Hey, my name is Cecily Lachapelle!
Hello! I’m glad you’re here. I look forward to having the honor of sharing my heart and experiences with you!
If you’re new here, you should know some things about me. Even though I had been raised in the Catholic Church, as a teenager, I became involved with alcohol, drugs and sexual sin, all of which destroyed my feelings of worth and submerged me in shame. Then one night, while alone in bedroom, fully aware that the path I was on could either lead to an untimely death or suicide, I found a Bible. I had nevr understood the Bible before. It seemed liike was written in Chinese. But on this night, I heard the Lord speak to me through the verses. He didn’t candy coat my sin, but He showed me how He paid for it because of His love for me. Where I expected to find rejected and condemnation, I found an outrageous and unimaginable love.
From that night on, I have followed the Lord and been addicted to hearing His voice speaking to me through His Word, the Bible, and in the secret place of my hearrt. Being a teacher by nature, it wasn’t long until I started taking whatever morself of truth I learned and sharing it those who were as hungry as me.
Even though the Lord has never let me go all these years, my life has had its share of hardships and challenges. Jesus has carried me through a teenage pregnancy, an unwanted divorce, single parenting, blended family challenges, financial pressure, parenting an addict and so much more!
But along with the challenges have come the greatest blessings. The Lord brought a wonderful man into my life to whom I have been married for over two decades. Between us, John and I have 6 grown children and 7 amazing grandchildren!
I am a native New Englander who loves the beach, the mountains, good food, and football (I’ve been a BIG Patriot’s fan before it was cool to be one!). I love to cook and you will most likely find me scanning PaleoOMG.com or Pinterest for my next recipe challenge. I am a fitness freak, indulging in Spin, Kickboxing, and Insanity classes along with running and working out at home.
But my greatest passion is finding hidden treasures and bold Truth in God’s Word and teaching it in such a way that everyone can understand and remember what they heard. Nothing thrills me more than when someone comes up to me and says that they have been changed by something I taught (especially when they remember the message better than I do!). I am a late bloomer in the blogosphere as I was very busy raising our six children, volunteering in their schools, starting my career as an Executive Assistant, and leading various ministries in my home church.
Life with 6 kids in a blended family posed more challenges than the Apollo 13 team had to face, and has given me endless messages and potential blog posts! I speak at Women’s Conferences and at my church as a guest minister. My husband John is a stalwart supporter of everything I do and is my greatest cheerleader. Now that the children are grown, I have more time to write and speak about these wonderful life lessons regarding faith, blended family life, financial and marital challenges, and the joys of watching God show off His faithfulness.
I feel that people identify with me because I have experienced a variety of life challenges from divorce, single-parenting, being in the trenches blending a family, loving an addict, the stresses of ministry and marketplace jobs, raising children in an ungodly world, and the life change of children growing up and becoming adults. I’ve experienced the trauma of rape and the shame of adultery. I have not only survived but thrived as a result of every difficult and unforeseen circumstance. I love to boast about God’s faithfulness and the importance that my day-to-day, intimate relationship with Jesus has made through it all. I share keys and practical steps that encourage women (and men!) to pursue the Lord for themselves and not sell their ability to hear from God short. My favorite topics to talk and write about are hearing God’s voice, journaling for life, and hanging on to the Lord when things are tough.
I look forward to sharing my heart with you, whoever you are. Let’s do some Christ-centered life together!