Darlene Osborne, Publisher
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September Issue Vol. 16 No. 3 The Christian Online Magazine™
Welcome to our September Issue!
by Paula Mowery, Staff Writer
Story Tension: Amy says that a lack of story tension is a treacherous problem, yet often invisible for the writer. You, the writer, know what’s going on in your story. You live with your characters and understand how that traumatic event earlier on messed them up so they act dysfunctionally. You know that when character X decides to do or say a certain thing, the event that you’ve been waiting for will start to unfold. Brilliant!
Paula's Book Nook: The Rancher Next Door
This month I feature Betsy St. Amant’s book, The Rancher Next Door. You’ll be smitten by the heroine and hero in this tale immediately.St.Amant’s characters are always distinctive and real, and these two main characters do not disappoint. Though it is often hard to include a child character, the author does well with the young daughter as well. No cookie-cutter characters here.
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SnapShots of Grace
In my younger days, I worked for the city. At first I worked on a garbage truck and shoveled sewage sludge. Then I had an opportunity to read water meters. Jumping fences and dodging dogs seem the better option. Collecting the garbage wasn’t bad. It was the trip to the dump site that was the problem. Piles and piles of garbage along with swarming flies, I never thought about having a prayer meeting at the dump.
Joy Through the Storm
In the continuing saga of our new house, there seems to be an endless line up of inconvenient surprises. After settling in, we decided the first major project would be to remodel the bathroom. It is unbelievable how many shortcuts were taken by the previous owners. With every layer of demolition, there were appalling new discoveries that increased the time, effort and financial investment required to rebuild the space into a proper bathroom. .Lisa's books are sold at Amazon.
When I was a kid, I learned the hard way not to have your mouth wide open when you’re riding your bike. Here’s what happened: I was talking and laughing with my friends when a sweat bee flew into my mouth and stung my tongue. Needless to say, I bit it in half. A lot of people are stung by bees and wasps every day. Do you know what happens when you are stung? Do you know how to treat stings and how to prevent them other than keeping your mouth closed while riding a bike?
by Jane Morin, Staff Writer
Today, the modern church is filled with more than enough how to books and programs on becoming a more successful Christian than we could even fathom. It wasn’t until I was driving down the road the other day that I had a light come on inside my head that reminded me as to the importance of why we need to worship God. You see, as a Bible teacher, author, worship leader and believer for decades, I too have failed to teach others the importance of why we need to worship God.
by Shelley Pierce, Staff Writer
I have learned that life is full of surprises and not always the happy kind. I get so shaken when my day doesn’t go as planned. Most of us would have to admit we are unsettled when we don’t know what is coming next. We are able to carry our calendars with us. Smart phones will keep us on schedule and tell us where we are to be. Our ipads and netbooks can keep us connected to our twitters, Facebooks and instagrams, but they cannot predict what might take place this afternoon. No matter how great the technology becomes, it will always be impotent next to our all powerful, all knowing God.
The Joy of Baking
This Month's Recipe:
with Lisa L. Hnath, Staff Writer
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The Joy of Baking
with Lisa Hnath
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Rhonda Poole: Scalling a Fish
Gwen Holman: If I Could Do It All Over Again
Patti Burris: Broken Vessels
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Jetties Hess: Archived Poetry and Prose. Click here. This archive is at our former site. The site isn't kept up, but there are some golden nuggets there. Jettie has taken a break from writing but we hope she will return soon!
by Brenda Covert
Bullying is a reason why some families choose homeschooling. When a tormented child is removed from school, the school bully loses power over him or her. The homeschool child benefits from being removed from a stressful situation and of course benefits from one-on-one attention and the ability to focus on learning in the safe and loving environment of home.
The bullies of 30 or more years ago seem quite innocent compared to the bullies of today. Bullies in the 21st century have gone anonymous thanks to the power of the Internet. Rumors and pictures can zip around school with lightning speed thanks to modern technology. School bullies can even needle and torment their victims without anyone knowing who they are. For example, a bully (or group of bullies) can build up a mob of haters against their victim by creating a bogus page in the victim’s name and posting insults aimed at other students. The victim may protest that he or she isn’t the culprit and doesn’t even have a MySpace or Facebook account, but who would believe it after seeing that person’s name and likeness on the screen? School then becomes a daily nightmare. Bullies also have the means to design games with the victim’s likeness – games where the object may be, as it was in at least one local instance, to kill the victim. How would you feel if classmates greeted your child in the school hallway with “Hey! I killed you last night!” Sadly, there are adults who actually think the victims of this type of bullying should just “suck it up and be a man.” The parent of the victim may become a victim of bullying as well if he or she demands that the authorities investigate and prosecute! What is this world coming to when a parent is told not to protect a child from this – or any -- kind of abuse?
Bullying causes so much pain and suffering that it has even led to suicide. It is right to protect our children. Contrary to what some ignorant people believe, bullying does not breed character. There is no “bright side” to being the victim of a bully. We don’t send untrained soldiers into battle to learn how to fight, do we? How can anyone think that sending a child into bully territory will teach the child how to cope with bullies?
Homeschooling may be the answer to the bullying epidemic, but I have bad news for you. Bullies can be found in the homeschool community too. I’ve done my research and was disappointed to find that sometimes homeschoolers pick on each other. Put a group together, whether it’s a co-op or other activity, and any bully included will find someone within that group to torment. Parents must be vigilant. Victims are often afraid to tell. You don’t know what threats might keep them quiet. I read about parents who were shocked that their home educated child hid the abuse from them!
I Corinthians 15:33 tells us “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” What does that tell me? It tells me that God expects us to know what kind of children and adults surround our sons and daughters. We have a duty to protect our children. Don’t be deceived into thinking that homeschoolers are all honorable, decent people. I wish that were the case. It’s easy to think so when you are part of a small church group of homeschoolers. However, we’re all sinners, whether saved by grace or not. We can’t assume that mean-spirited behavior won’t be a part of the homeschooling experience.
Let’s teach our children what bullying is and make sure they know that we won’t tolerate any bullying aimed at them – or coming from them. Parents need to love their children enough to stand up for them and protect them from danger. We need to make it clear that we won’t tolerate other children being bullied, and we won’t allow bullies (even if they are our own flesh and blood) to continue their abusive behavior. Love them enough to bring consequences that may teach them to change their bullying ways and have a chance at a happier life.
Copyright Brenda B. Covert
If you have a plan
And God is not in it,
Your plan will…
But if you seek God
And all His great wisdom,
Your plans will…
© Darlene Osborne
I'm Glad To Be His Child
The devil told me I was crazy
That I'd never be satisfied
But all my dreams are going to come true
I'm God's Child and me, He won't deny
I'm glad to be His Child
I'm proud of who I am
I'm glad God's holding my hand
When I see the battle getting harder
When I feel a struggle coming on
I pray to my Heavenly Father
For I know to Whom I belong
© Song Darlene Osborne