Week #25: Why Nanci’s new book is truly “More Precious Than Gold”

Dear Friends,

My new book is certainly something to share with others and it’s worth passing on the good stories that it holds. I AM living my life in a way that is worth telling stories about. How are you living your life?

My new book “More Precious Than Gold” shares several stories of others. Those folks will inspire you, challenge you, and motivate you look at how you are living while encouraging you to step out — take a risk — do something different — do something more with your life.

Make it a great day!

God bless you!

Nanci

March 8, 2021 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Week #24: Why Nanci’s book is truly “More Precious Than Gold.”

Does some fear have a grip on you?

Dear Friends,

My message today may be short but it’s all about the truth of how fear can affect your life. The title for the essay in the book is “More Frightening Than Grandma’s Stew.” And that title is from a real life situation with my Romanian grandmother and her chicken stew!

We all experience fear in some way. Maybe you’re afraid of spiders, flying in an airplane, or driving over bridges. You may even be afraid of going to the dentist. Fear is learned behavior but you’ll see via this essay what God has to say about it. In this essay you’ll hear about such things as “Spiritual Warfare,” “Sword of the Word,” and then Pastor Max Lucado’s fabulous description of fear that begins like this, “Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.”

Keep warm!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

February 9, 2021 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

Week #23: Why Nanci’s book is truly “More Precious Than Gold.”

Come have a seat and hear the news today!

Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by today!

I’ll get right to the point. I’ve decided not to post new messages every week. That’s because I want to spend time working on the publishing of the book. It’s great fun to have a blog but the really wonderful thing would be that folks could enjoy reading the book.

NOTE: I will post new material about the book once or possibly twice a month. I’ll see how that goes. I will publish next on February 9.

Thanks to those who follow me and read this blog.

Happy February!

Make it a great day!

God bless you!

Nanci

February 1, 2021 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Week# 22: Why Nanci’s book is truly “More Precious Than Gold.”

So glad you stopped by today!

Dear Friends,

Last week I began recapping some of the interesting things about my new book that makes it truly “More Precious Than Gold.” Today I’m adding just a few more things but first a correction to last week’s post.

Correction: There are 4 major sections in the book (not 3) and they are titled:

  • To Give You Strength
  • Encouragement For You
  • Wisdom For Your Well-being
  • Wisdom For Personal Growth
  1. In my book you’ll meet a variety of people. Everyone is interesting! My mother used to say that people make the world go round! And they sure do – and in this book as well! You’ll find that some folks are from long ago and are found in the Bible and others are living their lives right now in the 21st century. Everyone’s story is fascinating but most definitely your heart will be stirred by the words (truth) of Jesus and His disciples.
  2. The very first essay in my book is called “Things Happen For You.” And that still holds true today even in these Covid times. Things are coming into place to do something good for your life. The problem is, we don’t always see things as being “good” because they come disguised as problems. Therefore, it’s not obvious that they will bring us any “good” at all. 
  3. “More Precious Than Gold” is a devotional book and here’s an example from the essay “Waiting.”

Devotional: This is just an ordinary day and it seems as if nothing much is going on. But we know that’s when God is most at work in our lives. Today God is bringing together every little thing necessary to unfold your blessing in just the right way. Sometimes it seems like we wait and wait and wait. It’s the waiting that helps you develop perseverance and patience. Both qualities are necessary for victory … (the devotion shares more .. but you can read that when you read and explore the book).

Meditate on the scriptures below. Record anything in your journal that comes to mind.

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired. Isaiah 40:31

4. “More Precious Than Gold” is a book that will broaden your horizons about living and growing. So you’ll find exercises in the back of the book to encourage you to think about your relationship with God and about yourself. These exercises are all about “self-reflection.” This self-reflection will help you make sure you are on the right path in life and how to get there in a healthy and productive way.

5. One of the most important concepts the text talks about is gratitude. There are others too like: prayer, fear, encouragement (+ how to encourage others), love, hope – which is so needed now, and many others that you experience everyday like this concept: “waiting.” What are you waiting for today? I bet you’ll say, “I’m waiting for life to become normal again!”

Make it a great day! Be careful driving Clevelanders!

God Bless You!

Nanci

January 26, 2021 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Week# 21: Why Nanci’s book is truly “More Precious Than Gold.”

