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Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27

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Versatile Blogger Award 11.22.18

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
– James 1:17 KJV

Lord, while You brought James 1:17 to my mind when thinking on the word versatile, I know that You are a God who loves all types of people, in many different countries around the world, and choose to answer prayers in many different ways. You also have many different ways of letting us know You are thinking of us, as You have done so with Tosin of Alethea’s Mind in whispering my name into her ear in nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank You for her nomination and her friendship! Bless her, Lord!versatile-blogger-award

Thank you, Tosin, for your thoughtfulness! May God continue to richly bless you, your blog, and your family! God loves you! ❤

RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include a link to their blog in your post.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers of your choosing to keep spreading the love.

7 FACTS ABOUT MYSELF:

  1. I love God the Father! ❤
  2. I love His Son Jesus Christ! ❤
  3. I love the Holy Spirit! ❤
  4. I love the Trinity! ❤
  5. I love hymns! ❤
  6. I love sweet fellowship with the brethren (and sisters 😉 )!
  7. I love the WordPress Comm”unity” 🙂

NOMINEES:

  1.  Created and Called
  2.  Tammy of God Inspired Art & Quotes
  3.  Anjali of Positive Side of the Coin
  4.  Akriti of Doodle’s World
  5.  Tasha of Pain Warrior Code
  6.  June of The Godly Chic Diaries
  7.  Shae of Shae’s Days
  8.  Becka of The Reclaimed Life
  9.  Stella of Giggles and Tales
  10.  Amy of A New Life
  11.  Rahul of Smoke Words Every Day
  12.  Robbie of Captive Dreams Window
  13.  Aishwarya of Eclipsed Words
  14.  Miriam of Mindful Journey
  15.  Doreen of Becoming the Oil and the Wine

Congratulations to the Nominees!
Please do not feel obligated to participate.
If you do, no rush. Do it in your own time and your own way.
If you do, please let me know so I can read it. 🙂
Just sending a little of God’s love your way! God loves you!

Thanksgiving Tag 11.12.18

**A very long read, but not nearly the Thanks I owe Him.**

Thanksgiving Tag! Lord, that is so incredibly like You! Here I owe You every breath I have to give You thanks for the endless supplies of blessings You give me (including You and Your Son), yet You have our dearest Tosin  of Alethea’s Mind nominate me for the Thanksgiving Tag! How delightfully surprising You both are! Thank You, Father, for again being who You always are! May the Holy Spirit help me to bring You the glory You deserve! And please bless Tosin and her blog, Lord. She has such a heart for You.
I love reading You in every line!

Thank You, Tosin!
I love my African-Scottish Sister in Christ! ❤
(Hope I remembered that correctly! 😉 )

Rules:

List your thankful ABC’s.
Add one theme clip art to your post.
Tag 3 people who you would like to participate.

AAlmighty God, my Abba Father, You make ALL things possible.
You are due Your thanks for who You Are,
and for blessing me with good gifts that only You can give…
like my son Anthoni! ❤
“And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.” – Mark 7:28 KJV

BBeloved, You Bless us with Bibles, Bible studies, Blogs, Bloggers,
Babies, Brothers, and so many Beautiful things!
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” – Psalm 68:19 KJV

CChrist, You have made us Christians, Christ like,
from Your Cause on the Cross.
You Cleansed us from or sins, and sent us the Comforter! ❤
Computers help us to share that message.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” – Galatians 3:13 KJV

DDivine intervention has saved my life more than once,
but saved my soul forever! ❤
You have allowed Doctors to improve my health!
Depression tries to steal me, but You use it to keep me humble,
and to Draw me nigh.
Day By Day is one of my favorite hymns that  You strenghten me with.
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” – James 4:8 KJV

EEmmanuel, You came for us!
Love came in a manger to give me Eternal life!
You use the story of Elisha and the chariots of fire
to greatly embolden my hope.
Thank You for opening my Eyes and allowing me to see them at times!
I love it when You do!  Encouragement is Your specialty!
❤ Eternal peace is on the way!
“And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. ” – 2 Kings 6:17 KJV

FFaithful are You who gives us Friends, Family, Followers, Faith,
and who will one day allow me to Fly! 🙂
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”- 1 Thessalonians 5:24 KJV

GGod, You created me and everyone and everything in this world!
I am thankful, my Great Physician,
for the promise of permanent healing when I get home!
I am grateful to be able to tell the world…
Gail Loves God and God loves you! ❤
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16 KJV

HHoly Spirit, where would I be without Your leading?
Holy, Holy, Holy is one of my favorite hymns!
And oh how I love HYMNS!
Helping others is possible because of You.
Humility teaches us about Jesus! ❤
“He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:8 KJV

