Monday, January 13, 2014

Doing the Will of God from the HEART

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I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8

We’re well into January 2014, and I’m still in the anticipation mode.  How about you?  I’m looking forward with excitement to the New Year.  But I’m asking myself how best to approach this brand new year.

I’ve learned from experience that New Year’s Resolutions don’t work so well for me.  Neither does a “word for the year”.  No matter how inspired I feel at the time, it seems by Valentine’s Day I’ve already forgotten them.  The spirit is willing…

Nevertheless, reading my bible this morning I came across a phrase that really captured my attention—doing the will of God from the heart.  I asked God to help me make that my prayer of intention.  I wrote it on an index card so I could read it often. Somehow that seems to work for me.

Not with eye service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men. Ephesians 6:6-7

And I read somewhere the other day the astute observation that if we prayed more we would have more reasons to rejoice.

As it usually does, this Scripture set me on a search for more Scriptures and some reflection and meditation on how to go about “doing the will of God from the heart.”

So here are the inspired words of the apostle Paul that I’ll leave you with today.

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

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Thank you for visiting Write Moments with God.  I am pleased that you’d take a few minutes of your time to visit.  May the Lord be with you and bless you today.
(P.S. I apologize for the presentation on the page.  Blogger wouldn't cooperate this morning.)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Meet CYNTHIA L SIMMONS ~ Plus, Announcing FREE Kindle ebook promotion of God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea

Cynthia L. Simmons

But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ's triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. 2 Corinthians 2:14 NLT
Today I’d like to introduce to you my special guest, Cynthia Simmons.  Cynthia and her husband, Ray, have five children and reside in Atlanta. She taught for over twenty-five years as a homeschool mother and Bible teacher. Her writing has appeared in CAG publications, NATHHAN NEWS, Chattanooga Regional Historical Magazine, Georgia Right to Life Newsletter, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Catholic Exchange, ECLA magazine, and Christian  Active in Christian Authors Guild (CAG), she conducts writing workshops and has served as president, vice president, and conference director.

I met "Cyndi" through the Christian Authors Guild (CAG).  Their annual fall conference, Catch the Wave , was the very first writers’ conference I attended.  I’ve been blessed to attend that conference twice.  That’s where I got to know this soft-spoken lady who is a real powerhouse of information and encouragement for writers and Christian women.

 Cyndi has a heart for encouraging women in today’s crazy, upside-down world. She loves history and peppers her speaking and teaching with fascinating vignettes from the past. Her first book, Struggles and Triumphs, was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the year.  She hosts Heart of the Matter Radio for women seeking the elegance of God’s wisdom. 
I encourage you to visit Cyndi’s website:  I have personally found CAG Spotlight to be very beneficial.  I have learned so much from the resources provided.

Cyndi, could you tell us a little about CAG Spotlight as well as “Heart of the Matter Radio”?

While I promoted my first book, I did a lot of radio interviews. It required some work, but I loved it. My publicist and I put together a list of questions, and I prepared answers. I practiced my sound bites so I’d be smooth. When other possible topics came to mind, I prepared a short answer to them also.

At the time I served as president of my writing group, Christian Authors Guild (CAG). I realized I could use what I learned to promote our events, like our annual fall conference.

The goal of CAG Spotlight is to interview authors and VIPs in the writing industry to help new authors get published. By then I held membership in American Christian Fiction Writers, so I sent out a query for authors to interview. Tiffany Colter volunteered and my first podcast went live in December 2010.

In the spring of 2013, a friend asked me to live stream a writing contest. I knew that meant I would have to do radio. So, after praying for a month or so, I made the transition from podcasting to radio, and Heart of the Matter Radio was born.

Heart of the Matter Radio reaches out to women who long for the elegance of God’s wisdom. We broadcast every Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern on my website. I continue to do CAG Spotlight for writers monthly on the second segment of the program. 

Follow the link below to hear one of the archived programs:

Cyndi, how can readers connect with you?

My archive and blog is  
Heart of the Matter Radio on Facebook:
Twitter: @CynthiaLSimmons

Thank you Cyndi for being my guest this week on Write Moments with God.   You have been a blessing to me and countless others.  I pray God continues to bless your ministry.

And now, something special for the monthly give-away.

I’m making available FREE the Kindle ebook version of my devotional, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea.  On Tuesday, January 7 through Thursday, January 9th, the devotional will be FREE on Amazon: 

You can download the devotional to your IPHONE, Kindle, or to a Kindle app on your computer.  All  FREE. 

Please download your copy and tell your friends about it too.  I want to get this highly rated “blessed seller” into as many hands as possible.

Thank you for visiting Write Moments with God.  I appreciate you.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Why you don't even know what will happen tomorrow!

