Praise the Lord for 500 Followers on gaillovesgod

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!

500 Follows!
Congratulations on getting 500 total follows on
Your current tally is 501.

 

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
followed your blog gaillovesgod

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

  1. simplywendi
  2. Alethea’s Mind
  3. Discovering Your Happiness
  4. Stuart L. Tutt
  5. Invisibly Me
  6. Margaretfromsoulfood

(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:

  1. 2 Liebster Awards for My Birthday 6.13.18
  2. Happy Birthday to My Son Anthoni
  3. Liebster Award 1.6.18
  4. Happy 26th Smoke Free Anniversary
  5. Sunshine Blogger Award 1.31.18
  6. Liebster Award 2.16.18
  7. Bloggers Support Bloggers Award 5.26.18
  8. Praising God for 400 Followers and Over 10,000 Views
  9. Losing… It!
  10. Versatile Blogger Award 5.26.18
  11. 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…

HALLELUJAH!

Blogger Recognition Award 8.15.18

“For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name,
because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.”
– Mark 9:41 KJV

“Cast not away therefore your confidence,
which hath great recompence of reward.”
– Hebrews 10:35 KJV

“But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
– Hebrews 11:6 KJV

 

Dear Lord, You have sent my dear friend and sister in Christ… Jessy…  to bring me a cup of water in the midst of a dry land… a weary land… of a journey that is You and me. It may be personal, but You still use Your people to encourage me along the way…. to refresh my weary soul. Jessy (aka txjessy) of F.A.B. Faith and Books has nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award.  You have used her to help me not cast away my confidence, which has a great reward that You tell me I need. I trust Your word in Mark 9:41 that she will not lose her reward for bringing that cup of water even in this award. I fully believe in Your promises of Hebrews 11:6 because You are a rewarder in just being who You are! ❤blogger recognition award

Thank you, Jessy, for the nomination! I praise the Lord for your constant flow of encouragement. May the Lord continue to bless you and your blog! God loves you!


The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 or more other bloggers for this award.
6. Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and leave a link to your post.


My Brief Story on How This Blog Began:
Lord, You gave me this blog originally as a private place to come talk to You… one on one… just between You and me. Then You led me to encourage a family friend who was going through a hard time by doing her challenge on WordPress, and You encouraged me to trust You by opening my settings to public. You have since then amazed me in what You choose to do with this blog (which is Yours), and the blog for the poetry You have allowed me to write through the years. Not all of the poetry is pleasant, but You assure me it is a part of YOUR testimony in my life. And so I leave it to You to do Your will with.

Two Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers:
1. Write what you want, when you want (or not), in your time. It’s your blog!
2. God loves you!


“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due,
when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.”
– Proverbs 3:27 KJV

My Nominees:
Simply Chronically Ill
The Graced Citizen
Tamie’s Alcove
Help From Heaven
Unshakable Hope
Therapy Bits
Grace, Grit, and Glitter
Missionary Gamer
One Stone Away
Beholding Him Ministries
The Word
Following Him Beside Still Waters
Rashell Bud
Teen, Meet God
Becoming His Tapestry
Pure Glory
Alethea’s Mind
Walking With the Way
Invisibly Me

Congratulations to all the nominees! Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, please do not feel rushed! Just wanted you to know you are thought of and prayed for!

God loves you!

 

Random Acts of Kindness Award 8.15.18

For his merciful kindness is great toward us:
and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.
Praise ye the Lord.
– Psalm 117:2 KJV

Random Acts of Kindness… This describes Your love towards us all day long, Father. And here You share another one with me through Stu of Something to Stu Over as he has nominated me for the Random Acts of Kindness Award.random_acts_logo-296x300This is a completely new award for me, and it seems like a very nice gesture among a community that is one huge random act of kindness… and many times very intentional kindness. Stu is a brother in Christ who not only displays the kindness of Romans 12:10...

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
in honour preferring one another”
– Romans 12:10 KJV

but shares the kindness of Colossians 3:12 with those who struggle with addictions.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God,
holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness,
humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering”
– Colossians 3:12 KJV

Thank you, Stu, for your thoughtful random act of kindness in the nomination. May the Lord continue to bless you and your ministries. God loves you!


The award was created by Mws R Writings
Random Acts of Kindness Award/KA

 Random Acts Of Kindness Award, RAKA

This award is given to anyone you think shows kindness to another blogger or writer or to the community here on WordPress.
If you know someone who has shown you or anyone else an act of kindness please nominate them for this award.
I believe that any act of kindness no matter how small can significantly impact another’s life. So I feel it is great to acknowledge those who practice kindness.

The rules are simple.

1- Tell who you nominate and why.

2- Copy and share the picture that shows the award, posted above.

3- Share a paragraph of something that impacted your own life in the way of receiving kindness or how you extended kindness to someone else.