II AM THAT I AM is Your great name, our Invisible God.
Your Inspiration makes us feel invincible.
Your Immortality is our hope.
Ice- cream is a special pleasure You allow.
I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Exodus 20:2 KJV

JJesus, You are the Love of my Life.
You are the great Judge who will deliver Justice and mercy
according to Your perfect Judgment, not mine.
Joy is something You give and seek.
John is one of my favorite books of the bible. How could it not be!
John 14:1-6 and John 14:27 have seen me through many fearful times,
and You of all people know how often I struggle with fear.
Jesus Loves Me, Jesus Is All the World to Me,
Jesus Loves the Little Children, Just a Closer Walk With Thee
,
are just a few of the many hymns I cherish…
especially Jesus Got a Hold of My Life.
You introduced it to me in foster care!
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:1-6 KJV
“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 KJV

KKing of Kings, King of my heart, King of my life, King of my soul,
and King of my mind… just so the world can hear it…
and all the people and things who think they have won
my body, my heart, my spirit, or my mind that is so easily failing me.
There is only one King of anything to do with me.
The fact that He will out last all of His enemies speaks for itself. 🙂
The King James Version of Your Word is the one You have me use.
Thank You for having King James put it into my language
so I could have my own copy to open the pages and lay in Your arms!
Weeping when I cannot even read!

Being able to Kneel in reverent prayer to You, my Lord!
(That’s me in the center. 😉 )46710044_973949219472790_699705319898480640_nThank You for allowing me to do that for the first time in years!
Thank You for allowing Anthoni to help me with the picture!
(Thank you, Anthoni! Your mom loves you! ❤ )
And thank You, Lord, for Keitha Bible Studies!
(You know there’s a difference, Father! ❤ )

“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.”
– Psalm 95:6 KJV

LLORD OF LORDS, You are the Lion of Juda,
the Lamb that was slain for the sins of the world!
You have used lymphedema specialists and lymphedema therapists
to vastly strengthen my legs, improving my health immensely.
Lipedema Specialist and lipedema therapists as well.
There is a huge difference, and grossly dismissed and overlooked
even in the medical community.
Love is possible because You are Love,
and You teach us to love one another!
“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” 
– Romans 13:10 KJV

MMarvelous and Mighty are You,
sending Missionaries and Men of God to serve You,
to meet lost and hurting souls who need  Your love and Mercy.
Medicines help keep Your people functional sometimes
(I know You use them to help me).
Majestic sunsets. Moonlit skies. I love You, Master!
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” – Matthew 26:25 KJV

NName Above All Names, the Nazarene I love…
No One Ever Cared for me like You have and do!
Nativity scenes remind me how precious, tender,
and vulnerable You allowed Yourself to be!
You gave up so much for me!
Thank You for Neo-natal units and nurses!
Thank You for reconciling me to our Father…
allowing me to draw Near to the Heart of God.
Thank You for New Life.
No Not One! ❤
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.” – Genesis 50:21 KJV

O Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent,
You are Omni-omni! 😉
The One and Only.
I love Your hymn One Day at a Time.
You are Our God. Omega!
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” 
– Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

PPrince of Peace, my Prophet and Priest,
I am thankful for Your Preachers, Pastors,
and am thankful for their Preaching from Your Passages.
I love Pilgrim’s Progress, Psalms, and Proverbs.
Thank You for Your Patience, Peacekeeper, Promise keeper.
Praise Him, Praise Him is a favorite hymn.
“Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.” – Psalm 150:1-6 KJV

QQuickener of my Spirit, Quieter of my soul,
I love Quiet time with You.
You are a God who allows/welcomes Questions.
Quick to forgive.
I love Quizzes (especially Bible ones) and Q-tips (genuinely! 😉 )
Quiet My Soul is a beautiful hymn.
Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.”
– Psalm 119:88 KJV

RRedeemer, You are the Righteous Ruler of my heart.
Thank You for Redemption, for Your Resurrection,
For Your Revelation to John, knowing You are Risen,
and for sweet Rest!
I Am Resolved to come to Thee.
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”
– Psalm 37:7 KJV

SSavior, Spirit, You are my Strength.
I love Your Saints, Sacred Secrets, Secret Strengths,
Samuel and his momma Hannah,
Songs, Sisters in Christ, Sweet fellowship,
and the hymns Sweet By and By, and Sanctuary. Lord prepare me!
“And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.” – 1 Samuel 3:19 KJV

TThank You, Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost)
for Timothy’s family influence to mine
(Timothy, Lois, and Eunice).
I love to hear Testimonies…
Salvation Testimonies, Life Testimonies, Ministry Testimonies….
everything that just tells of Your love!
Thank You for all of the Teachers and Therapists,
for the TENS, Tags…
Tosin’s Thanksgiving Tag ;).
Thank You, Lord, for Saving My Soul. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.
Trust and Obey. Tell It To Jesus.
These are all favorite hymns!
“Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.” – Psalm 18:49 KJV
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” – 2 Corinthians 9:15 KJV

