Darlene Osborne, Publisher
Let Jesus Wrap You in His Warm and Tender Love
And remember to HOLD ON
—HE won't let nothing go wrong!
April Issue Vol. 15 No. 10 The Christian Online Magazine™
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by Paula Mowery, Staff Writer
New! Writiing: In the Beginning:Once a person decides he or she wants to write and chooses a form, how does the writing begin? In this column, I want to suggest some ways to get something down on paper or on the computer screen. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting down those first words.
Paula's Book Nook: Death of the Couch Potato's Wife: Christy Barritt does it again with her Suburban Sleuth Mystery, Death of the Couch Potato’s Wife. The setting is a small town which includes quirky, distinctive characters. The story has humor, mystery, and Barritt’s notorious use of suspense. The romance aspect is a bit of a different twist since it involves a married couple.
Poetry and Prose
by Jetie Hess, Staff Writer
Joy Through the Storm
It has been on my heart for a while now to write about a topic that can be uncomfortable, especially in the Christian community. Please understand that I am not a licensed counselor, psychiatrist, or anything of the like. However, there are many people who are dear to me that struggle with this tough issue. Perhaps you are in the same boat and will be able to relate to the following thoughts about depression and mental illness. This Author's books are sold at Amazon.
Most people know this Old Testament prophet by his vision of the wheel he saw turning in the sky. Who am I talking about? Ezekiel! Did you know Ezekiel had another vision and it was just as cool as the one with the wheel? In Ezekiel 37:1-14, you will read about The Valley of Dry Bones. I’m not going to list all 14 verses. Instead I’m only going to look at verses 7 and 8: “So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.” (NIV)
I have to say it. “How cool is that?” Can you imagine watching bones reconnecting and then seeing skeletons standing in front of you?
The Joy of Baking
with Lisa L. Hnath, Staff Writer
This Month's Recipe:I hope you enjoy making and customizing Apple Spice Bread to your tastes and expectations. Bon Appetit!
SnapShots of Grace
by Danny Woodall, Staff Writer
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1 (KJV) My dad served in World War II. He rarely talked about his experiences, but we did learn that he was a prisoner of war and only escaped by killing a guard. He passed away in 2012. Looking through the notes in the pages of his Bibles, the verse above is well studied. It helped him deal with the ghost of guilt from that fateful night over seventy years ago.
The Joy of Baking with Lisa Hnath: This month's recipe is AppleSpiceBread©
If you need prayer
God wants to help!
When the road is too long
And the mountain is too high
Your heart is so broken
You can’t even cry
You’re hurting all over
And nothing seems right
The pain is so strong
You’re too weak to fight
Your mind is filled
With thoughts of despair
You’d reach out to someone
But no one is there
In the still of the moment
You feel all alone
You wonder deep down
Why you’re still holding on
You reach for your Bible
And kneel down in prayer
And say to the Lord
Why is life so unfair?
Then He takes you by the hand
And you know by His touch
Nothing else will go wrong
God knows you’ve had enough
So with a chuckle in your voice
You say to yourself
I know that by faith now
All will be well
Copyright 1993 Darlene Osborne
Many People Lack Faith
Many More Lack Praise
Recently I was fighting a sickness that had somehow attached itself to my body. I wanted God to instantly deliver me out of the situation but that didn’t happen and when it didn’t I became frustrated. After all, I’m always preaching to my friends, and anyone else, who will listen, that God will heal you and heal you now; Yet, I was afflicted.
During this time I had not been praising the Lord, as I should. Honestly, I didn’t feel like it. If you’ve ever been sick then you know what I am talking about. I had the Word of God in my heart but I just couldn’t get up the spiritual strength to praise the Lord for my healing. God wanted to help but I was hindered. satan was trying to keep me from praising the Lord. He knows praise releases faith and he didn’t want me to get well. I wasn’t lacking in faith; I was lacking in praise.
You too may have fallen short in the area of praise. Maybe, in the hustle and bustle of every day life you just don’t feel like praising the Lord. But if you want things to be better in your life; if you want to be healed; if you want to send the devil packing, you must praise the Lord! When you praise the Lord that sends a signal that you are trusting Him to deliver.
I know many times, especially during trials or sickness, we don’t praise the Lord because we don’t feel His presence. However, the Word of God tells us that if we seek and feel after Him we will find him.
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us:
Even though we think God is nowhere to be found, He is right there beside of us, even in our hearts, pulling and pushing us along.
by Marilyn R. Smith
My peace I leave with you, not as the world would do
Enter My rest, knowing all is for the best
My peace I leave with you.Be calm and quiet beside Me. Free from all anxiety.
You and Me, in harmony, perfect concord with your Lord
No thoughts that are disturbing, but all are captive to Me
No feelings of sorrow, or angst o’er tomorrow , in My Presence you’re truly free
I’ve encircled you in My perfect love, width length depth and height
You are filled to the full with My power and might
You’ll have no fear if you stay here
In My presence is rest assurance
I’m in your midst and I’ll never leave you
© Marilyn R. Smith
It may not be in the bible yet it is true....
God helps those
who helps themselves.
If you want
God to help,
help yourself first.
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