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Monday, 02 February 2015 00:00

NAN JONES

 

I'm so honored to welcome Nan Jones, Author and Blogger, as my Guest this week! I know you will be as inspired by her writing as I have been. Thank you Nan, for sharing what God has put on your heart. - Nancy  

 

 

And My Restless Heart Stilled....

 

by Nan Jones

 

I lay crumpled beneath my blanket. Still. Worn. Depleted. My

spirit sighed with the agony of burdens, with the sorrow of

brokenness. In my stillness I silently screamed to the Lord, Oh

my God! Help me...help me, Lord.

 

I opened my eyes to face the window. Dawn burst forth with its

glory. Magenta and tangerine ribbons waltzed across the sky

proclaiming God's faithfulness. A cardinal's song broke through

my silence, bringing remembrance that God is good and worthy

to be praised.

 

From deep in my spirit arose a well-loved psalm. With tears

sliding down my cheeks and dripping onto my pillow I spoke

these words:

"Oh God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts

for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where

there is no water."

 

I began to praise my Redeemer, to thank Him for who He is. I

thanked Him for His mercy and faithfulness. I thanked Him for

His precious Spirit that enfolds me and shelters me in my pain.

And my restless heart stilled.

 

Psalm 63 goes on to say, "Because Your lovingkindness is

better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless

You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name ...

When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in

the night watches, because You have been my help.

Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My

soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds

me." ~ Psalm 63: 3,4,6-8

 

The Hebrew word for praise as used in this text is shabach (shah-
vahch) meaning, not only to adore or to glory in something, but

shabach means to still or to quiet. I love that! In Psalms 65:7

and 89:9, the Lord used shabach to calm the tumultuous seas. In

Proverbs 29:11, the word shabach is used to refer to hushing

things stirring within someone's heart.

 

When I choose to give the Lord praise, regardless of my

circumstances, His peace settles upon me and calms my fears.

Praising Him reminds me who He is and who I am not. Praising

Him ushers me into His Presence where I am comforted and

sheltered beneath the shadow of His wings.

 

Will you praise Him with me? Will you glory in the Lord your God,

thanking Him and cherishing His magnificent love? His love never

fails. His mercy endures forever.

 

I'm learning that when it seems my life has been cast onto a

tumultuous sea that threatens to destroy me - I'm learning that

if I will but praise the One who tells that sea how far it can go, I

will find peace.

 

My restless heart will be stilled.

 

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

 

 

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort n His Presence. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire. Nan has also had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, "The Perils of a Pastor's Wife" which is slated to be released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When Nan is not writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence.

You many visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com or her blog, Morning Glory: http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/.

For personal communication you may email Nan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Living in God's Rest... At Peace in a Chaotic World
RuidosoNews.com

Nancy LaPointe, author of Living in God's Rest... At Peace in A Chaotic World, doesn't believe in coincidence. She believes that God has a plan. So when the idea of "resting in Him" started turning up repeatedly in her life-on the radio, in emails, in whatever she was reading-she listened. She began to study the concept and felt that God was leading her to share His revelations with others.

And who doesn't live with stress these days? As I was reading Nancy's book, I was struck with how much I needed to hear its message. I quickly recognized myself in her portrait of today's busy independent professional, doggedly juggling career, family, social and community activities, personal endeavors and hobbies. Not just keeping up with the Joneses, but staying out in front of a whole pack of strong-willed, determined Joneses.

Both our human nature and society drive us to prove our worth through how much we can handle. We wear our busyness like a badge of success, but at what cost? The price of a culture of highly focused, highly busy individuals is the absence of peace. Nancy quips, "You would have to be a total iconoclastic hermit to be living in this decade and not be aware of the events taking place around us that are chaotic." We live in a time of increasing unrest and epidemic hyperactivity. Fear, rebellion, violence, and evil are escalating all around us.

A central message of Nancy's book is that we can experience inner peace no matter what is happening in our lives or in the world. But "resting is much more than just taking a nap or stopping our frantic pace of life for a quick breather before running onward." Chasing after the world's ways of dealing with stress-vacations, self-help books, prescription drugs-may offer temporary relief, but in the end, will not bring deep or lasting peace. Entering God's rest requires us to grow spiritually and learn to depend on Him. It means "living so close to God that we can hear His heartbeat."

Neither does resting in God mean that we live without worry or fear, for we are human after all. It means trusting God in a way that brings peace to the soul, "understanding that His plans and purposes are always good, regardless of how they appear at the time."

"Resting is totally about trust." When we abide in trust and faith that God is in control and we are not, we can close our eyes to what other people want, demand, or think. When we understand that God has all wisdom and knowledge by which to govern and lead, we are freed from the need to carry our own burdens and freed from the false notion that we control destiny. We no longer need to drive ourselves to exhaustion trying to amass worldly accolades, material wealth, or personal achievements. We find rest in our submission to God's control.

God's rest is also about freedom. "Freedom means you are not chained, in bondage, drowning, or suffocating. It means you sleep soundly. It means you don't have migraines, muscle tension, stomach cramps, bad moods, or temper tantrums." When body, soul, and spirit are in harmony and at peace, we enter God's rest.

With insight and clarity, Nancy reveals how wrong thinking has led us down a path of destruction. She then tenderly and compassionately redirects readers toward the perception that peace and rest come from a total reliance on God. This cannot happen without an understanding of who God really is, as well as who we were created to be. So many things can get in the way of our peace, and we must be willing to eradicate obstacles and view the world in a different way.