UUnfailing Love, You are Understanding.
I love what is Unseen unto those who do not believe,
but is ever bit Seen by those who believe! ❤
You love Unity in us, and to see us Uplifting one another.
“Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.” – Proverbs 16:22 KJV

V – My Victor, You are My Victory. You are Valiant.
Your Vesture is priceless.
I am thankful for voting rights, having a voice,
a little bit of Vocabulary (though mine is nothing like Joseph’s 😉 ).
I love the hymn Victory in Jesus. It is the theme song at Temple. 🙂
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” – John 5:24 KJV

WWord, Wonderful, Wise, just a few of Your names Lord.
You not only were the Word at the beginning,
and gave us Your Word to read and learn,
but You precious Lord, allowed me the gift of words,
their power to hide behind, to persuade,
relay a message, deflect from pain,
explain and encourage Your word and its power on me.
Words have been a part of saving my sanity,
and a safe place to escape since I was 9 years old in foster care.
And my favorite part of Your words flowing
through my life and my pen
is so often allowing me to look back and see…
I DO praise my God! I DO love Him and openly profess so,
and I DO take EVERYTHING to Him in prayer.
It might feel like whining to me at the time,
but He surely uses those words to allow me
to be the first to read and be blessed by them,
and to fight all that comes at me… inside and out.
And then! God! My Hero…
allows those very same words to encourage others!
Where I am ashamed to speak it even just on paper…
God magnifies Himself!
How do I know?
Words from others who tell me
how they are experiencing the exact same thing,
or have battled themselves,
or love You just as much in those words!
They see my love for You… THEY SEE YOU!
One of my favorite hymns is…

Wonderful Words of Life! ❤
lyrics by P. P. Bliss

“Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life;
let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life;
words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty:

Refrain:
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life.

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” – Proverbs 4:7 KJV

X – King Xerxes is a nickname in Your Bible for Artaxerxes.
The kids in my son’s bible quiz team use to love knowing this.
Thank You for the updated X-rays on my cervical and thoracic
to help my doctors with the combo nerve block,
and the recent occipital nerve block.
They helped so much. Bless their Thanksgiving, Lord!
My son has a cousin named Xavier.
Who would think X could be a nickname… lol.
My stepdad has to sign an X even in this modern time
because of his remedial reading skills and poor eyesight. He’s 85.
“Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.” – Ezra 7:12 KJV

YYAHWEH is technically not in Your King James Version of the Bible,
but “YOUR” people know it to be Your name.
We do know You are a Yoke lightener. 😉
Yellow roses are so pretty.
I am too am guilty of using the phrase, “Follow the yellow brick road”
when telling others to follow simple signs of directions…
most often in the hospital… lol. It puts a smile on their face. 🙂
“Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.”
– Psalm 138:5 KJV

ZZion reminds me of the gospel song “Is That the Old Ship of Zion?
Love it!
Zeal reminds of having a Zeal for You…
and Judas and Barabbas being Zealots…
which meant to be well intended,
but was taking away Your Authority to say when and how.
Zacharias was a poor fellow who did what the rest of us do sometimes…
doubt even the idea of what You speak. May we take You at Your Word.
” And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.” – Luke 1:18-20 KJV

Whew! Do You think anyone will still be reading this far, Dear Lord?
I am long overdue in giving You thanks.
You know I’ve been hiding behind copy & paste from FB memories.
It’s been so hard to talk lately,
but I did not want to go without praising and thanking You.
You did allow me to do a couple of genuine posts,
but You deserve praise.
And that’s the point in trusting You in opening the site to Public.
Please forgive me for not doing the tag sooner
so the nominees could have kept passing on
the opportunity to thank You even more.
I will nominate 3 as in the rules who I pray will keep it going,
but I have no idea who has done it already,
and it is already Thanksgiving.
Most will be celebrating with their families.
or wisely taking time away from the computer.
So I leave it to You. It is NEVER too late to Thank You!!
We should all year long.

Nominees:

Efua of Grace Over Pain
Tamie of Tamie’s Alcove
Meredith of My Way Home

And whoever wants to keep giving Thanks to God! 🙂

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!
GOD LOVES YOU!!

I Believe!

Father, You are absolutely amazing! By 5:30 a.m. You have already made my day. 🙂 At 3:30 a.m. this morning I was struggling to awake because I had fallen asleep at the computer while trying to catch up on responding to messages and emails. I desperately needed a shower, but Anthoni had to be at work by 5 a.m., which meant leaving by 4 a.m.. By Your grace, I just did get the shower and got in the car by 4:10 a.m..

