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.
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.
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!