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Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00

Hold Onto Hope

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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.


Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00

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'
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00

Dancing in Circles

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Tribute to Miss Daisy




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.  


Tuesday, 03 February 2015 00:00

Voting in the Bookbzz Writer's Competition!

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MASKED IN DECEIT by Nancy LaPointe


Voting in the 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:



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!  




Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Prize Writer Competition FINALIST

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The winners of the Prize Writer Competition will be announced and televised on World Book Day 5th March 2015


I’m so excited that my novel, “Masked in Deceit” has been named in the finalist choices for the competition for 2015! Next week Bookbzz will share a link for readers to vote on the finalists and these votes, along with their judges will decide the winners. I will be so honored if you would respond to that, especially those of you who have told me how much you enjoyed the book. I will be posting the link as soon as it comes out. Masked in Deceit is a Christian based mystery novel. I absolutely love that so many of you have expressed your appreciation for a good, clean suspense story (with a little romance thrown in) that you can enjoy without all the crudeness we so often find in novels. It encourages me to keep writing.  


I’m not comfortable with constant selling messages of my books, but once in awhile I do like to share with my readers reminders to give my books as gifts to others or maybe just share on facebook, twitter or other social media. It would encourage me so much and I would definitely do the same for you.


Lastly, I just want to say how much I appreciate those who regularly visit my blog! I don’t see a lot of comments, but the emails you’ve sent and private messages mean so much. I am always here for you should you need prayer or ministry. I am not in this to make a living---but to administer the love of God in any way that I can.  


Praying you all have a blessed and joy-filled week!

Big cyber-hugs!


Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

10 Tips for Conquering the dreaded “Monday”

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A new week dawns. Many groan over the Monday morning alarm. It’s often challenging to get back into a routine when you’ve experienced a restful, playful and overall enjoyable weekend. Isn’t there some way to look forward to Monday? Seems it would behoove us all to find that key because most would benefit by finding that one little element that causes us to feel a positive anticipation when the alarm goes off and Monday’s face peeps into the fuzzy blanket of dreams.


I find that on Sunday evening a little cloud begins to emerge. Some tell me they actually get pretty depressed on Sunday nights. What a shame! We waste some valuable weekend time, dreading the new week. There must be a reason that we do that. Don’t many of us have the careers we dreamed of---the job we went for with great gusto? And of course, many do not have that, though it’s a great time to remind ourselves what it would be like without a job when we need one.  


As I was perusing facebook comments and memes which always include laments over Mondays, I began to wonder why year after year we don’t conquer that little devil.  Is it because we just enjoy complaining about Monday? Maybe. Or, does it run deeper than that?  


Maybe we need to have a paradigm shift. We need to take hold of this little rascal of doom and put him to rest for good.  Here are a few ideas to help in stopping the dread of Monday.


Ways to Look Forward to Monday:


  1. Make a conscious decision on Friday as you leave work to be positive about Monday. Leave work at work; take a deep breath as you leave. Mentally leave it there.

  2. Before you go, deposit a little encouraging note with your favorite scripture, saying or inspirational words on your desk or somewhere at your workplace to find on Monday morning. C’mon--just try it. You’ll surprise yourself!

  3. Every time you think of work over the weekend, stop and switch gears to focus on being present with family, friends and activities, so that your work energy is stored up for the new week. Your quality of weekend activities will be enhanced as well.

  4. Pray for a love of what you do; that you could perform your duties as unto the Lord, no matter how much a stretch that might seem.

  5. Ask God to give you creative ideas to make your work more meaningful and enjoyable. Be alert and watch for ways God is answering that request.

  6. Evaluate your level of “serving.” Do you have a ‘servant heart’ as we’re taught in scripture? No matter what your level of expertise or power, serving others in some way will bring favor with God and man….and a sense of peace and fulfillment in your heart.

  7. If you are miserable and feel that your career is not what it should be, begin to ask God to move that mountain and position you in the right place of work.

  8. If you have conflict in your workplace, realize that you do not fight flesh and blood, but spirits of darkness. Pray accordingly. One thing I learned through years of office conflicts, is that when I began to pray for my enemies with the right motives, things changed. I changed; they changed. God worked and it was a blessing.

