The Outstanding Blogger Award 7.16.2020

“Let all the earth fear the Lord:
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.”
– Psalm 33:8 KJV

How outstanding YOU ARE, dear Lord! How continuously thoughtful You are of me! You pursue me, You encourage me, You build me up, and You love me with a never ending love. You leave me standing in awe of You, and I am enamored to be in Your presence! ❤

Thank You for pouring a little more of Your favor on YOUR blog! It has always been Yours! Thank You or sharing a little more love so that I may keep sharing it with others! Bless the one whom You used to pour out that favor! Stu of Something to Stu Over nominated me for The Outstanding Blogger Award! Bless him, his family, and his ministry, Lord! Shower him with a little more favor that glorifies the skies with Your love! Shower his family! And shower his ministry! Hug him tight, Lord! Let know You’re there with him! ❤

Thank you, Stu! May God richly bless you for your thoughtfulness. Thank you for allowing Him to pour a little reminder of His favor, and a little reminder of His great love all over this blog, and the WordPress Community! Please know I am praying for your ministry, and praise God that you are willing to keep reaching out and ministering to those who are trapped in the addictions of pornography! So many souls and families are being torn apart. Thank you for following God’s calling in your life. 
Thank you again for the kind nomination! 🙂
Me and God love you, Brother! ❤

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Here are the rules/guidelines:

1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post.
(very important: see why in step 5)
2. Answer the questions provided.
3. Create 7 unique questions.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination.
Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!
This award was created by Colton Beckwith.

Stu’s Questions For Me:

1. What is your favorite clothing to wear that unfortunately does not look good on you? (Color wise, etc)
God, there are a lot of things that do not look good on me, but I will say jeans because they only look strange now being as big as I am, and are way too uncomfortable which defeats the purpose of jeans. 🙂

2. Why do you blog? Is it so you can minister in the lives of others, you just enjoy writing, a calling from God, or another reason?
Lord, first and foremost I write to talk to You. When I am not writing, I feel like I am suffocating. I cannot breathe! When I am writing, I am talking heart to heart with You, and sometimes through Your whispers and clear commands I write to encourage or share with others! Everyone needs to know how much You love them! ❤

3. Mask or no mask? Don’t worry about what others think or say, please give your honest opinion and why…
Lord, I wear a mask for several reasons which all fall up under obeying you by…
being a law abiding citizen, taking care of the vessel You have given me, using the wisdom YOU have given me, following the doctor’s advice (while also loving him and his family as I do myself because they are my neighbor), to be thoughtful of others as we love one another, for the accountability in my responsibility to look after my 86 yr old stepdad and the rest of my family to the best of my ability, and to do as You command in keeping a vow once it is said as we vowed to stay home and stay safe on behalf of the medical community that is sacrificing their time, lives, and families to fight for ours. 

4. What is your favorite book of all time?
That one’s easy, Lord. Your Holy Bible! Preferably the King James Version. ❤

5. What childhood memory bring an immediate smile to your face?
Fighting with my little brother. Charlie was just 10 months younger than me, and we used to fight all the time. We would start off play fighting and one would hit too hard, so the other would get so mad and hit harder. The other would laugh until hit too hard. We would both laugh about it later. 🙂 Lord, I know You don’t like fighting, and praise Your name we grew out of it. 🙂  I miss him, Father. I know He is with You and has been the last 13 years, but I miss him. Hug him for me! ❤

6. Do you see God’s Handiwork everywhere? In people, nature and objects…
Absolutely! I think hymns like
This Is My Father’s World,
I Sing The Mighty Power of God,
Come Thou Fount,
How Great Thou Art
,
and so many more sing it so incredibly well! ❤

7. Which band, not singer, has influenced you the most?
Oh wow. This is a doozy, Lord. I have personally known and met so many bands… local bands, popular bands, famous bands, amateur bands… working with them, entertaining them, even dating a few. While music had too much negative influence over my life when I was younger, I actually had no one particular band influence me. The same is with bands now. I may love their music, but the bands themselves have no fluence on my  life whatsoever. Even if it someone’s music I really like, You know Yourself I just don’t do concerts or anything personal, other than the friendships I have with different people who just happen to be in bands. 

