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Volume 77, January-March 2008

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This issue of HW focuses on a subject that touches each of our lives: our response to the hard times God allows in our lives. Do we become bitter, broken, and angry? Or do we accept them with joy from the hand of a loving Father who does all things well? We trust the excellent and thought-provoking articles in Volume 77 will strengthen your faith and give you fresh hope for the journey...the journey of drawing close to our all-loving, all-powerful Father's heart.

Volume 77
Theme: Acceptance With Joy

Thoughts...From a Fellow Pilgrim
~ By Abigail M. Paul ~
Have you ever been through a "wilderness" season in life -- a time of testing that seemed unending? The Biblical account of God's dealings with the Israelites on their journey to the Promised Land offers many answers to the anguished questions of "WHY?" He does have a wonderful reason for it all.

This section is filled with encouraging letters from readers, sharing what God is doing in their lives and how HW has blessed them.

Wise Counsel
The transition from childhood to adulthood is not easy, especially as it affects the parent-child relationship. How can Godly families make this transition successfully and peacefully, becoming a "team" of adults in God's service? Two readers tackle this difficult question in this issue. To see the question that has been posed for next time, click here.

A Letter on Acceptance
~ By Quinn D.~
From the perspective of a soon-to-be highschool graduate, Quinn shares what God has been teaching her about acceptance and seeking His guidance in life.

Fear Thou Not
~ By Vanessa Lynn S. ~
Vanessa's struggles with serious physical problems over the last few years have not been easy...but she can testify to God's goodness through it all. This is her story, and what God has been teaching her through this trial.

Climbing From "Why" to "What"
~ By Amy B. ~

"Why?!" is the natural question we first ask when a difficult time hits. Amy challenges us to move beyond this and start asking God "What?" "What do You want me to do? What do You want me to learn?"

~ By Alisha B. ~

Drawing on the rich analogies between the myrrh plant and suffering in the life of a Christian, Alisha shares a beautiful and memorable picture of encouragement and hope. Death to self is never easy, but it will be worth it all!

The One Who Called
~ By Allison P. ~

Like the disciples who first followed Christ, we must obey His call...even when the road leads through dark and unknown ways.

The Mountain
~ By Jessica H. ~
This beautiful poem vibrantly captures the essence of struggling with a trial...and of the glorious hope that awaits at the end of the journey. Worth memorizing!

Blessed Are The Pure In Heart
~ By Mrs. Gloria Y. ~
With simple candor, Mrs. Y. lays out practical steps to finding true joy, regardless of circumstances: Jesus, Others, and You.

The Paul Family Chronicle
We've had a full autumn here in the Paul household! This edition of the Chronicle tells how God has miraculously protected us in several recent misadventures, and also includes photos from road trips to friends' weddings in September and October.

Jeremiah's Sticky Problem
~ By Esther B. ~
Here's a story you'll want to read aloud to the children in your life...or maybe find a way to act it out as a skit, which is what it was originally written for. :-)

When God Says "No"
~ By Erin M. ~
What happens when your life tips over on top of you and cherished hopes and dreams are no longer a possibility? Erin shares her own testimony and what God has been teaching her through this difficult answer of "no."

Miss Louise
~ By Maggie B. ~
Miss Louise is a remarkable woman. What can we learn from her example of contentment and joy?

Talkative Tots
Readers have come together once again to fill a page with hilarious quotes from children. You're sure to find a smile here!

The Cross
~ By Quinn D. and Miriam R. ~
This special poem was written by two friends, two stanzas at a time, over a period of months. This is the gospel story, clear and memorable.

Ordinary Work
~ By Danielle G. ~
Being faithful in the small, repetitive task of "ordinary work" can be one of the greatest challenges we face each day. Danielle encourages us to do all "as unto the Lord."

Subscriber's Corner
This issue spotlights a family of musical missionaries -- the G. family from Texas. You'll be blessed by the testimony of how God brought Mr. and Mrs. G. together, how all the children have grown up enjoying music, and how God is using them today.

Older...& Hopefully Wiser
~ By Mrs. Kelly S. ~
From the perspective of a 40-year-old wife, Mrs. S. shares addresses this article to younger sisters in Christ, sharing lessons God has taught her over the years.

The Bibliophile's Niche
The three book reviews in this issue all tackle the issue of trusting God through times of suffering and trial: excellent additions to anyone's library!

Blessing Your Brothers
~ By Chrissy D. ~
Chrissy shares practical ways to encourage the brothers in our lives, urging us to highly value these special relationships.

The National Missionary
~ By Christina B. ~
God is doing much through national missionaries around the world! Christina shares the testimony of Brother O., and challenges us to see what God wants us to be doing for His service.

A Time To Cook...Cozy Coffee Cakes
A variety of coffee/pound cake recipes fill this column, perfect for wintertime baking. Next issue's focus will be "Time saving mixes," so be sure to share your family's favorites!

CD recommendations, books and tatting for sale, as well as requests for writers, penpals, and soldier contacts fill this column.

Discover the Treasures of God's Wisdom
This issue's Bible reading schedule -- prepared by reader Samantha R. -- focuses on passages about joy and the role it is to play in the life of believers. Weekly memory verses suggestions help you hide the Word in your heart on a regular basis.

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