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  • God is Always There
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    The Spirit of God does not just turn up like the congregation on Sundays. He does not wait until we have prepared for His visit with suitable songs. We do not pray for God to be there, because He is there – always. He is fully there! He would never make His redeeming work depend on our emotional state, which goes up and down like an elevator in the Empire State building, one moment on the ground floor and the next in the clouds. God’s sun never sets. The Spirit of God does not withdraw or retract, evaporate, diminish, or leak away. He abides. God has not covenanted to be with us sometimes, but at all times. Even today. God bless you. REINHARD BONNKE

    'The Spirit of God does not just turn up like the congregation on Sundays. He does not wait until we have prepared for His visit with suitable songs. We do not pray for God to be there, because He is there – always. He is fully there! He would never make His redeeming work depend on our emotional state, which goes up and down like an elevator in the Empire State building, one moment on the ground floor and the next in the clouds. God’s sun never sets. The Spirit of God does not withdraw or retract, evaporate, diminish, or leak away. He abides. God has not covenanted to be with us sometimes, but at all times. Even today. God bless you. REINHARD BONNKE'
    Written on Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00 in Blog No comment Read 112 times
  • Hold Onto Hope
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    Hold Onto Hope

    The LORD delights in those who trust him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11

     

    Have you noticed lately an increase in the prayer requests you’re receiving? And not just the number, but the intensifying gravity of situations as well? Recently I’ve found myself interceding and sobbing over urgent text messages and emails like never before. Life is serious at times. I was going to describe to you some of my heart wrenching stories from the past two weeks, which included even my own family, but then I changed my mind. I think that if you are hurting and struggling over something painful, hearing other stories probably won’t make you feel better. But just know that you are not alone.

     

    As I prayed about sharing a message of hope today, I was reminded that the Bible teaches us that in the world we will have trouble. Jesus said “take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) He has overcome the world! We haven’t quite gotten it yet. We struggle and battle through the painful attacks that hit us. The enemy of our soul is relentless. He kicks us when we’re down, shooting those flaming arrows right into an already bleeding wound---in short, he plays dirty. Many times we never see it coming. The other night I was awake and praying at 3 a.m., feeling a bit sorry for myself and asking God why certain things are hitting so hard. He reminded me that I teach about spiritual warfare and then I forget that I’m a target too!

     

    God is our Abba (Daddy) Father. He loves us so much. He is always with us. He walks with us through the fires. He is our Comforter and our Strength in times of trouble. Often He allows certain situations in order to refine us, mature us or develop our faith because that’s what a good Father does. We don’t usually enjoy those times of discipline or teaching. We just want a happy, safe little world where nothing goes wrong.

     

    The Bible teaches us that evil will abound in the last days. We are headed that direction and things will escalate as time goes on until the day Jesus returns for us. As believers, we must learn to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Ephesians 6:10) We are in training for harder times coming. As we endure these difficult days, we are building strength and learning how to minister to others who are struggling. We are also learning how to stand strong regardless of what is happening around us. There was never a plan for life to be fun and easy all the time. If it was we would be shallow, immature, spoiled brats. He says He will never leave us nor forsake us. If we are His, and submit ourselves to Him, He will protect us, provide for us, shield us from the enemy, and lead us to victory over the darkness. He’s done it for me time and time again.

     

    We must get up every morning alert and discerning, praying on the whole armor of God, pleading the blood of Jesus over ourselves and our families, feeding on the Word to build our faith, and then going out into the world armed and ready for the onslaught. (Ephesians 6:10-18) If and when we do all that, we are in a stronger position to face the things that come, and many times to ward them off, with His help. We lower the risk of being blind-sided or feeling hopeless.

     

    The Lord sees your tears, hears your cries and is compassionate. Never doubt that. He is here for you. His arms are out to you, wanting you to trust Him and believe that He is faithful. Tell Him everything---your fears, your anger, your pleas for what seems right. He is listening and He loves you deeply. And, He is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) Expect good things; expect answers to your prayers. Expect His Presence to flood your soul with peace even when the issue is not yet resolved. That is worth so much!

     

    If you need prayer and would like me to lift your needs to the Lord, please leave me a message on the “contact Nancy” link on this home page of my website. I will be honored to pray for you. You are not alone.


     

    Written on Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00 in Blog 3 comments Read 177 times
  • Dancing in Circles
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    Tribute to Miss Daisy

     

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    Grieving takes a lot of energy, draining me for sure.  Last night we buried our precious little Daisy dog. Holding her for days as she was fading away took a lot out of my husband and me. We loved her so much. She had been our baby for over fourteen years. What a joy she was! From the time she was only a few weeks old, she was a happy, loving little thing. She absolutely adored everyone she met. Many times I’ve heard people say their dogs are the best examples of unconditional love there is, and Daisy was no exception.  She made us laugh and warmed our hearts daily. But, dogs get old, just like people do, and at some point you have no choice but to say goodbye. Sure is hard.

     

    Today I’m thinking about how we love our pets and treasure the joy they bring to our lives. To me, they are gifts from God. He uses their loving ways to soften our hard hearts. On the worst of days when we’re angry or down, here comes that little furry gem to wag it’s tail, give us a kiss or to do something funny to make us laugh. How many times did I come home after a long day and there she was, dancing in circles, deliriously happy to see me, as though it had been days instead of hours.

     

    I wonder why we don’t treat the people we love in the same manner? Of course it’s because people fail us, have their faults, and so on. We just don’t see anything in our pets that’s unforgivable. They occasionally misbehave or disobey, but there’s never any malice. It’s just so much easier to love animals!

     

    So this little message today is for myself. I realize that all the beautiful qualities I can list in my dear little Daisy should be those others could list about me. That will take some effort on my part, where I don’t think it did for Daisy. It came natural to her. I am praying that God will help me to be a person who loves unconditionally, who cheers others up with my joy, and one who never holds a grudge.  Maybe I’ll spare my loved ones from me dancing in circles when they arrive at my door, but my attitude can surely convey the same message.  Rest in peace, my precious Daisy Joy.  

     

    Written on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00 in Blog 3 comments Read 205 times
  • Voting in the Bookbzz Writer's Competition!
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    MASKED IN DECEIT by Nancy LaPointe

     

    Voting in the Bookbzz.com Prize Writer Competition

     

    The judges have announced the 10 finalists from each category in the writer's competition!  My mystery suspense novel, Masked in Deceit, is in the ten finalists!  Now it is open to public vote. PLEASE go to the site and vote for my book. It's quick and easy to do. I appreciate it SO much! If you want to review my book page first, the link to that is: http://bookbzz.com/masked-deceit-nancy-lapointe/

     

    TO VOTE:   http://bookbzz.com/bee-bookbzz-com-prize-writer/  

    Scroll down to the "Mystery, Detective and Crime" Category.  Click on that and it will give you the list of books. Click on "Masked in Deceit" and it will take you to the ballot box to submit.

     

    Can't thank you enough!  Winners will be announced on March 5, 2015.  

    Hugs to all!  

    Nancy

     

     

    Written on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 00:00 in Blog 3 comments Read 391 times

Welcome to my website!

"Living in God's Rest...At Peace in a Chaotic World" and "Masked in Deceit," are both available now.  Living in God's Rest can be purchased from any of your favorite booksellers online or in stores.  Masked in Deceit, a novel, is available from Amazon.  Both 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.

 

Have a blessed day!
 - Nancy