Nominees:

Anabael of Lebana’s Journey
Caz of Invisibly Me
Anjali of Positive Side of the Coin
Karen of A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
God’s Child of 30 Minutes In The Life Of A Teenager
Mike of Through The Scriptures
Nitin of Daily Bible Bytes For You
Cindy of Real Christian Women
Jacquie of Joy Cottage
Mindy of A Word With Mindy
Alicia of For His Purpose

Questions For The Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. Has your blog changed in any way since COVID-19 arrived?
  3. Do you have a bible verse for today?
  4. Have you lost anyone to COVID?
  5. Have you been sick with COVID?
  6. Do you have a favorite hymn?
  7. What do you find outstanding about God?
    (I stand in awe of His ability to pursue every single one of us… at the same time! 🙂 )

Congratulations to all of the nominees. Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, no rush. Do as God leads you! And send me a link please! I would loved to read your post! God loves you! 🙂

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! ❤

 

 

 

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award 11.2.19

Look at You, Lord! Shining Your love again this way! You are so delightful to prepare another way to keep sharing a little of Your love. I pray I continue to please You, as You keep sending encouragement by whispering to Stu of Something to Stu Over to nominate me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Bless him, his family, his ministry, and his blog, Lord. Let Him feel Your strong embrace and powerful presence.

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Thank you, Stu, for the kind nomination! God has used you to shine a little of His light and love my way! Always a welcomed blessing! May the Lord continue to shower you with crowns to lay at His feet! Me and God love you, Brother!

Here are the guidelines:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions.


Stu’s Questions for Me:

1. When, what seems like the weight of the world is upon your shoulders, what keeps you motivated to take that next step?
God! Without His help I could no nothing… literally. He helps me to take the next step when I can’t even feel my legs.
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”
– Isaiah 40:29 AKJV

2. What is something that you used to collect as a child that you wish you still had?
As a child I did not collect anything. I don’t know if I ever gave thought to it. But as a unwed teenage mom, I collected tapes and pictures of my gift from the Lord… my son. I still have pictures, but the voice recordings are gone. I think of them often and wish for them. Especially one where my 3 yr old son was telling my 20 something yr old brother, “Uncle Charlie! Uncle Charlie! Wake up! Wake up and hit the world before the world hits you!” It was precious and profound. I don’t know where he heard it, but I have carried that with me through life. I miss those recordings, and I miss my dear brother who has been in heaven now for 12 years.

3. What exactly gives you a sense of accomplishment?
It is hard to feel I have accomplished anything. But when God lets me know I have done His will, I have the blessing of feeling accomplished. He is sweet to allow me the same feeling in puzzle books… especially when they are hard or challenging!

4. What was your hardest challenge to overcome?
Myself! God has worked long and hard to help me see the junk I carried for so long from being misinformed and intentionally misled. And He continues to make me more and more of His every day!
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
– Galatians 2:20 AKJV

5. Why do you feel the church is silent on dealing with real life issues like addiction and sex?
Fear of influence on those vulnerable and impressionable,
and fear of unknown, differences, what seems threatening to one’s faith

6. What is your personal opinion as to why it seems more and more little ones are being shot, beaten, kidnapped or worse?
It is a wicked and evil world we live in. We have devalued life for quite awhile now, while making life all about looking out for ourselves. It validates God’s warning of having tribulation.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
– John 16:33 AKJV

7. Why would any parent, no matter what the hell is going on in their lives, want to take the lives of their kids?
These are hard questions because it is unbelievable what is happening to our children, and breaks my heart. Yet I assure you it hurts God too. Whether someone has mental illness or is simply filled with a evil spirit, they’re God’s children. He will have His justice.
“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
– Matthew 18:6 AKJV

8. What is your favorite post/posts you have written? Share links please 😊
** Me and God This was my first attempt at a testimony. It was the 3rd post when I first opened my blog settings to public instead of just me and God. It was while I was taking the 30 Truth Posts Challenge about myself.
** Love of My Life – I Am His Song (my dear friend Lene invited me to write my testimony on her blog that honors purity… Song of Virginity. It is one of my favorites because I struggled for years to get my testimony down. Poetry I could flourish with (Thank You, Lord) but narrowing down everything Christ has done for me??? God used Lene to help me get it done.

9. I don’t know if this one is possible but what is the most liked post on your blog?
Thanking God For Failed Relationships is the top blog post among 20 or so awards that are most liked.

10. Which post is the one most commented on?
The Barnabas Award 10.21.19 and My Very Present Help

11. And finally, who is your top supporter as far as comments? Give them a shout out 😊
Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill ❤ God uses her so often to bless me!
Me and God treasure you, Wendi!

