Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award 6.4.2020

“But there is a spirit in man:
and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”
– Job 32:8 KJV

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

Oh Dear Lord, what a beautiful thought! Ideal Inspiration! That is what You are, and what Your Holy Word is! The most ideal inspiration I have ever known! Your love is an ideal inspiration, and I am grateful to know it, to feel it, to share it!
Both verses of the bible that have the word inspiration bring the glory back to YOU!
YOU inspire the spirit of man to understand. YOU inspired the disciples to write Your doctrine that we call the Holy Bible! And I easily believe because YOU inspire me every day, all day, throughout the day and night! ❤
So You can imagine how delightfully surprised and deeply touched I am that You would think of me when You whispered to Rising Star of Ideal Inspiration Blog to nominate me for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award. A beautiful idea! A majestic picture! A thoughtful gesture from one of Your children to encourage and share with others. Thank You for Rising Star‘s heart. Bless him and his blog, Dear Lord. Let him know how much You love him. May He be ever inspired by the most Ideal love ever… found in You! In Jesus ideal and inspiring name, Amen! ❤
Thank you, Rising Star, for your thoughtfulness in the nomination for Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award. A great opportunity to love one another, to encourage one another, and to uplift one another. May the Lord bless you and your blog, and continue to inspire you every hour! He delights in you! He loves you!

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“Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” is an unofficial award for the bloggers doing wonderful work on their blogs. It’s also important because it really reflects the good impact we can have on other people’s lives and adding values to their lives. Awards are important for the inspiration, to get success and to inspire our fellow bloggers and especially newbie’s to make them future “Stars“.

This award was introduced by Rising Star from “It’s all about inspiration”, So don’t miss to provide a link back to his blog Ideal Inspiration Blog

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions. (maybe you’ll see your name down)
  4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
  5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  6. Provide the link to the Award creator, Rising Star from Ideal inspiration. Ideal Inspiration Blog.

Rising Star’s Questions For Me:

  1. What inspired you to start a blog?
    It was a place to go talk with God one on one privately. At one point, He led me to encourage a friend by doing a challenge on her blog. At the same time, I followed His lead to trust Him in opening the settings of my FB and WP to Public. I’ve had to go back to Private on my FB, but so far so good on WP. (Praise His Holy name). So many would respond how they were encouraged or needed something I would post. It is HIM they have seen. His Love! So I make every effort to proclaim two things. (A) That Gail Loves God! (B) ❤ And to tell them God Loves You! 🙂
  2. What inspires you to write?
    The Love of God ❤
  3. Who is your ideal person?
    The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit in One ❤
  4. How long do you think you will blog?
    As long as the Lord allows
  5. What else you do along with blogging?
    Write poetry (gaillovesgodspoetry) and encourage others

Nominees:

God’s Child of 30 Minutes in the Life of a Teenager
Dr. Nitin Yeshwant Dhupdale of Daily Bible Bytes for You
Alicia of For His Purpose
Holly of Cat Care Solutions
TR of Inside Cup
Johnnatta of My Father’s Symphony
Melissa of Melissa McLaughlin
Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill
Jenna Marie of Marked By Love
Caz of Invisibly Me
Amanda of Sufficient Grace Outreach
Mindy of A Word With Mindy

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. How does God inspire you?
  3. Do you have a song that inspires you?
  4. What is the theme for your blog?
  5. Who inspired you growing up?

Nominees, please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, no worries on rushing. Do as God gives you! I just wanted you to know that God uses you to inspire me, and I treasure seeing Him inspire you! God loves you each one! You inspire Him!

Congratulations Dr. Nitin Yeshwant Dhupdale (aka Bible Blogger of Daily Bible Bytes for You) on being awarded your “Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis in Public Health from Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.” 🙂

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award 5.3.2020

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
– 1 John 1:6-7 KJV

How sweet You are, dear Lord, to allow such kindness to continue to flow my way, and to allow that kindness to overflow towards others. How Fatherly You are to allow such sweet fellowship among sisters. You’re a good Father. A wonderful Father. A heavenly Father. Though the paths have not always been going the same way, You allow the same Light to shine our way, and at times design our paths to cross yet again. How delightful it will be when all our paths reach the same destination, and the circle will be unbroken!

To my dear sisters that I have nominated as Tangie of MRS. T’S CORNER nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, the Lord has allowed me a long time prayer in being able to look back through names that I just don’t seem to see any more so that I can say hello, how are you, and pray for you. I pray you are doing well during this COVID-19 Pandemic. I’m not sure how WordPress decides whose posts we do or do not see, but I thank God for allowing Tangie to give me this opportunity to seek you out. God has given Tangie a spirit of generosity. You would really enjoy her blog… MRS. T’S CORNER.sister-blogger-imageThank you, Tangie , for allowing God to use a little whisper in your ear to allow me an opportunity to share with sisters who have been a treasured part of my journey with God in this blogging community. I am thankful God has made you, each of these ladies, those who have not been blogging for awhile, those who left altogether, and those reading one large community, and that one day we will finally be free of all that keeps us burdened, sickened, wearied, and separated. What a day that will be! How beautiful haven must be! ❤

RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate up to 30 bloggers and give them 10 questions to answer.
  3. Answer the 10 questions from person who nominated you.

Tangie’s Questions for Me:

  1. Ladies, how were you inspired to blog?
    During a difficult living situation God gave me a place to talk with Him one on one, and in private. He then led me to encourage a friend by doing a challenge on her blog. At the same time He led me to trust Him with changing my private settings to public. So far so good.
  2. Ladies, how long have you been blogging?
    4 years
  3. Ladies, is blogging your full-time job?
    No
  4. Ladies, how does blogging inspire you?
    It amazes me that God can take what we think is ranting and or doodling with words, and allow others to write and comment how it inspired them, comforted them, encouraged them, or as they often write…. was just what they needed. And then to add the cherry on top, He creates a Blogging family also known as a Blogging Community! ❤ God is so generous! ❤
  5. Ladies, are you encouraged by fellow bloggers?
    Absolutely! I thank God for each one! ❤
  6. Ladies, do you actively blog (more than three times a week)?
    Depends. I blog as the Lord allows. It’s HIS blog.
  7. Ladies, have you ever considered closing your blog site?
    I once did when we began to have the fake email onslaught a couple of years ago, and then when I started continuously receiving hundreds of spam mail (mostly porn ads). WordPress has not been able to do anything about these issues. It was absolutely only the blogging community (more precisely MY blogging friends) that led me to stay on. I would have deleted every single post and poem, but God reminded me of why I blog….. It’s for Him! It’s to encourage others. It’s to pour my heart out to Him with the same struggles others have. So I make sure to make settings strict, pay to keep ungodly ads off the blog, and just trust Him. If He says leave, I will leave just as obediently as I have stayed for now.
  8. Ladies, are you excited when blogging?
    Sometimes…. especially when able to share awards with others!
    It allows me to share a little of God’s love! ❤
  9. Ladies, when is the best time for you to blog?
    When the Lord is leading and allowing. When He speaks, I try to listen and obey.
  10. Ladies, do you sometimes feel addicted to blogging?
    I have experienced the stress of feeling like I needed to keep up, but then again the Lord reminds me I am not here to impress anyone, to deceive anyone, to pressure anyone, or to do anything that would take away sharing God’s love with others, or turn what is supposed to be a blessing into stress. I don’t focus on numbers, or tricks to get someone to the blog or to make them click. I write it, and leave it to God…. literally… I just leave on the page. And I leave it to deliver or post in its full format.
    It’s like when someone comes to church. You don’t want to play trivia games or try to “lure” them to come back. You are to welcome, encourage, and teach in your own obedience to the Lord, and leave the rest to the Holy Spirit. It is about Jesus. Not me. Not the people. Not a denomination. Not the church. Not a religion. So make everyone opportunity God gives to just be and do what He gives YOU! 🙂

