Mystery Blogger Award 6.25.18

How great is the mystery of Your love toward me, Lord. You love knows no ends, and pours forth in so many wonderful and mysterious ways… like a blog that allows me to tell the world how much I love You… and how much You love them! ❤
You have shown me love through the nomination from a dear brother in Christ. photogrid_1476365612975Stu of Stubaby has nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Stu is another way that You show Your love towards so many as he ministers to others who struggle with porn addiction and the challenges of a previously unclean life… both subjects being so taboo in the Christian community, or when addressed kept so clean that it does not deal with the subject honestly, and those who desperately need the resources do not benefit from them at all. I know I am certainly one of those who are blessed by his posts, his testimony, his honesty, and his determination to keep it all about You!

Thank you, brother Stu, for allowing God to use you to show His love to me. May the Lord bless you and your precious family, your blog, your ministries, and all that He gives you.
He loves you too!

The Rules:
1) Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog
2) Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
3) Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
4) Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
5) Nominate 5 -10 bloggers you feel deserve the award
6) Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one
7) Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

3 Things About Myself:
1. I love God!
2. I love Jesus!
3. I love the Holy Ghost!
❤ ❤ ❤

Stu’s Questions For Me:

1. What topic would you like me to address here on my blog?
I was really convicted and touched by your post Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder. Your patience with your wife’s need, and your anger towards the pain previously inflicted on her was touching, but your honesty about the hurt it caused you allowed me to see how it was so personal on your own self-esteem/confidence. I would have never thought… believed such a thing could hurt a man unless simply hurting his ego. 

2. Would you accept the challenge to step out of your comfort zone and write a post about pornography and how it is affecting our youth and/or marriages? And if so, would you share the link in the comment section so my readers can see it?
I will honestly pray about it. If God leads me to, I will write it and link it. 

3. What is your favorite book in the Bible to read?
The Holy Bible!

4. How do you study when reading said book?
Different ways on different days, different settings, different purposes. But I try to make sure to pray before and after I do, trying to always allow the Holy Spirit to guide me.

5. Now for the funny/goofy question. This one I have been asked in the past because I grew up reading comic books and even now I watch The Arrow and The Flash. If you could have any super power in the world what would it be and how would you use it?
To never shame the name of Christ! Even if only from here and now on, I would still have a testimony of how deep into the pit He is willing to walk with us to save us from our enemies… especially ourselves.

My Nominees:

 Tamie’s Alcove
Kira’s Hymn
Perfect Chaos
Charlie’s Blog
Coffee, Crime, and a Whole Latte More
Navigate My Recovery
FAB: Faith and Books
Overwhelmed By Joy
Life With An Illness

Questions for the Nominees

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. What are some ways the Lord shows His love to you?
  3. What’s your favorite color?
  4. Do you have a favorite bible verse?
  5. For the weird/funny question: Which bible animal is your favorite?

Congrats to all the nominees!
May the Lord bless each one of you!
He loves you!

Thank you again, Stu! God uses you!

Sunshine Blogger Award 6.23.18

Our Gracious Heavenly Father, how loving and generous You are to allow Your sun to shine within my days, so bright that I can easily remember the warmth and comfort in the midst of this dark night. It gives much needed hope that whatever may be tonight, Your sun will come out tomorrow. Whether hidden behind a darkness of black clouds, peeking through clouds with those playful rays, or shining so bright that there is no mistaking what You deemed to be good… the Day.  Yet how far more loving to share Your beautiful Son in our lives… our hearts… reminding us that no darkness in the world can put His light out. Not even death! ❤ Thank You for the hope, the assurance that He is coming back for us!

How thoughtful You are to me, my Lord, through my dearest Anabel! While visiting over on her site… Lebana’s Journal,  I found she nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I feel so bad that I was just finding it this weekend, but I am ever so glad that You allowed me to find so I could thank her.screenshot_2018-04-23-18-27-311042529194Thank you, Anabel, for thinking of me with your nomination. You are such a merciful and loving sister in Christ. A fellow poet who knows the struggle AND the beauty in the darkness. If it weren’t for the darkness, we wouldn’t know to appreciate light. I love reading through your poetry, and I thank God for the friendship in my dear Filipino Sister! ❤ May the Lord bless you and shine every moment into and throughout your days! Me and God love you!

