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Wonderful Weekend – Wonderful Palm Sunday

What a wonderful weekend it has been! Friday was a writing day “retreat” for me. A good friend, Connie, and I went on a one-day writing “retreat.” We met at a location other than our homes and both of us were very productive, as well as enjoying time talking. It was a refreshing day!

Yesterday, Dave and I went “antiquing.” If you’ve never been to Hogansville, Georgia, and you want some great buys on antiques, then that is the place to go! Beautiful pieces at amazing prices! But the best part of the day was spending time with my sweet hubbie – just the two of us, enjoying the weather and each other’s company.

Today is Palm Sunday. What a joy to be in church this morning as we heralded the beginning of Holy Week with praise and worship. We celebrated Palm Sunday by waving palms during the processional and throughout worship just as the crowds greeted Jesus as He triumphantly entered Jerusalem. (Matt. 21:8-9) Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday by some denominations and commemorates the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ final agonizing journey to the cross.

As you contemplate the life, death and resurrection of our Savior this week, may your relationship with Him become stronger and more personal. If you are reading this blog, and you do not know Jesus as your Savior, there is no better week than this to find a church where you can meet Him and accept Him into your life. As our priest closes every Sunday service, “He loves you. He is not angry at you. He has not forsaken you.” Become His son or daughter this week!

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An Introduction

After many months of prayer, preparation, and planning, I am excited to share with you what God has birthed.

A number of years ago, God gave me a burning desire to minister to women—to see them set free through knowing who they are in Christ; discovering how God sees them and how He truly feels about them. When God spoke to me just over two years ago to begin writing, little did I realize that was the beginning of the journey to seeing the desire of my heart fulfilled. In addition to writing, God has called me to share His message and minister to women through speaking, teaching, prayer. Today, I am pleased to introduce MONARCH MINISTRIES.

I invite you to visit my new website that my precious husband developed for me: www.monarchministries.org. You will find more information about the ministry, including seminar topics I address, a few short stories I’ve written and even a few family photos (hopefully to be updated soon.)

In addition to the seminar topics outlined on the website, I am also prepared to discuss with Women’s Ministry Leaders topics they feel would be appropriate for their women’s group. Please feel free to contact me at edwina.cowgill@yahoo.com if you have any questions about MONARCH MINISTRIES or if you would like to reserve a date for me to address your women’s group meeting or retreat. I am currently booking for late spring through the end of 2010 and 2011.

May God richly bless you today!

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BOOK REVIEW: "SCATTERED PETALS"

Book Review
Scattered Petals
By Amanda Cabot

The back cover summary:
Longing for adventure, Priscilla Morton leaves Boston
in 1856 and heads for the Texas Hill Country, never
dreaming that the adventure she seeks could have
heartbreaking consequences. Although attracted to her,
the ranch foreman, Zachary Webster knows Priscilla
deserves a cultured East Coast gentleman , not a
cowboy who’s haunted by memories of his mistakes.
When necessity draws them together, Priscilla and
Zach begin to forge a life filled with promise. But
then the past intrudes.

History comes alive in Scattered Petals, Amanda Cabot’s second book in the Texas Dreams series. It is apparent that Ms. Cabot did extensive research to make this historical romance period-related. And she succeeded. You are transposed to the year 1856 and you can visualize the beautiful hill country of Texas. You are there on the ranches and in the small towns.

Characters come alive in Scattered Petals. There is such a great depth of emotion, tragedy and pain, but also happiness and joy that you come to know these people as well as you know your own family.
Faith comes alive in Scattered Petals. Through the tragedy and pain comes questions and doubt. But faith in God overcomes all. Isn’t that a lesson we need to learn, sometimes?
I was so “into” the story line and characters, I truly hated to see the end of the book! I plan to order Paper Roses, the first book of the Texas Dream Series, and I’ll be sure to watch for the third book of the series.
If you would like to receive a copy of Scattered Petals, please leave your email address in the comment section. A winning name will be drawn on Friday, March 26. The complimentary copy of this book was presented to my by Revell, Baker Publishing Company, and Ms Cabot.
Participants of the drawing must live in the United States.
MARANATHA!
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St. Patrick’s Prayer

St. Patrick’s Day began as a recognition and honor to the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It began as a purely Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 1600s. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland’s culture and is celebrated around the world. St. Patrick had a prayer that he prayed every morning upon rising. Although the wording is different from what we are accustomed to in modern day English, the meaning is the same. Pray this prayer today over you and your family. Be blessed!

Fáed Fíada – The Cry of the Deer – The Lorica of St. Patrick

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the
Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession
of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.

I arise today through the strength of Christ with His Baptism,
through the strength of His Crucifixion with His Burial
through the strength of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
through the strength of His descent for the Judgment of Doom.

I arise today through the strength of the love of Cherubim
in obedience of Angels, in the service of the Archangels,
in hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
in prayers of Patriarchs, in predictions of Prophets,
in preachings of Apostles, in faiths of Confessors,
in innocence of Holy Virgins, in deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through the strength of Heaven:
light of Sun, brilliance of Moon, splendour of Fire,
speed of Lightning, swiftness of Wind, depth of Sea,
stability of Earth, firmness of Rock.

I arise today, through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to secure me: against snares of devils,
against temptations of vices, against inclinations of nature,
against everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and anear, alone
and in a crowd. I summon today all these powers between me
(and these evils): against every cruel and merciless power that
may oppose my body and my soul, against incantations of false
prophets, against laws of heathenry, against false laws of heretics,
against craft of idolatry, against spells of witches and smiths and
wizards, against every knowledge that endangers man’s body and
soul. Christ to protect me today against poison, against burning,
against drowning, against wounding, so that there may come
abundance of reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right,
Christ on my left, Christ in breadth, Christ in length,
Christ in height, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the
Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the
Oneness of the Creator of creation.
Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of Christ. May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

Amen and Amen.

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WE HAVE A WINNER!!

I don’t usually share this type of information because I don’t want to be seen as the guy in the Bible who prayed in public so others could hear him and be impressed (or not). But this morning, I felt a strong urge from the Lord to pray over all of the names that had been submitted to win a copy of Desperate Hope! I did so, and I believe that the person who won is the one God wanted to have this book.

I’m so excited to announce that JEANETTE has won the copy of Desperate Hope:When Faith in God Overcame My Despair! Jeanette, please send me an email with your mailing address and I will get this out right away! My email is: edwina.cowgill@yahoo.com.

For those of you who did not win, I encourage you to buy a copy. Desperate Hope can be ordered on line at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book and other sites. It is an investment you will never regret.

Don’t forget to sign up to win a copy of Blue Moon! Drawing will be held on Wednesday.

Thanks to everyone who is so faithful to follow my blog! Have a blessed and glorious Monday!!

MARANATHA!!

(c) Edwina E. Cowgill

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Prayer for Today

A dear friend sent this to me the other day and I want to share it with you.

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I’m going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know about it.
Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
And you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

FROM: Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton


Enjoy your weekend!

MARANATHA!!