Dear Friends,

Just as a reminder, I post new articles on “Tuesdays” … we are Tuesday people! But you can come by anytime and read posts for this new blog series calledWhy Nanci’s new book is truly More Precious Than Gold!”

I’ve shared a lot of far about the book. So let’s take an inventory and review some of what I’ve shared about my book so far:

  1. As the author I think of myself as a storyteller weaving together God’s truth and great love for you through a unique collection of 28 essays and descriptive devotionals.
  2. The title of the book is based on a scripture from Psalm 19:11… “More Precious Than Gold.”
  3. “More Precious Than Gold” is not only a special type of devotional book but it has a “Spiritual Growth” section in the back filled with exercises to help you reflect on your life and discover the best things God has planned for you – including knowing Him!
  4. “More Precious Than Gold” is filled with stories and information that will give you strengthen, encourage, and wisdom. In fact, that’s just about what the subtitle says (Words of Strength, Encouragement, and Wisdom)!
  5.  “More Precious Than Gold” is a book of essays – so they are short and easy to read. And since there are no characters to remember like in a novel, you can read as much as you want whenever you want! In fact, you could read something today and then go on a vacation and come back two weeks later and pick up the book without missing a thing!
  6. There are 3 major sections in the book and they are titled: “To Give You Strength,” “Encouragement For You,” “Wisdom For Your Well-being,” and “Wisdom For Personal Growth.”
  7. Other sections include: Self-Reflection including 5 exercises and another section entitled “Spiritual Growth.”
  8. The 28 essays in the book all have great titles like “Take a Drink of Great Happiness,” “Happy Habits,” “More Frightening Than Grandma’s Stew,” “An Anchor of Hope,” “Perfect Love,” and the “The Green Bean Club.” You’ll love all of them!
  9. I’ve written a great introduction for the book. It also comes complete with a book tour! Yes! I’ve shared the particulars of the book so you can enjoy it all!
  10. And last but not least, each essay starts with a quote or scripture that is fitting for the subject matter discussed. Here’s an example: “If you change your words, you’ll change your life.” (Joyce Meyer)

One of my very favorite quotes in the book is, “The truth is many of us know that the strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we never see them fight.” (unknown)

If you’re fighting a battle today or maybe your loved one is, God is bigger than any problem you’re facing. In fact, He wants to fight your battles for you. Please see the “Relationship with God” tab on this blog is you would like to know more about the most dynamic relationship you could ever have.

Note: ~ There are just a few more things I want to point out to you. So we’ll do a little more reviewing next time on January 26. I hope you’ll come by. ~

Have a wonderful week!

God Bless You!

Nanci

January 19, 2021 at 9:26 am Leave a comment

Week #20: Why Nanci’s new book is truly “More Precious Than Gold.”

Dear Friends,

We are continuing to explore the many facets of my new book in each and every blog post – including this one! Hopefully the book will be published this year. I am still exploring publishing options. It does look like I may have to take the most difficult route in order to move forward. I guess that will cause me to rely more on God and his wisdom.

Since we are starting a new year, this post is appropriate as it is all about new beginnings. We change our socks or the channel on TV. We try dieting or exercising but somehow we just can’t stay with it. So if those small things are tough for us to do, how can you experience lasting change for your life – you know the kind that brings contentment and real joy? This essay in my book also titled “New Beginnings” is about the changes the man deemed the “Meanest Man in Texas” witnessed in his life. Others witnessed those changes too. They were not temporary changes. They brought an imprisoned teenager into adulthood and middle-age and beyond death row to find happiness with a wife and a little girl. But the story goes even further as he found a purpose too for his life.

I was researching photos to illustrate this essay, I came across a story some folks don’t know about. Have you heard about Louie Zamperini? God made some wonderful changes in this life too. This is not in my book, at least not yet. But I remember the movie “Unbroken” about Louie’s story directed by Angelina Jolie that was out a few years ago. Zamperini was known as a champion. But in order to find that place in his life, he first had to let go of this past behavior of constantly getting in trouble. When he did, Zamperini found he had a bright future ahead of him and he competed in the 1936 Olympics as a runner. But when the war broke out he enlisted and was stationed in Hawaii. War has a way of changing people. And as a POW he suffered a lot. After several years when the war was over, Zamperini was released from a Japanese POW camp. His transition to civilian life was difficult. Louie experienced horrible post traumatic stress symptoms (nightmares) and began drinking to cope with the horror he relived from the trauma. His whole life was a mess and it didn’t seem like his marriage would last much less would he survive the invisible trauma swirling in his mind. Then one day upon the urging of his wife, he went to the revival tent where the Reverend Billy Graham was preaching in his hometown of Torrance, California. Zamperini was about to discover new beginnings for his life just like the “Meanest Man in Texas” did. That night when God touched Louie’s life, gone where the nightmares and visions that haunted him for so long. In their place grew a heart to follow God and the desire to share a message of hope with others.