The Rules are:

– Thank the blogger who nominated you.
– Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post.
– Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you.
– Nominate 5-11 bloggers you want to give the award to.
– Ask the following bloggers 11 questions that you selected

My Questions

  1. Where do you live?
    in America
  2. What’s the best thing about the area where you live?
    the evening breeze to cool us down on hot afternoons
  3. Where is your favorite place in the world?
    with Jesus! ❤ wherever He is
  4. What’s your funniest travel story?
    Our whole funeral procession got lost taking my baby brother to the graveyard because it was the 1st time they were using the GPS, and he was being buried on the new side of the cemetery. It was a good laugh even he would appreciate.
  5. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?
    giving birth to my son, my gift from God ❤
  6. What makes you happiest?
    My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ ❤
  7. How many countries have you visited so far?
    none, unless I can count visiting different states in my own country
  8. Who is your role model?
    Jesus Christ
  9. What can’t you live without?
    The Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost ❤
  10. How many posts have you made so far?
    According to my WordPress Stats:
    347 on gaillovesgod and 707 on gaillovesgodspoetry
  11. What is your message to new bloggers out there?
    God loves you! ❤

My Nominees:

Beckie’s Mental Mess
Discovering Sooz
Small Real World
This Beautiful Life
The Believer’s Triumph
Christian Life and Apologetics
I’m Fine. Stop Asking
Life As We Have Never Known It
Teen, Meet God

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. What season is it for you?
  2. How long have you been blogging?
  3. Have you ever read the Holy Bible for yourself?
  4. Do you have a favorite bible verse?
  5. What’s your favorite food today?
  6. Where in the world do you live?
  7. Do you have a favorite hymn?
  8. What country would you like to visit?
  9. What’s your favorite drink today?
  10. Do you know how much God loves you?

Congratulations to the nominees. May you be blessed by your Sunshine Blogger Award! Take all the time you need, even if it’s days, weeks, or months. May your blog be blessed as well.
God loves you!

Thank you again, Anabel! God loves you!!

My Weekend Be Like This Tag 6.25.18

Lord, I give up. I am ashamed to say it, but I must wave the white flag.
Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness nominated me
for the My Weekend Be Like This Tag several days ago. I have been trying to get the pictures for that weekend that had just fallen and the one that came after. But between an unfaithful camera, a very exhausting WordPress issue with Spammers, so many little things that are far from being small, and this issue with sleeping all the time…. it is all too much for me. SO I am afraid I must disqualify myself. My Weekend(s) be like Sketchy!

I remember originally I was excited about Joseph’s new book being out…
Table 41: A Novel by Joseph Suglia! 🙂


I was so excited to finally get his book in a physical form because the computer puts me to sleep no matter how much I am interested in something. Thank You, God, for his insisting on sending me a copy from him even though I had already purchased one from Amazon because somehow they lost my order altogether! Now I will be able to share it with my son!
Lord, please help my neurologist, my sleep specialist, and other specialists figure out what’s going on with this falling asleep out of nowhere and sleeping sound… for hours… and still waking like I could sleep my life away. I’m missing out on my friends! 

I also remember excited to share that You gave me a new ladies Bible study to attend with Keitha and Sarah! I even got some Keitha hugs, Sarah hugs, and a Kristy hug! bbs6.21.18.3.jpgWe met on June 21st, and will meet again next week. I need to get that blog up for them!! Thank You for knowing exactly what I need through these Godly sisters in Christ!!

I remember being excited to do this tag for Lovely A (aka Miss Lovely), my-weekend-be-like-this-tagfor all the loving birthday wishes, I still have 2 other awards as well, and have been working away on getting the poetry up. Thank You, God, for scheduled posting. That’s really been a matter of copy, paste, and schedule.