Nominees:

Joni of Grief to Life

Liz of Despite Pain

Alana of Glimpses of Grace

Becka of The Reclaimed Life

Liz of Montana Bear Paw

Celestial of Surrendered Soul

Johnnatta of My Father’s Symphony

Grace of Following Him Beside Still Waters

Leigh of All You Need is Jesus

Susie of Nana’s Love Notes

Renee of Hands Full of Blessings

Adrianna of She Is Adrianana

Melissa of Truthful Grace

Cindy of Real Christian Women

Savannah of Rejoicing in Hope

Jenna Marie of Marked by Love

Faye of Create In Me

Brooke of Noes to Knows

Mama Duck of Tales from the Mama Duck

Robin of Just the Right Size

Kay of His Perfect Timing

Faith of Faith on the Farm

Annette of Annette Rochelle Aben

Beauty From Ashes

Kourtney of Defining Yellow

Crazy Green Thumbs

Shelly of Rashellbud

Holly of Wholeness Haven

Heather of Every Small Voice

Hannah of Grace to Be Imperfect

Danielle of Girly Christian

Eunice of I Was Wretched

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. What did you last blog about? (Link it)
  3. How long have you been blogging?
  4. Do you have any sisters?
  5. What are you reading in God’s word?
  6. How have you been affected by COVID-19?
  7. Are you and your family doing well?
  8. How may I pray for you?
  9. As long as it’s been since we’ve said hello, do you even remember me?
    (It’s okay if you don’t. I’m not offended. 🙂 )
  10. What characteristic of God amazes you today?

Congratulations to the Nominees! May you and your blogs be blessed with all that God hopes for you! Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, please let me know. I would love to read your post. God loves you! ❤

Thank you again, Tangie!
God loves you!

Awesome Blogger Award 4.30.2020

How delightfully awesome You are, Lord, to allow others to show me kindness! Your kindness always amazes me. Not because You are not kind, but there is just no other kindness like Yours. And that You would share that kindness with someone who has walked all over You at times. How guilty I have been, and yet You choose love, mercy, forgiveness, long suffering. And then You whisper my name to Tish of Ritisha’s Blog to nominate me for the Awesome Blogger Award. You are a generous and loving Father! ❤
Bless Tish and her blog, Lord. May she feel your embrace every day!

Thank you, Tish, for your kind nomination! You are a very encouraging soul.
May the Lord continue to bless you and your ministry! God loves you! ❤
Awesome Blogger Award 4.30.2020Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate at least five bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  • Give them ten new questions to answer.

Ratisha’s Questions for Me:

  1. Are you religious?
    I am not bound to religion of rules that cannot save me, but I am absolutely in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who gave His life to save me for Himself! With Him I have the best relationship I have ever had in my life! ❤
    “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” – James 1:26 KJV
  2. What was/is your favourite subject at school?
    Spelling (even if it doesn’t show 😉 )
  3. Who is your role model?
    I didn’t really look to anyone as a hero or role model growing up, but God in retrospect God has allowed me to see an abundance of wisdom and love among different people He put in my life.
  4. What was the last thing you ate?
    Some of my son’s leftover ice cream cake. 🙂
  5. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
    When I was pregnant years ago everyone thought I was weird for eating Nacho Cheese Doritos with French Onion Dip all the time.
  6. What is your number one pet peeve?
    Holding a sweaty drink, especially if driving.
  7. Do you play any instruments?
    Not really
  8. Which superpower would you want the most?
    To never sin against God again!
    He will give me that super “blessing” when I get to heaven! ❤
  9. What’s your favourite movie?
    I have a lot of favorites. My newest one is the new Pilgrim’s Progress movie recently done in animation! Wow is it amazing! And I love that they used hymns as the soundtrack!  ❤
  10. Would you rather meet an alien or a superhero?
    I have met the Superhero of ALL superheros! 
    “I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold
    I’d rather be His than have riches untold
    I’d rather have Jesus than houses or land
    I’d rather be led by His nail pierced hands
    Than to be the king of a best domain and beheld in sins dread sway
    I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today
     I’d Rather Have Jesus, hymn lyrics by Rhea F. Miller

Nominees:

  1. Michelle of Mimosa Blossom
  2. Betty of Wise Hearted
  3. Saania of Fun With Philosophy
  4. Pheobe of Pheobe, MD: Medicine + Poetry
  5. Carmen of Redeemed On Purpose

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. What are you blogging about currently?
  3. What’s the weather like where you are?
  4. What do you find awesome about God?
  5. Do you have a favorite hymn?
  6. Is there something I can pray about for you?
  7. How have you been affected by COVID-19?
  8. Have you been quarantined? Shut in? If so, for how long?
    (the longest I know of is Caralyn who has been quarantined 63 days thus far)
  9. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
  10. Do you have a favorite bible character?

Congratulations to each nominee! May the kindness of God fill your heart, and overflow to all those around you! God loves you! ❤

Craft Lover Award 4.26.2020

“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,
by which he obtained witness that he was righteous,
God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”
– Hebrews 11:4 KJV

Lord, What a gift You are and continue to be as You whisper my name to Tangie of MRS. T’S CORNER in nominating me for the Craft Lover Award. Bless her and her blog. Giving  leaves a powerful testimony, and she is so generous with encouragement. She has such a passion for lifting others up. Thank You for allowing her sweet friendship.

Thank you again, Tangie! I am grateful for your patient and giving spirit.
May all your days be as God hopes for you! Me and God love you! ❤craft-lover-imageRules

-Put the Craft Lover Award logo on the top of your post.
-Thank the person that nominated you.
-Answer their 10 questions.
-Nominate up to 10 more people.
-Ask them 10 more questions.
-Comment on their posts to let them know they got nominated for the CRAFT LOVER -AWARD!!

Tangie’s Questions For Me:

  1. What’s your favorite animal, and why?
    Today I will choose birds. They sing so pretty and can be so friendly.
  2. Which post of mine is your favorite?
    Yes, I Died to Live was a beautiful post, and the pictures were so pretty.
  3. What’s your favorite book?
    The Holy Bible, preferably the King James Version (KJV)
  4. Who is your favorite blogger? (apart from yourself) and why?
    The Lord blesses our WordPress Community with an abundance of wonderful bloggers, including my son Anthoni (Inner Man Theater) who will had a birthday today. He is so gifted. I love his Lightspeed Lab Bible Challenge quizzes. ❤
  5. Who do you look up to? And why?
    Surely it is my Father in heaven. ❤
    “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads;
    for your redemption draweth nigh.” – Luke 21:28 KJV
  6. When did you start blogging?
    WordPress says April 28th, 2016.
  7. Why did you start blogging?
    Originally to have a place just to talk with God one one one. Then He led me to encourage a friend who was a blogger by doing her challenge, and while doing so trusting Him by opening my Private settings to Public.
  8. Do you like blogging? If so, why?
    I do enjoy talking with and about God’s love as much as He will allow. ❤
  9. How are you feeling today?
    I am blessed.
  10. Did you help your family today?
    Lord willing. We were celebrating my son’s birthday between the few hours he had available to even grab a bite to eat. He works 5pm to 5am. 