Friend, if you don’t yet know about the power of God and how He can change your life, be sure to read this essay and read or see the movie “Unbroken” about Louie Zamperini’s story as well. Both stories will make a believer out of you! You can also visit the tab on this blog titled “Relationship with God” to experience lasting change in your life too.

Make it a great day!

God bless you!

Nanci

January 12, 2021 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

Week #19: Why Nanci’s New Book is Truly “More Precious Than Gold.”

Happy New Year Friends!

Today’s post is all about love. There are many kinds of love. We use the word so often and for everything from ice cream, pickles, your new puppy, or to express how much you love golf, or a big piece of carrot cake! But from the first moment you came into the world you needed love. In fact you needed it as much as you needed air to breath. Love is essential for healthy development and for a well-adjusted life.

In this essay, “Perfect Love,” you’ll learn about the all the forms of love that are expressed in the Greek language. Only four of them are found in the Bible. Interestingly enough you’ll find that the Greek language, unlike English which is the most lacking in description, has the capacity to give you the most in depth understanding because of the details it shares. Besides learning about the types of love we enjoy with friends, family, and more, if you haven’t already heard about the five love languages you’re in for a real treat! Reading this essay will give you perspective and new ways to appreciate and love others – father, mother, sister, brother … friend.  

Along with insight from a family friend for what he calls “Loving Correctly,” this essay reveals something exquisite for your life. It may be cliché, but nonetheless, you won’t want to miss a word of what I have to share.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

(Below Greece ~ Mediterranean Sea)

It is the Greeks that describe the concept of love so well.





January 5, 2021 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

Week #18: Why Nanci’s new book is truly “More Precious Than Gold.”

Greetings Friends!

Next week I’ll share about “Perfect Love” and then “New Beginnings.”

Please come by

Have a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve!

God bless You!

Nanci

December 30, 2020 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

Week # 17: Why Nanci’s book “More Precious Than Gold” is truly more precious than gold.

Dear Friends,

Just as a reminder, I post new articles on “Tuesdays” … we are Tuesday people. But you can come by anytime and read posts for this new series calledWhy Nanci’s new book is truly More Precious Than Gold!”

It’s just a few days before Christmas. I don’t know what your beliefs are or what this season means to you. But for Christians, Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the World. Some folks haven’t realized their need for Jesus yet – their need for a Savior. But I would surely hope that with Covid-19 more people would be looking to God than ever before. Mankind needs a savior. It takes just a minute to look around and see how we treat one another, how unhappy people are, how many problems people have, and how many problems our society has. Besides that, there is more and more evil all around us. I’ve noticed it maybe you have too.

Jesus wasn’t just a good man. He wasn’t a prophet. Jesus was and is the son of God. He came to earth not to show you the way to be happy. No. God wants more for you than that.

In this essay titled “Happy Habits” it shares 17 practical things you can incorporate in your life with the goal not to help you be happy, but to help you enjoy your life more. The golden nugget in this essay is that as you read my book and you’ll discover the best, the brightest, the most wonderful thing that God wants you to achieve for your life.

Even though the holidays may be different in many ways because of the virus, I hope your Christmas is filled with God’s presence and you discover the present – the gift of Jesus for your life. You can read more information about Jesus on my blog at the tag labeled “Relationship with God.”

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

Nanci

December 22, 2020 at 4:33 am Leave a comment

Week #16: Why Nanci’s book is truly “More Precious Than Gold.”

Dear Friends,

Today I’m sharing about the essay in my book that’s all about wholeness and healing.

Did you know that God not only wants you to be healed of all illness, but He wants you to be a whole person. The Greek word “Sozo” means exactly that – wholeness. This ought to be a very popular essay for every life traveler who reads my book. In the text I share a bit about emotional, financial, mental, physical, relational, and spiritual healing. All these things and more are important to God. He wants you to be whole in every area of your life!

Make it a great day!

