Darlene Osborne, Publisher
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August Issue Vol. 18 No. 2 The Christian Online Magazine™
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Quotes and Short Teachings
by Darlene Osborne
When you are in trouble, call on God. Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." We all have trouble from time to time and the only One that can help us is God. No matter the situation He can fix it. My husband can fix just about anything. When something quits working, most likely he is the one that is going to fix it. It sure feels good to have someone around who can fix things. My God can fix things. When I am weak He gives me me strength. When I am sick He heals me. He is my refuge from the storm. Praise His glory name. He is GOD and He can fix things. Give your trouble to Him! Let Him fix the situation!
~Thought for the Month~
God gives life to the lifeless.
Joy Through the Storm
by L. Joy Douglas
This month, I would like to explore the topic of healing. Both my mom and husband have faced serious, life threatening battles in the past couple years so it is something I have reflected on a lot lately. In my search for answers, I spoke with several people to get their perspectives.
To begin with, Scripture directs us to ask for the things we need. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22) “And I say unto you, ask and it shall be given unto you. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be open to you.” (Luke 11:9) And on the specific topic of healing, the Word says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:14-16)
Leigh's Spiritual Garden
by Leigh Moran
Tell your mountain—
God is bigger than you!
by Shelley Pierce
Another summer is almost behind us. I’ve heard many parents, and kids, wonder how it passed so quickly.
Parents lament they didn’t get the garage cleaned or they never found time to take the kids to the pool.
Kids are grouchy because they will no longer get to stay up late into the night and sleep late into the morning.
As we tuck summer ’16 into the scrapbook, I wonder--was having your kids in church a priority or was it penciled in?
by Brooke Cox
When I was a girl, I wanted my own flower garden. My great grandmother, Mamaw Myrtle, had a green thumb and she had beautiful flower gardens planted outside and around her house. Being a tomboy, I would play in them and dig up worms and bugs. One day I had the bright idea to grow my own flower garden. I picked out a spot, laid rocks around it, and searched her yard for pretty little wildflowers. I dug them up and replanted them in my new garden. I watered them every day and even talked to them. After I had filled my little garden, I proudly showed Mamaw Myrtle my transplanted pretty wildflowers. She laughed and said my wildflowers were all weeds. At first I was disappointed, but I decided to raise my pretty weeds anyway. They all died within a couple of weeks. So yeah, I can kill a weed.
Brooke and Shelley
Shelley and I have a lot in common other than being staff writers. Let me back track just a little here. I first met Shelley at the 2015 Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference in Paula Mowery’s Devotional class. I immediately saw what a sweet and godly lady she was. Obviously, we both share a passion and a calling in writing for the Lord. And this year we both were recognized for our writing achievements at the 2016 Blue Ridge Conference.I asked Shelley some questions about her writing journey. Read more..