Nominees:

Anjali of Positive Side of the Coin
Destiny of Dollfaced Writer
Alicia of For His Purpose
Caz of Invisibly Me
Meredith of My Way Home
Shae of Shae’s Days
Jessy of FAB: Faith and Books
LaBranda of My Thoughts Exactly
Robbye Faye of Captive Dreams Window
Efua of Grace Over Pain

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. How long have you been quarantined, sheltered in place, stuck where you are during COVID-19?
  2. What do you miss most?
  3. What are glad to be taking a break from?
  4. Do you think God has a particular message in this for you?
  5. What kind of crafts do you like do? (whether you’re good at them or not 😉 )
  6. What kind of crafts do you enjoy watching others do?
  7. What was your last post about?
  8. Do you like to use bible verses in your crafts?
  9. Do you like to do crafts with children?
  10. I hope I never fail to ask… Do you know how much God loves you!?

I hope you each have a blessed day! May you know how much God loves and looks forward to spending each day with you! He cherishes those long private chats with you… whether He listens while you pour your heart out to Him, or you lean your head on His shoulder while you listen to the love in every word He is sharing with you, or He simply leans His head over on top of yours leaning on His shoulder in silence with you! He loves you! ❤

And one last nomination to someone the Lord has given such a craft to in Christian Art Ministry! As I said above, today is your birthday! I want you to know how incredibly amazed I am every day in all that God does in you and for you! Your talent with using cartoons, animation, and other formats of putting God’s word out there for the world, and to teach and encourage fellow believers adds more and more praises to the God who has given you that ministry! I thank Him for making me your mom! ❤
Happy Birthday! I pray your day and all the days ahead are all God hope for you!
Me and God love you, Anthoni (aka Inner Man Theatre)! We believe in you! ❤

Oh.. and one final note (I promise 😉 ), as I am editing God is reminding me to encourage you each one nominated and reading with what He encouraged my heart with in the verse He gave me for the verse at the beginning of this post. 
“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” – Hebrews 11:4 KJV”
Did you realize what that last part said.?? That even though Abel was dead… like since the beginning of creation… that though he were DEAD… yet he speaketh! How?? The testimony… that the Lord gave Him! Even though Abraham never knew him, nor Jacob (aka Israel), nor King David, nor Solomon, not even Jesus (here on earth in His human flesh), nor the disciples, or ANY of the writers use to pen and preserve the Bible, the testimony that allows you and me to be talking about him right now! NEVER underestimate the power of your testimony! All Abel did was bring the best of what he had from serving out in a hot, sweaty, and dirty desert to God. God took care of the rest. 
Trust God to do the same with your craft! Even if you feel like you don’t have one, like all you do is trudge off to work, or school, or doing what God has given you at home… Do your best! Give Him your best. And trust God to do the rest! ❤ You never know… He might put what you don’t even know is your story right in the front of the most well known, most owned, and most read book of all time! You are HIS story! 🙂

 

Fix Her Crown Award 4.21.2020

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life,
which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
– James 1:12 KJV

I anything that makes me think on the book of James, Dear Lord! I love that book because it makes me think on Your love, who You are, the beauty of obedience, righteousness, patience, the tongue, our spirit, and everything to do with who You are! My God, my love, my friend, my rewarder, my God. Thank You for making me think on it by having Herry of Herry Chic Counsels nominate me for the incredibly precious Fix Her Crown Award. Bless her and her ministry, Lord! ❤

Thank you, Herry, for allowing the Lord to use you to bring a smile to my day. Your messages and comments are always so uplifting and encouraging!
God loves you, Herry! He treasures you! ❤fix-her-crown-award-logoThe Rules Are Simple:
– Thank the person who nominated you and link to her blog.
– Copy and paste these rules to your post and please include a link to the original Fix Her Crown Award post: which was created by Cindy Goes Beyond.
– Post three photos of just yourself and write a short caption beneath each about why you chose that photo.
– Nominate seven women for the Fix Her Crown Award, women who lend a helping hand to the woman whose crown seems too heavy, who appreciate the sister who dares to be her own glorious self, who raise strong young women, who smile at the sister journeying alone and walk alongside her for a time, who stand with the sister whose crown has been knocked off her head time after time and women who shine as their own beautifully unique selves.
– Link to the blogs of the seven nominees

My 3 Pics:1979.1Pic 1: Foster Care School Pic, 9 yrs old

Father, this picture makes me think fondly on my dad.  Foster Care was the first time we (kids) were able to wear clean clothes, nice clothes, and on a regular basis. At home we wore our clothes 3 or 4 days in a row. We wore holes in our jeans before it was considered cool, and kids paid over $100 to buy them with holes in them. At least we had the fun of wearing them out and knowing the story behind the holes. 🙂 So you can imagine my dad’s surprise when in my early 20s I bought a pair of jeans from Goodwill for $1.00. They were cut from the top of the leg to the hem with a razor, on both legs, front and back. I liked the way they looked, and hey even if I were to cut them it’s still just a pair of shorts. My dad said they looked like I lost a fight with a cat and were a waste of money. “You mean like I won the fight. I mean I do have the pants and am still walking.” My dad was not amused. 🙂

1980.5Pic 2: New school pic in cheerleading uniform, 10 yrs old
(was back home, and cheering for local community organization)

Lord, I absolutely loved cheerleading!!! It was perfect for a high energy kid like I was. We were the WASPs (West Asheville Sports Program). When we came home from foster care, we were put on a baseball team. Our color was blue. When football season rolled around I asked my dad to let me sign up and on a purple team. He told me they would only let me cheer for the team. I first said no, but when we took my brothers to play, we went over to watch. I was so excited that I grabbed those pom poms and shook them like a true boss (related to the first cheer we were given). 😉 Thanks for the memories!

“We’re Big.. B.I.G.
And we’re BAD… B.A.D.
And we’re Boss… B.O.S.S B.O.S.S. BOSS”
– Repeat three times 🙂 –

 

2016.1Pic 3: Meeting my cousin on the Parkway in May 2016

Lord,this was an exciting day as I got to meet up with my cousin Kimberly as she was walking back on the MST (Mountain to Sea Trail). She ended up being the first woman to YOYO it. That means she walked from Clingmans Dome on the Tennessee/North Carolina Border all the way to Jockey’s Ridge on the coast, and then kept walking to go all the way back to where she started on the Tennessee/North Carolina border at Clingmans Dome. That was 1200 miles each way! A total of 2400 miles, plus the hike into Cherokee in the end to meet her Dad. You allowed so many here in the WordPress Community to help me to send encouraging messages to her when I would update on the blog. I Pray for her and her hiking adventures, Lord. Keep her safe.

