Darlene Osborne, Publisher
HOLD ON TO JESUS
—and HE won't let nothing go wrong!
November Issue Vol. 16 No. 5 The Christian Online Magazine™
Welcome to our November Issue!
by Paula Mowery, Staff Writer
The Writing Column:This month's guest writer is Janice Thompson
Building Your Cast---A Laugh a Minute: This My number one tip for adding humor to your writing is to build a wacky cast.
Okay, okay. . .I know that we’re not all in the business of writing laugh-a-minute books. Maybe your story doesn’t require over-the-top characters. Still, there’s something to be said for creating unique characters that readers can genuinely relate to. When you create a quirky cast, you set the stage for all sorts of chaos—relational, emotional, situational, and so on. We’re taught, as writers, to add tension to our stories. What better tension than the sort inspired by different personalities?
Paula's Book Nook: In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin
If you read my book review column, you know that I have featured Sarah Sundin’s books before. I always rave about the master she is at writing in the WWII era and her expertise at spinning a historical tale with romance and action. Here’s what other reviewers are saying about the books in her Wings of the Nightingale series.
Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.
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SnapShots of Grace
Joy Through the Storm
How is it possible that another year has almost passed? Didn’t we just start writing 2014 a short while ago? My elders tell me that the older you get, the faster time seems to go. With the speed at which it is flying by right now, I can’t even imagine how fast it will zoom a decade or two from today! There are so many things I want to do and not much time to do it. I feel like I am in a constant routine of “hurry up and slow down”..Lisa's books are sold at Amazon.
by Jane Morin, Staff Writer
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I always have so much to be thankful for. As I reflect back on previous Thanksgiving holidays with family, I have often made a joke that we would have a turkey the size of a Volkswagen Bug on the table to feed our family of six. Our dysfunctional crew always found a way to bring it all together and to make the holiday a pleasant one, which was rarity at our home.
The Joy of Baking
This Month's Recipe:
with Lisa L. Hnath, Staff Writer
This summer was a stellar season for our Rhubarb. It’s been in different spots in the yard but it now has found its permanent home.
Some reasons for this growth are that this summer was pleasant, not hot and sticky. (I’ve since learned Rhubarb likes cool temperatures.)
It was also in a moister area and Rhubarb likes moisture.
If you’ve never tried growing Rhubarb, if I can, you can.
The Joy of Baking
Recipes by Lisa Hnath
This month's recipe is for
Katina Engram: The Power of God That Keeps Me
Lanette Kissel: Is Prayer Necessary?
Andrew Burnet: God Talk: Dreams and Visions
If you need prayer
God wants to help!
Pray without ceasing!
Fall is here, Summer is gone
Winter will be here before long!
Instilling Right Values
by Brenda B. Covert
The very nature of homeschooling – being with our children all day – gives us the unique opportunity to address the world’s values and attitudes to which they have been exposed. Except for any time they spend outdoors with neighbor children or at friends’ homes, we are aware of the ideas being presented to our kids; we can have meaningful discussions about those values that are wrong.
Take the TV commercials being made today. Have you noticed how many portray deceit as cute behavior? In one, a husband hides behind a window shade to eat his wife’s missing meal after claiming that he hasn’t seen it. When she finds him finishing off her lunch, he gives her a "gotta love me" grin! In another, a boy tricks his parents into taking him to a pizza and game parlor; when they discover his deception, their faces take on an "isn’t he clever!" expression as he beams at them! In another one, an adult is offered one sample of a food item; after taking one, the greedy person snatches the rest of the food and runs! Since we only watch one to two hours of television a day – mostly programs for children – and we see many commercials implying that deceitfulness is clever and amusing, that idea must be rampant, and we must address it. We turn it into a lesson in values.
Every time those commercials appear, I remind my children of the consequences of wrong behavior. Were it possible for me to be tricked into taking the kids to Cheddar’s Place*, the moment I uncovered the lie, we would be in the car headed for home and a long period of grounding. We discuss the selfish character of those who are deceitful. We talk about the "rewards" of such behavior, which are loss of trust, loss of friends, and the resulting sorrow. Children need to know that deceitfulness is not clever, nor is it cute. It is sin!
We begin each day with family devotions. It’s a great time to present spiritual truths to our young ones. There are many devotional books geared to children. Some deal specifically with the godly values we hope to instill in our young students. Since you spend most, if not all, of the day together, whatever you’ve discussed in the morning can be reinforced throughout the day as new thoughts come to you or your children!
These days, we must constantly be on guard for those ungodly influences that try to infiltrate our Christian homes. We are preparing our children for the future – not only an earthly future, but our future in eternity. May we persevere until that day!
*name changed to avoid advertising the real restaurant
Copyright 2003 Brenda B. Covert
POOR MAN, RICH MAN
by Jettie Hess
The poor man is hated even by his neighbor, but the rich have many friends. He who despises his neighbor sins, but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Our Lord pities the poor. He says, "Do not rob the poor because he is poor, nor oppress the afflicted at the gate; for the Lord will plead their cause, and plunder the soul of those who plunder them."
Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will one day cry himself and not be heard, and he who has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor. He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given. Yes, he who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes from them will have many curses.
I was poor and lost
When the Lord Jesus gave me all that He had
He spilled his riches from the cross
That I may no longer be burdened or sad.
His generosity was certainly wonderful
And it touched me without and within
Now I am full ... yes to the brim
And eat no longer from the hands of men.
Copyright 2004 by Jettie Hess
God is BIGGER
than any mountain you
can or can NOT see !