Don’t you love a spring shower? Refreshing. Relaxing. Rejuvenating.

But what happens when it doesn’t stop raining? Flooding.

Only one kind of flooding refreshes, relaxes, and rejuvenates––the reign of God flooding our heart.

How do we know He reigns in our heart?

  • When He reigns in our heart, His praise flows from our lips.

“The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad” (Psalm 97:1 NIV). Our great God overflows from his creation. We can see His greatness through his creation. We are His creation. If He reigns in us, He flows through us. We not only experience refreshment but also others feel refreshed by our testimony. We should praise God’s great and awesome name because it symbolizes His persona and His nature. Our best witnessing happens when our hearts overflow with appreciation for what He has done. God has chosen us to declare His marvelous works.

  • When He reigns in our heart, we want to evangelize the whole world.

“…let the distant shores rejoice” (NIV 97:1b). How will His Word spread to distant shores so others, too, can rejoice in His presence? Only if God’s ambassadors take His Word to those distant shores will they know of Him and rejoice with us.

  • When God reigns in our heart, we worship Him and respect His name. We give Him praise by both our words and our life.

“The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake” (Psalm 99:1 NIV). God’s holiness is frightening for sinners but a wonderful comfort for believers. God cannot tolerate sin. But for believers, God’s holiness gives comfort. And, because we worship Him, we are lifted from the mire of sin.

Have you seen these three examples flowing from your heart, soul, and lips?

You will if you let Him reign!

Peggy Cunningham and her husband have been missionaries in Bolivia, South America, since 1981. They work with the Quechua people and have a children’s ministry. Peggy is also a prolific writer. Book 1 of her newly released children’s series, Hooray for Holidays, and her devotional for adults, Dancing Like Bees, are available on www.Amazon.com.

 

 

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Hi there, Canners! Take a look at this retreat opportunity, writer’s conference, and a new series to anticipate!

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From Author Ynonne Ortega: Registration has begun for the Moving from Broken to Beautiful® Women’s Retreat October 19–21 at the Springhill Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront. All rooms are oceanfront, and so is the conference room. Great prices for the room and registration. Go to www.yvonneortega.com/store/

Also, Yvonne has a TV interview on NiteLine on February 28 and one on Time for Hope on March 1, 2018. She hopes to see a lot of SC friends at that time.

Sounds like some fun opportunities if you live in the Virginia or South Carolina areas!

 

 

Julie B. Cosgrove is under contract with Write Integrity Press for a new cozy mystery series, the Relatively Seeking

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Julie Cosgrove

Mysteries.

Three thirty-something women, inspired by the begats in the first chapter of Matthew, begin to research geneaology branches…and uncover skeletons in a few ancestoral closets.

Book #1 One Leaf Too Many

Book #2 Fallen Leaf

Book #3 Leaf It Alone.

Congrats, Julie! This sounds like a fun series!

The second annual SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference is coming up June 21-23 at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. Writers of every genre and stage will find community and a place to grow. Learn about the publishing industry from veteran authors, editors, and agents. Hone your craft and develop a deeper understanding of what makes a best-selling novel or nonfiction book. And find a haven of spiritual refreshment that will reignite the passion in your soul that tells you this is the story our Storyteller has put on your heart. Be reminded that with Him, your words can touch lives. https://socalcwc.com

Put this conference on your calendar!

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We all have experienced that sinking feeling when a typo slips through our scrutiny and that of editors and proofreaders. The editors of this magazine probably gets that, don’t you think?

Guess she is NOT a vegan.

 

COMMAS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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Belated Valentine’s greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! What an appropriate time for us to chat with Cindi McMenamin, an author of numerous nonfiction books for women—and her latest focuses on improving marriage. I love what she has to say, and I’m sure you will too.

Welcome, Cindi! Tell us about your book, 12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband.

Cindi McMenamin

Cindi McMenamin

Every marriage can grow stale after a while. But you can reignite the joy and passion you and your husband once shared. In this book I show you small changes you can make to touch your husband’s heart in a big way so you can renew and reglue your relationship. Read More →

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I’ll never forget the day I was cleaning my top dresser drawer and found a treasure.

I read through the stack of aged, yellowed papers and instantly realized why I’d kept them. On them were written words of endearment—nearly 30 years ago—from my husband. They contained irresistible phrases like, “You complete me like no other” and “I love you desperately.”

As I read through them, my eyes teared. And then my heart dropped. Why doesn’t he write these words to me anymore?

It would have been easy to believe he was the one who had become distant, more critical, and less interested in me through the years. It was a little tougher, though, to ask if I were the one who let resentments build or baggage get in the way.

That night, I lay awake next to my husband and wondered how to turn back the clock. How could I make him see me the way he once did—as the captivating woman he fell in love with? Then I realized there was only one way to recapture his heart: be the woman I was and do the things I did when he first fell in love with me.

In Revelation 2:4-5 Christ told a first-century church, “You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen. Repent and do the things you did at first.”

While that verse can apply to complacency in our relationship with Christ, it can also apply to marriage. God is not the only One who recognizes when our enthusiasm for Him has waned. Husbands recognize when our enthusiasm for them has waned, too.

That night I asked God to help me look to Him as my first love and then begin responding to my husband the way I did when we first married.

Cindi McMenamin, a national speaker and author of sixteen books, has been married thirty years to a pastor and introvert. Her newest book, 12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband, just released from Harvest House Publishers. For more on resources to strengthen your walk with God, your marriage, or parenting, visit Cindi’s website www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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