I remember that their were several things as I tried to make a post work with a weekend, but My Weekends Be Like… sleep… sleep… sleep… church… music videos… struggling with fear and depression… car issues… house issues… family issues… LIFE! Getting pictures to chronologically tell what’s happening… is just not happening. 😉

Thank you, Miss Lovely for thinking  of me. May the nominees have a better chance of making you look good!

1 Tell me about your day in pictures (preferably own snaps). Use the pictures snapped/taken during 3 last days.
2 It should reflect – who you are, what do you like or doing on a daily basis.
3 Name for the post – any or “My day in pictures”.
4 Humor is welcome; no rush with post (take as much time as you need) and it’s not obligatory (Please don’t forget to create a “pingback!” I would hate to miss on your posts.)
5 Nominate 3 to 5 or as many as you like!


Alethea’s Mind
Invisibly Me
Grace Over Pain
Happy Sky 
The Word
Realistic Beginner
The Graced Citizen
Unbreakable Queen
Simply Chronically Ill
Lebana’s Journal
God’s Anointed Prnicesses



Intentional Effort

Fear… what a powerful foe! It has such a powerful grip… such a vast chasm of darkness… such a terrorizing torture on an already human mind. For weeks now fear has just had a choke hold on me. It has had me at its mercy. And what a horrible contradiction to what the very definition of mercy is. Why do we use that expression to refer to being someone’s prisoner? Bound by something or someone that we have no control over nor choice to get away from? What a cruel mockery of the true mercy You provide, Father.

Mercy is when we don’t receive a punishment or consequence that we do deserve.

Fear has this very unmerciful hold on even the righteous sometimes. Your Son was under Fear’s fierce attack in the garden. Even after Your angels ministered unto Him, He had to return and pray twice more while in such agony. Afflicted with human flesh and the godly knowledge of what He had yet to suffer, and to know it would begin any moment… weighed heavily on Him. So if there is anyone who understands how fear has been imprisoning me for the last several weeks, it has been my Lord and Savior.

Fear to move… fear to speak… fear to blog… fear to write… fear to watch this… fear to do that… fear to think… fear to communicate… fear to interact… fear to breathe…. fear to exist… and yet scared to death to fail to do any of these.

I’ve made intentional efforts along the way on several of these things through Your leading, Lord. Acting in faith. Some I have been able to make at least one step forward. Some I have yet to actually move. I have mentally went to lift a foot, but it felt like being stuck in a concrete block. If it had not been for feeling my muscles trying to contract, I wouldn’t have thought I even tried. But I know You know I have. I haven’t given up, but I recognize the challenge.

Yet no matter how much of a mighty foe fear is, I know a far Mightier Warrior! A Valiant King! A king who will NOT allow His children to remain prisoner. And just as You allowed the angels to minister to our precious Jesus in the garden, You have been faithful and loving to minister to me wherever it is I have been. And You are THE Almighty! Meaning You are Mightier than ALL Your foes! And my foes are Your foes! So they stand to be reckoned with by You!

So I make this intentional effort to blog because I know You will bring me out of this place. This darkness makes it hard to see where I have been, where I am now, where I am going, and in which direction to go, but I see Your Great Light. Even just a flicker of Your Shining Love is enough to lead me, to cheer me, to reach into my soul and keep me breathing. I know You know I’m in here. I know You know I’m trying. This is all I need… because You are the only one I answer to.

These demons who disguise themselves in false light just don’t shine the way You do, so they cannot make me smile the way You do.

You keep me going, smiling, singing, trusting, loving, living in joy…
 ❤ just to know You are! ❤

Keep shining, Lord. Keep leading. I’m following… even if it’s just by allowing You to carry me because I am either weak, or as stubborn as Lot. Keep doing what You’re doing in me. I fall more and more in love with You every day. And I love even that! ❤

See how You erase fear even as we enjoy one another! Thank You for teaching me about true reverent fear… true loving mercy… and genuine saving grace. Oh but for the love of Your salvation! You rescue everyone of us when You lift us up out of the miry pit of fear, darkness, and agony, just as You lifted our Savior in His hour of need. I need You, Father. Every hour, I need You! I love You! ❤

2 Liebster Awards for My Birthday 6.13.18

A Double Portion of Liebster Love for my birthday! That is so like You, Lord, to be so thoughtful and generous! You have used Amy of A New Life and Jenny Lynn of Author Jenny Lynn to bless me Doubly with the opportunity to praise You and share a little of Your love with others! I absolutely want a Double portion of Your love and Spirit… just like Elisha did of Elijah in 2 Kings.

