|This issue's topic has been a very challenging and inspiring one for me. I trust that each of you will also catch a glimpse of that highest priority for which we must all aim: to "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God is Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14).
Here's an outline of what this issue contains:
Theme: Properly Prioritizing
Thoughts...From a Fellow Pilgrim
~ By Abigail M. Paul ~
The news of tragic death is a wake-up call to re-evaluate our daily priorities. Are you truly putting Christ first in all you do?
Two pages of comments and encouraging feedback from HW readers, including two photos.
HW 2004 Photo Contest Winners
Want to find out which photos received the most votes in the contest? Wait no longer! The three winning photos, plus one runner-up, are featured here. If you haven't viewed the excellent entries yet yourself, click here.
Do you have a hard time maintaining a regular time of Bible study and prayer? Four readers shared practical tips on this important topic. To see the question that has been posed for next time, click here.
~ By Elysse Barrett ~
In this excellent, clear-cut article, Elysse shares the difference between foundational and secondary priorities, as well as practical ideas on outlining your own life goals.
Priorities: My Adventures in Juggling
~ By Laura A. ~
Ever feel like maintaining proper priorities is as difficult as juggling? Laura shares the priorities God has led her to set in her own life.
The Unexpected Priority...and How it was a Blessing
~ By Naomi H. ~
It's one thing to have lofty ideals, but living them out in the struggles of daily life is often much more difficult. Naomi shares of a time when God taught her to be flexible and sensitive to His leading.
Looking to the Future
~ By Amanda O. ~
Amanda points out how seeing life from God's perspective helps
find a balance between blind optimism and discouraging realism.
The Paul Family Chronicle
In this issue you'll hear about some of our latest adventures -- a new van, a trip to TX, my booth and speech at the Iowa homeschool convention, and our new (and very unique!) pet, "Rodney." Includes four recent photos.
All For Jesus
~ By Megan H. ~
You won't want to miss this second and final installment of Megan's fictional story. Set in communist Russia, it is sure to be inspiring and challenging to all believers.
Is God Able?
~ By Erin M. ~
Have you ever doubted God's ability to keep His promises? This article is a heartening reminder of God's faithfulness, even when the way seems dark.
A Successful Close
~ By Jennifer S. ~
A recent homeschool graduate, Jennifer shares how the Lord guided her through the highschool years, as well as her path for the year ahead.
The Bibliophile's Niche
Two excellent devotionals are reviewed in this issue.
In this issue we meet a girl from the heart of Dixie: Miss Micha M.
Gleanings from Ruth
~ By Mrs. Sandra D'E. ~
Once again we are blessed to learn from Mrs. D'E.'s years of experience and teaching from the Lord. In this article she shares how Ruth is an excellent example of one who obeyed and honored her parents (her mother-in-law, Naomi) and the blessings which followed.
Be Thou an Example
~ By David B. ~
This article is a ringing challenge to each of us to be an example of Godliness to all with whom we come in contact.
~ By Emily W. ~
In this installment of her music-teaching advice column, Emily shares the importance of a studio policy and tips on setting prices.
Gift Mixes in a Jar
Looking for a unique and practical gift? Gift mixes in a jar might be just what you need! HW's food editor, Katherine N., has compiled this selection of easy recipes and tips.
Ten items fill this page, including ministry opportunities, ads for small businesses, and more!
Discover the Treasures of God's Wisdom
This issue's daily Bible readings are taken from the gospels of Mark, Luke, and John. Thematic weekly memory verses are also included, along with a handy space for listing prayer requests.
Two articles submitted for this theme didn't fit in the printed issue, so I've included them here on HW's site. Check them out!
• Man of Prayer: An Example of Prioritizing
• Seeking First Things First