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‘All-encompassing, Absorbing, Frustrating yet Fulfilling Love!’

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I’m so very excited to welcome you to our second edition of Family and Faith Magazine, where it is literally all about love. No matter how successful, mature, confident or independent we get, we all have a deep-seated, genuine need to be loved and what better time than Valentine’s month to focus on this all-encompassing, absorbing, frustrating yet fulfilling subject! Plus our pages are packed with enough stuff to make love the subject for all 28 days of February! So keep your copy of Family and Faith Magazine and share with your friends and family.

You can start off with the story of long-time lovers and best friends Marvine and Zeelah Davis who offer up grounded, no-nonsense advice on the need to fight for love amidst today’s slew of distractions; enjoy the heart-warming, tear-jerking story of beautiful real love from Indi Mclymont Lafayette titled My Love is Blind – Lessons From Having a Blind Lover and refresh your understanding of love; the various types, how it is given and received, and much more from our wise and experienced counsellor, Dr. Barry Davidson.

Now the experience of love in relationships with imperfect people certainly has its challenges, so take a moment to check out Chris Brodber’s insightful look at cheating in the feature Hardened Men Cheat. Love, particularly for women, sometimes also means making your appearance more eye-catching so that you can either attract love or keep the love you have – so check out the first in our beauty series: Righteous Cleavage – Exploring Modesty for the Christian Woman.

Of course we have our monthly features: He Said, She Said, Dressed For Church, Shine Your Light and At The Table so partake, enjoy, share and of course let us have your feedback. We were very heartened by the many comments you sent our way about our inaugural edition – thank you so much and we invite you to keep it coming. Connect with us your way:

Send an email: familyandfaithmagazine@gmail.com

Visit our website: www.familyandfaithmagazine.com

Like us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/familyandfaithmagazine

We remain extremely thankful for the faithful team behind Family and Faith Magazine and were happy to dedicate our efforts in a special prayer service held at Transformed Life Church recently. We are also very pleased to have the support of our wonderful sponsors who have helped to make this second edition possible. May God continue to bless you richly.

Dear readers, it is indeed the season to reflect on love – let us look at how we can make love the motivation for all that we do in our relationships and our service to others, remembering that God is the source of love and that “if anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 John 3:17). So “let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” – 1 John 4:8

Live | Love| Pray | Together

Shelly-Ann Harris @harrisshellyann

Editorial Director & Founder

Family and Faith Magazine

Next issue: Monday, March 2, 2015

Live | Love | Pray | Together

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Shelly-Ann January SmileIt’s a New Year and with it comes a new opportunity to embrace a fresh, godly perspective on the things that really matter in this life. Every one of us, no matter our current circumstances, where we come from, the colour of our skin or how much money we have in the bank, has a deep-seated need to belong and to matter.  We generally feel like we matter when we are doing the things we are ‘called’ to do and are making a contribution in the world. A sense of belonging however has more to do with the relationships that we form and oftentimes the most impactful of those relationships are found in families.

Regrettably, because of the many social ills in our society and in our world, the family, as a secure, loving space designed to engender whole, responsible, happy people who have a sense of belonging, is under strain and needs significant reinforcement and support. That is the main purpose of Family and Faith Magazine (FFM). This new, monthly lifestyle publication is designed to provide practical tools, encouragement, empowerment and insight on how we can build stronger families and communities that will Live | Love | Pray | Together.

Grounded in Christian principles, FFM is focused on how faith can positively impact family life and the attendant demands of marriage, parenting, relationships, love, work-life balance, serving the community, nation-building, among many other issues.

In our inaugural edition, I invite you to reflect on the quality of relationships in your life and commit to making them stronger and more enjoyable. Share in the exciting story of the fun-loving Redwoods and their amazing balancing act of raising 4 beautiful children while keeping their man and wife passion alive; receive Chris Brodber’s exhortation to avoid arguing before your children; give yourself another chance to manage your money God’s way, and take the FFM challenge! What about the age-old question of being ‘unequally yoked’? Dive into the discussion on whether the worldly husband and Christian wife can really be happy together, and check out how the genders feel about marital rape in “He Said, She Said”. Of course, you simply must check out Dr. Barry Davidson’s sage advice on What Makes A Marriage Last.

