- March 2014
- December 2013
- June 2013
- March 2013
- September 2013
- From the Editor’s Desk
- Bloom Where You Are Planted and Where You Are Transplanted
- The Change Game
- Ten Tender Weeks: The Countdown
- The Chap Who Lives in a Flat
- Conspiracy Theory
- The Closers
- He Knows
- Surprising Steps with a Friendly Wind
- If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!
- Walking the Talk
- Message in a Bottle
- January 2013
From the Editor’s Desk
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
(Psalm 46:1 NIV)
This year, I have become somewhat obsessed with counting down to events. I don’t just mean the usual looking forward to something, but literally counting down the months, days, hours, minutes and even seconds. It started a few months before my daughter’s wedding in March, when I found a simple desktop app to keep me constantly aware of the rapid pace of time as we raced toward the big day. Once the wedding was over, I added our trip to the United States for the FaithWriters Conference in June, and then threw in Christmas Day as well.
Since then, the obsession has spread to my phone where I found a very neat app to do much the same thing, but with customizable wallpaper and image to suit every activity. As I write, it is exactly 30 days, 21 hours, 49 minutes and 53 seconds until we leave for the conference, and you really don’t want to know how long it is until Christmas Day. (Have you started your shopping yet?)
We all have the same amount of time in every day, and we’ve all heard that said umpteen times, but somehow it does seem to be going faster every year. Or maybe it’s just that the need to cram as much life as possible into every day becomes so much greater as we grow older.
Looking forward to things is a wonderful part of life. Anticipation is half the fun. Yet, we can get caught up in the countdown. As the seconds zip past, it can be all too easy to focus on the time that has passed rather than the time that is left, stressing over all the things that need to be done before that final second flips over.
When the stresses of life hit, and the hours fly by on wings, we need to take a step back from our busyness and activity and remember to be still and know that the God of all creation is in control. Good times and bad, He is there to guide our way and give us peace in every situation.
And this month’s issue of FaithWriters Magazine is a great way to stop the clock, at least for an hour or so, and be uplifted, encouraged and blessed.
In keeping with that call to be still before God, we have a beautiful poem by Addie Pleasance—Slow. You are probably very familiar with the idea of being in God’s refining fire, but Addie plays on that concept in a fresh way. If you are currently going through the fire, and feel as though you will never make it to the end of that trial, may this be an encouragement to you.
Theresa Santy keeps us in the smoke with her story about heartache, loss and forgiveness, Billows of Smoke. Unfortunately, the setting for this fictional story is all too real for many people impacted by mass tragedy.
Sadly, Willena Flewelling knows all too well what it is to lose a loved one, with the death of her son, Jeff, in a car accident in December 2009. We are so thankful to Willena for sharing her story with us. God truly has been the God of All Comfort to her and her family. If you are in a time of sorrow, may her experience be a blessing to you.
You don’t need to be a lover of animal stories to enjoy Shirley McClay’s, Lumbo, this month. I know I fell in love with the old dog in this story, and I think you will too.
If you are in need of a chuckle, look no further than In the Medical Field by Brenda Shipman. It’s a fun article with a good reminder that humor is all around us. I do all my grocery shopping online these days, but I could still picture this supermarket scene all too well, and I will probably never look at a melon again without thinking of the title.
For another smile, head over to Lynn Gipson’s poem, This Old Computer. I have a feeling most of us will relate to Lynn’s love/hate relationship with aging circuit boards and failing functions.
Michael Throne is an author whose work I regularly enjoy reading, and his short story The Perfect Marriage is an excellent example of why. I think you’ll enjoy it too.
As well as all these wonderful articles and poems, we have more great reading from Jack Taylor, with a true story from the mission field in Uganda, Perhaps a Little Salt, and a lovely poem from longtime member of FaithWriters, Yvonne Blake, Just a Drop.
And to wrap everything up, don’t miss our two very special FaithWriters for Kids winning stories, Needing Peace by Annalise Hunnicutt (winner of the 13-15 years Summer of Hope contest) and Just Hope by Elizabeth Invergo (winner of the 10-12 years Summer of Hope contest). Well done, girls.
Until next issue, happy reading with FaithWriters Magazine.
Editor, FaithWriters Magazine