letter from editor

     You have been wonderfully and marvelously created by God, so it only stands to reason that He has the best plans for your life. However, the choice to trust His will for your life is totally yours.

      The question is whether you trust God and His plan for your life or doubt God and take matters into your own hands.

      The Bible says 'He who seeks to save his life will lose it but he who loses his life for the sake of the Lord will keep it.'

      Let's face it, there are people afraid to trust God, afraid to lose their life. On the other hand, however, there are those who totally abandon themselves to the Lord and to His will for their lives, as little children who fearlessly and without question trust a loving parent.

      In Deuteronomy, chapters 6&7 Moses reiterates God's promise to give the Hebrew people the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey. A land where they would have victory over their enemies, a fruitful land with no sickness and no disease.

      Forty years earlier, Moses had sent 12 spies into the Promised Land to spy it out. Ten spies came back filled with fear as they spoke of giants in the land. It was obvious that they were not motivated by faith, nor did they have an expectation of victory or they would have disregarded the fact that a battle was waiting for them. Because of their fear of man and doubt for God, they never entered God's promise.

      There were, thankfully, two faithful witnesses who trusted God's promises. They were Joshua and Caleb and they had believed the word of God which promised them the land as well as victory over their enemies in the land. God said that Caleb was of a different spirit. It certainly wasn't a spirit of fear but rather a spirit of faith in a faithful God, in whom he fully trusted.

      Well, as history points out, God did give His people the land and led by Joshua, they defeated the giants in that land. Today in 2001, the Hebrew descendants have new enemies and new battles to fight but they still possess the land.

      Recently, someone I am coming to know as a sister of great faith was challenged by God to leave a very successful and lucrative news anchor career. She was challenged to trust God for her life, to trust God for His provision and to resign from her part-time position where she was literally making a presidential salary. Now, that takes great faith!

      By now, you might have guessed that the sister of great faith I'm referring to is none other than Robin Swoboda-Wagner. She has left behind the world and all of its trappings to follow Jesus with all of her heart, all of her mind and all of her strength.

      It gives me great pleasure and I am honored by God, to announce that Robin now shares the vision of Connection Magazine. Robin has now partnered with us in that vision to reach America and beyond with the Good News of God's promises, faithfulness, mercy, grace, love and power.

      Look for Robin's monthly column in each issue of Connection, as the Lord wills. I believe that you will be inspired to laugh, to cry, to hope and to believe as you read her sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, heartfelt monthly messages.