My Nominees:
1.  Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness
2.  Anabel of Lebana’s Journal
3.  Natasha of Explore Yourself
4.  Heather of To Strengthen a Mother’s Heart
5.  Karen of A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
6.  Lene of Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus
7.  Efua of Grace Over Pain
8.  Pastor’s Wife of Created and Called
9.  Tasha of Pain Warrior Code
10 Anna Waldherr of A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse
11. Hayley of HayleyBoden.Com
12. Tracey of Yarn and Pencil
13. Queen of Unbreakable Queen’s Life Lessons Diary
14. TR of Inside Cup
15. Alicia of For His Purpose
16. Amy of A New Life

Some nominees above are either taking a break from blogging or have deleted their accounts altogether, but I want them all to know I’ve not forgotten how they were there for me from the beginning. Most of my blog posts are me being honest with God on a personal level. How incredibly like Him to send me encouraging sisters and daughters in the faith to reassure, counsel, and instruct… to be the sweetest of friendships with the sweetest of fellowships! We may not keep in touch as we once did, but I will always think of them as family! Me and God love you each one, and pray for you as much as God will allow ❤

Congratulations to the nominees. please do not feel obligated to participate. Just sharing a little of God’s love your way. Let me know if you. I would love to read your post.
Me and God love each one of you ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Blogger Award 4.21.2020

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit,
seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles,
believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

– 1 Timothy 3:16 KJV

Glory to Your Holy and Mysterious name, O Lord God! How wonderful is the mystery of Your love for vile sinners and broken spirits! I am grateful for that mystery, and for Your love! So grateful for its cleansing power, and its redemptive power! I was lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now by Your mysterious grace… I see. 🙂
Thank You God for the many wonderful mysteries of You! Including Your blessings You send through friends… like my dear sister in Christ Herry of Herry Chic Counsels for her generous nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thank for the outpouring of Your love all over her blog, and through her many kind encouragements. Bless her blog, Lord, and bless her!

Thank you Herry, for the kind nomination that allows me to share with others.
May you and your blog overflow with God’s mysterious love as it flows… both ways! ❤
Me and God love you, Sister! 🙂
Mystery Blog Award 4.21.2020

RULES

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
2. List the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award Okoto Enigma and provide a link as well
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About Myself:
1. I love my Heavenly Father! ❤
2. I gave my heart to Jesus at 8 years old. ❤
3. I am grateful for the Comfort of the Holy Spirit!

Best Post(s) 
My first 3 public posts were and still are my testimony.
1. 30 Posts Challenge: #1 Introducing Myself
2. 30 Posts Challenge: #2 Me and God
3. 30 Posts Challenge: #3 Me and Writing

Questions for Me:
1. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

Telling about the amazing and wonderful love of God! ❤
2. How often do you post?
Whenever God allows. That could be a couple of times a day, to once a week (if that).
3. What is your favorite place to visit where you live?
The Blue Ridge Parkway! ❤ ❤ ❤
4. Are you a full-time blogger?
If you mean a professional or money making blogger… No.
If you mean do I blog with a purpose and for free… Yes.

5. What is the best time of the day for you to blog?
At night, provided I don’t fall asleep. 😉 Still… whenever God allows.

Nominees:
1.  God’sChild of 30 Minutes in the Life of a Teenager
2.  Jill of Savor
3.  Jo of Quite Simply Jo
4.  Temi of Christian Mommas
5.  LaBranda of My Thoughts Exactly
6.  Jeanette of My Life With Anxiety, PTSD & Bipolar 2
7.  RB of Realistic Beginner
8.  Anna of Drink the Happy Coffee
9.  Siphe of God’s Anointed Princesses
10. Debbie of Emerging from the Dark Night

Questions for the Nominees:
1. What name do you prefer to be called when bloggers comment on your posts?
2. Is there an award or tag you have not done that you would like to receive?
3. What’s the latest or last book you have read?
4. How many blogs do you have? Name and link them.
5. What funny things have you heard Alexa or other modern voices say?
(For example, today a friend’s little girl was playing with her paper dolls and asked Alexa to play “female crying sound effects”. It was NOT crying baby dolls! Her mom had to explain to her daughter the new word and sounds Alexa taught her little girl, despite no explicit content setting.)

Congratulations to the Nominees! Please do not feel obligated to participate. Just sharing a little of God’s love your way. If you do, let me know. I would love to read your post. 
God loves you! ❤

 

4th Anniversary for gaillovesgod 4.28.2020

Praise Your Holy and Beautiful Name, Jesus! 
Glory to God in the Highest!
Honor to the Lord God Almighty!
In Your leading, in desires to tell the world about Your wonderful love towards me, and to tell them of the unconditional love You have for them, You have given me a journey of praise, sweet fellowship, beautiful friendships, a world of support (literally), and endless outpourings of Your love, both ways, flowing through all parts of Your creation!
4 years of being able to tell the world… Gail Loves God… and… God Loves You!
4 Year Anniversary Achievement

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!

You registered on WordPress.com 4 years ago.

Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

Thank You, Father, for every post, every comment, every beautiful soul You have allowed me to know. Whether they are still blogging, taking a break, or simply deleted their accounts altogether since, thank You for the time You allowed! I pray for each one!
Thank You for each award, tag, challenge, and all forms of sharing You allowed me to praise You in, tell the world of Your love, and that You allowed me to share how much You treasure them.
Thank You for every prayer You have allowed me to give and receive, and to share in together.
Thank You for every moment You have given me to cheer, for every hardship You walked me through, for everyone who walked through them with me, and for the many things You have allowed me to walk through with my community.
Most importantly, thank You that no matter where we were in the journey, whether up or down, whether joy or hardship, that You were praised, lifted, and kept first! For every time You allowed someone to see Your love in all things! Your faithfulness in all moments! And Your goodness in all challenges!

I love You, Father God! ❤

I love You, Jesus Christ! ❤

I love You, Holy Spirit! ❤

Mystery Blogger Award 4.12.2020

“And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God:
but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see,
and hearing they might not understand.”
– Luke 8:10 KJV

The mystery of a loving and caring Father… it’s a wonderful thing to know even a part of You, God. Thank You, Holy Spirit for allowing me to see, to believe, and to receive! Please help those who need Your Spirit to see, to believe. They have no idea what they are missing. Help them to find their way to You. I know You love them so! ❤
Thank You for having Stu of Something to Stu Over to nominate me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Bless His ministry, Father. So many are lost over the very barrier that Stu ministers in. Protect Him, Lord, those things that would threaten to harm His walk. Keep Him from temptation. Bless His dear children. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Thank you Stu for thinking of me! May the Lord richly bless you and encourage you! May He keep you and your family safe during these times. Me and God love you, Brother! ❤Mystery Blogger Award 4.12.2020Here are the guidelines…

  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award
    The creator of this award is……………..Okoto Enigma!!!
  • Answer the five questions you were asked
  • Tell the readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate ten to twenty bloggers
  • Notify the bloggers that you nominated them by commenting on one of their posts
  • Ask your nominees five questions with one weird or funny one
  • Share a link to your best posts

Three Things About Myself
1. I love my Father God! ❤
2. I love my Savior Jesus Christ! ❤
3. I love my precious Holy Spirit! ❤

My Best Posts:
1. Love of My Life – I Am His Song
2. Me and God
3. My Fear of God

1. What, for you, is the biggest mystery of all time?
That the God of all creation would love me… so much that He sent His only Son to die on a cross to make sure I would be with Him always! ❤
2. How do you see yourself five years from now?
Still in love with Jesus and telling everyone I can… God loves you! ❤
3. Do you feel the media is not portraying the virus as the beginning of the end and that Bill Gates is at the center of it all? (Yeah, it could only be a conspiracy theory…but there is a lot of truth to back it up)
I don’t think the media is really interested in biblical things, and many even consider this particular topic too much of a threat to those who are already so afraid and struggling with anxiety.
4. Have you seen what some people are doing for social distancing?!?😂😂
Yes. I am fascinated to see how creative people are getting. Like a group of family and friends still having a gathering by meeting in their own cars and trucks, turned around with tailbacks up and tailgates down, and each grilling their own food, yet all in good distance. It reminded me of when we use to go to the drive in early to picnic or grill out, and let the kids play while we just sat around talking. 🙂 God is awesome in what He allows us to do together. Love one another. 😉
5. How many times do you hit the snooze button when the alarm goes off?
At least once. But I try not to more than that.

