It appears that the day after Halloween officially kicks off the Christmas season. Since I love Thanksgiving, I hate how it gets cheated! I don't decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, giving it it's rightful honor. Turkey is almost sacred at my house--ask my family. It's a tradition that for me has wonderful memories from childhood family reunions and a closeness that will never leave my heart. Of course, as a child it was seen through very rose colored glasses, which is okay....and as it should be.
"See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills - to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts." (Exodus 31:2-5)
You’re pretty proud of being “Type A,” aren't’ you? After all, Type A people are producers, go-getters, successful and fun. You wouldn’t say it in just any circles, but in your head people who aren’t Type A are pretty much “losers.” They are lazy, uncommitted, lacking passion. There is a sense of pride in being a Type A, driven, passionate soul.
I'm in sunny Albuquerque this morning, after a wonderful weekend in Pagosa Springs. We attended the Cleansing Stream retreat in that beautiful resort area and it was awesome. Afterward, we got to sit in the mineral hot springs, a peaceful spot where we gazed at the snow capped Rocky Mountains while we soaked up the good minerals.
Nancy LaPointe is a retired pastoral counselor and ordained pastor. She has written for newspapers, newsletters, blogs, and magazines for about twenty years, always with a focus on the power of God’s healing. Leading women’s retreats and Bible studies, she is passionate about helping people find emotional healing and learning to walk in freedom. Nancy enjoys living with her family in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
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Our current culture is producing anxiety-ridden and stressed-out people. The busyness of our lives, as well as certain strongholds and thinking patterns, can prevent us from connecting with God and finding His peace. Living in God’s Rest is a guide to letting go of the tensions and worries that chain us down and relaxing in His love and redemption. When we know how to enter into that divine place of rest, we can find ourselves at peace, no matter what is happening all around us.
When Laurel Kingston, a zealous young newspaper reporter, recognizes a man who has been seen at several tragic shootings across the nation, she embarks on a quest to find out who he is and what part he plays. In her journey to find justice, Laurel must come to terms with challenges in romance, trust issues, and the complex world of politics. She is brought face to face with a level of deception that surpasses everyday crime stories. Through it all, Laurel learns valuable truths about herself, her faith, and the true meaning of trusting God.
Very good blog to check out from Pastor Zach Malott: http://www.21stcenturyconfusion.com/
21st Century Confusion
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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!
Living in God's Rest... At Peace in a Chaotic World
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.
LADIES WEEKEND RETREAT
Are you longing for a getaway that includes some spiritual growth? Small groups can now reserve a weekend in the cool mountain pines of Ruidoso, NM for a weekend retreat that focuses on Christian growth and renewal. Past groups have enjoyed refreshing times of fellowship, prayer and study. If you would like to discuss bringing your group, please email me.
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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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