Farewell from CWO

After three and a half years, and prayerful consideration I’ve come to the place where it’s time for me to step down from online ministry to better serve my family. Since it was also a good time for many of our writers to put down their pens, we decided to make this, July issue, our final.

I have been incredibly blessed with a team of faith-focussed writers who I pray will continue to minister to you as they walk on new paths.

I’ll leave our archived devotions online so that readers can continue to visit and dig through our articles for continual blessing and growth.

Along with our final farewell, I leave you this verse from Ecclesiastes:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1


Founder and Editor,
Christian Women Online Magazine
“Uniting Women of Faith”

Read my column—Live Well!
My blog: Darlene Schacht.com

31 comments for “Farewell from CWO

  1. July 1, 2009 at 6:11 AM

    Darlene – It’s been a great three and a half years with you (hard to believe it’s been that long!) I’ll miss you and writing for this wonderful ezine – but like you said, it was time to put down my pen – at least for the time being. Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity to share my words with others. God bless you and yours.

  2. July 1, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Thanks for the opportunity to have been a part of CWO for the past year and a half (has it been that long already?)!

    Enjoy your family time and new found freedom, CWO will be missed!


  3. July 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Darlene – You are such a blessing to the online community! You have paved the way for so many of us in online ministry. Thank you for giving me so many opportunities to serve alongside you. I know you will enjoy all of that time you’ll get to spend with you family and in that garden of yours. Let us know how you are doing occasionally!

    with lots of love, Amy

  4. July 1, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Wow, this is a big deal! You’ll be greatly missed, but I admire your decision to serve your family more whole-heartedly. All the best.

  5. July 1, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Thank you for everything Darlene, I am a better person because of you. You saw something in me no one else did. Thank you for being a blessing in my life.

  6. July 1, 2009 at 10:54 PM

    Oh Darlene,

    I can’t even begin to tell you how greatly you have been used of God. Your love for Jesus shined through every word you wrote. CWO is where I grew up on the internet. You helped to craft my life and online ministry. I am eternally greatful.

    I will miss you so much and hope you will one day return to your blog. I treasure the stories you would tell about your Dad. I could see you in my mind with your kids, so many touching stories… Rich blessings and life-lessons which have made me a better person.

    As you head into this new season know this, I love you with an enternal love and long for the day we will finally meet face-to-face.

    God bless and visit me often. BIG hugs.

  7. July 1, 2009 at 11:13 PM

    Since I started blogging almost 2 years ago, I have been influenced by this ezine and it’s various ministries.

    I can’t even begin to tell you how very much you and this ministry will be missed! I’m just stunned.

    May the Lord continue to bless you in your newest season of life.

    You are loved, dear one!

  8. July 2, 2009 at 12:57 AM

    Darlene, CWO has been such an amazing inspiration and guide to me as I ventured out in my writing. Thank you for your dedication and hard work and for the passion you have had for Christian Women! -be blessed, Laurie

  9. July 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    I love you my precious and beautiful sister Darlene. ♥ I’m so grateful the Lord connected our hearts in Christ through CWO. The issues may be paused, but you know my prayers won’t. 🙂

    I know we’ll be here again soon…one way or another. 😉

    I love you so much,

  10. July 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    I just read the cover story. Thank you my wonderful sister for helping me with this while I was sicky. 🙂 I love you so much!

  11. July 2, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    I am so sad! I love this place! Many blessings to you in the future!

  12. July 3, 2009 at 1:23 AM

    I too am so, so very sad and sorry to see this site come to a close.

    It has been a huge joy and honor for you to have invited me to be part of your team here with CWO. What a major blessing. Thank you so very much for the wonderful opportunity to be part of such a great, Christ focused website! CWO will be greatly missed, however I am a firm believer in the number one ministry being that to your family and loved ones.

    I think I speak for most readers when I ask; should this site ever return to being active down the road again would you please email us? I’d love to be planted back here again if it ever does.

    I’ve never met you personally but have a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for the woman and believer in Christ that you are.

    My prayers go with you as you venture into a new journey with your family. This will be so great and fulfilling for all of you. May God’s sweet whisper direct your path daily!

    May God bless you every hour of every day!

    Thank you for giving the Internet an amazing site to find comfort, peace, love, acceptance, and most importantly answers for the lost and a guided path to lead them to the Holy One, Jesus Christ!

    Love, blessings, and in Him,
    Sarah Lopez

  13. July 5, 2009 at 12:03 AM

    CWO has been my “Home-Site” pretty much from the beginning. Darlene, God used your on-line ministry to connect Christian women world-wide.

    Thank you for following His lead in this ministry.