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Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  James 4:14 NIV 

Happy New Year!
I gave myself a two week holiday.  I know it’s not quite up yet, but I couldn’t wait until Monday to wish you a wonderful new year. 
One year ago, I couldn’t have imagined all that 2013 would bring.  It was filled with many surprises, many wonderful events, much happiness as well as some disappointments and sadness. I know many of you have expressed the same thoughts about the year you just left behind. 
In reality, we don’t know what tomorrow holds. 
This unusually cold weather has me checking the almanac and online sources for the extended forecasts. 
What’s the weather going to be like? 
But again, the truth is, we really don’t know what tomorrow will be like. 
It’s all in His hands.
We can refer to sources for the time of sunrises and sunsets, patterns of the moon and tide, seasons and weather for weeks in advance, but we really don’t know what tomorrow holds.  Even with that in mind, I’m already mapping out my big plans for 2014.  
I know…It’s all in accordance to His will.
I’m a firm believer in embracing the moment.  And I look forward to a happy tomorrow. But I think the best approach would be to live today like tomorrow may never come.
The good news is, God’s promises for us are timeless.
Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, to day, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
So, grab hold of His hand, and go with God each step of the way this new year.
I want to ask Him each day what He expects of me and do my best to put my LORD first. 
Blessings to each and every one of you in 2014.  It was my pleasure to spend some of 2013 with you and hope we'll meet here often.
Please come back on Monday when I’ll introduce to you a lovely Christian lady, and author, and tell you about a great FREE promotion coming up with the kindle version of God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Come Quickly Lord Jesus

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Dear Friends and kind supporters of Write Moments with God,

I pray you have a very merry Christmas filled with His peace, joy, and love.  I wish you a blessed new year.  I'm thankful for you.  I can't express how much you mean to me. 

I pray that I have ministered some of His peace and love to you this year through my words and prayers, and that together we have lifted up the name of Christ and drawn closer in our relationships with Him. At this time, I'm thinking a little break would be suitable.  I'll be back on the 5th or 6th of January 2014. 

Today I'm giving you one of my favorite messages.  I wrote it last Christmas so some of you have read it already, but it will be new to many of you.  I hope you enjoy it. 


I’ve heard it said that we are in God’s waiting room.  At first thought somber images come to mind, but those are quickly displaced by the sweetest memories of waiting in the delivery room.  We’ve all awaited the birth of a baby.  An expectant mother learns best what it means to wait.  She anticipates in trepidation the long awaited event.  Although she may fear the unknown and the pain to be endured, she expects to joyfully welcome the baby into her arms and her heart and her life.  I remember well preparing with tender care for the arrivals of my own six children. I would clean the house, and pack my overnight bag, having prepared a place for the baby, and gently folding and touching every piece of the tiny layette.

Mary waited for the arrival of  her child--the long anticipated, foretold through the ages, arrival of our flesh and blood Savior.  Like every young mother, she watched for signs that the day was approaching.  Every little flutter deep within, as close as her heartbeat, caused her to be still and know that the day was coming.

Advent marks a season when Christians everywhere relive those events which led up to the birth of the Messiah.  Advent is a season of waiting in which we prepare our hearts to receive our Lord.  Every year we celebrate with renewed joy because we know it is eternally relevant to us who live by faith. 

Yes, you might say, we are in God’s waiting room. 

With his humble birth, the Word of God was made flesh, and God lived amongst us.  
After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into Heaven, the apostles and believers awaited the promise of the Father, and the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost. 

Today we await the final manifestation of His glory for which we pray every day . . . thy kingdom come . . .  the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And it will surely come, just as surely as the child was born, and the Holy Spirit descended from Heaven.

May our hearts be filled with joy this season.  We serve a faithful and living God who always delivers what He promises. He will not disappoint us.  Today let us pray as Mary must have prayed, Oh come quickly Lord Jesus. 

Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he comes shall find watching.  Luke 12:37a (KJV)
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Augusta, Georgia
God bless you! 
Thanks to all of you who left your kind comments last week.  They are always appreciated.  I'd like to announce that Janis Cox is the winner of a signed copy of my devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday MomentsIt's a perfect devotional to begin with the new year.  Congratulations!  
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 16, 2013

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea Book Give-Away ~ Getting Ready for Christmas

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Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NKJV)
One of my friends described the Christmas scene at her house, naming decorations and symbols of Christmas that she has put in place. 

“But this is my favorite Christmas decoration of all,” she wrote about her manger scene. 

A tiny figure of baby Jesus surrounded by figurines of Mary, Joseph, shepherds, and magi represent the greatest story ever told.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:10-11 (KJV)

We also like to decorate with evergreen  trees and wreaths .  To me, the evergreen represents eternal life.  (John 11:25-26)

And all the beautiful lights, to dispel the darkness, like Jesus does, and as he asks us to do.

Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world:  he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  John 8:12

Indeed, Jesus is the best gift of all, the reason we decorate and celebrate His birth.  I hope these symbols and decorations will bring joy  to you and your family this holiday season and remind you of God’s promises.

Now, as promised, I’m giving away another copy of my devotional journal.  I hope you’ll participate.  I love getting this blessed seller into the hands of more readers.

If you would like to win a copy of God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea—it’s easy:

1.       Leave a comment with your email or Facebook page info for me to message you there if your name is selected.  

2.      PLUS, share this blog post on your Facebook page.  I’m going to ask that at least eight people do this in order for the drawing to take place.

