Father, You are absolutely amazing! By 5:30 a.m. You have already made my day. 🙂 At 3:30 a.m. this morning I was struggling to awake because I had fallen asleep at the computer while trying to catch up on responding to messages and emails. I desperately needed a shower, but Anthoni had to be at work by 5 a.m., which meant leaving by 4 a.m.. By Your grace, I just did get the shower and got in the car by 4:10 a.m..
After dropping him off by 4:45 a.m., I headed to D.D. (Dunkin Donuts) where I would be able to use their free WiFi to do my morning devotions,using the H.E.A.R. reading plan in the Sacred Series our church is doing together. At 5:05 a.m. I parked, gathered my things in my purse, got out of the beeping car, and shut the locked doors. Just as the door closed my brain finally clicked! The beeping was to warn me that the keys were still in the ignition! I was now locked out!
Immediately, I thought of my ailing brother who would have to drive 25 miles at 5 a.m. to come unlock the door. He just had cancer surgery 5 days ago. I felt so bad. I also thought of my 8 a.m. appointment at the doctor’s office with which I had to cancel my last appointment a little over a week ago because I had broken down on the Interstate with a flat tire and a very bad spare. I was about to panic, but then You took control of the situation… including my spirit.
The first thing, I was glad it was just like the morning of the flat tire when You allowed me to get Anthoni to work first.
Secondly, I was grateful that I did not have a little one inside the car the locked car, as my dear Tosin (of Alethea’s Mind) had written on having this horrifying situation happen to her not too long ago. (I thought of you sister!)
Thirdly, there was no reason to wake Nathan up just yet and stress him. I still had 3 hours before the doctor’s appointment, which happened to be right down the road. It would be a long and dangerous walk that I really couldn’t afford physically to do, but that too would be an added blessing to trust You with.
But my first priority would be to give You that time in devotions. After all, it was why I came here, and You did allow me to make it!
I went in, grabbed an orange juice and a dollar item off of the Smart menu (I’m not really a doughnut and coffee person). I sat down to eat and get the WiFi going. That was a challenge, but You allowed it to finally work.
My reading for the day was Psalm 119:169-176 and John 10:1-21.
These were my notes:
H. & E.
Your word is so sacred, Father. Please hear my heart’s cry for Your word to help me, lead me, save me. Through Your word I am strengthened and made righteous, allowing me to follow Your righteous words.
“Therefore doeth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
A. & R.
Jesus, You have the power to take up Your life just as much as You have the power to lay it down. It was all in love… in absolute obedience, but absolutely in love as well! ❤
I know the power of Your word and the power of Your love can move mountains, unlock locked cars 😉 , and perform miracles… like every day life.
You have the power to open the eyes of the blind! I believe! In Your name.
Amen! I love You!!
P.S. Thanks for making the DD WiFi work! 🙂
After I had finished devotions, I started to do one of my 16 x 16 Sudoku puzzles but remembered the new copy of the Sword of the Lord I had. I like to do their Crossword because it is all about the Holy Bible, and only uses the KJV (King James Version). So I chose to do it first as a way to keep/choose You first. While doing the puzzle, I heard a truck pull up outside that I had seen going down the road while doing my devotions. The Fire Department! 🙂
As they were coming in, I asked them, “You wouldn’t happen to be able to unlock a car locked with the keys inside, would you?” They asked, “Did you lock yourself out?” I pointed to the car and let them know I had locked myself out. Before I knew it, one turned to the other 4 and said, “Let’s get this car unlocked real quick.”
**GASP** I excitedly asked as they started out the door, “Can you really??” Sure enough!! It didn’t take them but a few minutes! And they were so super nice! Especially for being up at 5:30 a.m., just out on a call! I apologized for interrupting their breakfast, and they let me know it wasn’t a breakfast run. They had just been on a call. Well let me thank You, Lord, for sending them on 2 calls! 😉
I kept thanking them each again and again. Letting them know they kept me from having to call my brother, who just had cancer surgery, which would have been a 25 mile drive. I kept telling them, “God bless you!” They were each so friendly and nice! Telling me to have a good day! I immediately thought of those words from devotions.
“I believe You have the power to unlock locked cars. I believe!”
DAY MADE ALREADY, LORD, AT 5:30 A.M.!! 🙂
You even allowed me to drop off paperwork I’ve been trying to get to P.T., which allowed me to see two familiar faces that I had not seen in quite awhile and was very excited to see!! And they were excited to see me!! You are such an awesome God in so many ways! You care about the little things, and the big things! This wasn’t the first time the SFD (Skyland Fire Department) has rescued me. They rescued me as a young child during a tornado when I was staying over at my aunt’s house with my cousins. And then later when I was 35 year old single mom with a 16 year old, providing water just after a tropical storm had come through and knocked out power and water for a lot of people for several days.
Can the devil cause the blind to see?? The devil can’t… BUT YOU CAN!!
You opened my eyes and allowed me to see You in the whole day!!
And You opened a locked car for me!! ❤
Thank You for the firefighters, Lord!
Please bless them!
To God be the glory... for He surely deserves all of His praise and honor! It has been hard for me to care about any stats for quite awhile because of being overwhelmed by hundreds of spam comments, along with so many fake followers. The ones who want to follow just to boost their businesses I don’t really mind. God can allow fellowship in many ways. And they are the ones that have to sell their product. But those who try to harm me or my friends are just simply cruel. Why do people waste such time that they could put towards work or fellowship the way the rest of us do?
