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
Grace of Following Him Beside Still Waters

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

 

My Declaration For You, Jesus!

Lord, There are times I feel so overwhelmed,
but only know to pray and hang on!
Doesn’t it always seem to be such a battle most when one is fasting?
I’m not sure if Satan is fighting so hard,
or if You are trying and growing my faith,
both, or what?
But I will declare now to Satan and and the whole world…..

I LOVE MY GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST NO MATTER WHAT!!
I MAY FAIL HIM, BUT HE HAS NEVER FAILED ME!
I MAY BE IMPERFECT, BUT GOD IS ALWAYS PERFECT!
AND THOUGH I MAY FAIL TO HAVE A PERFECT TESTIMONY
OF BEING CONTENT IN MY PRESENT SITUATION,
I AM CONTENT THAT MY GOD LOVES ME EVEN NOW!!!
HIS WAYS ARE PERFECT
EVEN WHEN I HAVE NO CLUE OF WHY THINGS ARE THE WAY THEY ARE!!
AND WITH GOD’S STRENGTH,
I WILL CONTINUE TO TRY TELLING EVERYONE POSSIBLE…
GOD LOVES YOU!!!

Happy Birthday, Jesus! 2019

Happy Birthday, Jesus! I love You! Thank You for coming!

Merry Christmas, Everyone! God loves you!

A lot of songs were introduced to me this year, and I love that several of them were songs singing Happy Birthday to Jesus in beautiful and honoring ways. Yet the one I will share with you is a song my son sent me a link of to let me know His new current favorite.

How Many Kings? by Downhere

It was immediately a favorite for me as well. I was touched by it. The chorus alone tugged at my heart from such honest words.

How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only One did that for me.

Only One did this for me!
And He did it for you too!
God loves you! ❤

 

No More Time To Waste

Lord, hymns like the one below (Have I Done My Best for Jesus? by E. D. Young ) make me ask how I even have the right to ask such honest questions, let alone sing the words. But it also compels me not to waste any more precious time that needs to be used for furthering Your kingdom and reaching out to Your children. You deserve ALL Your praise! And I don’t wish to waste one more breath with questions that YOU have not given me as You do when You give me poetry, words of encouragement for others, and this invaluable hymn You gave to E.D. Young.

Thank You for allowing me to learn it,
for every time You have brought it to mind,
and for allowing me to sing it TO and FOR You!

I love You, Father! ❤ I love You, Jesus! ❤ I love You, Holy Spirit! ❤

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I wonder have I done my best for Jesus,
Who died upon the cruel tree?
To think of His great sacrifice at Calvary!
I know my Lord expects the best from me.

The hours that I have wasted are so many
The hours I’ve spent for Christ so few;
Because of all my lack of love for Jesus,
I wonder if His heart is breaking too.

I wonder have I cared enough for others,
Or have I let them die alone?
I might have helped a wand’rer to the Savior,
The seed of precious Life I might have sown.

No longer will I stay within the valley
I’ll climb to mountain heights above;
The world is dying now for want of someone
To tell them of the Savior’s matchless love.

Chorus:
How many are the lost that I have lifted?
How many are the chained I’ve helped to free?
I wonder, have I done my best for Jesus,
When He has done so much for me?
– Have I Done My Best for Jesus? by E. D. Young –

Convalesce

Lord, I need Your help in getting a note typed up for my dear friends who are so kind to check in on me, even sending loving comments.  I keep trying to get a chance to write about things as they happen, but I am STILL struggling with feeling so easily wiped.

Convalesce… that was the word You gave me when I got to sick back in November.  I was sick the whole month. I was wiped… and still am. Thank You for healing me from the sinus infection. I know You will help me to continue to heal.

Webster says Convalesce is to heal and grow strong. I clearly hear You telling to come away and convalesce with You by resting in trusting You… and growing strong in Your word.. in Your strength… in You!

This most recent doctor visit with my podiatrist was not encouraging. There was the good news of no break (Praise Your Holy Name!), but she says that the stress is trying to cause enough pressure on my bones to cause a fracture, and the neuroma I’ve had since 1992 is being effected, but she says that it’s my back causing the problems. Because of that she says she cannot treat my foot because it may injure my back worse.

It is so challenging, Lord! I am supposed to be elevating my legs as much as possible to relieve the lymphedema and lipedema by getting the fluid off, yet I cannot elevate my legs as I should because my back will not tolerate my laying back like that for more than 15 or 20 minutes without severe pain, or causing me  not to be able to lift my legs. I have to drag them to get up. MY physical therapists have long wanted to help me with different exercises and treatments that I am unable to do because of this. The weight from the fluid on my legs make it heavier and harder on my back. And from sitting so much, I struggle to keep good circulation and other problems. I feel defeated.

I am blessed that You give me so many loving friends. I am touched more than they know by each word. I long to get opportunities to respond back, to thank, and to read how things are going with them, and encourage for them as I pray. Even as I type this, I am struggling to stay awake. So please let them know only the way YOU can, how much they mean to me! And that I am praying for them!.

**Thank you to each one of you who have been so kind to leave encouraging messages, smiles, and the posts you may not know I do read. Sometimes I get a LIKE on it before I lose it or fall asleep. Sometimes I don’t. Regardless, I am praying for each one of you! Each One!! Me and God love you!!! ❤ **

PS… God allowed me to write a small poem Convalesce In His Rest.
This is the message He has given me for now, and the coming year. This is the word.. the command… the whisper He has made so clear. I need to come away with Him and rest… physically, spiritually, mentally, psychology, and every way possible! I AM WIPED!
But By His grace, in His strength, and according to His will and perfect timing I will grow stronger.

Thank you for every one who has prayed, and continues to!
They make the difference!

Thank You, Jesus, for Your faithful presence, healing touch, spring of hope,
and Your wonderful matchless grace!