  9. Start your Monday morning with positive affirmations, scriptures, praise music, and determination to see a productive week. Don’t agree with the enemy. Send your agreements into the spirit realm to connect with God’s promises. He wants you to have joy, at home and at work.

  10. Tell yourself that you look forward to Monday because it’s a fresh week with a clean slate. If you’re refreshed from a good weekend, an attitude of gratitude emerges and you become a light in a dark world. Isn’t that what you want?


Work as unto the Lord and as unto men. Whatever you do, workheartily, as for the Lord and not for men,knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24


But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45


So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? Eccles 3:22


But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  Matt 5:44

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Ephesians 6:12

Monday, 12 January 2015 00:00

New Year’s Promises Waning?

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We are now beginning the second week of January and life seems to be retreating into it’s usual routines and schedules. The numerous memes and themes and blogs with messages of hope, renewal and motivation are waning. We jumped wholeheartedly on the bandwagon of fresh inspiration and enthusiasm for a new year and now, as the days evolve into weeks, doubt starts to creep in.


Stop!!  Doubt and unbelief are killers. We must take authority over the warring factions within. I am talking to myself. I woke up this morning from a relatively pleasant dream and before getting out of bed was somehow transported into a deluge of negative thoughts. They were just pouring into my mind and as I sat up and stretched, I thought, “Where is this coming from?” Aha. It more than likely was the enemy of my soul, trying to start my day with a downcast outlook. Thankfully, I recognized it immediately and began to pray and rebuke those thoughts. Sometimes when this happens it takes a little while to get the mind cleared.  When it happens to you, ask the Lord to take over and He will do it!! “Taking every thought captive to the obedience of His will” (2 Cor 10:5) is a scripture worth memorizing as a reminder to be in control of the direction your thoughts and attitudes take.


Isn’t it interesting how we can be looking forward to a new year, enthusiastic, hopeful and full of good plans, and with a few nasty strikes from below, we can just throw up our hands and give in. Don’t do it!!! Stand up and fight. Rise above the attacks. It IS a new year with new opportunities and incredible assignments from your Father. Is it possible those little demons know that and do their best to bog you down before the plan develops? You bet they do.


I want to challenge you today to keep your focus. God has good plans for your new year. He is repositioning His people for things that are coming in the world. He has an individualized, unique purpose for each of us, and we can only take hold of that when our focus is clear and undivided. We must recognize when we are being distracted and deceived.


The best way to fight this battle is to stop those thoughts the instant they hit your brain. Stop and go to the Lord and ask for His assistance in the battle. Repeat those promises of God that have sustained you in the past. Declare that you are standing with your CEO in taking over the world----the fleshly, dark side---and walking in the Light! You will be amazed at what the Lord does for you when you use the Power that is in you to take authority.  Rise up, my friend, and enjoy the fruit of the Spirit’s work in and around you!  

The days move on, and maybe it would benefit us to post little notes around our workplace or on our mirrors that remind us of the enthusiasm we had on Jan. 1st. We must contain that and continue to believe for the good things coming.  The world is spinning out of control, but God’s children are firmly planted on the path of righteousness and heading toward a year of new and beautiful beginnings.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

How do you know you’re not being deceived?

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How confident are you that you are in sync with the truth? Daily we see posts on social media sites with arguing, debating and insulting comments because people are willing to speak out for what they believe. It’s interesting because each person believes they have the truth. And yet, their views are diametrically opposed. People choose where to get their news, who to follow on networking sites, which authors’ books to purchase and share, and so on. Naturally, each chooses those according to sources which agree with their own principles and philosophies. I find that most people would never even stop to consider that they could be deceived at any level. If so-and-so said it or reported it, it has to be true. We all know that there are corrupt people on both sides of the political aisle. We all know that the media doesn’t always tell the truth. (Don’t we all know that?) There is an emotional current that runs hard and deep to the point that even longtime neighbors or co-workers cannot have a calm, mature discussion over an issue. Our country has become a place of division and dissention like never before in history.


