Hello again dear friends and a huge welcome to all those who have subscribed to Breath of Fresh Air since the last newsletter. May it always be a blessing and encouragement each month.
It’s been coming for a while now, but we actually realized this afternoon that it is exactly 12 months until Kylie and Nathan get married. They’ve been engaged for seven months now, and that time has flown by – so I can only imagine the next year will zip by just as quickly. It’s a sort of happy/sad excitement. It’s such a joy to know that your daughter will soon be stepping into this new, major part of her life, but also the sadness of knowing that this time next year, “Smiley Kylie” won’t be walking through the door at the end of each day.
I think Matt is expecting to make the most of being an “only child” at home when that happens. He can dream.
Anyway I’ve updated my July weblog so you can catch up on all the latest family news. We’re mid-winter over here and I am still more than happy to stay very quietly indoors as much as possible. Even getting out of bed is hard these days! But if you want to know what’s been happening, here’s the link:
As always, you may need to "refresh" or "reload" your page a time or two to have everything show up.
Now onto what’s new and happening at Breath of Fresh Air and in FaithWriters’ Magazine this month...
Our little pup, "Tiger," was the inspiration for this month's "Breather." There's something he has learnt to do fairly recently, and it always makes us smile (although not when he does it in the middle of the night!). His behavior brought to mind this little lesson based on Luke 6:39, “He also told them this parable: ‘Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?’”
"[The Bible] should fill the memory, rule the heart and guide the feet."
~ Author Unknown ~
July Issue - FaithWriters' Magazine ...
As always, we have a contents page for the July Issue of FaithWriters’ Magazine, so that you can easily browse through all the departments, and that index will be available even after the issue is archived at the start of August.
My column for the month sounds a bit odd, but I haven’t really been eating reptiles. It’s actually all about the little acts of love we do, often without thinking much about it. It was another fun piece to write, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading "Love is Eating Yellow Snakes."
I wonder what little acts of love in your family will come to mind as you read it?
Another HUGE issue of FaithWriters’ Magazine, and the last of this size – so make the most of it. From the August Issue we are cutting the size down quite dramatically, which will take a huge load off my shoulders and those of the FaithWriters’ team, but will still provide enough to keep readers satisfied. But if you enjoy a big read, then you still have the July Issue to enjoy:
There is so much, that it’s impossible to know where to start telling you, but the highlights are definitely in my front page letter, so you might like to read that first, followed by the two front page featured articles. I set the topic for the front page as “Lazy Days,” and both pieces really had me drifting away.
My favorite section for July had to be “A Merry Heart,” with three absolutely wonderful, witty stories that left me smiling long after I finished reading them. Delightful to read, and each with a gentle message – I think you’ll enjoy them all:
One of my favorite pieces for the month is a bit surprising actually. It was written as a celebration of Independence Day in the United States, so it’s not exactly something that you’d think an Aussie girl would rate high on her list of favorite reads. Yet, the heart and message are just as true for any country that values the freedom they have been blessed with. I really do recommend “Freedom Still Rings.”
Don’t forget, you can always take a browse back through the old issues in the FaithWriters’ Magazine archives at:
I hope you'll enjoy and be blessed by our July Issue - the last of the huge variety.
And once again, if you read something that really touches your heart, why not take a moment to send a note to the author care of the “Letters” page at the Magazine. Your words of encouragement really do bless them so much.
Prayer Points ...
This month's prayer points have been updated and the public prayer requests can be seen at Breath of Fresh Air. As always, you are invited to join with us in prayer for the needs of these people...
Even if you aren’t able to visit the Prayer Page, please take a moment to join with us in prayer this dear little family:
* Nikki from Dubbo has asked us to pray for her friend, Jane, who is raising three children (aged 4 to 17) on her own. Jane would dearly love to be married and is believing for God to provide her with His choice of a husband. Her little four-year-old calls other people “daddy” and this really hurts Jane as she interprets it as his need for a father. Jane has also been diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder and arthritis, which is quite debilitating, especially when she has to wean herself off the prednisone. As Nikki put it, a God-given man with a heart to care, nurture and support this little family would be such a blessing. I can’t help but say “Amen” to that.
If you or a loved one needs prayer, please don't hesitate to share it with us by visiting the Prayer Request page at Breath of Fresh Air (see the link/url below) and completing the simple form. As always, you have the choice as to whether your prayer request is posted publicly on the Breath of Fresh Prayer webpage, or shared with the Breath of Fresh Prayer team only.
If you would like to become a part of the Breath of Fresh Air prayer team, please let me know by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll look forward to hearing from you.
"Each day is a gift to be opened with prayer." (Author Unknown)
Dusting Off The Archives ...
Don’t forget that there are archives at Breath of Fresh Air for the Inspirational Articles, Gentle Breezes from the Heart, Audio Messages and also for the seven most recent Time to Take a Breather devotions.
The best place to start dusting off the archives is by visiting the Breath of Fresh Air Site Directory:
Well dear friends, that’s it for this newsletter. Until next time may God fill your homes and your hearts with His wonderful peace, joy and love and may you take that peace, joy and love and be a breath of fresh air everywhere you go and to everyone you meet -- for His glory!