Breathers: 6.21.18, Night 1 of 3

“Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.”
Be Still, My Soul, hymn lyrics by Ka­tha­ri­na von Schle­gel

My dearest Lord and Savior, how often I sadly forget You are on my side… allowing the enemy footholds He does not deserve. How mercifully You help me to bear patiently any cross of grief or pain You ask of me. How faithful You are to order and provide, even when I forget I have left everything to You in trust, or carelessly fail to do so. Yet faithful You absolutely remain in every change. You are my soul’s best Friend, my heavenly Friend. You only lead me through thorny ways to lead me to a joyful end that will have Your unmistakable name written all over it… and signed with Love From Above. ❤

You have done this for me in another ladies Bible study
with Keitha and Sarah! 🙂 pastedImageOn June 21st of last month, You allowed me the blessing of being with my two dear friends in sharing and studying You again! This time it will be a 3 night event, one for each 3rd Thursday evening of the 2018 summer. Our first night was Soaking Up the Summer, Son, and Shade. We are blessed to be book free, homework free, and free to enjoy You together… fitting the theme just perfectly, as You so designed! Breathers!

Of course we did not leave out YOUR book…. The Holy Bible.
The verse we each found in our place at the table
was from Psalm 23:2-3.bbs6.21.18.12How often You have comforted my soul with this very passage!
The thought of being with You beside beautiful peaceful waters,
restores my soul with love only You can give! ❤
We found this verse along with the cutest little bucket…
bbs6.21.18.13As well as the the cutest little shovel, rake, and scoop
inside the bucket…bbs6.21.18.10And the tiniest little beach ball I have ever seen.
I can’t believe I actually had the lungs to blow it up,
but I did as soon as I got home! 🙂bbs6.21.18.1 We had cute napkins that had a beach scene,
and said just the word we needed on both sides… Relax!

We had door prizes… and I won one!! 🙂
And Sarah did too!! 🙂
PTL! Thank You, Heavenly Father! ❤
A large bucket with goodies inside! Mine was blue! 😉
bbs6.21.18.14The goodies inside were bubbles to blow and play with,
sun tan lotion, Goldfish crackers, Swedish Fish gummy worm like candy,
and a Cranberry drink.

I was blessed with fellowship, awesome dessert and pretzel snacks, Keitha hugs, Sarah hugs, conversations, and of course a video from the lady who put Breathers together, but I am ashamed to say I forget her name. I know she spoke on being so busy on what we are doing for Christ that we lose our joy for it, and forget to be thankful for who and what He has given us.

She also shared a video by Kari Jobe called Be Still, My Soul.

**Gasp** My dear Savior! You and You alone know how to give us just what we need when we don’t even know we need it because we don’t even know it exists! But You! You know… and give! ❤ Thank You for allowing my soul to be reminded in being active… determined… vocal… in being still… trusting the very command to be faithful to do that very thing. How desperately my raging fear needed the eviction to allow You to be the God of my Spirit that You are. The flesh may wage a war, but Your Spirit is faithful to battle for us! Even when all we can do is voice the words… maybe even only allow the song to play first… to build the strength we need to voice the command ourselves.bbs6.21.18.11Tomorrow night will be night 2 of 3… In the Cool of the Evening. And while I find hope in thinking on Keitha hugs and Sarah hugs, and the fellowship with my precious sisters in Christ, my soul longs to meet with You again… and see what new things You have for us. Whatever it is, I know You are already there. Before our day has even arrived, You have designed a couple of hours set aside just for each one of us… individually and as a group.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
 – Psalm 23 KJV

I finish with one last thank You, a prayer for each lady and the night itself, and the song You gave us… but in the full hymn for all of my friends who love hymns (me included, Lord! 😉 ). Every word has comforted my soul… and does each time I read it. ❤

Be Still, My Soul (The Lord Is On Thy Side)
– hymn lyrics by Ka­tha­ri­na von Schle­gel

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.

If you would like to read the other nights, they are here below:

Breathers: 7.19.18, Night 2 of 3 In the Cool of the Evening

Breathers: 7.19.18, Night 2 of 3 Extra

Breathers: 8.16.18, Night 3 of 3 Gathering on the Back Porch

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
Zovision
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:

Rashellbud
Inkatherapy
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! 🙂

Table41.1

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!


RULES
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!


Nominees:

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