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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Day 14 - (Butchart Gardens) 182_2Musings From a Tired Marketer- Cheri Cowell

I sat down to write this month's post and realized I'm tired of marketing. Some of you may find it shocking that I'd admit to that in writing. On the other hand, some of you may find it refreshing, even burden-lightening. I hope it is the later. Don't worry, I'm not throwing in the towel, but there are a few things I've learned from being in this familiar place. As I share with you today, I'm reminding myself of truths that often are lost when we spend so much time and energy marketing.

The first truth is good marketing is about building relationships with readers and building relationships is hard work. It is tiring. It is difficult to put yourself out there day after day, but as writers who promote our messages, that is what we do.

The second truth is that as Christian authors we have a foe who is fiercely working against every effort we make. We can only stand strong so long against this prince of darkness before we grow weak and tired.

The third truth is the enemy of best is good and when it comes to marketing many of us are doing a lot of good, but we aren't doing our best. We hear from experts that we must do this and that so we juggle all these balls and inevitably we grow tired.

As I've said, I've been here before so over time I've fallen prey to these lies even though I know these truths. It is easy to do. The good news is when you and I recognize the symptoms we know it is time to apply the Great Physician's balm. What is it? The first step is to do what our Lord did frequently. He was promoting a new Kingdom and ran into the same obstacles we do. Scriptures tell us he "went away" to pray, to rest, and refuel. We need to get away from computers, cell phones, deadlines, and demands.

The final step is what I do when I'm away with my Lord. I fall on my knees and repent for the umpteenth time of placing myself, my ego, my abilities, my message, my, my my, me, me, me on the throne I've said belongs only to one King. Then I ask my Marketer in Chief to guide me, direct my efforts, open the doors He wants to open, to clear my deck of those things He doesn't want me doing, to help me be an effective instrument in His hands to reach the people He wants me to reach, even if it doesn't bring the numbers the industry tells me makes my efforts a success. Then I must sit and listen.

I'd love to hear what your Marketer in Chief tells you. Then next month, after my time "away" I'll have more to share and I won't be so tired anymore. www.CheriCowell.com

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BioPicBlues Greetings from Jan!

Today I’m busy packing and making preparations for the Mount Hermon Writer’s Conference where I’ll be teaching a Head Start Mentoring Clinic and running the manuscript retrieval process for editors, critiquers, and writers. One of my other delightful tasks for the week will be to give a workshop for the writers about midway through our time there.

We will stop to take a few deep breaths. We’ll step away from the busyness of the conference into God’s waiting arms to catch a glimpse of his hand in all our circumstances. In that place with him, we’ll reflect, refocus, and rechage. As our spirits quiet, we will open our hearts to listen for the specific and intentional ways he is calling us to step into “the next” of the conference with more energy and confidence, with God going before us.

I’m convinced we need many of these moments in our lives as writers to care for ourselves–emotionally, physically, and spiritually–so that we might be fully available to do all God calls us to as writers and speakers.

For this post, I’d like to share one of those difficult, yet recharging moments I’ve enjoyed in God’s arms, reposted from my coaching site, Courageous Moves.

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Dianne Neal Matthews

Dianne Neal Matthews


Happy 1st Monday (of the month which ushers in spring, I might add!) from Dianne Neal Matthews. Last month I loved Jeanette’s post about sharing in the joys of fellow writers’ successes. It reminded me of a lesson that God taught me several years ago, when I was at one of the lowest points of my life.

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