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Volume 3, Number 1
Issue No. 9
"God is Here"
December 10, 2015
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRESTONWOOD CHOIR & ORCHESTRA
86,000 SHOES AND SMILES
. . . AND COUNTNG
by Olivia Wright
SAFELY HOME: A BOOK RECOMMENDATION
by Marcia Nelson
THE MIND CHANGES THE BRAIN
by Dr. Caroline Leaf
BEING A WELL-ROUNDED SQUARE
by Pastor Arne Walker
Joann Jordan's book selections for Fall include:
Switch on Your Brain
by Dr. Caroline Leaf
The Mended Heart
by Suzanne Eller
After The Leaves Fall
by Nicole Baart
That thy way may be known upon earth, Thy salvation among all nations. Psalm 67:2 (ASV)
YOUR ETERNAL LIFE
The most important decision you will ever make is to receive Christ as your Saviour!
Confessing to God that you are a sinner, and believing that the Lord Jesus Christ died for your sins on the cross and was raised for your justification.
The following scriptures are your assurance as a believer.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved
Verily, verily I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
I John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name,
- Bibles are placed by The Gideons International all over the world.
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Autumn in East Tennessee is so beautiful. The mountains proclaim His majesty! If deciduous trees are in your area then you have learned to appreciate leaves turning magical colors of gold, orange red and deep purple. It’s also a season to enjoy crisp, cooler days.
Please welcome our young writers in this new edition, living with Panache! Their perspectives and activities make our future seem a little brighter. It is our goal to bring you fresh ideas and spiritual authors to encourage your growth in Christ Jesus. We ask you to come back time and again and share your thoughts on our Guest Books.
The theme scripture for the Fall Edition is from Jeremiah 3:13:
"The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: 'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.'" (NKJV) As always, it is my response to you.
See you in the magazine.
President & Founder
Garlands of Grace Ministries International
In this Fall edition, we are thrilled to tell you - our devoted readers from all over the world - that we have now become an international ministry! Our Christian e-magazine is reaching over 81 countries, including India, China, Philippines, Sweden and beyond. We have seen God open people's hearts to read our e-magazine designed for the Christian home.
GROWING IN CHRIST
by Sheree R. (New Jersey)
AND THE GREATEST OF
THESE IS LOVE
by Sara Cox
A SUMMER TO REMEMBER
by Rachel Buchanan
AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
by Elyse Casimir
FANNY CROSBY: A LIFE OF HYMNS AND HOPE
by Darlene Neptune
KEEP TRACK OF THE 2016 CANDIDATES
For more information, click here or go to the Pastors' Coalition page.
The 2016 Presidential election is over a year away, but it is never too early to learn about the candidates. Click here or go to the People and Places page for a list and links.
FOR THE LOVE OF QUILTS
by Jo Hurst
A GOLDEN HARVEST
by Brenda Golden
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Joann Jordan will lead a study on Cynthia Heald's book, Becoming a Woman Whose God is Enough.
Mondays at 2 pm
Beginning September 14
(until the book is finished)
United Methodist Church
Women from all faiths are invited to attend.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; For thy love is better than wine.Song of Solomon 1:2 (ASV)
Early in our marriage, while eating at a restaurant I noticed an older couple across the room. The whole time they ate their meal they didn’t say a word to each other or even look at one another. This bothered me so much that I decided to never let my relationship with my spouse look like theirs; devoid of conversation and stale without any interaction.
My husband and I fell in love doing fun activities on our dates. We talked and walked on the beach. We ate meals together, danced, and sang love songs as part of the preparation for a concert. The result? Love.
The story of how we met our husbands is unique to each couple, but most likely you went on a few dates. Our dates helped us get to know one another and allowed us to fall in love. Regular dates with our men will continue to keep the spark of excitement and romance alive in our relationships. Weekly dates, an annual get-away, and daily conversation provide the time we need to reconnect with our mates.
Dates involve several parts. First, you and your loved one are alone together without children, family, or friends. Then you do an activity you both enjoy and spend time talking with each other. Good dates usually end with private intimate moments celebrating your love for one another.
Excuses Are Useless
I’ve heard more excuses to avoid a date than I ever thought possible. Let’s stop the excuses and make the necessary changes in our busy lives to date our spouses again. It’s worth it!
No time to date, no money, or I’m too tired.
If we don’t plan for regular dates we will run out of time. Put a date night on the calendar. Enjoy free activities together and set aside a little money for special dates.
He won’t plan a date.
We can’t wait for our men to plan a date; get busy and make plans yourself. Include a romantic interlude in the bedroom and your husbands will “love” dates.
Something comes up to disturb your plans.
Reschedule. Make minor changes to the plans as the circumstances require. Adjust the time table or activity until you go on your date.
We don’t like the same types of restaurants, movies, or sports.
Then take turns. One date, eat at your favorite restaurant and the next date enjoy an activity he likes. Watch him excel at a sport one week and go to a movie the next.
He doesn’t want to go on a date.
Most guys want to go on dates if they include a time of intimacy. Dating keeps marriages healthy and relationships intact. Dates preserve the fun and excitement.
Free or Almost Free
As a military family we have lived all over the world. Therefore what we did on our dates depended on where we lived. We floated on a lake, climbed a hill to see a castle, and took a walk in the woods on a Sunday afternoon. We went to dinner, played golf, bowled, and watched a movie.
On many of our dates we stayed close to home. We did free or inexpensive activities which didn’t require a babysitter because the kids were asleep or otherwise occupied. These low cost dates were so enjoyable that we repeated them over and over.
Enjoy soda and candy bars in the back yard.
Get donuts and coffee.
Eat dinner in a different room or outside.
Visit a new part of town or a new park.
Go out to lunch while the kids are at school.
Read and discuss a book on marriage or sex.
Walk in the woods or around the neighborhood.
by Joyce Zook
Brainstorm as many romantic ideas as you can in fifteen minutes. Generate ideas that are serious and silly; practical and ridiculous; expensive and cheap; meaningful and sexy. Generate ideas for gifts and gestures…and places to go and things to do.
Now it’s your turn to create a list of fun date ideas. Find activities you like to do together. Go to a new place or return for a repeat of a favorite date. Develop a new interest or replicate a date from before you got married. Whatever you plan, make it a habit to take a date each week and keep your love alive.
~ About the Author
Joyce Zook, author of 12 Keys for Marriage Success, is an international speaker and life coach.
She helps women apply Biblical principles in their everyday lives through her ministry at