In Bible study on the Book of Exodus, our lecturer said the Ark of the Covenant was a “portable Eden.” It was a gold box God told the Hebrews to create so He could once again dwell among His nomadic people on earth and be in covenant with them as they traveled.

Once the temple in Jerusalem was built, God then dwelled there, in the midst of the land He’d promised them. It became “Eden.”

That talk sent a flutter through my chest. Why? Paul told the Corinthians that their bodies were the temple since the one in Jerusalem had been destroyed. It has never been rebuilt, by the way. Not that it needs to be because God now dwells in the hearts of believers.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? (1Corinthains 3:16).

That makes you and me portable Edens!

So, Eden is not a lost world. It still exists. The peace that passes all understanding still resides. Faith, trust, and compassion flourish. This wondrous place now travels with us wherever we go in this un-Eden-like world. It is our “go to” spot whenever we need it. Better than comfy pants or chocolate.

If this portable Eden is always with us, and thus God is, why are we not more serene and content?  Something to ponder. Also, if our hearts contain that marvelous, fruitful place called paradise, why do we try to bring the seeds of worry, strife, anger, and bitterness through the garden gate? Those need to stay outside. We don’t need to haul them inside to dwell where only God should.

Where can we find God today? He still dwells in Eden, a heartbeat away.

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Julie B. Cosgrove is a professional speaker, freelance writer, and award-winning author of twenty-one faith-based books. She is a digital missionary on staff at Power to Change (Campus Crusades Canada) assisting twenty-seven-plus volunteer writers from all over the world to produce free, daily devotionals as well as meaningful testimonies and articles. The two websites, The Life.com and Issues I Face, have yearly readership in the hundreds of thousands in five languages. Her blog Where Did You Find God Today? reaches readership in over fifty countries. Visit her website www.juliebcosgrove.com. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, she’s an INSPY Award semi-finalist and a Grace Award Finalist. She was awarded Best Religious Fiction 2016 and Best Cozy Mystery 2017 by the Texas Association of Authors. Another cozy mystery, One Leaf Too Many is the ACFW Book Club book of the month for August 2019.

 

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Check out these speaking opportunities and new releases from your CAN authors!


Lena Nelson Dooley will be the speaker for the June meeting of the ACFW DFW local chapter. She was asked to speak on “Agents and Editors.” The author will have books and DVDs for sale. Meetings are at 10:30 am, on the second Saturday of the month at the Arlington Community Church, 1715 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington, Texas. Everyone is invited to go out to eat with the chapter members, Dutch Treat, after the meeting.

Lena Nelson Dooley

Lena Nelson Dooley

Kathy Ide will be teaching at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference July 22-27. Her sessions include Working with a Freelance Editor, Ten Myths of Becoming a Published Author, and How to Become a Freelance Editor. She will also be hosting a “PUGS Party” game where teams will compete for valuable prizes based on their knowledge of punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling.

Kathy Ide, Topics: Proofread Professionally * Working with Editors * Successful Freelance Editing *

Kathy Ide


The award winning series from Julie B. Cosgrove, Bunco Biddies Mysteries, book #4  Til Dice Do Us Part  releases June 15, 2018. Available now for preorder on Amazon!

As the Bunco Biddies decorate for a wedding shower, Ethel falls from a ladder, is rushed to the ER, and from beyond the curtained divider, overhears a hushed conversation about a crime. When the Bunco Biddies get the antsy groom involved in their sleuthing, his chances of making it to the church dwindle, and that’s when the way to the altar gets dicey. 

Julie Cosgrove

 

Falling Stars by Tanya Stowe released Friday  May 18, 2018

One of the youngest female producers in the industry, Sunny Bates has every intention of going to the top to create her own Christian-based films. She feels called to be a light in the darkness for people like her father who died of a drug overdose when Sunny was young. Her path is full of difficulties, but her greatest challenge is staying faithful in an environment saturated with temptation.

All Jackson Maise ever wanted was to play his music and raise horses on his family’s thoroughbred ranch. Sunny Bates is everything he never wanted in a life partner—a city girl and a serious career woman who wears the trappings of Hollywood as comfortably as she wears a glove. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t see Sunny on his Tennessee ranch. But tell that to his heart.

http://www.tanyastowe.com

 

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Often times when we are on the cell phone or having a conversation in a public place, we become oblivious to others within listening range.  At a restaurant, I was helping a fellow author friend plot her novel. She had reached a stagmire in the plot, basically dug a whole for her protagonist that she couldn’t climb out of.  It involved a murder.

As we brainstormed the crime, I  glanced over her shoulder to the next booth where an elderly woman appeared wide-eyed and nervous. She quickly glanced way when our gazes locked.  Sensing her angst, I slipped out of the booth, handed her my bookmark, and whispered, “It’s okay. We are authors.”

Her shoulders relaxed as a smile crept onto her lips. I winked and went back to my table confident our conversation no longer gave her indigestion.

Julie B Cosgrove

Author of the award winning Bunco Biddies Mysteries 

 

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If hacking hasn’t happened to you, it will.

Hackers are on the rampage. Facebook posts, emails, tweets are compromised. “Share” posts contain hidden lewd images. Links illegally access your profile. Banks, hospitals, even government entities are not immune. It seems there is no firewall strong enough.

Our souls are not immune to being hacked. Call him what you will…the devil, the evil one, Satan, the father of lies. Trust me, as soon as you begin to do God’s will, this hacker will show up. Big time!

Satan knows the places where our “firewall” is the weakest. He wiggles in with a negative suggestion and clouds our positive viewpoint. God didn’t mean for you to take this on. Everyone does it. That verse doesn’t pertain to today. God will never forgive you.

Soon, like a virus, it begins to affect our thoughts and actions, even our prayers or desire to pray. Step by step, we become more and more vulnerable to his fiery wiles.

Where is your spiritual firewall the most vulnerable? How can you make sure your soul is unhack-able?

Paul shared the algorithm two millennia ago. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12). Prayer is the best defense against becoming compromised. Scripture is the best method to detect hacked messages.

A joy-filled attitude that knows without a doubt God is faithful and true and loves you is the best way to have uninterrupted power.

Julie Cosgrove

Julie Cosgrove is an editor and writer for Cru Canada’s internet ministry, Power to Change. Her income, like any missionary’s, is dependent upon prayer and financial partners. She is also a professional speaker and a multiple award-winning author of ten novels with four more under contract.

 

 

 

 

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

Yvonne Ortega

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

Julie Costrove

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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