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!