Nominees:
1. Bri of Brittian’s Mental
2. Ritisha of Ritisha Blog
3. Word Fandom of Word Fandom
4. Alicia of For His Purpose
5. Saania of Fun With Philosophy
6. Dariush of Hhhigh
7. Christian of Thinking West
8. Reema of Reema’s Garden
9. Mike of Through the Scriptures
10. River of Riventures
11. Jerome of Jesus Is The Son of God
12. Gabriele of Gabriele Romano Blog
13. Sam of Peacock Poetry
14. Sue of Run With It
15. Renee of Hands Full of Blessings
16. Siphe of God’s Anointed Princesses
17. Rose of December Rose
18. Kathy of Katie’s Cottage Books
19. Sharon of How to Beat Depression & Anxiety
20. Joy of Joy Cottage

My Questions For the Nominees:
1.Do like reading or watching mysteries?
2. Do you know how much God loves you?
3. How has the COVID-19 affected you?
4. Have you seen good from God in this pandemic?
5. Have you been able to find toilet paper? 🙂

Please do not feel pressured or obligated to participate. I’m sharing a little of God’s love with you. If you do, please send me a link or something to let know. I would love to read your answers. Stay safe during this break out.
Most importantly, may you always know how much God loves you! ❤

 

 

 

 

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award 4.6.2020

“As cold waters to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.”
– Proverbs 25:25 KJV

Lord, how delightfully surprising You are. This particular award is interesting. I first received an open invitation from Dawn of Drawing Closer to Christ  for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. While I was praying about it, I received a nomination from Tangie of Mrs. T’s Corner for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. I noticed the rules were different, so I went to the page of the creator of the award… Vincent of Vincent Ehindero to see the rules on the original Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. So to show my appreciation for all 3, I will use Dawn’s nomination date since I received it first on 4.9.2020, answer Tangie’s questions, and use Vincent’s rules not only because he did create the award but because it allows for 30 nominations! 🙂
I could tell from Vincent’s site and enthusiasm that he likes to share good cheer too. We all really need as much cheer as we can get during this COVID-19 pandemic. And Lord, You are the One who encourages me to share these awards as a way to share a little of Your love. So 30 it is!! 🙂 They need to know how much You love them! ❤

Thank you, Dawn, for openly sharing God’s blessings! 
Thank you, Tangie, for the nomination that will allow me to share a little of God’s love with others!
Thank you, Vincent, for creating the award which allows me the joy of sharing a little but much needed cheer with others.
May the Lord bless each of your blogs and your ministries.

God loves you, Dawn!
God loves you, Tangie!
God loves you Vincent!

Vincent Ehindero Award

  • Here are the RULES to follow 👇🏽💐

    1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
    2. Make a Post of the award (with photo)
    3. Post the rules
    4. Ask 5-10 questions of your choice
    5. Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
    6. Follow Vincent Ehindero @ vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for a free blog promotion and shout out) and more blogging opportunities

QUESTIONS TO NOMINEES:

  1. How were you inspired to blog?
    I first blogged privately just between You and me, God. You led me to encourage a friend who was looking someone to do a challenge she created to tell 30 truth Aspects about myself. Again trusting you, I opened my settings to public, as long as there was not a problem. I did have to close my FB, but on WP You led me to a do another challenge that brought me a dear friend in my Lovely A! You used her to encourage me and help me to do Self Care from a very healthy way provided it doesn’t put us above You, or interfere with Your teachings. From there  I gained so many sweet fellowships. I’ve been amazed that my personal writings to You whether poetry or blogging, and the love that YOU have taught me would encourage so many others. 
  2. How to you spend time relaxing?
    Puzzle books, sudoku app (sudoku addicted), writing poetry, listening to hymns, sermons, CCM (Contemporary Christian Music), adult coloring book
  3. What country to you live in?
    USA
  4. What are two of your favorite blogging topics?
    The love of God, and what my Jesus has done for me. ❤
  5. What is your favorite food?
    cantaloupe, spaghetti or lasagna, fresh garden salad
  6. How often do you blog?
    As the Lord allows.
  7. Are you a great cook?
    I can make edible food to satisfy the hungry, but I’m NOT a TV cook or chef.

My Nominees:

  1. Saania of Fun With Philosophy
  2. Anabel of Lebana’s Journal
  3. RB of Realistic Beginner
  4. Dollface of Dollfaced Writer
  5. Shae of Shae’s Days
  6. Doreen of Becoming the Oil and the Wine
  7. Matt of Jesus Luvs All
  8. Stu of Something to Stu Over
  9. Isabella of Redressed
  10. Amy of A New Life
  11. Tammy of God Inspired Arts & Quotes
  12. Junaisha of The Godly Chic Diaries
  13. Robert of Watching Daily at Wisdom’s Gates
  14. Aman of Aman Kumar
  15. Carol Anne of Therapy Bits
  16. Brenda of Becoming His Tapestry
  17. LaBranda of My Thoughts Exactly
  18. Miriam of Showers of Blessing
  19. Holly of Wholeness Haven
  20. Pat of Beholding Him Ministries
  21. Herry of Herry Chic Counsels
  22. Eliots of Rebel Fisherman Referrals
  23. Meredith of My Way Home
  24. Roger of Roger’s Rhymes & Rambles
  25. Stephen of Fractured Faith Blog
  26. Kristi of Kristi Ann’s Haven
  27. V of Millennial Life Crisis
  28. Bee of The Bee Creates
  29. Andrea of Thriving Under Pressure
  30. Anjali of Positive Side of the Coin

Nominees use the same questions that Tangie gave me. 🙂

Please do not feel obligated to participate. Lord willing, I just want to send a smile your way. It’s such a blessing to share cheerful news during a very challenging time.
And to share the good news… God Loves You! ❤

 

Fix Her Crown Award 4.4.2020

“And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
– Revelation 4:9-11 KJV

How incredibly humbling You are, Lord. That You would whisper my name to my dear friend Doreen (aka Beverley) of Becoming the Oil and the Wine to nominate me for the Fix Her Crown Award, when You are the One who bore it. And right at Easter. I praise Your Holy and Glorious Name as these are crowns to lay at Your feet!

Thank you, Doreen, for your kind words, and thoughtful nomination. I am blessed with your friendship. May the Lord continue to bless you and your blog.
God loves you! 🙂fix-her-crown-award-logoThe Rules Are Simple:
– Thank the person who nominated you and link to her blog.
– Copy and paste these rules to your post and please include a link to the original Fix Her Crown Award post: which was created by Cindy Goes Beyond.
– Post three photos of just yourself and write a short caption beneath each about why you chose that photo.
– Nominate seven women for the Fix Her Crown Award, women who lend a helping hand to the woman whose crown seems too heavy, who appreciate the sister who dares to be her own glorious self, who raise strong young women, who smile at the sister journeying alone and walk alongside her for a time, who stand with the sister whose crown has been knocked off her head time after time and women who shine as their own beautifully unique selves.
– Link to the blogs of the seven nominees

Three pictures of myself

Pic 1. Down in the holler at Aunt Beulah’s.1981.2Lord, This picture reminds me of a time when visiting my Aunt’s place in Hickory, down in a holler where we would play. I LOVED that dress. I was 12. I had no idea how much life was about to change. I miss being that carefree and healthy.

