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Friday, March 31, 2017

An Apple a Day, Right?


Now we don't know that Adam and Eve ate an apple, but they did eat forbidden fruit.


Eating the wrong foods led to misery, overweight, and loss of joy.


God forgave.  Isn't that good news?

What are you eating today? Healthy food?
Scripture food?

Yeah, me too.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

What does your angel look like?


This one reminds me of Sarah's friend, Gabriella.



Sarah is petite, and blonde. She disguises herself to help humans.  Her actions are hilarious. 


Angels have super power that humans don't have.  They can take on human form and perform in ways people can't.


They are not to be worshiped.

They are messengers, guardians, and warriors.

They are God's agents.

Not all are holy.


Some were cast out of heaven. These demons hate the good angels and want to draw mankind away from God.

Ask God to send His holy angels to protect you this day.

God might send you one like Sarah.

If He does, you're in for a blessing.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Where Are You Headed?


Got all cleaned up? Now where are you going? 

We people are sort of like the proverbial pig. We tidy up our lives and then head back to the same places that got us dirty in the first place.

Ugh.

How can we prevent that?  Old habits are hard to break, right?

After taking months to lose ten pounds, I gained them back in a matter of weeks. I returned to old habits.

I made a promise to study the Scripture every day last January. That lasted a week.

When the Christmas holidays ended, I vowed to exercise every day in 2017.  I did that for a week or two, now I'm back to walking two or three days a week.

How long does it take to change a habit?  Back in the old days, the 1960's, a physician named Maxwell Maltz claimed to change took twenty-one days.

Ha! I've dieted twenty-one days and then returned to my regular eating habits.

A new study indicates an average of 66 days. How do you like that number?  Most Bible students avoid the number 66.


The point is this:  To change requires a lifetime life of committed transformation. 

Hard to do, isn't it?  

Those Bible authors, such as the Apostle Paul, made change look easy. After his Damascas Road experience, he was altered forever and never made it back to the pigpen. 

Alas, I'm not him.

Are you self disciplined? Is change easy for you? If so, I applaud you.

In our defense, people like me that is, if we'd had the same encounter as Paul on that road to persecute Christians, maybe we'd be fully committed too.

On the other hand, our relationship with Jesus should be just as vital and real as Saul's was who became the changed Paul.



Oh well,  I'm gonna try to stay out of the mud, slime and filth today.  How about you?


In This book, Georgia's husband is a clueless, hostile, abusive man. He changes, but does it last? If I write a sequel, should he stay changed or go back to the pigpen?  What happens in real life to marriages where one spouse promises to change? I prefer fiction. I can make my characters mentally healthy if I want to.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sunrise


Another beautiful day in the neighborhood.  How will I spend it? Well, let's see, errands, writing, and cooking dinner.  I hope your day is a bit more interesting.

A day can go from sunny to cloudy in a matter of minutes. Life can too. One minute your life is going as planned, and a phone call changes it drastically.


May no unwanted fiascoes come our way today. Stay safe, healthy, and Godly.

And share your smile.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Is There a Snake in Your Garden?


We all have them. Sometimes we see them, and at other times, they're under a rock.

They like to hide and strike when you are vulnerable.

Satan and snakes. These two have a lot more in common than the letter "s" in their names.

Watch out for both. They're deadly, and they strike before you know they are there.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Who Got Your Goat?


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A pastor here in Houston recently said he was going to retire to the hill country and become a goat herder.

I said, "After all these years of taking care of sheep, you're gonna switch to the goats?"

He thought he would live on a hill with animals, but he's still with people. Good analogy though.

Before we become sheep, we're all goats. 


Jesus is the good shepherd. Transform from a goat to a sheep, and let Him take care of you.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bluebonnet Time in Texas


Dale Lewis captured this beautiful picture of Texas Bluebonnets. They are an eye feast of tranquility.

I just got back from Austin.  They yellows, red, pinks, and of course the blues are in full bloom. If you have a chance to drive Texas highways, you should.

