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  • Interview with Author/Columnist Catherine Townsend-Lyon
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    New Book Release and Interview with Author Nancy LaPointe:

    Faith's Illusions

    “It is not every day you come across a person that is bursting with joy, faith, and kindness. This is what you will find within my new friend and author, Nancy LaPointe. You will also read this throughout all of her wonderful books including her new release, “Faith’s Illusions.”  .   .  .  

    Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author & Columnist 

    My Interview With Nancy .  .  .  .

    1.) How did come to writing and publishing books?

    I have always enjoyed writing, as far back as grade school. A few years ago I decided it was time to write more seriously. I had published magazine articles and newsletters with my different places of employment, including regular newspaper articles, but I wanted to write a book. I believe God was in it as He was continually putting ideas in my heart. Then I knew it was time to take the plunge and just go for it! 

    2.) Are there authors or books that have influenced you and your writing?

    I have been strongly influenced in my writing life by Julia Cameron, whose books on creativity stir up the passion in me. Her book, “The Artist’s Way,” to me is a book all writers should experience. I’ve worked through the workbook portion several times. My spiritual life and writing are definitely influenced by Francis Frangipane and also Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts.” There are more, but these are probably the top contenders. 

    3.)  What is your “Motto about Life”?

    “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. ” 


    4.) How many books you have written?

    I have written three books. The first, “Living in God’s Rest…At Peace in a Chaotic World,” shares some valuable life lessons about slowing down and resting in God, which brings peace to all areas of life. My other two books are Christian novels which carry underlying themes regarding living the Christian life in a sometimes confusing world.


    5.)  What are your Favorites:

    Favorite Books: Bible , The Artist’s Way

    Movie: Steel Magnolias

    Foods: Green chile, pecans, coconut and of course, chocolate

    Color:  Purple

    Animal: Dogs


    6.)  We know a little about you from your Amazon Author Page, but what are some hobbies and interests?

    I enjoy oil painting, reading, playing with my puppy and spending time with friends and family. I’m a flea market junkie, and DIYer so enjoy refurbishing old furniture. HGTV is my inspiration.


    7.) Lastly, how about family life? Do you have grown children? A grandma?

    I have one daughter, a talented writer and website developer, who is building a tiny house right now. She has one daughter, my only grandchild, who of course, is gorgeous, brilliant and a gymnastics star. We lost my husband to cancer in April so our little family has had much to deal with, but we are blessed with a huge extended family who brings lots of joy and support to our lives.

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    Nancy LaPointe

    Now we all know a little more about Nancy. I hope you will do yourself a big favor and visit her wonderful Author Website and Blog called;  Nancy’s View
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    Written on Friday, 02 September 2016 00:00 in Guest Author/Blogger No comment Read 267 times
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  • Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
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    Greetings!

    I want to take a moment to thank you all for your loving support and prayers over these past difficult weeks. You have encouraged me and reminded me how important it is to be loved in the midst of pain. I have allowed myself space to grieve and realized the amount of energy that it takes. It knocks me down at the most unexpected times. But in the grand scheme of things, I feel the Presence of the Spirit within and around me, holding me up and infusing me with strength and peace. I know it will take time to get on top of it, but of course, the loss will always be felt. Losing your life partner, your closest friend and confidante, prayer partner, and so much more, cannot be overcome overnight. I just thank God every day for His beautiful ways of sustaining me and turning my face to the future with hope and faith.

     

    Every day on the radio I hear the Danny Gokey song, "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again" and it has become the Lord's hug to me.

    I focus on the lyrics and feel His peace.

      

    You're shattered
    Like you've never been before
    The life you knew
    In a thousand pieces on the floor
    And words fall short in times like these
    When this world drives you to your knees
    You think you're never gonna get back
    To the you that used to be

    Tell your heart to beat again
    Close your eyes and breathe it in
    Let the shadows fall away
    Step into the light of grace
    Yesterday's a closing door
    You don't live there anymore
    Say goodbye to where you've been
    And tell your heart to beat again

    Beginning
    Just let that word wash over you
    It's alright now
    Love's healing hands have pulled you through
    So get back up, take step one
    Leave the darkness, feel the sun
    Cause your story's far from over
    And your journey's just begun

    Tell your heart to beat again
    Close your eyes and breathe it in
    Let the shadows fall away
    Step into the light of grace
    Yesterday's a closing door
    You don't live there anymore
    Say goodbye to where you've been
    And tell your heart to beat again

    Let every heartbreak
    And every scar
    Be a picture that reminds you
    Who has carried you this far
    'Cause love sees farther than you ever could
    In this moment heaven's working
    Everything for your good

    Tell your heart to beat again
    Close your eyes and breathe it in
    Let the shadows fall away
    Step into the light of grace
    Yesterday's a closing door
    You don't live there anymore
    Say goodbye to where you've been
    And tell your heart to beat again
    Your heart to beat again
    Beat again
    Oh, so tell your heart to beat again


    Artist: Danny Gokey
    Album: Hope In Front Of Me ©

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJTnjac7mhc  

     

    I hope to get back to a regular blogging schedule soon. Again, I love you all and thank you for all your loving messages.