“And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”
– 2 Kings 2:9 KJV –

I’ve never done any of my awards as multiple in on post, as I have seen many do. I have intentionally done them separate no matter how many there were to keep them better organized. These 2 I will do together so that Amy, Jenny Lynn, and Wendi (who nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award on Simply Chronically Ill, which I just posted if you want to read it) will all know how You delightfully whispered in their ears for my birthday! ❤
Besides, they have different rules and questions, and of course that makes for more sharing with more nominees! 🙂

Amy of A New Life nominated me on June 13th, Wednesday
with this Liebster Award!


Thank you, Amy, for thinking of me with the nomination, and for your generous words that glorify our God with a beautiful testimony! God is surely good to allow me to gain yet another crown to lay at His feet. ❤ Me and God love you, Sister!

Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Answer the questions you were asked.
Share 10 random facts about yourself.
Nominate at least 3 blogs for the award or you may nominate more!
Make up 10 questions for your nominees and inform them of the nomination.

My Questions from Amy:

1. What’s your favorite book of the Bible?
Wow! Just one? John is the one that broke my heart when I first read it through.
2. What book (last book) are you reading?
Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
3. What was the last dream you had?  What happened?
I don’t remember. But I love waking to God’s song on my heart and mind.
4. What advice would you give the younger you?
The same advice that Molly gave me at the altar about Jesus when I was 8 years old. God thought it was enough to get where I am today. He knows best! ❤
5. What elder has impacted you the most and why.
Molly introduced me to the most loving person I have ever known! ❤
6. Have you seen the movie “I Can Only Imagine” Did you like it?
Not yet. But I’ve loved the song since 2004, and love the new ones from the movie.
7. Do you have a bucket list? Any you want to share?
No, I do not have one, other than do what God asks of me.
8. Describe your most memorable moment.
My baptismal was easy to remember, as I was 8 years old, wearing a dress pinned between my legs, on my tippy toes to keep my chin just above water (to keep from drowning), waiting what seemed like forever for the Pastor to dunk me. Then a sudden dip that took me by surprise. I am glad though for those moments that he took time out to commend “this little girl comes to the altar every Sunday morning, every Sunday night, and Wednesday night to pray for herself, her brothers and sister, her mom and dad, and whoever she can think of.” When I struggled years later about my certainty of my salvation at such a young age, the Lord would use that to assure me it was very genuine!
9. What’s your favorite post you have on your blog? Provide a link
More important than whatever I may find as a favorite, my testimony comes first. That post is called Me and God. Then my testimony as a writer… called Me and Writing. I try to make sure He is all over this blog. It is His.

10 Random Facts about myself:

1. I love God! 2. I love Jesus! 3. I love the Holy Spirit! 4. I love the Trinity. 5. I believe Jesus is God’s Son. 6. I believe He died on the cross for me. 7. I believe He laid in the grave three days. 8. I believe He arose on the third day. 9. I believe He is alive and well in heaven. 10. I believe He is coming back to take me to my home that He has gone away to prepare for me!

Nominees for June 13th:

All You Need Is Jesus
Real Christian Woman
CHRISTian Poetry
His Perfect Timing
Words In The Light
Delighting In Him
Sharing In The Lord
Middle Me
100% Jesus
Through Ink & Image

Questions for June 13th Nominees:

  1. What time is it where you are?
  2. What season is it where you live?
  3. Which Bible character would you like to meet?
  4. What’s your favorite food today?
  5. Do you know how much God loves you?
  6. What do you love about your country?
  7. What was your last blog about? (link it)
  8. What blogger award have you NOT had that you would like to have?
  9. What was your last bad day like, and how did you get through it?
  10. What is your favorite flower?

