TO SHARE LOVE

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 Help me today Lord

           To keep my thoughts on You.

   May each thing I do,

     And each thing I say,

              Give honor and praise to You.

       For Your love to share.

 

 

IN ALL THY WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AND HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATHS.                         (PROV 3:6 KJV)

 

PEACE FOREVER

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                       Peace Forever

Seeking His guidance.

Acknowledging and trusting Him.

Peace forever more.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (HCSB
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.

THE DAY

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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.

AS I SEE YOU THERE

Photography, Praise, Video

One afternoon while sitting on my front porch, I noticed this Stick Bug.  I knew that it was certainly lost from its natural habitat.  I felt there were lessons that I and maybe others could learn from this Stick Bug.

AS I SEE YOU THERE

I wonder as I see you there,

How lonely you must be.

Far away from your home,

Your surroundings so strange indeed.

I watch you as you struggle to move,

Just to go a little more.

Can a lesson be found,

Maybe one about loneliness?

Giving thanks to God always,

That people never have to feel alone.

Hebrews 13:5-6 (HCSB)

5 Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I  will never leave you or forsake you.                      6  Therefore, we may boldly say,  The Lord is my helper:  I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?   

                                

Early Spring Flowers

Nature, Photography, Praise

Early spring flowers bring smiles to many faces. The rose always gives a fresh fragrance to the air as you walk by.  The yellow water lily is in our fish pond.  I spent a lot of time trying to get a picture of this bumble bee. He finally stopped long enough in an area for me to get a picture. So this bumble bee brought a smile to my face.

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Accept Who I Am Today

Photography, Poetry, Praise

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How do I thank you for coming and being born as a baby.
To give hope, love, grace, mercy and light to all who receive you.
So much love and grace I know you have given to others and to me.
I wonder what it is that I can do to show your love.
Many years you have given me and so thankful for that I am.
Independence is what I long for but it never seems to come.
Maybe acceptance is what I need to do.

Accept Who I Am Today, what I can do today.
Start each day with renewed strength in You.
That the day has been given me to serve You by serving others.
Thank You God, for giving us love and light through your Son.
Give me strength to do all You want me to do.
And to Accept Who I Am Today.

Gay Nell Olive

Fall Color-Natural Beauty

Nature, Photography, Praise

Even as the leaves fall and some limbs become barren, the beauty of the woods remain. There is still dark red, golden yellow and brown leaves. The twisted limbs and vines, have a beauty that I think is very attractive also.  You just cannot improve natural beauty.

The Red Fox Squirrel Can You Find Him?

Nature, Photography, Praise

We have a Red Fox Squirrel family that remains year after year in the same area of our yard. We now regard them as our wild pets and enjoy watching them from inside our home. They are beautiful. A couple of years ago, I shared this same photo that I took of the colorful fall leaves. I realized I actually had a picture of the squirrel hidden amongst the leaves. See if you can find him. I have a photo to post Wednesday showing where he is.

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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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The Way Beneath My Feet

 

How beautiful the way beneath my feet

Watching each step that I take

Can anything but joy feel my heart

To see all these natural creations

Given to us by God

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giving thanks always for everything
to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ephesians 5:20 (HCSB)

 

 

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BE STILL

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   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

 

Keep Me Focused On The Purpose

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While walking in my yard yesterday and I noticed an amaryllis bulb that had grown and produced a  strong stem with a richly colored bud.

Single Amaryllis Bulb Focused on Its Purpose

 

I knew it was  getting ready to open into a beautiful amaryllis flower. This is the first year for one stem to grow by itself. There are many more bulbs at the same spot that have not grown yet.  I was fascinated by this one amaryllis fulfilling its purpose, all alone, yet strong and beautiful. Hence the poem below:

 

focused on the purpose

 

Job 14:1-2
Man born of woman
is short of days and full of trouble.
He blossoms like a flower, then withers;
he flees like a shadow and does not last.
(HCSB)

 

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 Christmas-Happy New Year

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Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am going to be working on my  understanding of formatting and placement of poems so they publish like I post them.  I thank of all of you  who have supported me in something that I never dreamed I could do. Many of you were strangers at first, but now have become friends.

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Thankful For This Day

Photography, Poetry

sky-102-1                                            Thankful for the day                                                                                                                                                      Let peace and love surround us

Different We Are

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Different we are                                                                                                                                                 As this pear tree’s twisted form                                                                                                                   Our fruit still to bear

 

Just to Know

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Just to know you are not alone.                                                                                                                     Just to know someone understands.                                                                                                           Someone hears, someone knows.                                                                                                               Gives a peace that came from above.                                                                                                           That was sent just for you.                                                                                                                               Hold on to it, it was a gift.                                                                                                                               Others  understand and care.                                                                                                                         You are not alone.

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Peace and Comfort

Photography, Praise

Feeling prayers everywhere.                                                                                                                           Knowing God is with you.                                                                                                                               Brings peace and comfort.                                                                                                                             That nothing else can do.

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