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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Gay's Days, August 31, 2014

Sunday

We had a blessed morning at church—lots of bodies present, along with a sweet spirit of fellowship.

Came home, ate a bologna sandwich, and now we are off to Waco to see the Baylor Bears play their first game in the new stadium. It's a 3.5 hour drive, but we should make it by game time.

Blessings everyone!

Tomorrow!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Gay's Days August 30, 2014


August 30, 2014

Saturday

Good morning folks,

I’m having all sorts of computer problems and the AT&T tech is supposed to arrive today between 8:00 and noon. A nice surprise—didn’t think they worked on Saturday.

Neither cell phones worked, mine or hubby’s, so we made a trip to the AT&T store last night to see about those. They are back on track.  Technology is wonderful when it works. Right?

As we returned, the sky was absolutely beautiful from the day's on and off rain showers. All those clouds made me think of Sarah. She calls forth clouds to rest and sleep on, but hers are white and fluffy. These were blue and stormy with a bit of sunshine mixed in. Sarah doesn’t care too much for thunder. It usually means the Superiors are sending her a reprimand.


We ate at the Cheescake Factory in Sugar Land while we were out and about. That was delightful and made the excursion worthwhile for me. They have almost a zillion items to choose from.

I’m excited. After church tomorrow, hubby, daughter #2 and I are zipping to Waco to a Baylor Bear Football game—the first one in the new McLane Stadium.  The Bears play the SMU Mustangs.  Sic ‘em Bears!

Okay guys, I better sign off before the tech guy shuts me down.  Ya’ll have a good weekend and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.
 
McLane Stadium
Waco, TX

 
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Gay's Days


August 29, 2014

Good morning folks.  Earlier in the day, about 9:00, we had a much needed rain shower. Some parts of Texas are dry, but we’ve been fortunate in Fulshear to have had a cooler, wetter, summer. Rather unusual for us down here.

Our neighbor moved from her home yesterday…a bittersweet relocation for her. She loved her house, but it was too large for one person. She’s looking forward to a new subdivision not too far from here.

I suppose the new neighbors will move in this weekend. Hubby and I are happy because the new neighbors also took possession of the lot between our houses. The view is lovely with all the pecan trees.

I awoke about 5:30 and wrote a bit on my novella, Sarah and the Midnight Cruise to Catalina Island, and now I’m about to leave for the gym and get on that dreaded treadmill. I’m listening to my first book read on audio, Sarah: A Mission of Love. The reader is quite good, and I’m enjoying the book I authored from a new perspective.  Listening to a book makes the time go faster.

Ya’ll have a good day. I’ll catch you tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm interviewed today!

August 27, 2014

Please stop by Rachel James blog and say hello.  You'll read how Sarah came to be.  There's also a bit about me.  Rachel asks interesting questions.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sarah and the Scary Ferris Wheel


Just released! Sarah and the Scary Ferris Wheel.  Am I excited? 
 Yes indeed, I am!

A new Sarah book is out today! Sarah and the Scary Ferris Wheel, an eBook, and this book is the second of a three edition, novella series. Sarah is featured in three full length books, but this is the first time she’s appeared in a shorter stories.

A third eBook is on the way, Sarah and a Dad for Mandy.  These three novellas will be bundled into a print book and will be available in September.

Sarah is a fun book.  I’m told by readers that she makes them smile.  She even makes me laugh as I write about her antics.  Here’s what one reader wrote:

                “I can’t remember many (any actually) where God’s word is taught in happy and entertaining   circumstances.”  G. Hankins.

And guess what?  Sarah and the Scary Ferris Wheel is only .99 on Amazon and other online book sellers.
 