Recently, I’ve made attempts to research a number of news sources, publications and teaching sites online. This probing has encompassed all political parties, church denominations, religions and news reporting sites.  I’m amazed at the way people can write, report, publish absolutely anything they please and it is accepted as pure truth. We need to wake up! If we are discerning intercessors, we will learn to pray over every report we hear and not take as fact everything that is put out there. More than once in the past week, I have sensed the Lord giving me a warning in my spirit as I begin to to get upset over a news report. Everyone in power has an agenda, and they are not all good ones.


I’ve learned also that devious people will quickly label others “conspiracy theorists” because that will cause listeners to immediately dismiss any questions they might have. It’s easier to ignore what’s uncomfortable if you can put the blinders on, say it’s baloney and go on with your life. Yes, there are conspiracy theorists who seem a little wacky, but there’s usually some element of truth in most of their ideas.


The Bible teaches us that in the last days we will be bombarded with deception. Many agree we’re in the last days, but refuse to admit to any possibility of being deceived. Isn’t that a bit arrogant, and frightening---to think that you could never be deceived? We can all be deceived if we are not walking in the Spirit, led and counseled by the Holy Spirit daily. We hear teachers in churches who use a couple of scriptures and proceed to distort the Word of God horribly, and the people in the pews are nodding and saying amen because they have no clue they’re hearing an out-of-context, perversion of the truth, which is just fitting an agenda that’s being presented. If it’s performed in an enticing way, and has a few verses thrown in, it’s convincing enough for most folks.


Why am I writing this? I have no need to stir up controversy but feel the Lord is pressing me to speak out. Your political party is not your saviour (or the saviour of the world)  and both parties are full of deception. Your biblical teachers, many of them, are following a path to the one world religion which, I might add here, is not pleasing to God, but is in prophecy as a precursor to the antichrist system. Why would Bible believing Christians support universalists and those who push for one religion for all, when that religion contradicts God’s Word and is blasphemous?  The answer to that is that basically they don’t know what God teaches. It just sounds wonderful to have everyone agreeing and coming together in peace. It is a compromise with deadly consequences. Deception masquerades as an angel of light.


I am going to be writing many blogs that fall into the realm of areas and degrees of deception. Not because I want to, either. I believe the Lord is opening my eyes to many truths that are painful. I would prefer to be blissfully ignorant and act as though nothing is wrong.  However, when the Lord impresses these things over and over again, along with other confirmations, I know I have no choice but to be obedient. It will definitely not make me popular.


All I ask of you, my readers and friends, is that you would take the time to stop and pray and think about your adamant beliefs and how they line up with scripture. Stop and pray about who you are following. I was very surprised when God opened my eyes to some leaders who were not what I thought they were. I have no plans or desires to bash anyone at all. I only want to encourage people to wake up and smell the cappuccino before it’s too late. I assure you that God is serious about our responsibility to know His Word and to know what is false.

As we humble ourselves before Him, He will lift us up.


2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves.


Matt 18:7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!


1 Tim 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.


John 14:6- Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


Matt 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect– if that were possible.

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 00:00

The Long Sigh….Saying Goodbye to 2014

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Breathe it out….ahhh….a long deep sigh that says goodbye to 2014.  It’s over and done. It had it’s hallelujah days and it’s grueling, not-so-hot ones. Just like other years, we started out with big plans and through the busy days and nights, we watched them play out --- some differently than we envisioned, but completed just the same. Some people pooh-pooh resolutions and goals, but at times we need those things to fuel us. They can assist us in mentally bagging up the past and carrying it out to the dumpster so that we can start fresh.


Starting a crisp, blank page for a new year is psychologically stimulating, inspiring and overall healthy. It helps remind us that we always have another chance to reach success in some area, enjoy life in a new way, or find peace where there was none. Before you groan at those who are enthusiastically writing their resolutions, take a moment to envision who you might be with a little more zeal for life.