Better yet, stray off on a path and make new discoveries.  You'll enjoy the trip.

All my books are set in Texas. Sarah, the dyslexic angel, has come to our state many times, and loves the vibrant colors the Creator gave Texas, but she never learns her way around. She's dyslexic and this causes a problem. Kind Texans help her with directions. We are a friendly bunch down here and greet strangers with a smile. Especially ones from The Heavenlies.

Pick up a Sarah book. You can order print from book stores, or go on line to any of your favorite ordering sites. Sarah will make you smile.  Sarah: A Mission of Love is the first in the series, but you don't need to read them in order. They are available in eBook, print and some are in audio.






Give the world your smile today.

Monday, March 20, 2017

She thought about this at church?


Sarah went to church yesterday and did a no no. She didn't worship. She drooled. What over? Shoes, of course.  She saw a lady walk gracefully down the aisle in these things, and Sarah was filled with envy. She had to kneel barefooted to confess her thoughts.


Aren't these black heels adorable? Platforms too. So lovely. Sarah loves heels.

Here's a pair Sarah bought  for herself, but she hasn't learned to walk in them.


Shoes are her weakness.  She usually travels barefoot as she zooms through the skies, but when masquerading as a human lady, she wants to wear cute, high heels.

Sarah is petite and thinks these thingies will make her look tall and elegant.

But she never appears elegant when she falls down in them.


Here's and excerpt from 
Sarah and the Scary Ferris Wheel

Sarah has hidden beneath the table as Brittany and Robert have a romantic dinner.

While she ate, Sarah kept glancing at Brittany’s shoes.  My stars!  Those heels were cute. They weren’t red, but green was nice too.

As she polished off the potato and thought about the stilettos, the server brought the couple's order to the table. “Is there anything else I can get for you?”

“How about refilling our water? I guess we’re thirsty tonight.”

“Certainly sir.”  

With water glasses filled, and her charges eating their meal, Sarah finished her own food and eyed the shoes once more. Wonder if she could walk in them?  No one would see her under here.  No, she really shouldn’t.  Oh why not?  It was an ideal chance to wear those thingies, and she wanted to so badly.

She grew from her inch size to stand about a foot tall—short enough to wear six inchers without banging her head on the table.  She then slipped her feet into Brittany's heels. Wow! They felt incredible. 

After taking a few small steps, her heart rate increased with newfound confidence.  This hidden area made an ideal location for acquiring new earthly skills.  She placed a hand on her hip and pretended to be a runway model.

Unbelievable.  This was heaven under a table.

Uh-oh.  Get a grip. Stop the ankles from wobbling. Could she be falling? No! Not again.
In an effort to break the tumble, Sarah grabbed the white tent with both hands and fell flat on her bottom—pulling the tablecloth down with her. Dishes of food and glasses of water plunged into the laps of her charges.

“Wha…” Brittany yelped as she pushed her chair back.

“Holy Mackerel” Robert picked fish out of his trousers.

With hot cheeks that had to be red if anyone saw them, Sarah vanished.

***
Sarah floated high above the couple as they returned to the hospital parking lot to retrieve their vehicles, they swung hands and laughed about the restaurant experience.

Glancing down at her clothing, Brittany shook her head. “Why is it that a date with you requires extra laundry when I get home?”

“Beats me. And that poor server.  He had to turn in that fish order again.  Did you see his face?  He was mortified.”

“It wasn’t his fault.” Brittany broke up again with laughter. “Actually I can’t imagine how it happened.”

Sarah squeezed her eyes shut.  She knew how it had come about.  So did the Superiors.








Friday, March 17, 2017

Do You Miss Her?

How long has it been since you read a Sarah book?


Even if you finished one yesterday, it's time to start another Sarah book! She's so cute, right? Funny and inspirational. How can you not identify with her? She makes as many goofs as humans do.

I loved writing the Christmas story. Josiah is a real macho, Texas cowboy hunk. Evan though it's spring time, you'll enjoy this one.






