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Volume 58, March-April 2004

Once again, putting this issue together has been something of an adventure. At the end of January I was able to purchase some new Adobe software and have used it in the production of this issue. Becoming familiar with these completely new programs has been an enjoyable challenge, though not without its frustrations. :-) I thank the Lord that this issue has come together pretty much on schedule -- He is so faithful!

This issue includes HW's annual survey and contest. After having a record-breaking number of surveys returned last year, we're really looking forward to hearing from many of you again. Please take a moment to participate!

Here's an outline of what this issue contains:

Theme: Courtship/Purity of Heart

From the Editress
~ By Abigail M. Paul ~
A few of the things I've learned about enteprenuralship and making a wise use of the skills and resources God has blessed us with.

Comments and encouraging feedback from magazine readers, including a photo.

Wise Counsel
Have you ever tried to be a friend and witness to someone much younger than you? Some helpful tips are shared in this column.

God-Given Gifts
~ By Jennifer S. ~
Jennifer points out the need for contentment in whatever situation God has placed us (singleness is a gift, too!).

Blessed are the Pure in Heart
~ By Elysse Barrett ~
Mrs. Gloria Y. turned the column over to her granddaughter, Elysse, for this issue. Elysse shares two key questions to ask oneself regarding relationships.

Dear Daddy...
~ By Elysse Barrett ~
Taken from a book Elysse and her father are writing together, this letter is a sweet look at the role a Godly father plays in a daughter's life.

Learning the Hard Way
~ By an HW reader ~
The humble testimony of how one girl learned the importance of truly seeking God's will in a relationship with a young man.

Waiting for God's Best
~ By Amanda O. ~
An important reminder of the benefits of courtship vs. dating, and God's wonderful promises to work out His perfect plan for our lives.

The Paul Family Chronicle
Here's a glimpse at what we have been up to this winter, as well as an amusing article by Susanna called, "Are You Acting Your Age?" Include three recent photos for you to enjoy.

Together for Good
~ By Naomi H. ~
We have reached the closing chapter of Naomi's story -- you won't want to miss the touching and encouraging ending! Once again, Sarah C.'s beautifully done illustrations add a lot.

~ By Rebecca D. ~
A convicting poem by a sister who has learned that "Contentment is the key to joy."

Looking Back, Looking Forward
~ By Jana Baldridge ~
In this, the final installment of her highly popular column, Jana shares how the Lord has been leading in her life in the past few months...and her faith that He will continue to lead in the years ahead.

Time's Speed
~ By David B. ~
A poetic challenge to redeem the time God has given us, starting today.

Every Herb of the Field
~ By Mrs. Erika M. ~
In this issue, Erika shares a selection of simple herbal recipes, perfect for use in these winter months.

Subscriber's Corner
In this issue we meet a young homeschooling family: Mary C., her husband, and their three precious sons. Includes two photos.

~ By Rachel S. ~
Is submission important? How will it affect our relationships with those around us? Rachel leaves us with a challenge, "Let go and submit!"

Casseroles...Beyond the Ordinary
~ By Emily W. ~
Emily shares tips for creating casserole recipes that are indeed "beyond the ordinary" and that will bless your family.

The Bibliophile's Niche
A surprising number of book reviews were submitted for this issue, all on the theme of courtship/purity of heart. Eight books are discussed in this column.

Children's Favorite Recipes
HW food editor Katherine Nold has compiled this selection of fun recipes for children who want to "help" in the kitchen...perfect for those cold days when everyone has to stay inside. :-)

As always, a hodge-podge of helpful information and advertisements fills this page.

Discover the Treasures of God's Wisdom
This issue's daily Bible readings are taken from the books of Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah. These often-overlooked books offer a wealth of gems to anyone willing to seek for them! Thematic weekly memory verses are also included, along with a handy space for listing prayer requests.

Click here to see how you can receive a copy of this exciting issue --
we look forward to hearing from you!

Online Resources
A selection of quotes and poems submitted for this theme didn't fit in the printed issue, so I've included them here on HW's site. Check them out!
      • Viewing Relationships God's Way

I also found a few excellent resources on other websites that I thought you would be blessed by. Please keep in mind that I do not necessary agree with every point made in every article listed here (much less agree with other articles that are included on each of these websites!), but I have included each of these articles because they are thought-provoking and they motivated me to check out the Scriptures for my own. I pray you'll be motivated to do the same!

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