Nominees:

The Bipolar Writer Collaborative Mental Health Blog

Athena Johnson

Mws R Writings

elleguyence

Poems for Warriors

Educated Unemployed Indian

The Go To Girls Blog

THE ESSENCE OF LIFE

WATCHING DAILY AT WISDOM’S GATES

Congratulations to the nominees!
Please do not feel obligated to participate.
Just sharing a little of God’s love with you!
Praying you will be blessed! God loves you!

11 Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. Is there a blog award or tag you have not done yet that you would like to do?
  3. Do you have a favorite bible verse?
  4. What’s your favorite blog post on your blog?
  5. Do you have a favorite hymn?
  6. Do you like your pizza with or without cheese?
  7. Do you have a testimony that you can link here for me to read. I LOVE testimonies!
  8. Do you and your family have Thanksgiving traditions?
  9. Do you have a favorite bible character?
  10. Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, or Pecan Pie?
  11. Do you know how much God loves you?

Blogger Recognition Award 6.17.19

Praise Your Holy name, Father! How continuously sweet You are! Sweeter than honey! ❤
You have whispered my name to a brother in Christ, and given honor to YOUR blog. Stu of Something to Stu Over has nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! You deserve every bit of recognition, Lord…. on the site You have given me to declare to the world Gail Loves God… and on Something to Stu Over as Stu ministers to those who are fighting porn addiction. Everyone needs to know and hear God Loves You!

Thank you, Stu, for your thoughtfulness!
May the Lord bless you! He loves you so much!img_2145Award rules:

• Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.

• Give a brief story of how your blog started.

• Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

• Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

How My Blog Got Started:
I began years privately talking with God. At one point the Lord led me to do a challenge a friend was doing, and to open my settings from private to public. To my delightful surprise I met and became a part of a wonderfully encouraging community that would let me know that my conversations with God were encouraging, and allowed the Lord to touch or bless them. Some even let me know they had or were going through similar situations. Whatever God wants to do with the blog He gave me, is all up to Him! 🙂

Two Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers:
1. Write what you want, when you want, or not! It’s YOUR blog!
2. God loves you and wants to preserve you through His word!

Recently a friend asked me how I knew I could trust God. Why did I believe Him? This friend knew my background… foster care, molestation, violence and death, and being a single mom. At first I told them I had been asked that before and thought on it. All I could say was because of God! He has made HImself present all throughout my life. He has proven Himself true and faithful many times over.

Later at home, while I was praying on the question what makes me believe in Him and makes Him trustworthy,  I was doing my devotion. God made it clear He was answering the question as He had me open to

Mem: Psalm 119:97-104.

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

I’ve never really wanted to come across as arrogant in saying such things as… wiser than mine enemies, more than my teacher, or more than my ancients, but the Lord Himself was pointing out to me this particular moment that He WAS being specific in that while my enemies were and are ever with me, that His word gave me the wisdom to be wise in how I conducted myself to survive them and to live despite them. He gave me understanding to help me see while some teachers meant well, that HE was my teacher in appropriate living, and the discretion to simply grow quietly with Him. And He protected me from the misconceptions and family cycles of the ancients of my growing up (aka ancestors or elders), and through His precepts gave me understanding that preserved my soul, my thinking, and my life. Because I sought to know Him, His word, and His commandments… to know His will in my life… He has used wisdom, understanding, discernment, knowledge, His testimony, His judgment, and everything about HIM to personally be my teacher, my guide, my God. And I love everything about Him and His word! That is how I came to firmly believe in Him, and wholeheartedly trust Him and His Holy word. And I still do. 🙂

And you know, after I sent that message to my friend, the Lord allowed me to see the 98th verse anew.

Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies:
for they are ever with me.”

He allowed me to see His commandments as ever being with me, instead of my enemies. 🙂 What a loving teacher He is!

Nominees:
Caz of Invisibly Me
Caralyn of Beauty Beyond Bones
Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill
Roxy of RTW Roxy
Liz of Despite Pain
Efua of Grace Over Pain
Brenda of Becoming His Tapestry
Maxine of Heaven’s Reef
Margaret of The Word
Tosin of Alethea’s Mind
Carlos of 100% Jesus
LaBranda of My Thoughts Exactly
T.R. of Inside Cup
Hazel of Pure Glory
Andrea of Thriving Under Pressure

Congratulations to the nominees! Please don’t feel obligated to participate. I know some of you do not accept awards on the professional level of your blogs, but I wanted to recognize your blog,

I Was There

Such a powerful message God has given my friend Stu of Something to Stu Over… and through His pain. And that picture! Calvary by his friend Stephen Sawyer of ART4God! 😦  I share it with you… especially those of you hurting right now. God loves you!