Sarah and a Midnight Cruise to Catalina Island is based on my true adventure of taking that same cruise. I went alone, and the trip was a healing experience for me. My dad had just died and I felt overwhelmed. Having meals and pampering was just the thing I needed. I loved writing the Sarah parts of this book, but I don't like writing about evil spirits, even though they exist. Sarah encounters one in this book. The results are riotous. 





If you read book one (All Sarah books are stand alone. You don't need to read in order, but if you read book one, this one is a short story as a follow up. Wouldn't you like to know what happened to Tom and Marcy?





You have other choices. You'll find them all on Amazon Just type in my name. Gay N. Lewis

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Christmas Card Church


I love churches like the one pictured on the cover of this bulletin. I wish I could go to one like that. I love the steeple.

The nostalgic picture reminds me of an old time religion. Nothing fancy. Just sweet people inside a simple, humble sanctuary. Worshiping.

What's your church like? Do you go to one in a strip mall? Or do you go to one of those super churches? Some are big enough for teams to play football inside.


Isn't this one lovely?

You know, it really doesn't matter what the building looks like,  where it is, or how small it is. Just go and worship.

"As for me and my house, we'll serve the Lord." A quote from Joshua. Well.........................

as for me and my house, we'll serve, but I wish we could do it in that church pictured above. Singing the old hymns with a piano and organ.  My church's building isn't pretty, certainly not fancy, but it's my place of worship, but I'll be there.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Meet Sarah



When a blonde, blue-eyed, dyslexic angel arrives from The Heavenlies to locate a mate for Tom by Valentine’s Day, she’s havoc in outlandish red stilettos. But despite numerous goofs in her efforts—many caused by her passion for eccentric footwear the other angels would never dare adorn—love is indeed in the air.

After Marcy Montgomery’s husband was killed in Afghanistan, she relocated to a small, central Texas town with Hope, her five-year-old daughter. When Sarah accidentally introduces Tom to Marcy, she sets about discovering if the two would make suitable mates. The Superiors certainly wouldn’t approve of a romantic link between the wrong people. But Hope wants a father, and when the five-year-old meets Tom, she immediately decides he is the perfect candidate.

Is Tom the right one for Marcy? Or has Sarah made her biggest blunder of all? Oh merciful heavens! What’s an angel to do?





Beautiful, talented, and stubborn, architect Laney Taylor battles her attraction to the handsome and wealthy—but mulish—homebuilder, Cannon Carlson. After all, he is her employer, and business and pleasure don’t mix, do they? 

Sarah, a klutzy, perpetually direction-challenged angel who craves cheeseburgers and fancies red stilettos, is sent to Houston on assignment. She’s to bring these obstinate people together, but she faces major challenges, especially since Laney is threatened by a mysterious stalker who plans to kill her.

To protect Laney, the Commander of Heaven dispatches a second, more seasoned warrior angel, Tomas, to Earth with divine instructions to protect Laney. But will hit-or-miss Sarah get in his way? Can Sarah unite Cannon and Laney romantically together?

Oh merciful heavens! What will Sarah do this time?



Widow Beth Marsh is not only beautiful, but wealthy enough to buy a third-world country. When she enters the dating arena to find companionship, two men profess an interest in her…but is it Beth they want, or are they out to get her money?

Watching from the Heavenlies, the Superiors dispatch Heaven’s Little Love Angel to Houston during the Christmas holidays. Sarah’s mission is to help the lady determine which of her suitors is the genuine article. Is black-haired Bryan Wingate the real deal? Or is good-looking Charles Chadwick the more earnest suitor?

When Beth invites human-disguised Sarah to attend a wedding, the delighted angel looks forward to an opportunity to wear a beautiful formal gown, and maybe—at long last—red stilettos! But Sarah’s mission becomes deadly serious when she discovers Beth’s life is in danger. If Sarah fails in her mission, Tomas, the Warrior Angel, will intercede. Determined to keep her human charge safe from gold diggers and save Tomas the trouble, the little love angel steps up her efforts.

