Prayer Requests

I don’t usually post personal prayer requests here. I belong to two on-line prayer groups and can also call on the prayer team at my church. But this morning I feel compelled to make two requests:

1.  Approximately two years ago, my father had a “very aggressive” melanoma removed from his neck. It has returned. Although the doctor said the biopsy showed this melanoma is not from the one removed 2 years ago, it is extremely close to the original location. My dad will see his oncologist today to determine when the surgery will be and what, if any, follow-up treatment will be done. Please pray that this is, indeed, a new melanoma and that it will be completely removed by surgery.

2. On a happier note, my son Kyle, who has served 9 years in the Marines, including two tours in Iraq, will be moving home this weekend!  My daughter will be flying to New Orleans Wednesday night to help him pack and load the trailer and they will be coming back on Saturday. Please pray for safety while packing and while driving home.

I would like to add that anytime any one of you has a prayer request, I would be honored and humbled to pray for you. You may always send me an email at: edwina.cowgill@yahoo.com

May God richly bless each of you today and always!

Yesterday's Tomorrow

Debut Book Review: Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West

There are some books that grab you by the heart and never let go, even after you’ve read the last page and closed the book for the last time. Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Catherine West’s debut novel, is one such book.

From the back cover:
     Vietnam, 1967.

     Independent, career-driven journalist Kristin Taylor wants two things: to honor her father’s memory by becoming an award-winning overseas correspondent and to keep tabs on her only brother, Teddy, who signed up for the war against their mother’s wishes.
    Brilliant photographer Luke Maddox, silent and brooding, exudes mystery.    Kristin is convinced he’s hiding something. Willing to risk it all for what they believe in, Kristin and Luke engage in their own tumultuous battle until, in an unexpected twist, they’re forced to work together. Ambushed by love, they must decide whether or not to set aside their own private agendas for the hope of tomorrow that has captured their hearts.

Catherine West has written a powerful and moving book with a descriptive language that will transport you to Vietnam where you walk the streets of Saigon…the sights…the sounds…the smells… nothing like you’ve ever seen or heard or smelled before. A love language that will show you the beauty of true love between Kristin and Luke, but even more so between God and us. There is a depth and intensity in the characters that is normally found only in books by more seasoned authors.

This is a book you will want to read and an author you will want to watch.

Catherine has graciously offered to donate a copy of Yesterday’s Tomorrow to one very blessed reader! To enter the drawing, leave your name and your email address so I can notify you if you win. No email – no win. Drawing will be held on Monday, March 21. This contest is open to residents of the continental U.S. and is void where prohibited by law.

Educated in Bermuda, England and Canada, Catherine holds a degree in English from the University of Toronto. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. Catherine and her husband live on the beautiful island of Bermuda, with their two college-aged children. Catherine is a member of Romance Writers of America, and American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a founding member of International Christian Fiction Writers. Catherine’s debut novel Yesterday’s Tomorrow, releases March 15th, through Oak Tara Publishers.

Website: http://www.catherinejwest.com/

OakTara Website: http://www.oaktara.com/

Blog: http://www.catherinewestblog.blogspot.com/

Trailer: http://youtu.be/vVQUMRlYhkM

I was provided a free Advanced Readers Copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are strictly mine and do not reflect the opinions of the publishing company or its executives and employees.


She Speaks 2011 Conference

To my readers:

I am excited to share with you an announcement regarding the She Speaks 2011 Conference. She Speaks is sponsored by Proverbs 31 Ministries. The conference will be July 22 – 24 in Concord, NC. The Conference has 3 tracks: Speakers, Writers and Women’s Leaders. There is a link on this blog to the She Speaks Conference Website and I encourage you to check it out and consider attending if any of these tracks interest you. Regardless of whether or not you attend, please add the conference and the attendees to your prayer list.

I was privileged to attend the She Speaks 2010 Conference and it was a life-changing experience for me. When I left the conference on Sunday, I was not the same person who had arrived there on Friday. The presence of the Lord and the anointing of the Holy Spirit permeated the hotel where the meeting was held and ministry went forth all day and all hours of the night. I learned so much from the classes I took and the keynote addresses, it took me weeks after returning to absorb it all.

Because of some major financial issues my husband and I have experienced in the past year, I will not be able to attend the 2011 conference unless I am awarded a scholarship. That is why I am writing this blog today – to ask you, my faithful readers, to pray, if it is God’s will, I would be awarded a scholarship for this year’s conference.

I believe with everything in me that God is calling me to speak to women at conferences, retreats, seminars and workshops. The speakers’ workshops offered this year are exactly what I feel I need to move forward in ministry.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog, to post your comments and most especially, to pray.





The End of an Era

It’s time. The U-haul truck is parked in front of their house. In just a few hours, my parents will take one last walk through the house they’ve lived in for almost forty years. I will help them into my car and we will head for my house for the day while my sister, her husband and other family members will load some of my parent’s furniture into the U-haul truck. After almost 65 years of marriage, almost 40 of those years in this one house, my parents are “breaking up housekeeping” to move in with my sister and her husband.

It feels like someone died. And if I feel like this, I cannot begin to imagine how my mother feels. A woman’s home is her security – her stability. It can be a one-room shack or a fifty-room mansion. At the end of the day, as long as she has that one-room shack or that fifty-room mansion to go home to, then everything is okay in her world. It’s hers. It’s where she belongs.

Imagine giving up your home after 40 years of memory-making occasions – of joy and sorrow, laughter and tears, of good times and some not-so-good times.

There is a lifetime of memories in this house. We were living there when I graduated from high school. My mom hosted a fantastic graduation party for me there. It is the only house the grandchildren and great grandchildren have ever known as Me-Maw and Paw-Paw’s house. Our families have gathered there for many Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas celebrations. Our extended families used that house to gather when one of our loved ones passed away. The walls of that house have overheard many conversations—some good and some not so good. There are memories my parents will treasure and take with them.

This house has been home to my parents – and my sister and I – for almost 40 years. Even though my sister never lived there and I only lived there for about three years, I have come to realize that “home” to me has always been wherever my parents are. Yes, I have my own home and I love it. But there is something about going home to mama and daddy. I knew there would be cookies in the cookie jar, and in the years when my Mom was in good health, there was usually a made-from-scratch cake and something really good for dinner.

But there’s the issue. My parents’ health will no longer allow them to stay in their own home by themselves. And so, today, they will say goodbye to that house and begin a new phase in their life.

My sister and I will have the task of going through all of the “stuff” accumulated over forty years. Believe me, there is a lot of stuff. I do not think anything has been thrown away. There will be a massive yard sale, some of the items will go to Goodwill and we may just bring home an item or two.

After all, it is the end of an era.