Thoughts...From a Fellow Pilgrim
~ By Abigail M. Paul ~
At last the long and difficult winter is over, and the bulbs grow into the promised flowers. But just as the blooms are coming to their full beauty, the storm hits and the garden is left in a mess of destruction. What now? Can we continue to trust the Master Gardener, even through the storms?
This section is filled with encouraging letters from readers, sharing what God is doing in their lives and how HW has blessed them. Three recent photos are included.
Have you ever struggled against discouraging thoughts? In this edition of "Wise Counsel," four readers share Biblical and practical advice on this difficult area we all face at times. To see the question that has been posed for next time, click here.
One Thin Dime
~ By Mrs. Dixie F.~
Mrs. F. shares a touching testimony of how God answered a very special prayer for her, in a miraculous way, using one thin dime.
This collection of answered prayer stories by various readers will encourage your heart! God really does care, even about the tiniest details of our lives!
In His Time
~ By Brandy C. ~
As Brandy looks back over the difficult things God has brought her family through in the past few years, she is able to see that He has answered many prayers in His perfect timing and way.
For This Child I Prayed
~ By Shiloh S. and Jaclynn R. ~
Both Shiloh and Jaclynn prayed for a younger sibling - and here are the testimonies of how God answered. You'll cry and rejoice with them in God's faithfulness.
~ By TanyaBeth S. ~
God has taught TanyaBeth's family a lot in the last few years, including many lessons on praying and waiting. TanyaBeth shares how they have seen God finally answer their prayers in amazing ways, in His perfect timing.
~ By Naomi H. ~
In this dramatic retelling of 2 Kings 6, Naomi conveys an important reminder of God's faithfulness. He always hears and answers our prayers, and even when things seem most hopeless He is still at work for our good.
Blessed Are The Pure In Heart
~ By Mrs. Gloria Y. ~
Because she has walked with the Lord longer than many of us, Mrs. Y. has an even greater abundance of answered prayers to share. This article includes some of her testimonies, along with a look at what God has taught her about prayer over the years.
The Paul Family Chronicle
Our family has also had many prayers answered, including during the recent storms and floods in Iowa. Three photos are included this time, along with a column of amusing "observations."
~ By Brianna C. ~
Brianna offers a word of encouragement and refocusing to all moms and big sisters who unselfishly serve their families day after day. The choices we make today, even in the tiniest matters, have a tremendous effect in the years to come.
What Do They See?
~ By Erin M. ~
When others look at you, what do they see? Erin shares a challenging, thought-provoking list of how others should see us, along with a Biblical guideline for each relationship.
The Bibliophile's Niche
Three books are reviewed in this issue: a missionary biography, an 1800s fictional story, and an Oswald Chambers book on prayer.
~ By Susanne E. ~
As the family stood by, helplessly watching as their barn went up in flames, the principles of the life of Job became very precious. Susanne shares what her family has learned through this difficult ordeal, and how God is providing for the future.
~ By Isaac Boskovic ~
"What is a 'calling,' anyway? Is it something that some Christians get, and some don't?" Isaac answers these questions with a very practical, honest look at his own life, sharing what he has learned about "the hope of His calling."
This popular column of cute quotes by children will have you smiling and laughing, as always. :-)
Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving
~ By Emily B. ~
In this Scripture study, Emily takes a look at the "what," "when," and "why" of thankfulness, challenging us to make gratitude a priority in our lives.
Praying, Singleness, & Waiting
~ By a reader ~
As an "older" single, the author has learned much about prayer and the role it plays in our deepest desires, such as dreams of marriage. No matter where you are in life, you'll be encouraged to be honest with the Lord and leave everything in His loving hands.
When the Sun Doesn't Shine
~ By Anna G. ~
"It all started as anything but an ordinary day..." and things only got worse from there. Anna shares what God taught her during this stormy day, and how she has applied the truths to the rest of her life.
A Time To Cook...Pasta Salads
Just in time for the hot summer months, here's a collection of yummy pasta salad recipes from HW's readers. Next issue's theme is "A-maize-ing Dishes," so gather up your favorite corn recipes to share.
A typical grab-bag of ads is printed in this issue: something for everyone. :-)
Discover the Treasures of God's Wisdom
This issue's Bible reading schedule is again prepared by reader Samantha R. Selected from many books of the Bible, these passages show just how faithful God has been to His people throughout Biblical history, and weekly memory verse suggestions reinforce this theme.