But Sarah wouldn’t be Sarah without a few bungles along the way...



Thursday, March 9, 2017

What to Wear




Mackenzie chose a sweet, pink prom dress. She tried on several, but decided pink was her color.



In this book, Sarah deals with three generations of women. None of them know what to wear for their dates.  Mackenzie is the youngest. She finally thinks pink for prom. Her mom is a chaperone for the school event and has a new love interest. The guy will be there. Suits are easy for them. But Mackenzie's mom must find a new dress. Nothing daring. Something conservative, but she wants the guys attention.  Grandmother discovers a new beau and she gets all dolled up to go to a baseball game. Each of the ladies fret over their clothes. 



What to wear?

That's an age old question every woman asks herself. 

Some of those women on daily TV never wear the same dress twice. And they always wear dresses. Short dresses. They sit on couches with all but you know what showing. I guess their male bosses like legs.

It must be expensive to show up daily dressed to the nines in new clothes.

I ran across a site the other day where women can rent clothes. Men usually rent a tux for weddings, but most bridesmaids buy the dress. And some are not fit to be seen in the first time. Brides can choose the weirdest combos. And as a guest, what is proper?

Here's the site if you want to give it a gander.


Rent the Runway



I thought Mackenzie's mom would look nice in this one from the rental site.


Navy and Teal Layer Top by Hunter Bell

Mackenzie's grandmother isn't too old to knock her date dead in this rental outfit. She's headed to Minute Maid Park to see a ballgame.

Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie is a fun book for all ages. See how the women dazzle the guys, and read how Sarah takes care of a bully.  Don't you wish you had an angel to help now and then?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Unexpected Surprise


Ronnie and Gay

Hubby and I took a guided tour to New England two years ago. I'm a talker and of course I talk about my books.

Guess what? This lady from Pennsylvania had read one of them.  Wow! Now that was a treat. I'll never forget how excited I was to hear that.

Most of my books are romance but the're fantasy too.  And Christian.

This little, havoc causing angel makes romance happen between human couples while she learns what her Maker expects of her... on earth and in heaven.  Kinda like us humans, she learns as she goes along.

I have one book that's not romance or fantasy. It's a contemporary fiction based on a mistreated wife. The publisher asked me to write a novella based on I Corinthians 13, "love is kind."

I called it Clue into Kindness.  Do you have a husband that criticizes you all the time? Georgia did. I'm surprised to hear husbands and wives put each other down, and it's possible to hear such conversations in public places. Sad, right?

A lady phoned me recently. She was laughing, but it was a cover up. She was outraged and embarrassed. While she cooked in the kitchen, her hubby slipped behind her with a tape measure and proceeded to measure her rear end. She was getting a new bathtub, and he wanted to make sure she would fit in it.

Not a nice thing to do. You think? What would you have done? I'd have said, "now turn around and I'll measure yours. You aren't a little guy." I guess that wouldn't be a kind response. 


My friend laughed and said nothing, but she hurt inside.

Words and actions can be unkind. Wouldn't it be great for marriage if we each thought before we spoke or acted?

To all you husbands out there. Do not bring a tape measure to gauge your wife's body parts. That's a no no.

In Clue into Kindness, Georgia could have been more outspoken. (Like me) But she chose to follow the path of kindness and stood up for herself in sweet ways.  





Book Review
Reviewed by Julie Hodgson for Readers' Favorite

Gay N. Lewis' Clue into Kindness is a story about Georgia, a woman who loves her husband, but he often says things that make her feel sad. He doesn't think before he speaks; then situations arise where he does things that embarrass Georgia or her friends. Georgia is a kind woman and always tries to avoid situations where her husband verbally abuses her. Her kindness goes above and beyond to keep the peace with her husband, but she always feels like she is walking on egg shells! Even her friends do not like him.