    Nancy

     

     

    Written on Thursday, 16 June 2016 00:00 in Blog No comment Read 632 times
  • Devout Men Are Taken Away and No One Understands
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    As I move forward from one day to the next, I wonder about God’s plans and purposes. Don’t you? I ask Him a lot of questions.  I already know many of the answers, but still, they are perplexing.  I wonder how He figures I should be the one left behind to deal with bills, car repairs, insurance mix-ups and the neighborhood mountain lion. I think my husband, who worked so hard for years, not to mention giving his life in military service, deserved to receive his reward. I don’t begrudge him that, but I can’t help meditating on what lessons I’ve yet to learn in the aftermath of his leaving. Lessons I probably, in truth, do not want to learn.

     

    If you are in a season of grieving, as I am, I want you to be sure to take time every day to stop and really relax and let whatever questions, comments, complaints, etc. that rise up, be expressed.Tell God how you feel.  He knows anyway.  You can cry, yell, question, journal, or maybe even use your pillow as a punching bag, but you need an outlet for all that pent-up pain. Don’t stuff it down. If you do suppress it, I promise you that at some point it will explode into existence, and it could hit at a time that is not at all convenient.

     

    This thing called grief is like a monster dressed in pretty clothes.  Right when you’re having good memories and feeling the peace of acceptance and progress, some painful thoughts hit like a grenade and bang----a stomach punch knocks you down.  I’ve learned to cry out to God right at that moment for His strength and love to overtake me.  He answers so beautifully.

     

    I hope that by sharing some of my journey through grief, it might help you, since several of you have mentioned your own struggles.  It’s ironic. I’ve been a grief counselor and know what to expect, but when my own hits, it still packs a punch. Knowledge is not everything. But God gave us emotions and they have a purpose. How could we love someone deeply and not feel any pain when they’re gone? I know I’ll be with him again for eternity, but frankly, right now it doesn’t help a whole lot to know that.  It does matter and I look forward to our reunion, but the aloneness of the moment is still very real.

     

    I thank God that He promises to never leave or forsake us. He is a wonderful father, husband and friend. He gives wisdom, comfort and peace. Without that sweet, gentle Spirit flooding my soul over and over, I’m sure I couldn’t do this. It’s a gift that I give thanks for constantly.  I’m going to survive, and I’m going to be okay. So are you---so hold fast to His promises and keep trusting.  And, since we know the direction our world is headed is menacing---perhaps God’s gift to my husband was to take him before things get worse. It’s something to think about!

     

    “The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away,

    and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.

    Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” (Isa 57:1-2)

    Written on Sunday, 01 May 2016 00:00 in Blog No comment Read 857 times
  • To Every Thing There is a Season
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    My heart is so full of gratitude as I look back on the past seven days. No doubt they’ve been the most difficult seven days of my life. The first day I held my precious husband’s hand as our souls disconnected, and he walked into eternity. The days following are a blur, but on this breezy Sunday afternoon I have, in the depths of my being, the peace that surpasses all understanding. That doesn’t mean I don’t get hit by waves of grief that almost knock me off my feet. There is absolutely nothing as jarring to your spirit as looking at the person you love with all your heart lying in a coffin. How does one do that without searing pain? And then, how is it possible that I can have perfect peace in my heart today? Grief will still be, but In the overarching scheme of things, I’m experiencing a beautiful confidence that the Lord is holding me and that He is at the same time fellowshipping with my husband. It’s a wonderful feeling. I am thankful.

     

    Life is both a mystery and a stark reality at the same time; a curious dichotomy.  I have been present at births as well as at deaths. Both experiences open one’s eyes to the magnificence of our God. He breathes breath into a body and He stops the beating heart, snuffing out breath. It’s His sovereign decisions that cause us to celebrate one day and another day to mourn. …”all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16  The power is all His; the plan His as well.