God bless you!

Nanci

December 15, 2020 at 4:25 am Leave a comment

Week #15: Why Nanci’s New Book Is Truly “More Precious Than Gold.”

You get two for one today!! Of course that means I’m sharing the essence of two essays. And they are, “Take a Drink of Great Happiness” and “Renew Your Mind.”

In these days of Covid-19 we could all use to “Take a Drink of Great Happiness.” What gives you great happiness? Is it family, friends, your job, learning the tango, going marlin fishing with a friend, a cold one, maybe it’s a great cup of coffee, or a great house in the country with a wonderful view? If you watch the new lifestyle network DABL then you know about the great properties with awesome views shown in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. I love that show. It brings me great happiness! It’s called “Escape to the Country.” If you are interested the program is on from 4 – 7 pm EST. I get it on Channel 19.3 or 61.5. So, what brings you happiness?

Well, the essay “Take a Drink of Great Happiness” has nothing to do with the things I mentioned above. I guess this one will have to be a total surprise! I’ll give you one clue, the ideas in “Take a Drink of Great Happiness” are from an ancient ritual. That’s all I’m saying!

Now what about “Renew Your Mind?” It’s simple. It’s all about how God can change your mind. This one is a pretty powerful essay. You’ll want to read it a couple of times. See how you can change the channels and think something better on purpose. There’s more to it. And of course it’s based on God’s word.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Make it a great week!

God bless you!

Nanci

December 8, 2020 at 3:20 am Leave a comment

Week #14: “Why Nanci’s new book is truly More Precious Than Gold!

Dear Friends,

In my first book “Fresh Hope … Cleveland” there was a little mouse named Emma found within the pages of the book. She shared resources to help others. One of my former students did a great sketch of Emma. But today in we go in search of Aunt Clara. She’s somewhere in this new book – “More Precious Than Gold.”

Everyone has some crazy relative in their family. And by crazy I don’t mean someone who has mental illness –I just mean we all have some family member who is a little eccentric, funny, creative, or just darn right interesting and amusing. If you remember the book “Finding Waldo” then you’ll love this little game. Your mission (in my new book) is to try to find this fun-loving little lady, Aunt Clara. Find her in the book and you looking at yours truly – well sort of! She is my alter-ego! Hum. Hum. Where could Clara be?

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

Creative and a happy soul, Aunt Clara when she was a bit younger!
Sassy Clara now on Medicare!

December 1, 2020 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

About Week 13 ~ Gratitude

Friends,

My post for today is all about gratitude. This is one of the essays in my new book. You’ll be so surprised how gratitude can affect all areas of your life — and in a most positive way!

BUT …. today’s posts did not post to the top of the blog — I don’t know why. So scroll down a few posts (past encourage) and you’ll find it there!

Thanks for understanding while I try to navigate the changes and challenges that have come with the latest version of WordPress.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nanci

November 24, 2020 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

About Week #12 ~ Today’s Post

Hi Friends!

Today’s post is there — it’s just the second one down. No. It’s not the one at the top.

Here’s why. WordPress has changed a lot. WordPress is the online vehicle that I use every week to bring you new information — new posts. I’ve posted things on this blog for 10 years now. But sometimes lately I struggle and struggle to post something new on Tuesdays because of the changes WordPress has made. And this Tuesday was no exception! And now I can push the “PUBLISH” button but oh I surely hope it places this post at the top so it’s the first thing you read!

So, for today’s message, look for the photo below and you’ve found today’s post. I hope you enjoy it! I believe the subject is a good one for the days we’re living in!

Thanks for understanding dear friends!

God bless you!

Nanci

November 17, 2020 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

Week #11: “Why Nanci’s new book is truly More Precious Than Gold!

Dear Friends,

There’s a blessing in everything – a gift that God sends to you in your situation. Your challenge is to find that gift. In this essay also called Find the Gift (located in the second section of the book – Encouragement for You) you’ll meet a young couple Martin and Laura. Laura is the Grammy, Billboard, and Dove Award-winning Christian singer/songwriter known for such hits as “Blessings” and “Mighty to Save.” She is also author of the book “I Give Up” about pursing a life of surrender to God.  

I don’t think anyone’s life goes the way they thought it would. But the gift that God has obscurely, very obviously, or gently placed in your life is His way of showing you that His hand is in everything that comes your way … He loves you!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

November 10, 2020 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

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