Through poignant examples and personal stories, Living in God's Rest provides the ultimate step-by-step guide for learning to let go of tensions, worries, and past traumas that bind us, so that we can learn to relax in God's grace and enter a place of rest, regardless of what is happening all around us.

Nancy LaPointe grew up a New Mexican, mostly in the Artesia/Carlsbad area, but lived most of her early years in Lubbock, Texas. Moving to Las Cruces in 1989, she met and married her husband Hank, and they lived in Las Cruces until 2006 when they relocated to Ruidoso. "We had enjoyed this area all our lives and felt at home finally living here full-time."

Nancy has a bachelor's degree in social work, and a master's degree in pastoral counseling. She started out working in medical social work, but finding herself very involved in ministry, decided to obtain her graduate degree in counseling. She was ordained as an associate pastor at a large, non-denominational church in Las Cruces, where most of her time was focused on counseling and in healing ministry.

Many people in Lincoln County became acquainted with Nancy when she served as the Coordinator for the Lincoln County Community Health Council until 2010, when the state legislature ended health council funding. She has also served as a counselor at the Nest and as a chaplain for hospice patients.

Enjoying retirement and continuing to do some healing ministry, Nancy now is focused on writing and creative arts. She leads a ladies' Bible study group at Angus Church and is active with the Cleansing Streams ministry through Grace Harvest Church. She is currently working on two new books and hopes to publish within the next 3-6 months.

Living in God's Rest, published by West Bow Press (a division of Thomas Nelson), is available through all major booksellers, including ebook versions. It is also available through Nancy's website: www.nancysview.com. She will be happy to send a signed copy if you indicate your request on the website.

Feel free to check out Nancy's facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-LaPointe/296109380491574.



Living In God’s Rest

February 17, 2013
Zach Malott.com

Hello Everyone!

I pray you are all well and have had a wonderful weekend and a restful and enlightening Sunday! Speaking of restful Sunday, I am so excited and honored to be able to introduce you to a new book that will bring new focus on a subject as old as history.

A good friend of mine, Nancy LaPointe—who is a Christian counselor and an author — has a recently published her new book entitled, Living In God’s Rest: At Peace In A Chaotic World. Rather than rush right into this book review, I would like to present what I perceive to be an intense experience in discovering God’s rest and peace for the author. This experience can be yours also!

I personally met Nancy and her husband for the first time through a mutual friend. Nancy and her husband came to our mission church on the Mescalero Apache reservation in SE New Mexico to offer their gift of service during a revival we were holding. The second time that we worked together revolved around her providing Christian counseling for one of my church members.

She is the real deal and her main purpose for writing this book is in obedience of her call from God to do so. That being said — let us take a look at what I call a very Spirit-filled and spiritually enlightening experience. Yes, that’s right. I said a spiritually enlightening experience, not just a great read from a great book.

Nancy has a way of making God’s truths come alive. Her writing style is one of lively communication, a — from her to you — verbalization in written form that expands your thinking about God’s word while lifting you to new heights of understanding and application of God’s truths. In other words, her new book is an experience of meeting God face-to-face as you lose yourself in its pages.

Nancy’s book is organized into 16 delightful chapters that take you on a journey of understanding, desiring, and finding God’s rest. It is full of biblical Scripture references that provide contextual truths as sign posts on your journey of discovery. God’s rest for yourself and those you love can be found within its pages. You will find extremely comforting and beneficial meditations on Scripture that provide the living water from the well of Jesus’ love.

This book paints a picture, in well chosen and thoughtful prose, revealing the Chaos in the world and God’s answer to it. With stunning narrative and talented story-telling, Nancy paints that picture in multi-colored dimensions that not only make her words come alive but allow her words to sink deep down inside — providing a warmth of understanding that you can’t bear to put down.

This is one book that provides a three-dimensional look at the many aspects of resting in God. Unlike other books that touch on this subject, the reader comes away from the experience with a deep and abiding desire to have a closer walk with Christ. Learning how to live in God’s rest allows you to see yourself in perspective, to notice the anxiety that comes from running from crisis to crisis — depending on self. You discover and gain experience putting your faith and trust in Him.

Nancy describes the experience of putting on Christ and His righteousness and seeing yourself and the world in like-mindedness with Him. Nothing can grow your faith better than seeing things through His eyes. The medical profession has known for decades that rest for the body is one of the best medications one can have for physical illnesses. Nancy provides a worldview from God’s plan for us. She provides guidance in discovering your path to living in God’s rest for healing damaged emotions and the damaging effects of depression. We are vividly shown how to recognize positive change, how to prevent satanic deception, and to be humble and accepting of God’s sovereignty in our lives.

This book also tackles the subject of suffering in the lives of Christians and sheds truth on this subject in a way that opens the heart and provides understanding. The last two chapters of Living In God’s Rest wrap this package of the pearls of wisdom that are found between its covers. I choose to allow you to discover these blessings, like a child opening its long-awaited presents, because the joy is in the discovery! Happy discoveries!

Until next time!

~Zach

 

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Living in God's Rest... At Peace in a Chaotic World
RuidosoNews.com

Nancy LaPointe, author of Living in God's Rest... At Peace in A Chaotic World, doesn't believe in coincidence. She believes that God has a plan. So when the idea of "resting in Him" started turning up repeatedly in her life-on the radio, in emails, in whatever she was reading-she listened. She began to study the concept and felt that God was leading her to share His revelations with others.

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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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