The Savior’s Love and Grace

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               The Savior’s Love and Grace

In the quietness and stillness, as we sat,

We heard the power of God’s truth spoken to us.

Understanding the greatness of salvation and recognizing sin,

      We felt a renewal of the Savior’s love and grace.

Oh That I Would Ever Wonder

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Oh That I Would Ever Wonder


Oh why is it, that I would ever wonder, how You know
Each person’s need, each person’s hurt, each person’s heart.
Why oh why is it that I would ever wonder how You know.
You are so faithful, so true.
Giving constant abiding love.
Unspoken to anyone, You hear the small voices inside the heart.
You hear the cry of Your child.
And in ways so gentle you work, You speak.
We have to listen or we will not hear or see.
The need is met, the heart and the hurts are comforted.
Love is given, love is shown.
Comforting the cry of Your child.
Oh, why is it that I would ever wonder how You know.                                                                                                                           Gay Nell Olive



Accept Who I Am Today

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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

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

pretty rocks


rocks hills

pretty rocks2


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 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



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


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.


Sailing Through Life

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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


Thankful For This Day

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

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.




Peace and Comfort

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





I Thank You Lord

Poetry, Praise, Thoughts Today

This is a poem of praise I wrote several years after the event that left me in a mind and body I did not know.  I knew if I did not do everything I could on each day I had been given, I was dishonoring God for giving me that day.  So this is not a recent event I am writing about, but I just decided to share it publicly.  My journey to this point has been long, and it was accomplished only with His help.


i thnak you Lord

Gloria In Excelsis



“Angels We Have Heard On High (Traditional)”

Angels we have on heard high
Sweetly singing ore the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord the newborn King

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo

See him in a manger laid
Whom the choirs of angels praise
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid
While our hearts in love we raise

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria in Excelsis Deo


Information from Wikipedia:

Angels We Have Heard On High is a Christmas carol of French origin , author unknown, in the public domain. The song commemorates the story of the birth of Jesus Christ found in the Gospel of Luke, in which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing and praising the newborn child.


Praise, Thoughts Today

(First shared July 6)


If words could heal.
And bring you comfort.
I would fill the page full.
I would write to there was no end.
To ease the pain.
I know you are in.

Prayers so many are being prayed.
For you just now.
We all hurt, we all care.
Look up to God above.
Your heart and mind He does love.
Peace and comfort He can give.

Tell Him all about how you feel.
He cares so much for you.
Your pain and hurt will still be there.
But easier you will find.
To carry the burden and the load.
That your heart feels.

Let go, look up and take His hand.
Let Him walk beside you.
Or carry you if you need Him to.
Just call Him by His name.
You will know that you are in His care.
And that is all that you need.

Gay Nell Olive



Josie was her name to some.
But Mother it was to me.
Strong, gentle and loving.
Working hard washing, ironing,
Cooking and cleaning,
For her husband and five children.
Three boys and two girls they were.
By example she taught,
Right from wrong,
To worship, love God,
And practice the Golden Rule.
Her light shined to everyone.
Always concerned for other’s feelings,
And wishing she could do more.
Then along came grand children,
And great grands too.
Once again her name was changed,
And changed to Momma Ray.
To Momma Ray we would go.
Sometimes just to sit and rest.
When we all were there,
Love filled the room.
Oh how blessed we all were.
To have our Momma Ray.
But Mother it was to me.

Gay Nell Olive

Today Is The Day


Today, today is the day,
God made special for us.
One of three it started,
Then four and five were added.

On this day he created you.
Gave to us a life so rare.
Full of love, joy and kindness.
Serving and loving her Lord.

This is your day,
God gave you live.
Today, today is the day,
God made special for us.

Gay Nell Olive

Written for for my sister on her birthday

Mr. Mockingbird

Mr. Mockingbird

Mr. Mockingbird                                Gay Nell Olive

Mr. Mockingbird on the window’s ledge.

What makes you go up and down,

Pecking on my window pane?

Is it your reflection that you see?

Protecting your babies you must think,

As in their nest they lay close by.

Up and down, morning until night,

Pecking on my window pane.

Gay Nell Olive

Have A Plan


The day is here
Waste not the time
You’ve been given

Make your plans
And start your day
Accomplish whatever you can

Doesn’t have to be great
Or impressive to anyone
As long as you have won

Won that battle of sitting
Or lying and not moving
Feeling like you can’t

No matter how hard
It is to do ,rewards are there
Waiting for you

Feeling and knowing
That you have accomplished                                                                                                           God’s plan for you this day

Gay Nell Olive

Peel Back The Surface


Peel back the surface and look beneath.

To see what lies inside.

We see the surface,not inside.

Just one look, we think we know.

What you are all about.

Not knowing what we have missed.

Watch carefully, look deeply.

Not to miss the jewel that lies inside.

Peel back the surface and look beneath.

Gay Nell Olive            for Beth

One Day I Will Be Back

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One Day I Will Be Back

How can it be, I do not know,
That friends seem so far away.
Deeper and deeper in thought I’m going.
Will I get lost and not come back?

How did I get here, when did it happen?
People all around me, there used to be.
But now I sit here waiting and wondering,
How did it all happen?

Get up ,get out, and move about.
Before I get lost. Use your mind.
Keep moving and working,
One day I will be back.

Gay Nell Olive

Understanding Others


Understanding Others

Easy it’s not to understand others,
When in their shoes we’ve not walked.
But love is the same no matter what.
He who created me, created them.

Love is patient and kind, believing,
Trusting and enduring all things.
Leaving judgement to our creator
Brings understanding others with ease.

Gay Nell Olive

THS 50th!!


Fifty years, how can it be
Just doesn’t seem true to me
You’ve gone your way,I’ve gone mine
And now we meet once again

How blessed we are, to see each other
For some of us, we will miss
We loved them then, and love them now
Their place in our heart remains

It seems like yesterday,we walked those halls
With carefree and fun filled lives
As the day approaches, we anxiously await
Blessed and happy we are, this is our THS 50th!!

Gay Nell Olive