Singer, songwriter, Nova Page lives out the meaning of her name, “new exploding star.” Whether it is writing a new song, helping the homeless or sharing her personal story, her joy and enthusiasm are contagious and explosive. Page’s voice can be heard on daytime talk shows ranging from Tyra Banks to Ellen Degeneres. TMZ, Extra, The CW, CBS, and Oxygen Network have all used her songs too. We interviewed Page in 2009 and talked with her about how she can tell when her friends are lying and her battle with breast cancer.
Page shares how she can tell when her friends are lying to her.
“It’s their eyes, their posture. It’s so much easier to tell the truth than it is to tell a lie. When people fumble with their answers, it’s a dead giveaway. I’ve worked with a lot of teenagers and kids, and I can always tell when they are lying. However, I don’t want to tell them they are wrong for lying. I just want to love on them. I want them to feel comfortable enough and loved enough where they want to be honest. Then we can start the healing process. I hope to empower them to change and live a full life. There is hope We have a huge reason to hope.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[b] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Jeremiah 29:11-14
Page opens up on her battle with breast cancer despite being so young.
“Yeah, another huge passion I have is for women who have been affected by breast cancer. A few years ago I had a couple lumps in my breast. One was gone through the miraculous hand of God. The other lump I had to get removed. There was a lot of pain in that. I remember writing the song, ‘Mother and Son.’ It was a plea to the Lord asking Him to allow me to live to raise the little boy that He gave me. ‘If I can’t, I can’t But if you allow me to I would be so grateful.’ During the thirty minutes that I wrote the song, I wept. It was one of the defining moments in my life, especially as a songwriter. Through my experiences I desire to live a life that can help change people.”
Tell the truth. God wants us to tell the truth regardless of the circumstance. Sometimes it can be tempting to tell a half truth, omit portions of the truth, or tell a “white lie.” But remember that all of those things are still lies and when we lie we not only hurt our relationship with others, we sin and hurt our relationship with God. If you are having trouble telling the truth or previously lied and want to confess, pray and ask God to give you the words to say to the person. Sometimes it can be helpful to write down what we want to say. Ask your small group leader or pastor for wisdom and insight into the situation.
Trust God’s plan. Whether it is cancer, financial hardship, divorce, death or a season of difficulty, trust God. It is okay to be upset and frustrated. In your pain, cry out to Him in prayer. Write down your prayers. This can be an encouraging thing because you can reflect later on and see how God was working in the midst of your hardship even when it seemed like nothing was going right. Take time this week and pray about what you are going through. Ask a friend or someone in your small group to pray with you. God has given us fellowship through other believers to help us walk through our difficult seasons.
Share your story. God has given each of us a unique and powerful testimony. He wants to use us in the lives of others to bring others into a relationship with Him or to help them grow in their faith. Pray and ask God who He wants you to share your testimony with. It could be a friend or family member, or it might be at an outreach event. Ask a close friend or small group leader to listen to what you want to share and to give you feedback. Make sure to include a challenge at the end. It could be starting a relationship with Christ or going deeper in their faith by committing to a Bible study.
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