    I know that you will enjoy the time with your family and IRL friends. May God continue to bless you and your family…

    In His grace,

  14. July 5, 2009 at 7:38 PM


    CWO has been an inspiration to so many women. So thank you for your time and energy you put into it. I also admire your decision and completely understand when it’s time to move on. Thank you for the opportunity that you gave to me, to serve under you!

    Much love,
    Sandy Coughlin

  15. Phoenix81
    July 6, 2009 at 10:54 PM

    Hi, I am from Malaysia and I truly enjoyed CWO which i chanced upon last year while i was surfing the Internet. Can’t believe July 09 is the final issue. I will miss it very much. Thank you to all of the CWO team for making this online magazine so interesting and fun.


  16. Nikki
    July 7, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Wow! I will be missing this magazine so much! While I completely understand the reasons, CWO will be missed very much! I particularly enjoyed Candid Candace and Live Well. I am very glad the archives will be available for use. Thanks to Darlene and all the people who gave time and efforts toward a wonderful magazine!

  17. July 7, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Darlene, you were my “teacher” about many things written. You were the first smiling face I came across. I loved you as a sister and friend from so early on!

    The funny thing about this wonderful community of Christ following women is the strength we gain from one another. I’ve gained much from your table.

    When I first began, I saw a note that you had written in the comment section to Iris N.—and you called her “sister”….I surmised that you must be sisters…for the love that was shown in the words. This was in my very early DAYS of blogging. For how in the world could someone across the United States and into Canada be sisters that didn’t look like one another…adoption? I smile now thinking of my silliness. (But I am rather silly sometimes)

    But Darlene, when my darling sister Wanda died last year, I had sisters of faith from all over the world reach out to hold my hand and touch my heart with their words of encouragement and love. You were among the very first that day I posted my broken heart on line. I really didn’t know if it was correct blogging protocal or not…but there I did it. Laid it bare for all to see the raw pain. And you all reached in with love and prayed.

    I have gone from those days with much strength of heart—from the praying and loving women of Christ that have reached out with unabashed love and concern for their fellow traveler.

    Darlene, I love you and appreciate all that you have represented to us. I will miss the magazine…the pages, the fun and joy of it all.

    Most of all, I will miss you. BUT I truly understand. And….if you are ever in the vacinity of Northwest Florida…I would be honored to give you all beds in my house to sleep and feed you at my “real life table”!

    Much love and prayers to you sister.

    Love you —
    Your sister, Angie Knight

  18. July 8, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    What a sad shock to see CWO come to an end. I imagine this must have been a difficult decision for you.

    Thank you for all the fantastic content you and CWO have given to us all over the years.

    All the best!

  19. KJ
    July 9, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Oh WOW! What a suprise and not the good kind. 🙁 Just stumbled onto this great site a while back. Of course, I don’t believe in coincidence…I believe in God. Glad i was able to tag along, even for a short while. I pray the best of Blessings on your life and thank you for your ministry.

  20. rufus
    July 10, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    you mean this site is going down?????????

  21. rufus
    July 10, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    I mean, no more new content? That’s a shame

  22. July 11, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Oh mine! This is so sad! It was (still is) a shocker for me. But you are right, there is a season for everything. CWO has been a tremendous blessing to me; I appreciate the whole team and all you have had to sacrifice in the process. God bless you!


  23. July 11, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Darlene, Thanks for allowing me to be a part of the March 09 edition. It was a huge blessing for me. Thanks for all you do to bring glory to Christ’s name.


  24. July 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Thank you for all your work, Darlene!

  25. July 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    So sorry to see you go, but understand the steps you and the others must take. May His blessing and peace follow you all as you move forward.
    Ginger and Family

    Darlene, thank you so much for your encouragement and support!!

  26. Marianne
    July 16, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    I am sad to see you close because I just found you today and you have some great stuff here. I hope you will come back soon!

  27. Deb
    July 16, 2009 at 11:00 PM

    You must do what God is leading you to do. You’re site has been such an inspiration to so many of us…I love to visit blogs and see that they are members of CWO!!! You will be dearly missed. Thank you for blessing my heart!!! In His Most Precious Love…Deb

  28. July 19, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    I just recently found your website and have been blessed by your ministry. I will miss you! May God bless you

  29. July 24, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    What a wonderful place CWO has been to encourage Christian women on so many levels. Thank you, Darlene, for using your gifts and talents to bring glory to His Name!

    Wishing you much happiness in the future knowing God will continue to use you wherever He places you next 🙂

    Garden Glimpses ~@~

  30. July 27, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    There’s an ache in my heart as I say farewell to this site.

    Yet I know God’s timing is perfect. Perfect Scripture to end on.

    Thank you for a site full of integrity!

    Rena Gunther

  31. July 28, 2009 at 7:00 AM

    Thank you for the sweet blessing you, and CWO have been to me, and so many others. You will be greatly missed, I love you my friend.

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