Darlene Osborne, Publisher
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July Issue Vol. 18 No. 1 The Christian Online Magazine™
Welcome to our Magazine
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Celebrating 18 Years Online
Quotes and Short Teachings
by Darlene Osborne
Hello everyone. We are celebrating 18 years online July 1st. I would like to thank all those that made this possible. JESUS, first and foremost. He has kept things going and without Him it wouldn't have happened. Also, I would like to thank my husband Roger. He pays all the bills around here and over the years that has mounted up to be quite a bit. I would also like to thank my wonderful writers who have ever written for us. Seriously, I know God sent everyone of you to me. I want to thank our readers. You're the best. I will never forget all the emails I received that were filled with your encouraging words. God has been good to us. Please pray for us as we go forward. Always pray for His Will to be done here. THANK YOU!
~Thought for the Month~
I give hope to the hopeless.
Joy Through the Storm
by L. Joy Douglas
As I write this, Father’s Day is a few short days away and it has me thinking about fathers. Although my Dad only lives 3 hours away, I don’t see my parents often enough. We talk most Sundays and sometimes during the week, and I am thrilled that Dad finally learned how to text so we can send messages back and forth at any time. But, sometimes the texting just makes me miss him more.
Leigh's Spiritual Garden
by Leigh Moran
There are times I become so frustrated I can barely stand the situation. Dealing with modern day devices is not my strong suit!
Tell your mountain—
you can't stand in my way any longer!
by Shelley Pierce
The debate rages on—old hymns or contemporary praise music. I’m one who has favorites in both categories. But the hymns…they are like old friends. What I love the most about hymns is so many are about God’s power, His sovereignty, His ownership of everything.
There is something to be said about what happens when we hail the power of Jesus’ name! There’s something to be said about Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. Yes, that’s right—a wretch like me.
by Brooke Cox
At one point or other, we have all swallowed an insect whether we were aware of it or not. I tend to sleep with my mouth open, so I probably have. Actually, I have known people who have swallowed insects on purpose. Yuck! But the butterfly I’m referring to isn’t an insect; it’s your thyroid gland. I am going to write about it since mine is being persnickety right now and there are somethings we all should know about our thyroids.
I used the word butterfly since that is the shape the Thyroid gland resembles. The thyroid wraps around the base and front of your neck and sits under your Adam’s apple. On each side of the neck are the thyroid lobes that resembles wings. Connecting them is a narrow slit in the middle connecting the two lobes. This slit is sometimes referred to as the isthmus. (1, 2, 3, 4) Before we go any further, let’s discuss glands. Glands are organs that release chemicals that we need to function. (5) Some glands produce tears while others make sweat or even breast milk. And some glands work within your immune system while others secrete hormones.
An Interview with Shelley
Brooke and Shelley
Shelley and I have a lot in common other than being staff writers. Let me back track just a little here. I first met Shelley at the 2015 Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference in Paula Mowery’s Devotional class. I immediately saw what a sweet and godly lady she was. Obviously, we both share a passion and a calling in writing for the Lord. And this year we both were recognized for our writing achievements at the 2016 Blue Ridge Conference.I asked Shelley some questions about her writing journey. Read more..
To Decide or Not To Decide
by Craig D. Lounsbrough, M.Div., LPC
Decisions. Life is quite literally jam-packed with them. We make them all of the time; literally one after another after another. Hardly a single minute passes where we’re not thinking through and making some sort of decision. Some decisions are huge and sweeping, amply possessing both the power and scope to impact our lives for the rest of our lives. Others are small and passively demur, doing little more than impacting the few brief moments that follow the decision.
Some decisions follow a predictable and patently obvious course, being crisply and closely dictated by the laws of nature, or cultural expectations, or a set of values, or the tutelage of a mentor, or an established tradition of some sort. These decisions are frequently more reflexive than thoughtful as they have naturally established boundaries that provide an automatic guiding function. Other more complex and intricate decisions may not as easily adhere to such established boundaries, demanding degrees of accommodation, various levels of modification, or some measure of generous reassessment that calls on reasoning, thought processes and wisdom rarely accessed. Regardless, we all make decisions and we make tons of them. Read more