The FFM pages are packed with these and much more, so dig in, enjoy, and of course let us have your feedback. For a limited time, you can access the complete magazine FREE in digital format here http://joom.ag/gvwb or browse this website for the main features.

Connect with us your way:

Send an email: familyandfaithmagazine@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/familyandfaithmagazine

Follow us on Twitter: @FamilyFaithMag

We are thankful for the faithful team behind FFM and our courageous sponsors – Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Digicel Jamaica, Gabre Cameron Photography and others – who have helped to make this publication possible. May God bless you richly.

Friends, it is the season for new beginnings; let us seize the opportunity to honestly assess the relationships in our lives and see how, with Christ, we can do things, not only differently but victoriously!

Live | Love| Pray | Together

Shelly-Ann Harris

Editorial Director & Founder

Family and Faith Magazine

Next issue: Monday, February 2, 2015

 

Family and Faith Magazine Debuts in January 2015!

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Live | Love | Pray | Together

On Monday, January 5, 2015, Jamaica will be introduced to a new wholesome monthly lifestyle publication titled Family and Faith Magazine, FFM. Founded by award-winning writer and family advocate, Shelly-Ann Harris, the publication will focus on strengthening family life by sharing insightful strategies and stories grounded in Christian principles. Harris who leads the FFM team as Editorial Director explained the mission of FFM. “Sadly, because of the many social ills in our society and in our world, the family, as a secure, loving space designed to engender whole, responsible, happy people who have a sense of belonging, is under strain and needs significant reinforcement and support. That is the main purpose of FFM.”

“This new, monthly lifestyle publication is designed to provide practical tools, encouragement, empowerment and insight on how we can build stronger families and relationships,” explained Harris noting that the magazine’s mantra is live, love, pray, together.

Commenting on the social and spiritual needs that the publication will address, Pastors of Transformed Life Church Dwight and Joan Fletcher said that “People want to experience Christianity which gives inspiring examples, is relevant to their lives and situation, and demonstrates integrity. We believe that Family and Faith Magazine will fulfil all these by the articles and features carried in each issue, even as it makes room for the individual’s voice through its vox pops and polls.  This publication has the potential to impact our nation, helping to reinforce moral virtue and build healthy families and communities.”

Welcoming the impact that the magazine will have on family life in Jamaica, CEO of the National Parenting Support Commission, Dr. Patrece Charles lauded the FFM team. “I wish to commend the editorial team of Family and Faith Magazine for what is sure to be a great resource for strengthening parenting and Jamaican families,” said Dr. Charles.

The new monthly magazine, which will be published in the Gleaner newspaper every first Monday in tabloid format, has received strong support and sponsorship from several entities including Breadknife Productions, Digicel Jamaica, Gabre Cameron Photography and the Jamaica Public Service Company among others.

“Digicel is very pleased to be a part of this extraordinary project that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on families and communities in Jamaica. We believe that Family and Faith Magazine is a great initiative that can indeed pave the way for a New Year focused on good values and keeping families connected, and certainly that is what Digicel is about,” said Peter Lloyd, Marketing Director at Digicel Jamaica.

Meanwhile Head of Marketing at the Jamaica Public Service Company, Tishan Lee noted that the energy company is thrilled to be a partner and to reach its customers through the magazine. “A partnership with Family and Faith magazine provides an excellent platform for us to speak to a cross section of Jamaicans and further our mission to provide an affordable energy solution for every Jamaican. We are thrilled to be among the first partners of this wholesome and worthwhile publication and wish the FFM team tremendous success,” expressed Lee.

In closing, Harris noted that the magazine is staffed by a team of talented and skilled writers, editor, designer and photographer. “We are so very blessed to have the dedication and experience of our team and are excited to see how things will unfold on January 5,” Harris said.