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!!