Jenny Lynn of Author Jenny Lynn nominated me
on June 14th, Thursday for this Liebster you, Jenny Lynn, for the kind opportunity to share more praises for my Lord and more nominations to share with others! I enjoy visiting with you in the kitchen! 🙂
❤ Me and God love you too, Sister!

Official Rules:

  • Link to the Global Aussie’s post about the Liebster Award & post the Liebster Award official logo on your post.
  • Thank the person who nominated you & put a link to their blog in your post.
  • Write a small post about why you love to blog.
  • Answer the questions given to you. If you are no questions are given, then answer the ones on the Global Aussie’s post. (Linked Above –Click “Global Aussie”)
  • Name 5-11 blogs that you’d like to nominate & provide links to their blogs.
  • Notify your nominees about the award.
  • Create more questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Comment on the Global Aussie’s post with a link to your award.
  • Post the rules to this award in your blog post.

Why I Love to Blog:

I love writing to the Lord. Either He is sharing whispers especially for me, or He is sharing with others through those same whispers. However He chooses to work is up to Him. It is His blog! The poetry blog is what He has been giving me since I was 9 years old. I know I love to make sure everyone knows that Gail Loves God, and to let them know God loves you!

My Questions from Jenny Lynn:

  1. What is your favorite smell? Yes, I said smell. LOL
    ONE of my favorites first coming to mind is freshly mowed grass.
  2. What has been one of the hardest moments of your life?
    Weathering storms that seemed like they would never end.
  3. Are you a chocolate OR vanilla ice cream person?
  4. What do you like to do when you have down time?
    spend alone time with God
  5. What is your favorite movie/book genre?
    Bible stories
  6. Tell us the silliest thing you’ve ever done in your life?
    Dressed like a local celebrity who was constantly mistaken as looking like Jerry Garcia for Halloween. He happened to be a dear close friend, so it was a blast seeing his face. He loved how real I looked like him. 😉 LOL
  7. What’s one of your most embarrassing moments?
    Signing my first autograph. It was  for a couple of college classmates who had been friends for a good while, but when they read one of my published poems in the campus paper their reaction was so new to me that I tried to laugh it off because of how embarrassing it seemed. I was quickly (but lovingly) scolded on how rude I was being, and robbing them of a rare memory. A lesson in humility and confidence at the same time.
    “Cast not away therefore your confidence,
    which hath great recompence of reward.”
    – Hebrews 10:35
  8. Name your favorite song.
    So MANY hymns! No One Ever Care for Me Like Jesus! How Can I Fear With Jesus? Day By Day! Jesus Led Me All the Way, God Leads His Dear Children Along! A Wonderful Savior! Be Thou My Vision! Amazing Grace! I Must Tell Jesus! ❤ 
  9. Who is someone who has majorly impacted your life and why?
    Jesus has impacted by life like no other. Words cannot express what He has brought me through, and by His grace, with a love that surpasses all sorrows.
  10. If you were a Scooby Doo character, who would you be?
    Velma… the brunette who always faced ghosts and fears head on! Scared or not!
  11. What is your passion in life?
    To love and serve my Lord Jesus Christ as faithfully as possible! ❤

10 Random Things About Me:

1.I love reading hymns. 2. I love singing hymns. 3. I love memorizing hymns. 4. I love memory verses. 5. I love God’s word! 6. I love church family. 7. I love brother and sisters in Christ! 8. I love encouraging others. 9. I love children. 10. I love helping someone learn to know God personally! Oh the unique privilege and delight on their face! 🙂

Nominees for June 14th 🙂

Discovering Your Happiness
Invisibly Me
An Anonymous Escape From Life
Therapy Bits
Mistakes and Adventures
Tomorrow Girl
Georgia’s Recovery
Pennies For Dreams
A Sagittarian Seeker
Becoming His Tapestry
Harotian Essentials

Questions for June 14th Nominees:

The same as for the June 13th Nominees above.

Congrats to all the nominees! I look forward to reading your responses if you participate. Tag me if you do so that I don’t miss put on seeing it! God loves you!

Thank you again, Amy and Jenny Lynn! God loves you both!