Throughout each year we all have our ups and downs. The question is really what we do with those roller coaster rides. Do we learn from past mistakes and determine to take a different course? Many of us fall into a rut where we just dredge up the same old excuses and stay in that rut. Maybe this is the time to make that decision to change focus; the time to take an honest assessment of who we are and enjoy a year of new beginnings.


Initiate your change with an intentional declaration to stop judging yourself harshly. Accept who you are and celebrate yourself! You are filled with gifts, talents, love and grand experience that can benefit others beautifully. Take time to be thankful for who you are. Give yourself a break.  And then, when some negatives jump up to mock you, look them square in the face, ask God if they’re things you might need some work on, smile and ask Him for ways to do that. One at a time. You are His and He takes delight in you. He will show you what to do.


Resolutions, the worldly way, tend to be things we work hard at doing for ourselves. In God’s scheme of things, it should mean that we submit ourselves to Him, relax and rest in His love, and seek Him each day for direction. If that is our mode of operation each day of 2015, at the end of the year, we’ll be feeling pretty successful. That’s my plan. Hope it encourages you as well.  


Happy New Year!


Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

Bah Humbug! What is Jesus Thinking?

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Are you just about ready to yell, “Bah Humbug!” Is the Christmas spirit turning into a bad spirit that seems to be haunting you? Breathe deeply. You are not alone. December is a crazy, chaotic month when expectations can smother you like a heavy fog moving in for the kill. Lists, lists, and more lists. Other people requesting things and the calendar is your enemy. Cold, damp weather brings on some joint pain and stiffness in the old folks (yeah, that’s me) and the juggling act is an amazing performance.  The bah-humbug spirit is chasing hard after your last nerve!  You didn’t expect this from me, did you? Actually, in the midst of the frenzy, I confess that I can feel all those things, but I do love sitting at night before bed with my hot vanilla chamomile tea, scrolling through the lovely photos online at whatever site I land. Those amazing shots of winter wonderland forests, candles burning on mantels, and chihuahuas in their red sweaters do help me relax and smile and think some fuzzy thoughts about the season.


Several phone calls I received this past week reminded me that not everyone is basking in the glow of the fireplace while hanging their stockings. Christmas can be the most stressful time of the year. People without families envision “everyone else” coming together with love, gifts and warm embraces, while they’re sitting home alone. Single people fantasize that life would likely be perfect at Christmas with a spouse to share it with. Many who struggle to make ends meet every month of the year push themselves to ulcers trying to figure out how to buy gifts for everyone, in addition to paying the past due bills. And, those grieving the loss of loved ones reminisce and long for times past. These things can rob us of joy and peace in a heartbeat.


What is Jesus thinking as He looks upon us in our hectic activities and stress filled days? Of course, I don’t know, but I think I can make an educated guess. I think He is slowly shaking his head, reaching out His nail scarred hands toward each of us, attempting to calm us, to infuse us with His peace and love. He longs for us to stop the insanity and just sit at His feet. Just be with Him. He doesn’t really care if we celebrate His birth.He certainly doesn’t care about our shopping and parties. He just wants us to be so filled with His love and His Presence that our lives illuminate the darkness----in a more pure and perfect way than all the twinkling lights on our rooftops. If only we could get it! We don’t need all the hype. We only need Him. Joy and peace originate with Him. There is no other place to find them.

When January finally settles in, I want to look back and say that my best Christmas was this one---the one where I took more time to sit with Jesus, getting to know Him more, experience Him more deeply, and the one where I didn’t really care about the gifts, decor and food. Those things are nice, but they are the lesser things. Like Mary and Martha (in Luke 10), Jesus was blessed by Mary’s heart of zeal to sit at His feet and experience fellowship with Him, while Martha was scurrying about, fretting. There’s really no reason why we can’t change things in our holiday routines. We can. I am working on it. Peace on earth, goodwill towards men is a wonderful ambition. And the best way to celebrate Christmas. Let’s try to make some positive changes so that we truly experience the love of Jesus and share it with everyone we are in contact with. I believe that is the real Christmas spirit. The Holy Spirit of God moving in us and through us. As others observe our peace and joy, they will begin to reach out to Him to receive it too.


Best Wishes to you all this season!

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