve been inspired, encouraged, exhorted and strengthened over and over again – as I know so many of our readers have.

Thank you to every FaithWriter who has contributed in any way to our first year. Without your support, there would be no magazine … and the same is true for all our readers! May the year to come be even better than the year that’s been – in every way!

Now, onto our September Issue …

Well, September means a return to school for many students, with a whole year of learning to look forward to – or endure … whatever the case may be. But you really don’t have to be a student to get an education. All of us, young and old alike, have lessons to learn every day of our lives. We just have to be willing to receive them.

And that’s exactly what Cheri Hardaway discovered in her front page featured article, "Practicing Deity Without a License." I think many will recognize themselves in her very honest message.

Ever felt a bit envious of those people who always seem to be the "favorites?" Perhaps it’s a sibling, or maybe one of the kids at school, or even a colleague at work … well, if you have, then don’t let the green-eyed monster plague you any longer. Brian Thompson is here to remind us that "Favoritism is a Risky Business!" Join him for an excellent Word in Season.

Practicing Deity Without a License
By Cheri Hardaway © 2005

I’m a mover and a shaker. I can get the job done! You know the type – competent, educated, independent. (Not to be confused with pushy, headstrong and proud.)

I don’t need anyone’s help; I’ve got it. Just give me the assignment. I’ve got a plan. You’ll see. Just sit back and watch.

At least that’s what I told God when all this parenting stuff started. I mean, I read "The Strong-Willed Child," "Children are Wet Cement," and "The Five Love Languages of Children." I attended our church’s Sunday School class on parenting, taught by a Christian pediatrician. For heaven’s sake, what more could there be to learn? I knew all the important stuff, according to Dr. Spock, like there should be no more bottles after twelve months, and potty training should be completed by the time the child is two years old – stuff like that.

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Your Friend with a Pen – Meet Cheri Hardaway…
Interview by Debbie Porter

FWM: Cheri, you’ve been at FaithWriters a relatively short time, since December last year, but you really have settled in and seem to be going from strength to strength. Have you always wanted to write?

CHERI: Deb, I feel like I was born with a pen in my hand. It has always been my nature to write everything down. I've kept a journal since I was a young girl. In school I was an avid note taker. There is some kind of security for me in getting the words down on paper.

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It can be so easy to give up hope when the bases seem loaded against us and things aren’t going our way. If you need a bit of encouragement to keep looking up, then I highly recommend "Failures … or Stepping Stones?" by Sharina Smith in our Golden Apples section, "False Hope, Well D’uh!" by Anita Howell in The Parent’s Survival Guide, and "Raspberry Rashes" by Debra Brand in Journey of Grace.

Each of these messages will inspire you to keep pressing on – regardless! One suggestion though – you may want to have a bottle of calamine lotion on hand when you read Debra’s story. I know I started itching!

September is a very special month in The Rhythm of Life, with the winners of our Bible Limerick Contest. Congratulations to all three – particularly our 1st place winner, who will be receiving a copy of the two latest FaithWriters’ Anthologies – "Eternally Blessed" and "In the Beginning." I know you’re going to enjoy their delightful rhymes as much as I did.

There’s a very special article by Al Boyce in Take it to Heart this month. I was so moved by the message of "Seeing God," that I just had to interview Al and allow him to share a little more of his God-given heart of compassion. Al’s passion for service is inspiring, encouraging and challenging all at once.

As a special extra bonus, we are including something a little different for our readers this month. In conjunction with Bethany House, it’s our pleasure to present an extract from the brand new novel, "Finding Anna," by newly published author, Christine Schaub. "Finding Anna" is a powerful historical drama based on the story behind the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul." Chapter 1 is presented for your enjoyment, and I have to admit, I was hooked from the start!

And that’s not all … there’s still plenty more to read and enjoy in every page of our September Issue. So until next time, God bless and happy reading!

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters’ Magazine