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Jack & Cynthia Heald
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By Celeste Davis
I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well.
                         Psalm 139:4

At the ripe old ages of 20 and 18, Phil and I jumped into married life and started running full speed ahead. We lived the typical American lifestyle and ate the typical American diet . . . fast and convenient.  By the time we had been married 30 years, we had almost doubled our marriage weight.  Phil, going from 140 pounds at age 20 to 249 pounds at age 49. Celeste, going from 120 pounds at age 18 to 240 pounds at age 47.
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DAY 178
By Robert J. Morgan
I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle.          Zechariah 14:2

Each time I’ve been in Israel, I’ve visited Armageddon, a word that literally means The Mount of Megiddo. Today the ancient site of Megiddo lies in ruins, but from the hilltop is one of the most fantastic views on earth – a vast, fertile, fruited valley, twenty-four miles long and fourteen miles wide. It’s the only level ground in Israel where a million soldiers could muster.

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By Carolyn Dale Newell
By Joann Jordan
". . . teaching will be as Garlands of Grace . . ."   Proverbs  1:9
By Joy L. Snuffin
No pasta?  No cake?  No bread?  This had to be a joke. How could anyone survive without these life necessities?  Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. This means, no gluten.  Most tragically, nothing that involves flour.

I spent most of my life with a constantly upset stomach.  It seemed like almost every time I ate, I felt awful.  

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Philippians chapter 4 contains many of the verses that we need to remember when we are going through trials.  It has been known for its joy.   However, Paul wrote Philippians from a Roman prison. How could he be so joyful?

I have gone through many trials when I did not feel like rejoicing.  

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Denise Hildreth Jones is an author and Bible Study teacher.  Her books have been hailed as "smart and witty" by The Library Journal and featured twice in Southern Living.  There’s nothing much I like better than a good book about the South.  Probably because no matter where I go, as Dorothy once said, there really is no place like home.

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John Maxwell has famously and accurately said, “Leadership is influence.” Because this is undoubtedly true, women occupy positions of leadership wherever they may find themselves.  Certainly, wives and mothers are great influencers, both verbally and, more importantly, by the power of their examples. They, along with single women, exert influence in their families of origin, relationships with friends, churches, and workplaces. In short, a woman’s influence and, thus, her leadership, is great!

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By Denise Hildreth Jones
Review by Marcia Nelson
By Kristi Morley
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Volume 2, Number 1
Fall  2014

March 27 - 29, 2015
Music Road Inn
Pigeon Forge, TN

Gather your girlfriends and plan for an inspirational weekend in Pigeon Forge, TN!  Bus transportation available from the Northeast and Midwest.
Shop for gifts in our Market any day.  Proceeds benefit Garlands of Grace Ministries.  Click here.
Join a Garlands of Grace Bible study. For more information about studies in your area, please contact the National Office at 423.237.3623 or go to the Contact Us page.

Come, be a Garland Girl and learn to lead by learning to know the God you serve.  Women of all faiths, nationalities and ages are invited.  

Blessings, Joann
By Sarah Clements
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Founder & President
​To every man is given a measure of faith yet I’m sure that some of you reading this would agree that even that measure has seemed to freeze up in fear in times when you have been faced with moving forward and the unknown.  If so, you are in good company as that particular moment in time is what is called the ‘trying of our faith’. 

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Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
By Angela D. Meyer
And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness."  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
      2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

When I was young I longed to do big, important things for God.  I wasn’t sure how or what.  I showed up to do puppet shows, teach Bible stories to the kids who rode on the bus to church and wrote in my journal.
But I felt like it wasn’t enough. 
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Time to snuggle by a warm fire and grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage. These are incredible reads for the fall.

You will feel Dr. Ben Carson's One Nation and Brennan Manning's Abba's Child warming you from head to toe.  

What do you know about the man behind the popular devotional, My Utmost for His Highest?  David McCasland traces the life of Oswald Chambers from his boyhood in Scotland.