Pic 2. Winston-Salem Airplane Graveyardme ans Anthoni.6yrsoldOf course I must include a picture of my babedoll…. my blessing from You, God. Anthoni was about 6 yrs old and me 25. Mom and Dad had brought him down to Winston Salem where I was at a Jaycee convention. We went to the airplane graveyard. He was so excited. Though every time I see this picture I wish I could pull up that sock 😉 I love his smile. You can create some awesome memories, God! ❤

Pic 3. Me at Myrtle Beach, seeing the beach for the first time.Gail at beachMy first time at the beach. A friend took me to Myrtle Beach when she heard I’d never been. I was 29. I felt like You could just flick me off the face of the planet with Your little pinky. I realized there ARE people who have never heard of Jesus.” I wanted to go tell them. I LOVED that jacket. I love clothes that “swallow me whole” as they say. 😉

Extra pic of a me and You me moment, God. 28 yrs old2000.2I wanted to add this me and You moment, God. I still feel the powerful intimacy. I just had my gall bladder removed. It was snowing so everyone was stuck and classes cancelled. By Your grace, I had a dorm room to take a long and needed nap. I loved the sweater like my grandmother’s. the locket with pictures of me and Anthoni, the big topaz ring Karen made me, and that feeling of being drawn to You. I was grateful to make it through the surgery and finally be relieved of the cough I had for months!.

My Nominees:
To begin with I wanted to nominate someone who is not even a blogger. She spent the last several years in a nursing home… until today. At 3 pm, Virginia finally went home to be with You, Jesus. She was my secret sister at church when I was a young unwed mom working 40 hours a week, in college, and just getting back into church. I am grateful, Father, for how You allowed her to love on me and my son.
I pray for Bobby and His family. Virginia was 95 and the last of Bobby’s 9 siblings. He is 86, and now without his mom, dad, all his siblings, both of his wives, and may lose more family who is very sick. Thank You for using Virginia to help me fix my crown when I didn’t even know I had one.
Virginia Taylor obit 4.15.2020And now to “Nominate seven women for the Fix Her Crown Award, women who lend a helping hand to the woman whose crown seems too heavy, who appreciate the sister who dares to be her own glorious self, who raise strong young women, who smile at the sister journeying alone and walk alongside her for a time, who stand with the sister whose crown has been knocked off her head time after time and women who shine as their own beautifully unique selves.” How do I limit that to just seven! God, You have blessed me so richly with sisters and daughters in Christ! Please help anyone who does not see their name to know how invaluable they are to me… and YOU! Help them to know their true worth! ❤ Help them to know You love them!

  1. Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill
  2. Margaret of The Word
  3. Maxine of Heaven’s Reef
  4. Caz of Invisibly Me
  5. Regina of Help From Heaven
  6. Holly of Wholeness Haven
  7. Michelle of The Mimosa Blossom
  8. Tosin of Alethea’s Mind
  9. Tammy of God Inspired Art & Quotes
  10. Siphe of God’s Anointed Princesses
  11. Stephanie of Life With Jesus
  12. Caralyn of Beauty Beyond Bones
  13. Charity of Confessions and Thoughts of a Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter
  14. Hazel of Pure Glory

Please don’t feel obligated to participate. I know some of you are Award Free. I just wanted to recognize you for always reaching out to help me straighten my crown. I am so unworthy of it, but I want to lay it down as untarnished as possible when I am blessed to lay it at my Jesus’ feet! ❤ Me and God love you!!

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not;
neither decline from the words of my mouth.
Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:
love her, and she shall keep thee.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:
and with all thy getting get understanding.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:
she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace:
a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.”
– Proverbs 4:5-9 KJV

Real Neat Blog Award 2.29.2020

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
and his greatness is unsearchable.”
– Psalm 145:3 KJV

Father God, How real, how neat, how great are You, Lord! Worthy to be praised! Unsearchable! Like none other! Thank You for allowing Matt of Jesus Luvs All to nominate me for the Real Neat Blog Award and to allow me the opportunity to share with others. I long to tell the whole whole Gail Loves God!! And they need to know how much You love them! ❤

Thank you, Matt, for sharing with me, and allowing me more opportunities to let others know how much they are loved by our wonderful heavenly Father! May the Lord bless your health, your blog, and you! Me and God love you, Brother! 🙂Real Neat Award 2.29.2020THE RULES:
– Display the blog award logo in your blog.
– Thank the blogger who nominated you. Do not forget to link to their blogging website.
– Answer all the questions they have given you.
– Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers of your choice.
– Ask them 7 questions.

Matt’s Questions for Me
1. What is your chronic illness or disability?
Unfortunately there’s more than one, but my fibromyalgia, lymphedema, lipedema, and spinal damage/disease seem to be my worst enemies at the moment.

2. What do you wish people would understand about your chronic illness or disability?
I can be fine one moment then practically bedridden the next day, at least walking the day after, then back to relying on a claw walker just to use the bathroom, and then back to doing well for a day or two. I never know what it will be from moment to moment. But God is still my strength even when I am weak.

3. What helps you to keep going?
The love of God ❤

4. What do you do on down days?
Pray, sing hymns while doing puzzle books or watching TV, write poetry, WordPress, and on really down downs I just lay in the arms of Jesus, trusting in His promises to love me at my weakest.

5. What is your favorite comfort food?
pasta cans… particularly Chef Boy-ar-dee Spaghetti or Lasagna. There’s something about the sauce that is healing and soothing to a sore throat and a queasy tummy.

6. If you binge watch shows, do you prefer Netflix, Hulu or other service?
Our household tends to binge on Roku or PureFlix.

7. How do you feel about your doctors?
I must say first that I am grateful to the Lord for the help He sends me.
My health is complex and complicated. I pray for my doctors, even the ones who are frustrated, or have given up. Praise God for the ones who don’t give up!

My Nominees
Anabel of Lebana’s Journal
RB of Realistic Beginner
Anna of A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse
Tosin of Alethea’s Mind
Christina Lee of Justified and Redeemed
Stephanie of Life With Jesus
Elan of Elan Mudrow – Smidgens
Margaret of The Word
Melissa of Truthful Grace
Hannah of Grace to Be Imperfect

My Questions for the Nominees
1. Do you know how much God loves you?
2. What was the last thing you blogged about?
3. What do you want to blog about?
4. What have you been doing outside of your blog?
5. What are you passionate about?
6. How are you?
7. What emoticon are you?

 

Barnabas Award 2.27.2020

“And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
– Acts 4:36-37 KJV

Dear, Lord! How Encouraging You are! You are my Consolation! Every day! How blessed I am to be Yours! Thank You for thinking of me and whispering my name to Charity of Confessions and Thoughts of a Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter to nominate me for The Barnabas Award. Bless her and her blog, Lord! ❤

Thank you, Charity, for nominating for The Barnabas Award! Your name is very fitting! You are filled with love for others! I am blessed that you have shared with me! 🙂
May the Lord continue to bless you and your blog! Me and God love you! ❤BARNABAS AWARDHere are the guidelines:

– Thank the person who nominated you and share their blog.
– Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them.
– List five things about yourself.
– Answer the questions you got asked.
– Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because it is the number that signifies grace.

