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Sunday, April 23, 2017

What's a Guy to Do?

"The thief had nails through both hands, so that he could not work; and a nail through each foot, so that he could not run errands for the Lord. He could not lift a hand or a foot toward his salvation, and yet Christ offered him the gift of God; and he took it. Christ threw him a passport and took him into Paradise."  --Dwight L. Moody.

This guy, a thief, was nailed to a cross rising from the ground next to the one Jesus was on.  The dude was captured, could do nothing, but he asked for a pardon from THE KING, and he got one. He had no works to offer and no money to give. He didn't have long to live and no time to serve. Jesus, full of mercy and grace, gave him a new life.

Another man, a thief, was also nailed nearby. He was captured, and convicted. He never asked Jesus for a pardon.

These two men died. One went with Jesus. The other did not.

Make a choice today. Where will you spend eternity?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The New Bible I Don't Use

My old friend is the blue NIV Study Bible on the right. Rather worn, right?  I decided I needed a new one.

I tried it. Didn't like, it, and now I'm back to my tried and true.

I've written notes in my friend, cried, laughed and prayed with her. I'll keep my old friend until the pages fall out, and then I'll have her rebound.

Is your Bible in the same condition? Like me, you need a new one, but can't give up your ancient companion? Good friends are hard to come by, aren't they? How does the old childhood jingle go?

Make new friends,
But keep the old,
One is silver
And the other is gold.

If you don't have a friend like mine, please get one. You'll never regret it.  Your new friend will become silver and gold.

I'd love you to read the books I've written. Look me up on Amazon

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mani and Pedi's

I just returned from the nail salon. Relaxed, great massage, but then when I got home, I noticed half the polish gone!

How frustrating? Right? Ever happen to you?   They rush you out before the polish is dry, and even if you're wearing flip flops, somehow the polish rubs off.

At least on three toes.

I called them and they said, "We stay open for you."

Thanks, but I can't go back today. Have you ever tried getting around in the Houston area at peak travel in the afternoon?


"We open at 9:00 in the morning. We fix for you."

"Yeah, that would be great, but I'd planned a trip to Dallas in the morning. I wanted to go north at that hour, not east."

So..........what do I do? Go for the fix? Or wear tennis shoes while I'm gone? 

I'll keep you posted on this major dilemma. Ha. A major trauma is a life or death situation, and this isn't one of them. A friend of mine has just been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Now that's a dilemma.

I'm to go to a book signing in the Dallas - Fort Worth area.  I'll wear shoes that reveal no toes. But it's irritating to have plans go up in smoke.

It's far worse to receive cancer news.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Naughty or Nice?

What are you doing today?  Something naughty or nice?

My little angel, Sarah, is a sweet one, but she sometimes is guilty of mischievous deeds. And sometimes her deeds are naughty and hilarious. She longs to wear stilettos.  Red ones. Every time she places them on her feet, she falls down. She's too klutzy.

Angels are part of our lives. Is yours naughty or nice? Sweet or wicked? Funny or gloomy? Normal or strange?

I like Sarah. She's a bit of everything--all combined into a unique package. In a few ways, she reminds me of humans. We're all capable of many emotions. We're also capable of falling down. The good news is, like Sarah, we can get up, dust our rear off, and start over. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Live with Abuse?

Many men and women deal with an abusive person. Maybe it's a spouse, or a bully at work. Abuse can be more that giving a person a black eye. Words. Gestures. Intimidation. All part of an unhealthy relationship.


Not pleasant is it?

I've seen abused wives who fail to understand their part in the ugly relationship. 

1.  Know it's happening and understand.
2.  Don't participate
3.  Get counseling

A young lady cried into the telephone to my listening ear. "He won't let me go to my uncles' funeral. He's afraid I'll stay in a hotel over night with a man. I'm so sad I can't go."

What? If you ask me, that's crazy thinking. This woman would be staying with family for a family's sorrowful event. 

I listened to another young lady tell me about a night she spent sitting on the toilet lid reading her Bible. Her hubby sat and watched. Every time she nodded off to sleep, he yelled to start reading again. He forced her to sit and read all night long.

Why did these women give in to the men?

Love for the idiot. Fear of the bully. Helplessness. Sense of duty. Low self-esteem. Fear of losing their life.

Now here's my opinion. These guys are both control freaks, but the women don't look at it that way. They have no clue they are being abused. These men say cruel things and forbid their wives to have a life or friends they aren't part of. 

The gals participates in  abuse by doing whatever the men dictate. The guys are happy campers because they rule the roost. The women are miserable and imprisoned. 

These couples need counseling.

Women, if the man won't go seek a professional, you go. Your health and life depends on it. Verbal abuse can turn into physical abuse.

Situations like these are the reasons I've written two books. My prayer is to help women understand they don't have to accept abuse or participate in it.


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.

A new book comes out in June. It's a historical novel set in 1925. Women had less opportunities than at present.  If a husband was abusive, the wife was always at fault. Many still believe that today.

I hope you'll read both books. Give them to a woman who lives with abuse of some sort. Maybe they'll recognize they aren't to blame and seek help.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Joy Comes in the Morning

Easter morning. Day of the Resurrection. Jesus lives.

Have you seen the move, "The Case for Christ?"

This guy, Lee Strobel, is a journalist. He didn't believe the resurrection story, so he set out to prove it wrong.

He went to a lot of trouble. Interviewed many and traveled miles to validate his theory.

He concluded the resurrection is truth.

I'm not amazed God raised Jesus from the dead. God is God. All Powerful.  I'm amazed Jesus came and allowed a cross of shame in the first place. He didn't have to, but He chose to do so...willingly! Wow! That's awesome and amazing.

When the Holy Trinity formed creation way back when, Jesus knew this would happen. Did He look forward to living as man? He knew a cross was in His future. Did He dread His final hours on that ugly, cruel cross? Did He anticipate the joy of God resurrecting Him from a dead, buried earthly body?

I know certain things will happen in my life. I don't know when, but I understand these events will take place. Do I dread them? Yes, I do. 

Disease, departure of loved ones, divorce, death, financial ruin, old age, all these are common to man. Many of us dread them.

Jesus, as a man, yet He was God, enjoyed life on earth in human form. He prayed to the Father to "let this cup pass from me." That indicates He dreaded the cross while he enjoyed life in human form. He understands our fears, our dread doesn't He?

Yet, He had the joy of anticipation of resurrection.  As He looked forward to the future event, He was able to endure the present one.

We can follow His example as we await events to come.

Rest assured. Joy comes in the morning.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Angel Wings

Here's a picture of me with my little niece. Isn't she cute?  Notice the angel wing necklace I'm wearing? MY friend Delia Latham gave it to me. Delia is an author and editor. She's edited many of my Sarah books.  I love to write humor and fantasy, and Sarah is a misfit among angels.  Gay N. Lewis

I also write for the Texas Hill Country. I'm a southern girl and I shared a recipe. A really good one. I don't make tea cakes, but my grandmother from Alabama did. Yummy.  I wish I had one right now with my coffee.

Check it out.  I think you'll like it.