Blog

Birthday Girl!

Tomorrow is my 62nd birthday and I have no idea how I got so old. I certainly don’t feel that I am carrying that many years! My body may belie that statement, but my mind shouts, “I am youthful and often childlike!” Being this way makes it easy for me to follow Jesus’ admonition to have a childlike faith. I’m sure that’s a good thing. I’ve been blessed lately and my busy schedule has prevented me from taking time with this site. My bad. I was in OK City for a visit with family while scouting out my future home. Then I was able to visit with a dear PA friend and that was a joyous event. He even brought my Lions Club awards with him and that is yet another blessing for me. All I can do is count my many, many blessings and know that the Lord is walking closely by my side. I only need reach out to take His hand.

My latest blessing is holding my third book in my hands! “We are Safe, God is Good” will be available for purchase Aug. 8 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This is the book that God asked me to write and having done this despite my difficulties and trials is nothing short of a miracle. I wrote 365 devotions and have included 13 poems in this book. It’s presented under my maiden name (Gail Louise Wise) and that is another triumph. I am pinching myself to make sure that it’s really published and that all the hard work has culminated in this beautiful book! God is SO good!

New Beginnings

I feel as if I am on the cusp of something big in my life. There are avenues opening up that I didn’t imagine would happen yet. I feel an excitement in the air as I travel to OKC to check out living arrangements for my future! Being near my family would be a dream come true for me. I am praying that this is what’s going to happen!

I am reading Luke 14:33: “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” I most certainly hope I do not have to give up everything in order to make the next step in my life. If that is what is required; am I prepared to do so? I have felt like I gave up enough when I moved in a hurry from my home of thirty-five years. I left precious things behind that were meant for my granddaughters. Those are the possessions I truly miss. I also have another sign on my desk that reads, “Can I be content with little if that is what God has ordained for me?” I contemplate these words a lot. I’d like to think that my answer is, “Yes!” but, if put to the test, would I do what God desires of me? It’s a heavy thought.

Please pray that I have a safe journey to Oklahoma City and back. Please pray that I can get into the housing complex that has an opening. Please pray that it is a nice, clean, and well-organized place that will be a joy to live at. Please pray that I can keep an open mind and a positive attitude as I look things over. Thank you. Blessings.

Challenges

There is so much I don’t understand about creating a website. I have even discovered that I have a free site (rather then this premium one) set up! I don’t want that one and will now have to learn how to delete it. Oh my. Doing all this is a lesson in frustration and patience for me. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and my bipolar tendency is to shut down when that happens. Not the best thing to do, I know. It’s a difficult habit to overcome and I’m doing my best to stick to it and find out how to build a website. I could use prayers! Thank you. Blessings.

Saturday Musings

I sure wish I had grown up more in the computer age. I am so challenged to develop an attractive and informative web site for my books. I surely hope people will be patient with me. Here’s one of my favorite poems for your perusal:

The Auction Block

There she stood on the auction block, beaten down by grief and sin.

How had it come to this she thought as the sale was about to begin.

The leering faces in the audience were filled with hate and lust.

As she saw herself through their eyes, she felt only loathing and disgust.

And then she saw that familiar face which had shown her kindness and care.

Shame spread over her pale cheeks as she surmised…could she dare?

To imagine that he had come for her was more than her brain could take in.

She tried her best to straighten up, to stand tall and to lift her chin.

It didn’t work because she was totally worn down by the shame of it all.

But there he remained, calmly waiting, until it was her name they would call.

Her name was Gomer and we never know if she was grateful for what he did.

We only know that Hosea was there in order to place the highest bid.

We are on that auction block every day. Our darkened sin places us there.

We give into the devil and walk his road, often without a thought or a care.

The Lord could leave us wallowing in our sin and our bad mistakes.

But he hung on a tree for us, for our weak human sakes.

Father God has come to bid on us and we see him in the crowd,

as we stand there upon the block, body slumped and our head bowed.

Cheer up, dear Christian, for he has come to bring us life within his glory.

No matter where you’ve been, he desires to change your story.

We do not have to stand exposed before the world, for them to judge.

His love is perfect towards us and his heart will never budge.

Your love is all he asks in return for all that he showers upon you.

Step off the block and rejoice. Yes, rejoice, in all that you do!

My Latest News

My two poetry books have been out for some time now. You can find them at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. “My Treasured Gifts from God” and “The View From My Window” {Christian Faith Publishers} both explore the devastating effects of mental disease on my life; particularly depression and bipolar disorder. I share my deepest thoughts and agony but also offer “light at the end of the tunnel”. For, my faith in God is what sees me through each and every day. Joins me as I share!

My first devotional, entitled “We Are Safe, God Is Good” should be out soon. This is from Elm Hill Publishers, the Christian side of Harper Collins. My poetry is showcased as well: one poem introduces each month and the devotions loosely follow the theme of that poem. It will be available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble as well.

My second devotional is completed but needs to be organized for the publisher. It will be entitled “The God of All Comfort”. It also includes my poetry and I hope this way of presenting devotions is pleasing to my readers.

I have other poetry books readied but, alas, they have to be paid for before they can be published. I am leaving that in God’s hands and He will tell me when I can take those leaps. In the meantime, I walk one step at a time and one day at a time, relying upon His guidance and wisdom. I pray you will enjoy watching my journey. Blessings.