Her life and situation change after attending a party at her father-in-law's house. Her husband Alan hears some home truths about his behaviour from his friends during the party. Hearing these things about his behaviour, he tries hard to mend his ways. But could it be too late for Georgia to accept his willingness to change? Especially after the years of verbal abuse she experienced? It is an arduous task indeed for her. Do we love unconditionally? Georgia certainly did, and even when temptation comes her way she is steadfast and loyal towards her husband. She firmly believes that kindness will overcome anything presented to her.

Gay N. Lewis' Clue into Kindness illustrates from Corinthians 1:13 that "love is kind." This is certainly not a romantic novella, but a story of the struggle of love and the power of love to overcome adversity, like a husband who can be cruel in what he says. Verbal abuse is not and should not be acceptable anywhere, and certainly not in marriage. Georgia shows utmost kindness to this, and Gay N. Lewis is adept at describing how Georgia feels and the ultimate changes that her husband would/should go through. A heartrending and well written story.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Bluebonnet Time in Texas


We aren't at the peak season yet, but our fields are filling up fast. I'm guessing that the peak will come in about two weeks. If you haven't seen them, they are beautiful. 

Check out Texas Hill Country for interesting stories and updates on routes to take and the best places to see these oceans of blue.








Monday, March 6, 2017

Down Here in Houston


We've lived in the Houston area now for years. And I guess it's home. But I miss my roots, the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

I grew up in Irving, and my best friend still lives there. My family are scattered throughout the Metroplex.  I'd love a visit with the friend I've known since I was six years old, and I'd love to see my sister and other members of the family. Sigh.

I guess I'm feeling lonely today. Have you noticed how sometimes things change more quickly than a Cheetah can run, and other times the clock moves like a turtle?

Alas. And so it goes.

Have you read any of my books? They uplift you and make you laugh. They're good for the ailments. Perhaps I need to read one again.  You can find them in eBook, print, and audio. They're not expensive, I promise. They'll never make me rich, but I think they'll make you smile.

I need a smile today. I'm gonna read Sarah: Laney's Angel. Sarah causes a wreck in that one.  And yes, it's based on a true story.





Saturday, March 4, 2017

Friday First



Tracee Garmer's Blog features the first chapter in this Sarah book. Read it for free, and then I hope you're hooked and you'll read it!  I think you'll like it. Sarah is funny and inspirational.   Sarah must match up 


Here's a review from Readers' Favorite.

Review

Reviewed by Tshombye K. Ware for Readers' Favorite

Sarah and the Double Wedding Woes by Gay N. Lewis is about an angel's task to bring romance to a selected group of people. Sarah, the angel, is faced with a heavenly assignment. After completing missions of relationships in the past, her new task is finding a match for Jessica's mom. The charge seems difficult, counting the fact that Sarah is still working the ins and outs of Jessica and Robert's romance, which will falter if Bonne, Jessica's mother, doesn't find a companion. After talking with her close friend, Gabriella, Sarah musters up the courage to tackle her heavenly task.

Where to begin. Overall, this is a wonderful story of romance. I loved it. The characters are so believable. The portrayal of Sarah, the angel, was wonderfully done and her personality was captivating. Her eagerness to help in any way she can forced me to continue reading, just to see what she will do next. I started reading and couldn't stop until I finished it. This is one of those books where you become lost in the creative story. It is written in such a way that one may think they're watching a movie or reading a screenplay.

Some Christian fiction books are drowned in doctrine and can make a reader cringe with the "continuous preaching." This book is nowhere near that category. The angel characters add hope, knowing that our lives are being governed and watched from "The Heavenlies." From the beginning to the end, Sarah put a smile on my face. The ending will not only satisfy you, but also will compel you to grab the author's next book. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves inspirational stories of clean romance. You'll even be delighted to see an elderly woman run like a cheetah. Sarah is a character that will stay with you long after you finish this book.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Choosing a Prom Dress

Pixabay


Mackenzie chose a pink, demure dress for her prom. Would this one be considered demure?

In this chapter, Mackenzie and Ashley shop for prom dresses. Ashley has a date, but Mackenzie doesn't. Sarah, the haphazard angel, plans to find one for Mackenzie. Sarah tags along with the friends in an invisible form and drools over the dresses and shoes.