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We are counting the days until we get to celebrate the Garlands of Grace 20th Anniversary with you!

Now we would like you to start counting!  Count the fleur-de-lis symbols on our eMagazine pages and you could win a ticket ($100 value) to join us in Pigeon Forge, TN for this celebration of faith and friendship.

The ticket includes all speakers, four meals (2 breakfasts and 2 dinners) and other activities.  It does not include lodging nor transportation.

We do expect to receive more than one correct entry!  However, only one correct entry will be randomly selected from all correct submissions.  One entry per person, please.  Yes, you have 2 months to enter.  But, don't wait until the last minute.
The contest begins on October 1, 2014 and the deadline for entry is December 1, 2014.

HINT:  There is at least one fleur-de-lis symbol on every page.  They are different sizes and colors.  Some may be partially visible, peeking out from behind a photo!  For example, on the Monthly Matters page for October, there are 3 fleur-de-lis symbols.  If there is a November Monthly Matters page, it will not contain any symbols, so you may feel free to submit your count any time before the December 1 deadline.  The Fall issue of the e-Magazine has 22 pages.  If you are not sure you have found all of them, click on the Site Map.
Fleur-de-lis.  Look for this symbol. no matter what color or size.  Submit your count on the entry form.
Can you read?  Then read this.  These were the words of a pastor as he handed a Lutheran magazine to Patrick Zengo, an employee of Mwadui Lutheran School in Tanzania.  He found Patrick sleeping near the ovens at the school for warmth when the day was done and the sun went down.  Patrick had been hired as a janitor and yard worker at the secondary school.  After reading the literature given to him by the pastor, he came back and asked for baptism.

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By Susie Allen 
I then shall live as one who's been forgiven.
I'll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father; 
I am His child and I am not afraid.
So, greatly pardoned, I'll forgive my brother;
The law of love I gladly will obey.

I then shall live as one who's learned compassion.
I've been so loved, that I'll risk loving too.
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
I'll dare to see another's point of view.
And when relationships demand commitment,
Then I'll be there to care and follow through.

Your Kingdom come around and through and in me;
Your power and glory, let them shine through me.
Your Hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor,
And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world through me.

When Fall begins to arrive it's like slow jam, quiet
and softly it comes. You can see it's beauty across the
Great Smoky Mountains (GSM) as it changes a leaf on the sycamore tree. Get a kiss of pink, which in time turns blazing red when fully seasoned. Oh, how the coolness floats across our faces in the evenings as we go outside.  That coolness will turn chilly as the season continues to come and Fall is fully realized.

It's beauty at its finest which God is loving so much. He speaks and colors as He does His beauty.  As millions come to see His work each year.  He smiles . . . His beauty to behold (Psalm 27:4b).

Personally, because we live in the GSM,  I watch Fall scenes unfold daily from my windows.  The visuals are breathtaking!  Shadows gather in the hollows and color changes so quietly that it takes a watchful eye to see the elegance of the change.
Fall is a time of thanksgiving, a time of family and a time to praise the God of heaven for the Season of change.  We, too, need to let the change begin in us Lord.   God does it beautifully.  Seasons are beginnings as well as endings. This is a favorite - enjoy with friends and family and be grateful for any changes He has planned for you.
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"I Then Shall Live"
Prestonwood Choir
For additional information about future meetings, call Joann Jordan, Coordinator for the Sevier County Pastors' Coalition, at 423.237.3623

For more information about the Pastor's Gathering/Pastors' Coalition, click here.
We would like to thank
Sheriff Ron Seals of Sevier County for meeting with the Sevier County (TN) Pastors' Coalition.  He provided information about crime trends in the county and Pastors discussed ways that faith-based organizations can partner with law enforcement to make the county a safer place to live and work.
Sheriff Ron Seals
Psalm 31:19
How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. (NIV)

Psalm 95:1-6
"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker." (KJV)

Psalm 107:1
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." (NIV)

Psalm 145:7
 They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. (NIV)