Something to Stu Over

“It HURTS!!!”

I just want the pain to STOP!

Why won’t it stop?

I’ve tried EVERY freaking thing I can think of to make it go away.

Alcohol numbs it for a while…then it’s back.

Drugs numb it for a day or two…then it’s back.

Sex will numb it for a few hours…then it’s back.

Smoking helps for a few minutes…then it’s back.

Nothing I do helps!

No variation of the things I use helps!

But I do have a gun that will end it all!

I’m just so freaking tired!!

Are listening to ME?

I heard about you when I was a child. Are you even REAL?

Yes, I am real.

Yes, I hear you loud and clear!

I’ve been right here with you from the beginning. I even guided you into your mother’s womb.

I watched you grow while your mother nurtured you.

I was there when…

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Liebster Award 12.31.18

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves break through and steal:
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
-Matthew 6:19-21 AKJV

Lord, You have sent me a treasure from You that I will be able to give back to You… a crown to lay at Your feet. That is how I see Your whispering to Stu of Something to Stu Over to nominate me for the Liebster Award. Not because of the material value that can be deleted, and seen as something to brag about. This blog is Yours, and ANY glory it receives is ALL YOURS!
Thank You for the fellowship with my brother in Christ. Bless him in his blog, his ministries, his family, and in his own personal walk with You.

Thank you, Stu, for thinking of me with the kind nomination!
Thank You for the opportunity to share with others!
Thank you for allowing me another opportunity
to praise our heavenly Father! God loves you, brother!
🙂

The rules:
Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award.
Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination.
Ask your nominees 11 questions.
“This award is meant to encourage new bloggers. From The Global Aussie: “The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

Stu’s Questions for Me:
1. What is your greatest fear?
disappointing my Jesus 😦
2. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
to give my heart and soul to Jesus ❤
3. Do you prefer wild game, such as deer, rabbit and squirrel or do you prefer “domesticated” like cow and chicken?
domesticated
4. What was your favorite toy as a child?
I really don’t remember any toys other than coloring books & crayons my granddad use to buy me, and a small Pillsbury Dough Doll that the head came off of but would still do the famous giggle if you pushed his belly.
The doll thing was strange and I really wasn’t into dolls, so I’ll go with coloring books & crayons.
Oh wait! The Lord is reminding of a jump rope I earned when I was 6 years old by memorizing John 3:16 for a church bus driver! Mr. Farlough challenged me to learn it and I knew it by the next time he picked me up. It would be a few years before I really understood it, but it stayed with me for life! (the verse not the rope 😉 ) ❤
5. What is your favorite past time activity?
spending alone time with God ❤
6. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
too embarrassing to mention (Thank You, Lord, for discretion!)
7. What is your most memorable moment?
learning about my precious Jesus at 8 yrs old ❤
and being baptized just weeks later ❤
8. Do you agree that dating after marriage is vital to the nurturing of your relationship?
While it can have an important and helpful role for some, I do not think it is vital to nurture a relationship. Keeping Christ first and center is most important for nurturing a relationship.
9. What is your favorite board game?
Sorry
10. What is your New Year’s resolution?
I have no resolutions. My goal is the same every day… to tell everyone of my wonderful Jesus, and how much God loves them so! ❤
11. What are your expectations for 2019?
I have none. Only God knows what He will bring my way each day.