After dropping him off by 4:45 a.m., I headed to D.D. (Dunkin Donuts) where I would be able to use their free WiFi to do my morning devotions,using the H.E.A.R. reading plan in the Sacred Series our church is doing together. At 5:05 a.m. I parked, gathered my things in my purse, got out of the beeping car, and shut the locked doors. Just as the door closed my brain finally clicked! The beeping was to warn me that the keys were still in the ignition! I was now locked out!

Immediately, I thought of my ailing brother who would have to drive 25 miles at 5 a.m. to come unlock the door. He just had cancer surgery 5 days ago. I felt so bad. I also thought of my 8 a.m. appointment at the doctor’s office with which I had to cancel my last appointment a little over a week ago because I had broken down on the Interstate with a flat tire and a very bad spare. I was about to panic, but then You took control of the situation… including my spirit.

The first thing, I was glad it was just like the morning of the flat tire when You allowed me to get Anthoni to work first.
Secondly, I was grateful that I did not have a little one inside the car the locked car, as my dear Tosin (of Alethea’s Mind) had written on having this horrifying situation happen to her not too long ago. (I thought of you sister!)
Thirdly, there was no reason to wake Nathan up just yet and stress him. I still had 3 hours before the doctor’s appointment, which happened to be right down the road. It would be a long and dangerous walk that I really couldn’t afford physically to do, but that too would be an added blessing to trust You with.
But my first priority would be to give You that time in devotions. After all, it was why I came here, and You did allow me to make it!

I went in, grabbed an orange juice and a dollar item off of the Smart menu (I’m not really a doughnut and coffee person). I sat down to eat and get the WiFi going. That was a challenge, but You allowed it to finally work.
My reading for the day was Psalm 119:169-176 and John 10:1-21.

These were my notes:
H. & E.
Your word is so sacred, Father. Please hear my heart’s cry for Your word to help me, lead me, save me. Through Your word I am strengthened and made righteous, allowing me to follow Your righteous words. 
“Therefore doeth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
A. & R.
Jesus, You have the power to take up Your life just as much as You have the power to lay it down. It was all in love… in absolute obedience, but absolutely in love as well! ❤
I know the power of Your word and the power of Your love can move mountains, unlock locked cars 😉 , and perform miracles… like every day life.
You have the power to open the eyes of the blind! I believe! In Your name.
Amen! I love You!!
P.S. Thanks for making the DD WiFi work! 🙂


After I had finished devotions, I started to do one of my 16 x 16 Sudoku puzzles but remembered the new copy of the Sword of the Lord I had. I like to do their Crossword because it is all about the Holy Bible, and only uses the KJV (King James Version). So I chose to do it first as a way to keep/choose You first. While doing the puzzle, I heard a truck pull up outside that I had seen going down the road while doing my devotions. The Fire Department! 🙂

As they were coming in, I asked them, “You wouldn’t happen to be able to unlock a car locked with the keys inside, would you?” They asked, “Did you lock yourself out?” I pointed to the car and let them know I had locked myself out. Before I knew it, one turned to the other 4 and said, “Let’s get this car unlocked real quick.”

**GASP** I excitedly asked as they started out the door, “Can you really??” Sure enough!! It didn’t take them but a few minutes! And they were so super nice! Especially for being up at 5:30 a.m., just out on a call! I apologized for interrupting their breakfast, and they let me know it wasn’t a breakfast run. They had just been on a call. Well let me thank You, Lord, for sending them on 2 calls! 😉

I kept thanking them each again and again. Letting them know they kept me from having to call my brother, who just had cancer surgery, which would have been a 25 mile drive. I kept telling them, “God bless you!” They were each so friendly and nice! Telling me to have a good day! I immediately thought of those words from devotions.
“I believe You have the power to unlock locked cars. I believe!”

DAY MADE ALREADY, LORD, AT 5:30 A.M.!! 🙂

You even allowed me to drop off paperwork I’ve been trying to get to P.T., which allowed me to see two familiar faces that I had not seen in quite awhile and was very excited to see!! And they were excited to see me!! You are such an awesome God in so many ways! You care about the little things, and the big things! This wasn’t the first time the SFD (Skyland Fire Department) has rescued me. They rescued me as a young child during a tornado when I was staying over at my aunt’s house with my cousins. And then later when I was 35 year old single mom with a 16 year old, providing water just after a tropical storm had come through and knocked out power and water for a lot of people for several days.

Can the devil cause the blind to see?? The devil can’t… BUT YOU CAN!!
You opened my eyes and allowed me to see You in the whole day!!
And You opened a locked car for me!! ❤

Thank You for the firefighters, Lord!
Please bless them!