For instance, ” I once was waiting in a drive thru line for 20 minutes. I was in a hurry but the line did not move much, it felt like. My day was getting worse by the moment. When I got up to the drive thru window, the cashier said someone had paid for my meal already. That really made my day a lot better.”

4- Nominate anyone or share to your own page. If you so choose to Participate. Tag or pingback to the original person who nominated you, or the original post. https://mwsrwritings.com/2018/07/30/random-acts-of-kindness-award-ka/

 Don’t forget to COPY THE RULES ON YOUR POST!


An act of kindness that was shown to me that comes to mind was when I was 13 years old. I was attending a school for troubled kids and one of my teachers took interest in me, asking me to clean her house each week. While she taught me a strong work ethic, doing a job right the first time, and paid me for my work… she would have me take several breaks just to talk with me. She would ask me questions and become so broken for me, literally crying. I would have no idea why she was crying. She would try to explain to me why, and then cry even more because of inability to see why she was crying… because I saw things she was broken for as normal. She would either fix me something for lunch or take us out, but refused to let me use my money.
Her compassion was what would cause me to pause and think about what she was saying because it felt odd for someone to cry for me. It was her many acts of kindnesses in that one act of kindness that would help me to open my eyes a little at a time to life… even if it took awhile. To this day, when I’m having a hard day or wish I had someone in my corner the Lord allows me to think on Mrs. C. She constantly included me in her life and her family until her dying day, and had set me and her daughter to continue to be good friends. And we were good friends until the day she died as well.


My Nominees:

Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness
Lovely A was the first person You had me speaking with in the Word Press Community. You used her 21 Day Self Care Challenge to help me while I was tying to help/work with my doctors and specialists. She was so encouraging, motivating, kind… definitely kind! She became my Croatian-Australian Sister in Christ! She helps so many others in the same way. It’s just who You have made her to be! 🙂 Thank You, Lord. Bless her!

Fatima of Splendor in Embers
My dearest Fatima was how You led me to open my settings to Public, as You had me already doing her 30 Truth Aspects Challenge to encourage her. I have known that dear heart since she was in preschool with my little dear heart. She has always been random acts of kindness… the sweetest heart. Here You had led me to encourage her, but she was encouraging me every step of the way. That’s so You God! Bless her, Lord!

Hayley of Red Letters
Along came my Brummie Sister, and You made my day with her friendship! I love her singing voice… not only is it tender and beautiful, but she has such a heart for Your! You use her music to draw me into close fellowship with You! My favorite one of hers is still Know You. ❤ Thank You for blessing me with my Brummie family in Christ!

Lene of Song of Virgnity
For years I struggled to get down my testimony as You have been urging me to do. I had been told my testimony was “too inappropriate.” Lene invited me to write my testimony Love of My Life – I Am His Song on her blog. I prayed about it hard, especially because her blog celebrates and encourages choosing Christ first through abstinence, and she does it with a loving and nonjudgmental heart.

There are soooo many more, but I went with the first few You gave me on Word Press when You had me go from private to public settings. I pray that You would encourage anyone else who wants to do this challenge, to considered themselves tagged. They’re it!

Thank you to everyone of you have ever blessed me through random acts of kindness, and continue to do so time and time again! Thank you for letting God shine through you!

God loves you!

Liebster Award 7.7.18

What a glorious way to celebrate a day that You have given me, Lord! The gift of the being thought of by my dear Jesus, and my dear Tasha! Thank You, Lord, for the gift that Tasha of Pain Warrior Code is to me in the fight of every day life and the pain that comes with it. Thank You for whispering in her ear to think of me with the nomination for the Liebster Awardlibster-award-logoThank you, Tasha, for thinking of me! May the Lord richly bless you and your blog, and give you as much pain free days as He will allow!
Me and God love you! ❤


This version of the Liebster Award comes with 6 rules, they are:

1.Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Share 11 facts about yourself
3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave you
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who deserve the award
5. Create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer
6. Let them know they’ve been nominated


11 Facts About Myself:

1. I love Jesus.
2. I love God.
3. I love the Holy Spirit!
4. I love hymns.
5. I love the Holy Bible
6. I love church.
7. I love fellowship with the brethren.
8. I love watching baptisms (especially river baptisms).
9. I love missionaries.
10. I love kids.
11. I love the WordPress Community


Tasha’s Questions for Me:

  1. Where are you from? (heritage/where you grew up)
    Western North Carolina (USA)
  2. What does your name mean?
    Well in Googling to find out I am told it means: Lively
  3. What inspires you?
    The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost
  4. What is your funniest memory/experience that you can recall of?
    well the one that comes to mind first was when one of my college professors and I were flirting back and forth very openly in class, but I was lucky to be in the back of the room behind everyone. One of the guys in the class was so convinced the professor was flirting with him that we could not convince him that the professor was married with kids and very straight.. He kept saying, “I knew you girls would think because he has kids he can’t be gay, but if you could have seen the way he was flirting with me… the things he was doing…  he had no shame in making it clear right there in class how much he wanted me.” LOL! Me and the girls who later knew laughed so hard.
  5. What is your favourite quote from a film?
    Ernest Borgnine as the Centurion in Jesus of Nazareth, “No! I am unworthy that you should enter under my roof. I know that if you say the word, my servant will be healed. I am a man under authority, but I, myself, have authority over a hundred soldiers, and if I say to one of them ‘Do this.’ I know that he will do it. And if I say to another, ‘Go there.’ I know that he will go. I need not see. I know. So it is enough that you give the word, and it will be done.”
    (This references the story of the faith of the Centurion in Luke 7:1-10, with verses 6-8 being the actual words the Centurion spoke.)  ❤
  6. What gift or talent do you wish you had?
    singing for the Lord
  7. Which countries have you traveled to?
    just around my own a little
  8. Would you ever consider living abroad?
    if the Lord wanted me to
  9. Do you have a particular food that you can’t stand?
    I don’t care for coffee.
  10. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned recently?
    We never know what God has planned in our lives to make us who we are, to save us from our troubles, to save us from ourselves, and to change our lives for the better. God can rescue us in ways that the world would never allow.
  11. What made you want to start blogging?
    Having a private place to go and talk with God originally. He would later lead me to trust Him by going public while doing a challenge for a friend.

Nominees:

Alan Stenson
Reveuse
Blended Hope
Every Small Voice
Trying to Resurrect Hope From a Broken Marriage
Run With It
My Father’s Symphony
Scribbles and Sustenance
A to Z Mom
One Mom’s Journey with Crossfit
Enjoying the Single Life


Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Do you have a favorite Bible character?
  2. Anything exciting happen this week?
  3. What is your favorite color?
  4. Do you have a favorite number?
  5. What was your last post about? (Link it if you want to)
  6. Do you have anything I can pray over for you?
  7. Do you prefer night or day?
  8. If someone asked for your autograph, what would you write?
  9. Apples or oranges?
  10. How often do you blog?
  11. Is there a particular blogger award you would like to be nominated for?

Congratulations to the nominees. Please don’t feel pressured to participate. If you do the award, please do not worry about rushing. Do in your time and your way. Just trying to share a little bit of God’s love, and let you know that you and your blog are appreciated.
God loves you!

Thank you again, dearest Tasha! May the Lord continue
to bless you and your blog!
Me and God love you too!

 

Mystery Blogger Award 6.28.18

My Loving Father, You have again delightfully surprised me with the Mystery Blogger Award! How generously You share Your pleasures and expressions of thoughtfulness with me! And through such dear friends! You have allowed Abbey of An Anonymous Escape From Life to nominate me for the Mystery Blogger Award! What a treasured soul she is! I love her poetry and personal writings. Thank you for my Malaysian-Chinese Australian sister. I love her cute picture on her About page too! 🙂 She gives life such a Happy Sky! 😉mystery-blogger-e1530159319765Thank you, dearest Abbey for thinking of me! May the Lord continue to bless you and your blog! I look forward to reading more of your poetry. Me & God love you!


WHAT IS THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?

Established by blogger Okoto Enigma, the “Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

~ Okoto Enigma

RULES:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Personally nominate 5-10 bloggers you feel deserve the award.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

Abbey’s Question For Me:

  1. If you could go back in time and change one decision you’ve made in your life, what would it be and why?
    While there are so many decisions I would love to change, I would be too afraid to take away something God has used to make me who He wants me to be. I trust Him with everything… my  mistakes and all.
  2. How do you deal with feeling lazy and unmotivated?
    Going to God… in His word… In His music… His sermons… encouraging others.
  3. Neat freak or mess maker?
    I definitely prefer cleanliness and order.
  4. What is your weirdest habit?
    When traveling in the car after I finish drinking a water or anything bottled, I use the empty bottle to put all my trash in… snack packages… tissues… napkins… anything that will fit.
  5. Do you know what a viola is? (please say yes…if you don’t, what do you think it is?)
    Yes and it sounds pretty. 

Nominees:

Sober Mom
As He Is… So Are We
Educated Unemployed Indian
Defining Yellow
Life, Love, and Littles
Read Between the Lyme
P.S. It’s Peri
Noes to Knows
Wrestling for Your Life
Isaiah Roebuck


Questions for the Nominees:

1.Do you know how much God loves you?
2. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
3. Where in the world do you live?
4. What is your favorite food today?
5. Do you have any weird advice?

Congratulations to the nominees. Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, please do not worry about rushing! Do in your own time and own way. It is meant to be a blessing, not a burden. Just wanted to share a little of God’s love with you, and let you know your blog is appreciated. God loves you!

Thank you again, sweet Abbey! Me and God love you too!

 

 

 

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!!