11 Things About Myself
1. I love my Jesus! ❤
2. I am homesick for heaven! ❤
3. I am homesick for God! ❤
4. I am grateful for the Holy Ghost! ❤
5. I’m homesick for the place Jesus went away to prepare for me! ❤
6. I am grateful for the fellowship God gives me on WordPress! ❤
7. I am grateful for salvation! ❤
8. I am grateful for mercy! ❤
9. I am grateful for grace! ❤
10. I am grateful for faith! ❤
11. I am grateful for my son! ❤

My Nominees:|
Athena Johnson
Have Fun With God
E.G. Paint Studio
The Truth Will Set You Free
My Thoughts Exactly
The Daily Firefly
Hayley Boden
Daily Bible Bytes
The Precious Heart
Raysa’s Ramblings
Becoming the Oil and the Wine
Racheal’s Novels

Questions for the Nominees:
1. Do you know how much God loves you?
2. What color(s) did you wear today?
3. Do you have something I could pray over?
4. What season is it now where you live?
5. Do you have a favorite hymn?
6. What are you holding in your hand right now?
7. How would you define kindness?
8. Who inspires you?
9. Who did you last text?
10. How do you find your happiness?
11. Do you know how much God loves you?
(It’s worth repeating!)

Congratulations to the nominees!
Please do not feel obligated to participate.
If you do, no rush. Do in your time and your way!
Let me know if you do so I can read it! 🙂 God loves you! ❤

Sunshine Blogger Award 11.21.18

“But the path of the just is as the shining light,
that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
– Proverbs 4:18 KJV

How I believe in Your word, Lord, when I think of having You with us every day of our life. No matter matter how dark our days can be, and our eyes dimmed by that darkness, Your Light shines to us and through us. Just as You have shined a little of Your Light my way through leading Stu of Something to Stu Over nominate me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Keeping shining Your Light his way, Lord. sunshine-blogger-awardThank you, Stu, for sharing a little of His Light!
May the Lord keep His Light shining
in every area of your life, family, ministry,
and everything He gives!
God loves you!

The Rules:

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 that you selected 11 questions of your own.

 

Stu’s Questions For Me:

1. How do you spread rays of sunshine outside of the blogging world?
Telling as many people as I can how much God loves them! ❤

2. By looking at your all-time stats, what are your readers favorite two posts?
Among the top 25 post that are about awards… the top 2 personal posts were:
Thanking God for Failed Relationships and Happy 26th Smoke Free Anniversary

3. What are you two favorite posts, either something you have written or something that touched your heart from another blogger?
My two favorites are Me and God and Love of My Life – I Am His Song

4. What is your favorite faith based film?
Jesus of Nazareth

5. What is your favorite verse in the Bible and why?
It’s hard to choose just one… but a life verse for me is
“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

6. If given the chance and the trip was free, would you go to outer space for a month? Why or why not?
Yes! Let’s fly! 🙂

7. What about writing is the hardest for you personally?
Reading my own writing out loud to others.

8. Could you see yourself as a missionary?
We are all missionaries called to share the news of God’s love.

9. If you had the chance to go on any mission trip where would you love to go?
Australia where the Hongs and Deatricks are already there serving 🙂

10. What is you favorite season of the year and why?
Spring… It starts to get warm enough to ride with the windows down, the wind blows in my hair, and I love seeing, hearing, and smelling all of God’s beauty!

11. Is there a specific topic that you have wanted to write about but haven’t yet? And if so, what is it?
Yes. Human trafficking.

NOMINEES:

  1. Bill of Unshakable Hope
  2. RENEW
  3. Tasha of Pain Warrior Code
  4. Becka of The Reclaimed Life
  5. Stella of Giggles & Tales
  6. Phoebe of Phoebe, MD: Medicine & Poetry
  7. Aishwarya of Eclipsed Words
  8. Sam of Peacock Poetry
  9. Bible Blogger: Daily Bible Bytes For You
  10. Choosing Joy
  11. Payte of Paytej

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. Do you have a favorite bible verse?
  3. What do you like to do on a sunny day?
  4. What is your favorite hobby?
  5. What season is it where you live?
  6. Do you have something I could pray for you?
  7. How long have you been blogging?
  8. Do you have a favorite hymn?
  9. What do you like to blog about?
  10. Is there an award you have not won that you would like?
  11. Do you know how much God loves you?
    (It’s a very important question. 🙂 )

Congratulations to the nominees!
Please don’t feel obligated to participate.
If you do, no rush. Do in your time and your way.
And please let me know so I may read it. 🙂
Just sharing a little of His Light and Love.

God loves you!

