THE DAY

Photography, Praise

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        The Day
Only one reason.
For you and I, it’s the same.
God, gave us the day.

 

Psalm 118:24,29 (HCSB)

24 This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever.

Why Renewing of Mind and Body ?

Praise, Thoughts Today

It occurred to me that I never shared why I chose the name of my blog to be Renewing of Mind and Body. At the time I began the process of starting the blog, I was still lost in my mind and body. In some ways I still may be. I had attended a few writer’s conferences and listened carefully as others talked about having blogs. I thought to myself, I could never do that. I continued to listen and a strong desire to share God’s grace and love in this way grew and grew. I presented the beginning of a book I was writing to publishers at these conferences about the miracle of my survival and continued undeserved grace given to me by God through many situations. They all agreed that it was an amazing story. Also, they agreed they were unable to publish it because I was not a celebrity. I could not guarantee a large number of sales of the book. I understood what they were saying. I did not like it, but I understood it.

I had been typing one finger at a time to write my story. Unable to organize or make outlines, I just typed the story. When I first started, I had great problems with word recall but writing was easier than talking. Word check on the lap top is fantastic. I really did not know what I was doing or how to accomplish writing skills   I just knew my desire was to share my story of God’s mercy and grace.and it. I sat with my lap top searching, reading and my blog was created. I knew that it was not Gay Nell Olive creating the blog. The name Renewing of Mind and Body originated because I knew without a doubt God was renewing my mind and my body.
As a young person, I was in a speaker’s tournament and I gave a speech on the verse in Romans 12:2, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. I knew God had been with me through my whole life. I had to relearn so much after my strokes. I didn’t even know where passages of scripture were found in the Bible. I was in a body I didn’t know with a mind I didn’t know. The one thing I knew was I was still alive. That meant there was still a purpose for my life. So I just started with eagerness and excitement to try and create a blog. The name to me was evident, RenewingofMindandBody. With God’s help and the Happy Engineers at WordPress answering so many questions, the blog was started.
I thank each of you with much sincerity who have supported me and liked my post. I have had many obstacles, that have made it really difficult at times to continue the blog. But one learns that is what life is all about. We all have trials, difficulties, pain health issues and grief. Knowing that we can rest in the assurance that all things will work out for the best,according to Christ will, is our peace and strength for each day. I know I fail each day to do my best but I have to keep trying. The wonderful thing is, I know with Jesus help, I can and will keep doing all that I can. If I do not, I am dishonoring Him and the day He has given me. This is my first extensive writing attempt to share about myself on the blog.

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Just Give Me Jesus

Praise

What is this sadness that I feel. This grief that overwhelms me to despair, when I think of you on the cross. Your life you gave, for my sin.

Temptation, mocking and ridicule, you endured all of this. Pain, rudeness, disrespect continued to the end. All of this you endured for my sin.

You said, “It’s finished”. You suffered and paid the debt for all sin. I will never be alone. Your follower I will be.

JUST GIVE ME JESUS

 

BE STILL

Photography, Praise

   BE STILL

Be still in the moment.
Listen, look at life.
Acknowledge Him.
          

 

 

PSALMS 46:10

10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! NKJV

 

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As freezing temperatures approached,  I  cut the stem and brought the blooms inside.

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Amaryllis 2017

 

Sailing Through Life

Photography, Poetry, Praise

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My first post of the new year. How wonderful to start a new year on this blog.   Thank you to all my followers and supporters.

As we sail through life.

The waves may be rough and high.

If Jesus is our captain,

Peace will abide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ©GayNell Olive

 

Merry Merry Christmas

Poetry, Praise

        Merry, Merry Christmas                                                                                                                                   How I love to say those words                                                                                                                         Happy Birthday to Jesus                                                                                                                                   Is what our words convey                                                                                                                                 Born by the virgin Mary                                                                                                                                   A gift of love given to us                                                                                                                           An unimaginable sacrifice                                                                                                                                                                                                    Words cannot describe                                                                                                                       Unconditional love, eternal life                                                                                                                     If we believe in Him                                                                                                                                           God gave His son, Jesus gave His life                                                                                                           No higher price for a gift could be paid                                                                                                      How I love to say those words                                                                                                                         Merry, Merry Christmas  

TWISTED VINES AND TWISTED ROADS

Poetry

Twisted Vines/Twisted Roads

Twisted vines in all directions

How do you know where to go

Up and up the trellis you climb

No end it seems you can find

 

Flowers pretty on the vine

Leaving sights and smells to behold

Have I flowered on my twisted road

Given beauty to behold

 

Twisted our roads in life may be

Going, it seems, in all directions

Upward, forward, reaching for the goal

Always more to be done

 

Looking backward on our vine

What is it that we see

Flowers of love and kindness

Fragrance to be remembered

 

Times with dried blooms

Weak and non-producing

Restoration we had to receive

Never broken from our source of strength

 

Your flower is gone but beauty remains

As on the trellis you do cling

Our lives are much the same

Hoping beauty remains

 

The beauty of sharing God’s love

Given freely to everyone

With the fragrance of kindness

On twisted vines and twisted roads

GAY NELL OLIVE