CHAPTER THIRTEEN 

An invisible Sarah tagged along with Ashley and Mackenzie to the mall. My stars! The dresses the friends perused were gorgeous…and the ones Ashley kept selecting were expensive. While Ashley tried on clothes, Mackenzie sat on a chair in the dressing room’s hallway and Sarah found a comfy spot in the corner. Sarah placed a hand over her lips in an effort to remain silent— hard to do when the girls had so many pretty things to exclaim over. “What do you think of this one?” Ashley exited a cubby, modeling a black number with a strapless beaded top and full, floor-length skirt.

 “Beautiful. Are you going to be comfortable in it?” 

“Probably not. Let me try the next one.” After a few minutes, she appeared in a white, filmy thing with straps. “Well?” “That outfit looks like a negligee.”  

“I thought so too. You try one on and we’ll compare designs and ideas.”

 Mackenzie selected two dresses and disappeared. When she stepped out, she wore a sweet, pink dress with a beaded, jewel neckline and cap sleeves. Ashley stood at the three-way mirror in a backless mermaid dress, split showing leg at the side, and bling covering the bodice. 

“Wow, Mack! You look stunning. That dress is perfect for you. Demure and sweet.” 

“Maybe I’d rather be more daring. Look at you. You’d stop a train.” “This one is a little too sophisticated, but you’re beautiful in that one.” 

Sarah ogled each dress and founded it difficult to keep still. She wanted to put her two cents into the conversation. Oh, to wear beautiful robes created by the designers in The Heavenlies. She glanced at her white muslin and sighed inaudibly. Maybe one day, she’d be given one with sparkles. 

Ashley chose a blue halter top with the blingy sides cut out to reveal her small waist. “This is the one for me. Why don’t you buy one? If you don’t end up with a date, you can always bring it back.” 

Mackenzie twisted her mouth. “I do like the pink one, even if it’s a bit reserved.” Her lips relaxed into a grin. “I guess it’s more me.” “The color is perfect with your blonde hair.” 

Mackenzie shook out her curls. “I’ve washed it two more times. The green and orange are beginning to fade. I’ll never try that again.” 

Ashley chewed her lip a few minutes as though deciding whether to speak her mind. “What if Pace wants you to color it again. Would you?”

Pink crept into Mackenzie’s cheeks. “Maybe.” “What are you wearing tonight for your date?”

“Jeans and a cropped top. He said to dress casual.” She shrugged, and her smile resembled a two-year old child caught with her hand in a cookie jar. “I’m nervous.”

“Relax and be yourself. The Mackenzie I know would never do anything to hurt herself or others, but I can’t help but worry. Pace is the kind of guy headed toward trouble, and I don’t want you going into the ditch with him.” 

Sarah nodded in agreement. Mackenzie gathered her things. “In a way, I want what I’ve never had, but a portion of me is terrified to go for it.” 

Ashley hugged her friend. “I’ll pray your guardian angel rides along with you.” 

She'd be there, but she was no guardian. Sarah sighed and followed the teens to the shoe department. In the shoe department, she drooled. After sampling several, Ashley chose a silver pair of heels and Mackenzie selected pink. When they left the department, Sarah breathed easier and felt she’d escaped something similar to a plague. Poopty doopty! The temptation to try on shoes had been as strong as a sailor’s knot, but she’d ignored the lure. Those adorable red stilettos left on the floor by a previous customer had drawn her as if they’d been magnetized. No doubt she’d have placed her feet in them and promptly fallen down if the ladies had lingered a few minutes longer. 


3.99 on eBook on Amazon

Read more about Sarah and Mackenzie on Tracee Garmer's blog


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Galveston


Have you been to Galveston?  With our warm winter, this is the perfect time to go! Lots of fun, food and history are here.

If you can't go, read about it  I researched the history and hubby and I rode the Ferris wheel. Fun times. We didn't fall into the Gulf. Sarah feared she would.