WordPress is a great community! God has truly blessed us!
So I will praise Him for the 500 Follows
He has allowed for this blog… gaillovesgod… His blog!
And a special thank you to Susan Ream of Nana’s Love Notes
for being the one to make it 500 Follows!
I love reading your notes you write your granddaughters! 🙂
Susan Ream and 500 others
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As you also know, I’m so grateful for the love and support so many of you give in your comments. I still love that feature on the Stats page that shows the top 6 folks to comment. Right now they are
- Alethea’s Mind
- Discovering Your Happiness
- Stuart L. Tutt
- Invisibly Me
(Those are noted as they’re seen on the Stats page under Comments by Authors)
It has taken countless hours of deletion and blocking of spammers, but it is well worth it so that God can allow me to know who is commenting, so that I can encourage them in return. Sometimes I have had to rescue genuine comments from the Spam and Trash section… so please… if you are still waiting for a response to a comment make sure that I even know. Forgive me for anyone I have missed and do not know it. With the Lord’s help I am try to make sure to keep up with them, and to let you all know God loves you!
On that same page, and same section, if you click on the down arrow beside Comments by Authors, it changes to Comments by Posts & Pages. This allows you to see your top 11 blog posts that are most commented on. My blogs posts most commented on are:
- 2 Liebster Awards for My Birthday 6.13.18
- Happy Birthday to My Son Anthoni
- Liebster Award 1.6.18
- Happy 26th Smoke Free Anniversary
- Sunshine Blogger Award 1.31.18
- Liebster Award 2.16.18
- Bloggers Support Bloggers Award 5.26.18
- Praising God for 400 Followers and Over 10,000 Views
- Losing… It!
- Versatile Blogger Award 5.26.18
- Mystery Blogger Award 5.18.18
(Notice a trend?? I do too. As loving and encouraging so many of you have been with me pouring out my heart and love to God, those Awards are certainly one of the ways God uses us to encourage one another! 🙂 However He chooses! Praise His Holy name!)
And lest you think it’s ALL about awards, as though they are trivial, and therefore the blog must be too… notice #9 Losing… It? That was a very long note on how much I am losing so much… including my skill… my love… for communicating with others… sharing… encouraging. Even though I discussed something so personal, so many of you gave me love that just touched my heart in ways that I find hard to put into words. God used so many of you to strengthen me when I am often tempted to just give up and dream of flying home!
Every single comment means a great deal to me! And it is far more important that I have made known to as many of you as possible how much God loves you!!! So much!!
Thank you to each one who has made the 500 Follows possible!
You give glory to the One who surely deserves it!
And any glory He allows me to be a part of bringing Him…
My son (Inner Man Theatre) has such a gift with his Christian Art Ministry.
I’ve mentioned several times one of my favorites is All Cheerful & Rosie.
They give me a good laugh, and put a smile on my face! 🙂
Hope it blesses you too!
Trixie and Virigina, you’re a hoot! 🙂 God loves you both!
God, You are so exciting and fun when it comes to some things!! Like this reminder that was posted from Keitha on the Job Ladies Bible Study she has coming up in a couple of weeks. I loved the how Job 8:21 was put at the top!
I definitely need some joy! Sometimes I am just sitting with Job. As I read this flyer, I see where it reads, Join Us If You Want To… these 5 things. I want… need all of them!
1. Learn to trust in God’s character: I want to learn more of anything to do with You, trusting every part of You! As wonderful as You are, I am confident there will only be more fabulous all along the way! 🙂
2. Repair past or current emotional wounds: Aren’t we all working on some kind of wound one way or another? Whether we want to deal with it, deny it, or convince ourselves we’re too strong to worry about a wound, we are all carrying something.
3. Realize God welcomes your difficult questions: Boy do I need this one. The reassurance in someone struggles with that too lets me know I am not alone in this. Difficult questions about God, our doubts, and relating Him to our lives, our past, our humanness can leave us feeling challenged.
4. Let go of complacent Christianity: At this moment this makes me think of the old song He Will Set Your Fields On Fire, which is in relation to Absalom and the foxes tails that were set on fire to run through the fields. Help me, Lord, to always be ready to listen, to be aware, to prepare, and to do whatever You ask of me. Help me to be ready for my bridegroom… to have all the oil I need.
5. Pursue joy in the midst of pain: Instead of chasing dreams, rainbows, fantasies, escapes, or false hopes, I look forward to pursuing YOUR joy in the midst of any pain. As long as it brings me closer to You, or brings me more understanding of what You want from me and for others, I want it.
So when I saw this added picture, I find joy already… in just knowing there is hope in upcoming days. Whether I am blessed to make it to all 7 nights, just one, or if You only allow me to see the reminders, I find joy in hope! Thank You!!
There is one other exciting exception to the flyer. The smiling face leading this Bible Study is Keitha! She is such a delight. A lively personality! And so in love with You!
I love watching her talk about You, the smile You put on her face, and the words and thoughts that You share with her, and have her share with us! I eagerly look forward to anything You have for us… Keitha and each lady! This picture below is just one way I see Keitha: Even on stage in front of a group of ladies… You are talking, she is listening, filled with Your joy, and we will ALL be recipients of the blessings You pour out through her!
Thank You, Lord, for Keitha…. and for hope!
Thank You for the joy in these reminders!
Please let Keitha hear me saying,
“Me and God love you, Keitha!
Me and God are praying for you and each lady!”
I love You too, Lord!
More than I could ever properly put into words!
❤ Thank You for loving me! ❤