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Ironically, this second issue on the theme of "waiting" has also been unavoidably delayed somewhat. Our Heavenly Father certainly has a sense of humor as He patiently teaches us to trust His perfect timing above our own schedules and deadlines! Thanks to everyone for your patience and understanding!

This issue contains HW's annual photo contest and reader survey. We hope many of you will take time to participate in both -- we're looking forward to your input!

Click here to see more graphics I've made!

Here's an outline of what this issue contains:

Volume 64
Theme: Trusting God's Timing

Thoughts...From a Fellow Pilgrim
~ By Abigail M. Paul ~
A close look at James 1:2-4 and the many encouraging promises it holds for those who are learning that the trying of their faith worketh patience.

Three pages of encouraging feedback and comments from HW readers, including several photos.

Wise Counsel
"How should I answer people who ask me why I am still living at home with my parents (I'm 23) and why I don't have a career outside our home?" Six Biblical, encouraging answers to this question are shared in this issue. To see the question that has been posed for next time, click here.

Waiting in the Will of God
~ By Megan H. ~
Megan encourages us to ask the Lord what we can do for Him now, instead of continually post-poning service until later. Some excellent thoughts from missionary J.O. Fraser are also included.

Be Still
~ By David Boskovic ~
Continuing from his article in the last issue, David shares further thoughts on waiting and how it relates to trusting the Lord today.

Here is the Place
~ By Mrs. Debbie B. ~
A poetic reminder that the same God who spoke to Abraham beneath the stars so many years ago is the One who is at work in our lives today.

Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
~ By Mrs. Gloria Y.
What kind of a "waiter" or "waitress" are you? Are you using your time of waiting on the Lord as an opportunity to "wait" on those He has placed in your life?

Here I Wait
~ By Monica E. ~
Monica writes from the perspective of an older sister at a younger sibling's wedding, sharing what the Lord has taught her about trusting Him through times of waiting.

~ By Michelle D. ~
Is anything too hard for the Lord? Michelle shares an encouraging look at the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, and the lessons we can learn from their lives.

Waiting in Action
~ By Amy S. ~
The testimony of a homeschool graduate who is still learning to trust the Lord with her future plans.

~ By Brandy C. ~
"Stop giving God instructions; just report for duty." Brandy challenges us to wait on the Lord with an attitude of joyful contentment.

The Paul Family Chronicle
In this glimpse of "life on our side of the magazine" you'll read about our recent travel adventures out east, how God blessed Daniel with a free, working garden tractor, the true story of "The Meal God Sent From the Sky," and more. Includes 5 recent photos.

A Reason For Every Season
~ By Erin M. ~
Erin shares the precious encouragement the Lord has given her through a recent stressful time, based on meditations from Psalm 18.

In Loving Memory
~ By Megan H. ~
One never knows when the Lord will call His children home...Megan shares what the Lord has taught her through the tragic deaths of two children who had attended her classes for Indian children in SD.

Jesus Loves the Little Children...Do We?
~ By Mrs. Carol Anne F. ~
Why is it so important to love children? Mrs. F. gives a wise mother's perspective and encourages us to learn from Christ's example.

The Bibliophile's Niche
Three excellent books are reviewed in this issue: Coming Home, Freckles, and Light From Heaven.

Talkative Tots
This time we have a whole page of cute quotes submitted by HW readers, as well as an amusing photo of the H. siblings.

Subscriber's Corner
This issue's featured subscriber is Lindsey S. from Canada. You'll enjoy meeting her family and learning a little about their rural lifestyle.

I Did Not Lose You All At Once...
~ By Mr. Brent C. ~
From a father's perspective, Mr. C. shares the importance of maintaining a close, daily relationship between parents and children.

Luscious Muffins
HW Food Editor, Katherine N., has again gathered a selection of reader's favorite muffin recipes. Next issue's recipe column will focus on egg recipes, so send in your family's favorites!

This issue's ads are a wide variety, ranging from penpals and recipes wanted to books, magazines, dolls, and hats for sale. :-)

Discover the Treasures of God's Wisdom
This issue's daily Bible readings are taken from the books of James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2, and 3 John, Jude, and Revelations. 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 articles
Some of the articles submitted on the theme of "Waiting on God" didn't fit in the printed issue, so we have added them to HW's website. Enjoy!
Waiting on the Lord
A waiting sister shares thoughts on the importance of not running ahead of God...and Hannah P. gives a testimony of the joy she's found in waiting on the Lord's timing.

This deeply insightful poem will encourage everyone going through a time of waiting...Includes personal thoughts from two of the girls who submitted it: Rachel G. and Mary U.

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