     

    At times my grief turns into a bit of envy. I realize that my husband is in the Presence of God; he’s enjoying laughter with family and friends he’s missed. He has no more pain, no more worries, stressors or sickness. I’m here missing him, wondering what comes next, dealing with unresolved bills, situations and responsibilities. My humanness bleeds over onto my joy that he is in heaven.

     

    As I seek the Lord, laying all my concerns and questions at His feet, I sense that calming, peaceful Existence taking hold of my mind and body. I know without any doubt that He is with me, loving me, holding me and reassuring me that He will never leave me or forsake me. He knows what is facing me and He’s already there. Each day will find its own resolutions as He sorts things out. All I have to do is trust and obey. And to know Him. Knowing Him means knowing it’s all covered...perfectly.

     

    The day will come when my breath will be snuffed out, my heartbeat stopped. I will have the joy of walking into the arms of Jesus, greeted by family and friends. What I endured on earth will not matter at all. All that will matter is being in the Presence of the One Who controls it all. And experiencing His love and grace. When grief tries to derail me, I am determined to take hold of His promises and hang on tight. The alternative would be pointless and pitiful. “I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength.” And I am eternally grateful for the strength and hope and courage He is pouring into me.


    Thank you for your prayers and love during this season of my life.

    Written on Monday, 11 April 2016 00:00 in Blog No comment Read 807 times
  • A Little Rain Must Fall
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    In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

     

    Into every life, a little rain must fall.  Sometimes it’s considerably more than a little. Sometimes it’s a flood. We can always quote happy scripture promises when things are going well, but when the deluge crashes in, it’s a bit harder to let those easy verses roll off our tongues.

     

    This week I’ve had prayer requests from people I love that are seriously painful events:

    One’s pastor fell and broke his leg in three places, requiring surgery. One’s husband’s memory problems got extremely worse and he had to be admitted to an Alzheimer’s facility. One’s son was killed in a tragic car crash. One’s daughter rebelled and ran off to marry against the family’s wishes. One who is ready to reconcile a troubled marriage doesn’t have the support of her family. One’s teenage niece is missing for a week now and no one has a trace of an idea where she might be. One suffers a debilitating disease that robs her of fulfilling her calling. I could probably list more, but my point is that many, many folks are struggling right now with issues that are far from easy.

     

    I want to thank all of you who have loved us and prayed for my husband and me these past months. God does truly have a purpose in all things. Sometimes we can’t identify what that purpose is, but it doesn’t negate the fact that He is working behind the scenes. I already can see things in me that have surfaced that are not good.  I’ve confessed and repented and realized places where my heart needs cleansing. He is teaching me many things about myself. He is also showing Himself to my husband in different ways.

     

    When your storm is raging, find ways to remind yourself to stop, breathe, and step back. It’s necessary to not react, but to look up, call out to Jesus and let Him take over. I fully realize that several times when I over-reacted in distress, I totally flunked a test---and so yes, I got to take it over till I passed!! This process of refining is a good thing. It doesn’t always feel good, but no discipline ever does.  

     

    I talk a lot about resting in God. Resting in Him means you stand firm against panic attacks, despair or hopelessness. It means you trust God to the point that whatever the outcome, you can be at peace. It is possible. It might not be spontaneous, (and we wish it was), but if you allow Him into your situation, and you trust Him completely, you actually can rest and find peace in the midst of the storm. God is in control. We can become angry with Him for not answering our prayers the way we want, but if we truly believe He is sovereign and omniscient and omnipotent, how can we stay stressed?

     

    I wish I could have miracles to pour out on your situation. I would gladly do it, and quickly. But more importantly, my prayer for you would be that you could trust God so fully that you sigh a deep cleansing sigh, look up and trust that He has it covered and He knows best.

    That’s what I’m reminding myself each day. I still flunk some tests, but I’m doing better.

    Jesus said He has overcome the world. That’s quite a statement. As for me, I want to be fully attached inside and out to the One Who has overcome the world! I pray that for you too.

    Written on Saturday, 19 March 2016 00:00 in Blog No comment Read 805 times

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"Living in God's Rest...At Peace in a Chaotic World" "Masked in Deceit,"  and Faith's Illusions are all available now.  Living in God's Rest can be purchased from any of your favorite booksellers online or in stores. Masked in Deceit and Faith's Illusions, Christian novels, are available from Amazon. All books are offered in ebook versions as well.  I always appreciate reviews on the seller's sites.  Just click the books below and you will find links to purchase.

 

 

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 - Nancy

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