Blogger Recognition Award 10.28.18

God, how wonderfully You work! How awe-inspiring You are! How powerfully You minister through the brethren (and the sisters 😉 ). Just days ago You allowed me to share nominations. One of those nominations was Sue of Run With It. She surprised me by placing my name at the top of her nominees list, which is where this Blogger Recognition Award comes from. Praise Your Holy name! By Your leading, I gladly accept for You for

3 very special reasons!blogger recognition award

  1. Your love story in Sue’s life, in how You led her to start Run With It, and the beautiful testimony You gave her grandmother. This award allows to me let others read of this love story that You gave Sue in her own Lois (2 Timothy 1:5).
    So many will be blessed from reading.
    Thank you, Sue, for the nomination! God loves you!
  2. You allowed more than one of the nominees I had shared with to be either having a a birthday or a celebration of a moment in their life (or blog). So of course I will keep doing as You have always led me to do in keeping the nominations (blessings) flowing. They need to know You love them!
  3. You allow this award to come at the same time one of my dearest friends is celebrating her birthday, so she will go right at the top of this list!

Happy Birthday, Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness!
I miss you, Miss Lovely!
Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day! ❤
A lovely and God filled birthday!

also nominated are:

Soul of Eva
James Edgar Skye
iScriblr
Thought for Change
Frank Solanki
Elan Mudrow Photography
Musings of a Wounded Healer
Giggles & Tales
Defining Yellow
Kathy’s Cottage
Peacock Poetry
The Word
Matthew Winters
Sara in La La Land
Eclipsed Words

oh yes… The Rules:

  • Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your Award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to New Bloggers
  • Select 15 or more bloggers for this award.
  • Let each Nominee know you’ve Nominated them and leave a link to your post.

This is Your Blog, Lord. Always has been, always will be! From when You allowed me this place to come talk to You alone when the settings were originally on private to when You asked me to trust You in changing the settings to Public while I did a friend’s challenge to encourage her. It’s been a journey that keeps leading. As long as You’re leading, I’m still following You! ❤ Gail loves God because God first loved her!

Blogger Advice:
1. God loves you!
2. He really loves you!

Thank you, Stu of Something to Stu Over,
for the nomination that kept on giving!
May the Lord continue to bless you as well!

Congratulations to each nominee! Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, no rush. Do in your time, and don’t forget to let me know so I can read it! 🙂
If you don’t do awards, that’s OK. Just sending a little of God’s love your way.

God loves you!

Blogger Recognition Award 8.25.18

Dear Lord, I am long overdue for thanking You
for Your thoughtfulness through a dear friend… a brother in Christ.
Stu of Something to Stu Over nominated me
for the Blogger Recognition Award back on September 25th, 2018.
img_2145Thank You for sending Your blessings through him.
Shower him with blessings, Lord!

Keep him strong in his ministry and his walk.

Thank you, Stu!
May you always know the embrace of our Lord and Savior!
God loves you!

The Rules:

  • Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your Award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to New Bloggers
  • Select 15 or more bloggers for this award.
  • Let each Nominee know you’ve Nominated them and leave a link to your post.

How Gail Loves God got started:
Originally it was a place to privately speak to my heavenly Father. Later the Lord led me to encourage a friend by taking their challenge, while at the same time He was encouraging me to trust Him in opening my settings to Public. The overwhelming responses to me pouring out my heart to my Lord and Savior allowed me to continue to glorify His name, and to tell as many as I could “God loves you!”

2 Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers:
1. Just be yourself! God made you to be who YOU are!
2. Write what you want to write, and however often you want! It’s your blog!

Nominees:
The Showers of Blessings
Run With It
A New Life
Therapy Bits
Sagittarian Seeker
Simply Chronically Ill
Teen Meet God
Becoming His Tapestry
Pure Glory
The Ascender’s Touch
Invisibly Me
Alethea’s Mind
My Way Home
Beholding Him Ministries
Faith and Books
God’s Food Heals
Walking With The Way

Congratulations to the nominees! Please do not feel obligated to participate,
but if you do let me know so that I can read it!
And take as much time as you need!

For those of you who don’t do awards, don’t worry.
I’m just recognizing your blog!

God loves you each one!!

 

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!

Versatile Blogger Award 5.26.18

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”
– Isaiah 55:8 KJV

You surely have that right, Lord. I would have never thought You would use me this way, nor this blog, nor pour blessings all over me with so many blogger friends and blog awards! Your love comes in so many ways that delightfully surprise us. Just as You have surprised me with the blessing of a dear Brother in Your Son’s name as a blogger friend. You allowed Stu of Something to Stu Over to nominate me for the Versatile Blogger Award tonight. Bless him and his ministry, Lord. Be His strength and His protection.