“You have been chosen for this recognition because of the encouragement and inspiration you bring to your readers.”

5 Things About Me

1. I love my Abba Father! ❤
2. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! ❤
3. I love my Holy Comforter! ❤
4. I love God’s Holy Word! ❤
5. I love God’s hymns! ❤

Charity’s Question for Me

1. What inspires the topics you write about on your blog?
The love of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! ❤

2. Who is the person that encourages you the most?
My precious Holy Spirit ❤

3. What Bible verse inspires you the most?
I have so many! I love God’s word! But the one He currently brings to mind is the one above regarding Barnabas because I have been told by so many that I am a Barnabas.

“And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
– Acts 4:36-37 KJV

I first did not understand what that meant and was told that it meant I was an Encourager. When I later read God’s word referring to Barnabas as the son of Consolation, that touched me so because many need encouragement and consoling. If the Lord gives me even a small part in encouraging one or consoling one, praise His Holy name! ❤

4. Who was your mentor growing up?
I wasn’t really much of a “hero” kind of child. The closest anyone came to being anything like a mentor to me would have been my granddad who died when I was 8, and then my dad. In my teenage years I had a few teachers who made it a point to mentor me. I am grateful to God for each one!

5. As a blogging community, how can we encourage one another more?
Communicating our love for God!
Communicating God’s love to one another!
Patience and kindness to one another.

My Questions for My Nominees

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. What is a fond childhood memory that comes to mind?
  3. What encourages you?
  4. How do you console others?
  5. How does the love of God encourage and console you?

Nominees

Holly of Wholeness Haven
Bee Love of It’s All About Love
Caz of Invisibly Me
Hazel of Pure Glory
Jacquie of Joy Cottage

Praise the Lord for each one of you and many more! Thank you for allowing God to use you to encourage me and console me! God’s blessings to me through others is endless… just like His great love!
He is the greatest Encourager and Consoler of all!

Me and God love you! ❤

The Bee Love Award 2.10.2020

Dear, Lord! The Love of my life! How wonderful that You would think of me with an award that I get to tell the world how much I love You, that You are the Love of my life, that You are the Love that makes the world go around, and that You love them too! You have whispered my name to Doreen (aka Beverley) of Becoming the Oil and the Wine to nominate me for The Bee Love Award.
How delightful! Praise Your Holy Name! ❤

Bee Love Award

Thank you, Doreen for thinking of me. Thank you for sharing an opportunity to tell others how much God loves them. We all need it! Every day! ❤
May the Lord bless your break you are taking, and continue to bless your blog!
Me and God love you, sister! ❤

Guidelines for Bee Love Award:

  1. Attach the Bee Love Award logo on the top of your post,
    or you can use it as the post’s featured image.
  2. Pingback to YBP, IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE
    (The creator of The Bee Love Award)
  3. Thank your fellow blogger who nominated you.
  4. Write your Definition of LOVE and How You Live Out LOVE.
  5. Nominate your fellow bloggers who live out love and inspiration on WP.
    (Love knows no limits, so nominate as many fellow bloggers you’d like to shine your light on!)

Thank you, Bee Love, for creating such an awesome award! The greatest thing in life is to love and be loved by God… and to let others know how much He loves them too! ❤
Praying blessings for your blog! God loves you!! 🙂

My Definition of LOVE:  ❤

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
– 1 John 4:10 KJV

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
– 1 John 4:16 KJV

“We love him, because he first loved us.”
– 1 John 4:19 KJV

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
– John 15:13 KJV

Living Out LOVE: ❤

Jesus, I pray that every day You bless me is a day to make You smile, to share Your testimony in my life (Love Of My Life – I Am His Song), to tell the whole world Gail Loves God! And let them know the most important thing they’ll ever hear…..

“God loves you so much
that He sent His Son to die for you
so that you can live with Him forever!”

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”
– 1 John 4:7 KJV

My BEE LOVE AWARD Nominees:
(Yay! for an award that allows me to nominate as many as I want!)
Praise the Holy and Loving Father! ❤

Caz of Invisibly Me
Hazel of Pure Glory
Melissa of Truthful Grace
Pat of Beholding Him Ministries
Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill
Caralyn of Beauty Beyond Bones
Christina of Justified and Redeemed
Dollface of Dollfaced Writer
Karen of A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
Meredith of My Way Home
Sue of Sue Love
Carlos of 100% Jesus
Stephanie of Life With Jesus
Brenda of Becoming His Tapestry
Pastor’s Wife of Created and Called
Tammy of God Inspired Art & Quotes
Amy of A New Life
Cindy of Real Christian Women
Tosin of Alethea’s Mind
Siphe of God’s Anointed Princesses
Michelle of The Mimosa Blossom
Marva of Marva Seaton Blog
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May you all know you are so loved! I know some of you do not do awards, or do them in the comments, or just are unable to right now. This award is an opportunity to let you know
God loves you! And He does! So much!

❤ 🙂 ❤

Before and After Tag 2.7.2020

How interesting You are, Lord. The Before and After Tag. You intrigue me with invitation by Efua of Grace Over Pain, who so kindly requested to take part in The Before And After Tag A.K.A. the Then And Now Tag

Thank you, Efua, for your kind invitation!
May God continue to bless you and your blog!
Me and God love you, sister! ❤

The Before And After Tag A.K.A. the Then And Now Tag was created by
Robert of WATCHING DAILY AT WISDOM’S GATES

Rules:
Use the image at the top of the post;
Answer the 10 questions;
And tag the people you’d like to answer the questions.

1. Who was family for you growing up?
My mom and dad, 2 brothers, sister, a foster brother, and maternal grandparents.

2. Who is family for you now?
son, 1 brother, sister, brother in law, stepdad, adopted sister, and church family

3. Where did you grow up?
the mountains of WNC (Western North Carolina)

4. Where do you live now?
the same

5. What did you want to be when you were older?
originally a cancer doctor, then a CEO of my own greeting card company that did more than birthdays and holidays (but then I heard about a company called Hallmark that beat me to it), then to work for the FCC to clean up the airwaves on radio and TV, but a writer all along

6. What do you do now?
live, write poetry, serve God, encourage others

7. What’s your earliest memory?
When I was 3 yrs old a man held a gun to my mother’s head and threatened to kill her if she did not leave with him. She refused, saying she would not leave her kids. He then told she could bring the kids but that she was leaving. She refused. Next thing I know he’s across the street at the neighbor’s with police surrounding him. He killed the neighbor and then threatened the police that they would never take him alive, but eventually they did. They put him in prison for several years.

8. What’s one of your most recent memories?
In the last couple of weeks one of my aunt’s died. She was my dad’s sister. She and my dad are both gone now. It brought back a memory of when my dad got a call that she was in the ICU of the hospital because she had been severely beaten by her ex-boyfriend. They were telling my dad the password to see her because they were afraid she would not make it and that the guy who beat her so violently continued to beat her and kick her in the head with officers still there trying to pull him off of her. If her roommate (who he also started beating on) had not run for help, the ex would have killed them both. He vowed to the officers that he would finish the job.
When we went to see my aunt, all the bones in her face were shattered. With her face completely swollen so tight that she was pale, along with blood and tears coming out of her eyes, my aunt tried to smile, and with a calm and loving voice apologized to me for not having her hair fixed. She had always been a woman who took care of herself, and was very hospitable, loved cooking for others, and loved sharing her southern hospitality. They told my dad they would be transporting her and that for several weeks she would not be allowed visitors while they did several surgeries.

