Nancy Gainor

Author of Eyewitness to a Savior

Tag: prayer

Vantage Point

Bright lights flicker through the

inky blackness of the night.

Our omnipotent God sees all

behind the locked doors. He

observes a tear stained cheek,

boisterous laughter, a tired sigh

that concrete and mortar can’t

hide the depths of the soul from

the great I AM. As prayers rise up,

love pours down. For each child

of God is precious, important,

beautiful in the eyes of the

Father, He loves us so much that

He sent his perfect son, Jesus, to

die for our sins and offer us

salvation. Mercy and grace flow

from the heavenly realms as

gifts waiting to be savored and

praised. From His vantage point,

God admires the vivid topography

as well as the intricate details of each

aspect of His masterpiece. His domain

expands past our wildest imagination.

His power and authority imply aloofness;

but the genuine love He extends to

each one of us is personal. Who better

to trust and relinquish your life to

than the giver of life Himself and the

guardian of your soul? Our Lord’s

true vantage point rests within your heart.

My Refuge

Placid waters
Pelicans plunging
Snowy egret soaring
Soft chirps, hearty honks
Wildlife rustling
Fish Leap, ripples emerge
Stillness; a whisper of a breeze
Palms dance
Circling current
Swish of an oar
Fluttering of a baby seagull’s wing
Sudsy backwash from a boat’s engine
Worldly white noise eliminated
Sunshine’s heat bakes the earth
This is God’s world, His creation
Mine to enjoy
Here I seek His face, His strength,
His wisdom, His forgiveness, His love
My troubles cascade His holy feet
My circumstances used for His good
He is my refuge, my deliverer, my joy
My sole purpose?
To serve him wholeheartedly and joyfully all the days of my life.

God’s Healing

john-williamsThe day after my book launch on August 28 my dad, John Williams, passed away. Earlier that week he was so excited about the book and wanted to hear about every detail of the launch.  At the launch party, I asked a friend to select a poem from Eyewitness to a Savior and she chose Crossing Over which celebrated the resurrection.  As I traveled on the plane to North Carolina that poem and the scripture embedded in it offered me such comfort. During the past six weeks we celebrated dad’s life,  supported mom through this difficult transition and took care of my father-in-law, John Gainor, who was gravely ill. Through it all, the Lord provided a reserve of strength, comfort, and reassurance that I needed so desperately. What should have been my darkest days were filled with hope, gratitude and peace. Every day I offer Him praise for the miraculous healing of John Sr. as well as dad who is no longer suffering and confined to a wheelchair but singing God’s praises in that beautiful baritone voice. I know I can face anything with my abiding Lord at my side.

Book Launch Celebration

August 27, 2014 is an evening I will never forget. The launch of Eyewitness to a Savior was celebrated and more than 120 people attended the event. Pastel balloons created  a festive feel as guests nibbled on pastries and fruit. Beautiful hand bells were played, an excerpt from the book was read and signings took place during this monumental evening. The pictures from the book were displayed with descriptions depicting the meaning behind each photograph. A highlight for me was the unexpected arrival of my daughter-in-law, Laura and grandchildren, Clara and Garrett carrying flowers for their Nana. Many people supported the event from the church community, Bible studies, Dairy Queen organization, friends, and even a former student. Raffle tickets revealed winners of DQ gift cards and a signed hardcover book. The cake was an identical replication of the book cover created by DQ. I loved signing books and hearing the stories of those who would read them. God tremendously blessed me with support and love and I pray those who read this book will draw close to the Author Himself, the Lord Almighty.

2 Days Until Book Launch – Pour it Out

countdown3Two days until the launch of Eyewitness to a Savior (August 27, 2014: Book Launch Party – Normandale Hylands United Methodist Church).

Pour it out
This is the hard part for me. God is asking me to claim my faith publically. I have always kept it close and now I must verbally state my faith repeatedly to promote this book. I know He will empower me with the right words to say and give me the strength, humility and opportunity to share. He will provide parameters for promotion and rein me back when it becomes self-serving. He will fill me with the Holy Spirit and provide opportunities for discussion. This will be my greatest learning curve and I am hoping this experience will change my life as well as those who read Eyewitness to a Savior.

5 Days Until Book Launch – Prepare It

countdown6Five days until the launch of Eyewitness to a Savior (August 27, 2014: Book Launch Party – Normandale Hylands United Methodist Church).

Prepare it 
For years God has prepared me for this moment: Bible studies, reading the entire Bible, being exposed to women of faith, inspirational sermons, life experiences, and interactive prayer. God has given me skills and amidst those skills He has breathed His message through me into the pages of a book. I believe this is His story, told in His way, and He wants it published and shared. God has provided the word, means, publisher and confidence to put it into action.

Bloom

flowerSummer is my favorite time to spend outdoors in Minnesota. The humidity is low, birds are singing, and I can get my hands in some dirt. I love to garden and this inspired me to think about growing in our faith. God calls us to walk in obedience and trust Him for direction and outcome. He promises to abide with us and in us always. As I contemplate my book ministry, I want to constantly remind myself that this gift is to honor Him and not glorify myself.  Eyewitness to a Savior was written to share the good news of God’s love for His people. Stepping out in faith, I hope to honor Him and I am confident He will provide what is needed to convey this message.  As we savor His blessings, seek His will, repent and offer thanksgiving we will blossom in our faith and our true joy will be found in Him.

Cherish One Another

cherishThis week my Facebook and twitter accounts were inactive. This is because I was in North Carolina visiting my parents. Dad has Parkinson’s’ Disease which may have stolen some of his physical abilities but not his sense of humor and perseverance. I loved watching my mom dutifully serve as his advocate, hold his hand, and offer a kiss and encouragement.  This brought to mind our Savior’s clear instruction to love one another. Time is fleeting and we may not always have a second chance to express our adoration to those around us.  Cherish one another and be thankful for each moment you have together. This is truly a heavenly gift.

Holding God’s Gift in my Hands

porch-bookAs I hold this book in my hand I can scarcely believe I have arrived at this moment. Years of prayer, preparation, creativity, and inspiration have come together in this wonderful package. Along the way, God has provided the words to write, the concept of this book and the timing for its release. I believe He lead me to the right publisher (Crossbooks) who patiently handled my volumes of questions and uncertainty with echoes of reassurance and sound advice. Now as I examine this beautiful book filled with the love for my Savior and my family tucked inside, I am speechless in appreciation. Although the next phase may be uncertain, I know God will tug at my hand and together we will walk in a ministry beyond my expectations.

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