Thank You, Lord, for sending me birthday gifts I could share, and praise You with as well!
Holy is the Lord God Almighty! You’re a good, good Father! 
 ❤ I love You, Father God! Happy Father’s Day! ❤

Sunshine Blogger Award 6.11.18

How like You, my heavenly Father to shine even more of Your Light into my life by allowing my dear friend Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill to  nominate me for the Sunshine Blogger Award just 2 days before my birthday! The 1st of 3 awards, You have blessed me with nominations to share with others!!! Praise Your Holy name! One of the greatest gifts You give us… is to give to others! ❤


Thank you, Wendi, for sharing with me the gift to give! God bless you for your thoughtfulness. I am also so encouraged by your heart and passion for cure, love, and peace… not just for you… but the world! The love of the Son surely shines in your words. Me and God love you! ❤



1.) Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog

2.) Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you

3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive this award, and write them 11 new questions

4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Wendi’s Questions For Me:

  1.  What is your favorite thing about blogging awards?
    Praising God and sharing a little of His love with others! 🙂
  2.   If you were a sports car which one would you want to be and why?
    I don’t really know sports cars, but it’s fun to help friends enjoy them. 😉
  3.   If you could only eat one color of food for a week, what color would it be?
    Red! Spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, cannoli, apples, jello, jelly/jam, tomatoes
  4.   What is your favorite movie line and why?
    Ernest Borgnine as the Centurion in Jesus of Nazareth.

“No! I am unworthy that you should enter under my roof. I know that if you say the word, my servant will be healed. I am a man under authority, but I, myself, have authority over a hundred soldiers, and if I say to one of them ‘Do this.’ I know that he will do it. And if I say to another, ‘Go there.’ I know that he will go. I need not see. I know. So it is enough that you give the word, and it will be done.”
(This references the story of the faith of the Centurion in Luke 7:1-10, with verses 6-8 being the actual words the Centurion spoke.)  ❤

  1. Describe yourself in two words.
    technologically challenged…. because I cannot figure out how to add the video without messing up the number order in front of each question. But that’s OK… the video is very worth it! The words! The power! The favor God allowed on this movie… and this actor Ernest Borgnine. 
  2. What is one sporting activity that you enjoy watching?
    X Games… but I hate the spills and falls. I hate seeing anyone get hurt.
  3.  If you could give one piece of advice for all the world to hear what would it be?
    Jesus Christ died to give you eternal life because He doesn’t want to live forever without you! Ask Him to reveal Himself to you, so that you can KNOW for yourself just how much He loves you! Don’t give up being unconditionally loved forever! <3
  4.  What is your favorite encouraging quote?

    God loves you! John 3:16 says so! ❤ 

  5.   If you had to learn a made up language, which one would you choose and why?
    The language babies talk when they are they together. They’ve never been to school nor know ANY language thus far, yet they can carry on conversations with ga ga goo goo. ❤
  6.   If you were to learn to play an instrument which one would you choose?
    piano! I’ve always wanted to able to play Music Box Dancer. I told my son when he took piano lessons how I have wished to be able to play it, or at least wished the man that God has me marry could play it for me (and piano period! ❤ ) and would love to read aloud as well. I would rather listen to him endlessly than watch TV. 🙂


Soul of Eva
Grace Over Pain
Author Jenny Lynn
Lea’s Spiritual Journey
Fun Freedom Fables
IMPREINT journal
Source of Inspiration
Created and Called
Abounding Grace
The Shower of Blessings
Be Inspired!

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. Where in the world do you live?
  3. What is your favorite food today?
  4. Do you have a prayer need that I can pray over for/with you?
  5. What is your favorite color?
  6. Do you have a favorite piece of clothing you wear a lot?
  7. What inspires you?
  8. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
  9. Who was the last person you hugged?
  10. What does it mean for you to “Let go?”
  11. What do you like to blog about?

Congrats to all the nominees!
Please don’t feel obligated to participate.
I thank God for allowing me to just share
a little of His light with you!
He loves you! ❤

Thank you again, Wendi! Me and God love you! ❤