Eventually my aunt would call my dad with new passwords. Then she and her roommate moved closer to our area to be out of that area. (She had been 3 hours away, now she was 45 minutes away.) She eventually got to where she lived a normal life again, despite how it changed her facial features. She wasn’t the confident and outgoing lady she was before, but she knew she was loved regardless of her looks. I was grateful the Lord allowed me to witness beautiful things from a beautiful lady… inside and out… before and after!

9. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
Giving my live to God. ❤ And Him giving His Son Jesus and my son Anthoni to me! ❤

10. What is your biggest hope in this life?
The love and promises of God! ❤

My Nominees:

Caz
Matt
Stu
Amy
Siphe
Charity
Temi

 

Sunshine Blogger Award 2.6.2020

Dearest, Lord! The Sunshine of my life! Your Son shines His light so bright. And I love every warm ray of Him! And I love every loving moment of You! Thank you for this delightful surprise in using Charity of A Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter to nominate me for The Sunshine Blogger Award, and for allowing me another opportunity of sharing Your light with others! Sunshine Blogger Award 2020Thank you, Charity, for allowing God to use you in lightening my day. 🙂 May the Lord continue to bless you, your ministry, your blog, and your family. Your light shines bright! 🙂
Me and God love you! ❤


Here are the guidelines:

  • Thank the blogger (s) who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger (s) asked you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

🙂

Charity’s Questions For Me:
I know the rules say 11 questions, but I was only given these 7.
As deep as they are, they are plenty!

1. We all have goals in life but what is the one true desire you have for your life?
To please You, my Lord, my God! My Heavenly Father! To let everyone know how much I love You! And how much You love them!

2. Are you of the belief that children under a certain age will be Heaven? Why or why not?
“Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
– Matthew 19:13-14 KJV

“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
– Mark 10:13-15 KJV

“And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
– Luke 18:15-17 KJV

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
– Acts 2:38-39 KJV

God, Your word settles the matter and answers the question. You created the heavens and the earth, and the new earth that we are promised when the current earth we live on is destroyed. Only You are able to say who can and cannot come in. You states 3 different times in the gospel that the children are of the kingdom of heaven/God. And You follows with warning adults that if we do not come to You as little children that we will not enter in ourselves.  
People tend to either be critical of children and what they think of as a “lack of wisdom/maturity” or be doubtful of children being old enough to have earned Your love through finding salvation. We must remember that salvation is NOT OF OURSELVES, it of the You, our Lord Jesus Christ.  You say they are of the kingdom of heaven/God.

3. What is your go to Bible verse you when struggles abound?
Oh, Dear Lord. There are so many verses. You are faithful to Your word that if we hide Your word in our hearts, that what we need when we need it will come to us because it will be You giving it to us. The Holy Spirit will guide us and teach us. The ones that come to mind at the moment are John 14:27 (because YOUR peace is like nothing else) and John 14:18 (because if there is anyone I can count on to be there when I need them or just because, it is 100 % YOU)!! The whole book of John is like a highlighted section of Your love letter that we call the bible. ❤

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
– John 14:27 KJV

” I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” – John 14:18 KJV

4. Do you feel a revival coming, not to the US but to other parts of the world?
I pray it is! We could sure use one! We ALWAYS benefit from them.

5. What song lifts your spirits the most when you are down?
This questions reminds me, Lord, of the blog You’ve been whispering for me to do regarding the music You’ve given me so far for the new year/new decade. When I get it done (By Your grace and with Your help), I will link it here (with Your help to remember to link it 😉 ). I know 2 of those songs are Grace Got You by Mercy Me and Let It Rain by Crowder.

I cannot keep from smiling, taping my finders and toes, and singing along. Especially Grace Got You. It reminds me of when others use to ask, “Do you EVER stopping smiling!” Some asked in open disgust, saying it wasn’t normal. That if I knew suffering I wouldn’t smile. I guess they would be thrilled to see me struggling to smile. THAT disgusts me… not them and their sad attitude… but my struggle to smile! Because I KNOW You are worthy of every smile! With songs like these, You give my spirit such a boost!

But I also have to say, Lord, that I don’t always have a computer, radio, or any way to play these songs. And when my spirit is extremely heavy,  I feel too down to play music. Instead of being disappointed in me or throwing me away in anger, You allow the Holy Spirit to bring Your hymns to mind. Many times I am singing before I even realize it. My son, family and friends know if I start singing them without worrying about my cracking voice that I am in need of them, cling to them, and LOVE them. It Is Well is the one I seem to sing the most. Yet when I am singing it, I am not thinking of the gloom in the words, or the tragedy in the testimony of how the writer was inspired to write it. I truly think of as being with You! 🙂 That’s the gold of hymns! They sing Your Holy Word! And Your word does NOT return void!

6. Are you a front row pew sitter or a back row sitter?
I prefer to sit up front so I can hear better, see better, and not be distracted. 🙂
Unfortunately, Lord, You know I tend to sit in the back or at least somewhere that I can get up to go to the restroom without disturbing the service.

7. And lastly…just a random thought of mine while talking to one of the guys at work…
Why is it that Jesus got totally ticked off with the money changer, made a whip, overturned tables and ran everyone out, but yet was quiet with Caesar and on his way to Golgotha?
Jesus, in the turning the tables over You were upset with the people for setting up a market at the temple. They used the items needed for sacrifices and offerings as an excuse to make money for their own gain, often robbing each other. In Your word You referred to it as turning God’s house of prayer into a den of thieves. You were exercising what the bible calls righteous anger. There are times we are to speak up loud and clear.

When You were before Caesar and on Your way to Golgotha, You were fulfilling God’s prophecy in being “silent as a lamb sent to the slaughter.” You were not there to fight as Judas, Peter, and many people wanted You to do. You were there to fight for my Salvation! You did it silently to carry my sins to the cross, and bear the burden of them for me. I am so grateful to You! You did not deserve them. But You were not thinking of Yourself. You were thinking of me! ❤

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
– John 15:13 KJV

My Nominees:

Efua of Grace Over Pain

Karen of A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face

LaBranda of My Thoughts Exactly

Herry of Herry Chic Counsels

Beverley of Becoming the Oil and the Wine

Grace of Following Him Beside Still Waters

Michelle of The Mimosa Blossom

Realistic Beginner

Jacquie of Joy Cottage

Richa of iScribler

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. What makes you smile?
  3. What do you like to do on a sunny day?
  4. Do you have a favorite bible verse?
  5. Have you ever seen the movie… Brothers of the Wind?
    (It’s a very moving story involving flying, wind, and freedom. ❤ )
  6. Who was the last person you received a text from?
  7. What is your favorite fruit to eat?
  8. Do you have a favorite hymn or spiritual song?
  9. Name a blog you follow and link to share with us?
    (It’s a question as long as it ends with a question mark… right? 😉 )
  10. What season is it where you are?
  11. Did you know that the promise to all in Acts 2:38-39
    (my answer to #3 in this post) includes YOU? 🙂

Please do not feel obligated to participate.
Just wanted you to know you and your blog
are thought of and prayed for!
God loves you! ❤