Thank you, Stu, for your thoughtfulness in nominating me! May the Lord bless you as richly and as generously as He does me in reading your blog, and being blessed with your friendship in Christ! Family in Christ! 🙂
Me and God love you, Brother!


What is the Versatile Blogger Award?

• The versatile blogger award is given to bloggers by bloggers as a recognition of the uniqueness of their content and individuality.

• It is also a way to honor bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or now and then.

• The award is run by VBA. Check them out.versatile-blogger-awardRules!

• Thank the person who gave you this award.

• Include a link to their blog.

• Next select and nominate 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.

• Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


Nominees:

Eclipsed Words recently wrote What If I Fly? and I loved it! ❤
Real as the Streets recently wrote Recovery Road. bravely personal and honest!
Carmen Leung recently wrote on her Hiking Zion National Park. Stunning pics!
Stumbling About Our World wrote a fun note caled 70 Random Facts About Me.
Justified and Redeemed recently wrote Why I Choose Modesty in an Immoralist Society.
Realistic Beginner recently wrote 31. What Next? We all ask it!
Bittersweet Diary recently wrote Musing on Quarter Night. Love loss is hard.
God’s Food Heals recently wrote Are You a Coeliac? Hop over and find out.
My God Speaks recently wrote Conquering Sin. Great post!
Dreamer’s Outlet last wrote Monday Mantra: You Are a Piece of Art. I reblogged.
Create in Me recently wrote Liebster Award. Surprising her with Versatile! 😉
December Rose recently wrote Sneakers on Half the Band. Nice poem!
God’s Heavenly Daughter last shared Psalm 3:3. Beautiful!
Riventures recently wrote To My Senior Friends... Sweet note.
Peacock Poetry recently wrote Celebrating Creating. So generous!


7 Facts About MySelf

  1. I love God!
  2. I love Jesus!
  3. I love the Holy Spirit!
  4. I love hymns.
  5. I love sermons.
  6. I love my son, my family.
  7. I always want you to know that God loves you!

Congrats to all the nominees and mentioned! 🙂 Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you decide to, no rush. Do it in your time, your way. God’s perfect time is just that… perfect! 🙂
God loves you!

3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

Lord, Your challenge for me has come to its 3rd and final day… at least for this challenge. I pray every quote, every word, every nomination, and every read brought glory to Your Holy Name… and will continue to do so. It’s Your blog. Do whatever You will with whatever You want. And do whatever You want with whatever You will!
It’s all for You!

And please bless our dearest and lovely Anita of Discovering Your Happiness for nominating me for this 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thank you, Miss Lovely! ❤


The Rules Are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  4. Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 1: “God Loves You!”
(click here to read Day 1)

3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 2:
“Jesus died for you! What more do you want Him to do? – Die Again?”
(click here to read day 2)

3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 3:
(you are reading Day 3)

“He’s like the lightning in the sky each time I feel it near.
The beauty of its pretty color sinks beneath my fear.”

The Lord gave me this quote as a Life Quote for the poetry He has given me through a poem He allowed me to pen several years ago called Frozen Box, just as He has given me John 14:27 as a Life Verse from the Bible. It is posted as the tagline for my poetry blog gaillovesgodspoetry. It really sums up a lot about Me and God (my salvation testimony), as well as the long time struggle with My Fear of God. At the time I wrote it, I was young and just coming out of years of abuse, a lot of dysfunctional years for our family, a dysfunctional school, and was a single mom of the cutest little pair of arms that the Lord blessed me with. So of course my writing was still growing as mentioned in Me and Writing (my writing testimony).
The Lord has allowed me to grow so much, and my fear of Him as well. Recently, He has allowed me the grace to stand and face Him, to enjoy the magnificence of His majestic presence in the midst of a storm cloud, and different scenarios that would normally have me horrified. I am not standing as though to dare Him, nor defy Him, but by His sweet leading to look upon Him in awe! To know the peace and joy of knowing He is with me… for me… and strenghtening me… to trust Him more. It is because of John 14:27 that I can now stand and glory in His beauty in reverent fear.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
– Amazing Grace,
Stanza 2
hymn lyrics by John Newton


Nominees for Day 3:
Something to Stu Over
Matthew Winters (Comeback Pastor)
Inner Man Theatre


I close with a favorite song that declares,
“I’m no longer a slave to fear.
I am a child of God.”

PRAISE BE TO GOD!