3.      If you’ve already read God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea, please share your thoughts about the devotional.  You too will be included in the drawing to win a copy perfect for gift giving.

4.      EXTRA CHANCE to qualify, those who are Followers of this blog and comment will get an extra chance, and all new Followers as well.

The WINNER will be announced on Saturday, December 21st.  Thanks for participating.

Monday, December 9, 2013


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A video is floating around social media that calls attention to the distribution of wealth in this country and people’s assumptions about it.  (click the words if you want to see the video)

            Provocative, yes; but, I wonder what difference it makes to us believers, or whether it should make a difference.  Depending on the concrete circumstances of our worldly worth, this information might play on our jealousies, or possibly, it could inspire some to acts of compassionate giving.

            I’ve come to think wealth is a test that the majority of the wealthy fail. 

I can’t get around the fact that Jesus’ said it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:23-24)   
After all, what people do with their money is their business.  If we have above and beyond our needs, we can satisfy our vanity, greed, and lusts if we so desire.  But, frankly, I believe God wants to see what we will do with it to bless others and further His kingdom on earth. 

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  Colossians 3:2

We know that all earthly riches are eternally grounded. (Most of them—silver, gold, precious gems—have to be dug out of the earth.)

Why trouble ourselves about the distribution of it? 
God promises to supply our needs.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

The fact is, if we could have all the riches and all the things money could buy, still the things most precious to us would be the things that money cannot buy--things like


Good relationships with FAMILY and FRIENDS

And the good HEALTH to enjoy it all.

God’s love freely given is in infinite supply.  All the fruits of the Spirit are available in abundance to us who are in Christ Jesus.

Our human hearts can receive these divine treasures daily—these spiritual riches.

Let’s celebrate God’s all sufficient love and grace.  Rejoice in His abundant blessings of salvation in our lives.
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“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.  Isaiah 55: 1-2 NIV
Thank you all so much for visiting Write Moments with God.  If you'd like to leave a comment below, I love to hear from you. 

Now, to announce the winner of a free copy of my devotional, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments.  (My son had to draw the names from a bowl--I haven't got tech savvy on that one yet.  :-) )

Laura Hodges Poole
will be receiving a signed copy this week.  Laura, I pray you enjoy it immensely and I know the Lord will bless you as you draw close to Him. 

I'll be giving away more copies before Christmas, so come back everyone and be sure to leave your comments.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments

Today is the first Monday of the month--the day I feature a Christian author and give away a book. 

I'm taking the liberty of grabbing the spotlight since I want to give away a copy of my devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea:  Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments.  I hope you don’t mind.  It's a joy for me to get this devotional into readers hands.

But first, let me say, I unintentionally skipped a week on Write Moments with God because I had so much happening at home—new grandbaby, 3 major dinner gatherings, overnight guests, and a birthday dinner party for my youngest child, Robbie, who just celebrated his 18th birthday. 
I’m happy to be back with you today. I appreciate you so much, and hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and loved ones. 

Since most of you already know about me and my writing journey, just let me tell you a little about God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea:  Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments.  

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is uniquely appropriate for working mothers, but it’s also for anyone who wants to put their Christianity into practice in their everyday moments and go deeper into God’s Word.  I’ve received wonderful testimonies from men as well as couples who are reading God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea and finding it inspirational and helpful in their own spiritual journey.   As Tiffany Colter said, this devotional is simple enough for the newest believer, yet deep enough to make a life-long Christian feel challenged to go higher.  

There are 52 devotions followed by questions for consideration and space to write your thoughts, suggested scriptures for further reading, a prayer, a sweet tea moment (thought for the day), and a prayer focus.  These extra helps allow the reader to go beyond reflection and meditation to make this devotional more meaningful as a personal or small group study. 

Most of the 52 devotions are engaging personal stories which relate everyday life to God’s Word.   You will find many of these devotions  touch your heart and mind in such a way that they stay with you as you go about your day.

Some people have asked: What’s the significance of “sweet iced tea”?  Besides the fact that I am a true fan of sweet iced tea, let me share this summary from the back cover which better explains the concept. 
In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced
tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday
moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection
of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies
each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional
points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. Whether
purchased as a personal resource or given as a heartfelt gift, God, Me,
and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to
God in those quiet moments of reflection. 

If you’d like to read excerpts from the devotional, click here to go to Amazon and take advantage of the “Look Inside” feature.

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through your local independent book stores.
Yep!  just like home...sweet iced tea
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That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.  And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.  1 John 1:3-4 NKJV 
If you would like to win a copy of God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea, leave a comment with your email or Facebook page info for me to message you there if your name is selected. 

If you’ve already read God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea, that’s great--please share your thoughts about the devotional.  You too will be included in the drawing to win a copy perfect for gift giving.

The winner will be announced here on Write Moments with God on Monday, December 9th.

Thank you for visiting and may God bless you all…