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.