Blurb for Sarah and the Scary Ferris Wheel
Sarah is given a new mission—to link Robert Johnson and Brittany Lee—two people she encountered while trying to bring a couple together on that irksome computer Internet dating service. Oh sure, she’d done it. Not without trial and a lot of error, but with this fresh assignment, trouble would come again, she was positive.
If she hadn’t grumbled about the computer, maybe the Lieutenant wouldn’t have ordered her to ride the Galveston Ferris wheel. She’d seen the huge rotation device built over the Gulf of Mexico, and the very thought of a ride on that monster made her nauseous. 
What if she threw up on the humans?
Oh merciful heavens!  Why did the Superiors give such tasks to
bumbling angels anyway?
http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Scary-Ferris-Wheel-Lewis-ebook/dp/B00M8HLB0Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406725757&sr=8-1&keywords=sarah+and+the+scary+ferris+wheel


Last February, on a rather cold and windy day in the Houston area, I went to Galveston to ride the Ferris Wheel.  The day was way too blustery, so hubby and I had to go back a second time.  The ride was fun, but no amount of needed research would put me on the roller coaster. Nope.  Nuh-huh.  The scary Ferris wheel was enough for me.  Here's a picture on the cold, windy day.  I come out sideways, but that's the way Sarah operates...well, not exactly.  She's usually upside down.

 
Have you been to Galveston?  Tell me about your experience. Galveston, Texas is a fun place with lots of activities and good food.


 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wise Words


Use Words to Support and Comfort.

 

Okay, let’s review the previous posts.  We found verses in Proverbs to remind us that silence is a virtue.  So…when should we refuse to remain quiet and speak up?

Proverbs 25:11 reads: “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

Solomon presents a beautiful word picture to illustrate wise words. The lesson here is that we should consider content and timing when revealing our thoughts.  Perhaps a child, loved one, or employee needs a bit of correction.  When adjustment is given in a loving, kind way and at the appropriate moment, it is usually received in the same spirit by the one hearing it.  Words we fine-tune and give properly, are apples of gold in settings of silver.  Such appropriate conversations soothe a soul with riches and can alter behavior.  Hmmm. Gold apples set in silver, that icon would make a fine piece of jewelry, don’t you think? 

Mother Goodness, the angel mentor to Sarah, appears often in the Sarah series to give Sarah delicate apples of gold set in silver.  Not that Sarah always remembers the lessons, but Mother Goodness knows how to deliver the messages in a kind manner.  Sarah, the haphazard angel, identifies with humans.  We are erratic and forgetful with our speech patterns and actions.

Proverbs 31:8-9 says:  “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Most of us know innocents who can’t defend themselves.  The unborn child is one of them.  The Prolife Group communicates for these little guys, and we should.  How about the homeless?  They exist in a low state and often find it difficult to change their position.

We can voice concern and evoke change for vulnerable people and we can treat everyone fairly. Kind confrontations on behalf of others are wise words.

How about looking for ways to share gracious words and encouragement to others this week?
 
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Watch What You Say!


Watch What You Say!

"Sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but words will never hurt me." 

Remember that ditty?

The rhyme isn't true.  Words can bring harm

 In our last discussion about wisdom, I spoke about a few of wisdom’s attributes.  Protecting others from an onslaught of ugly words is a powerful way to act judiciously.

A wife called me recently.  Her husband discovered a plastic lid missing from a spice jar in the kitchen. Their conversation went like this.

Husband: “Where is the lid to this?”

Wife: “I don’t know. Maybe it got accidentally thrown away.”

Husband: “If I were as stupid as you, I’d kill myself.”

Beg your pardon?  He assumed she threw the thingy away and lashed out in his anger.  Wise speech?  Not hardly. How did those foolishly spoken words make the newly wed wife feel?  She tried to confide her pain to me but found no words to describe her sorrow.

Proverbs 18:19 says, “An offended brother (wife or husband) is more unyielding than a fortified city and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.”  Verse 21 follows with, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” NIV.

Keeping silent when one is angry, and it is a challenging proposition, but it remains the best technique to prevent heartache and misunderstanding.

In another post, I confessed my wordy mouth.  I told you how I once kept a jar of M&M candies on my desk and called them my “Zip Lip Pills.”  When I felt the need to offer my opinion—and too often this was the case—I’d grab a handful and chop down on them. Sometimes they worked and often the “Pills” didn’t. 

I recorded this incident in my book: Sarah: Laney’s Angel.  Laney tried the technique of candy pills to keep from sassing her boss.  I laughed when I wrote it.  Those “pills” didn’t do Laney much good either.

Guard our words? Hard to do. How do you refrain from speaking hurtful words in anger?  Some people count to ten.  Others walk away.     What can we do to develop a think-before-we speak mentality?