Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Note Card Party


During a season of famine in my personal life, I moved in with my parents, seeking refuge from the storm. After 20 years of marriage, divorce had destroyed my home. On top of that, I was jobless with a teenage daughter, and nobody was calling.

Many days, I stared out my upstairs window (pictured above) and prayed. For a miracle. For guidance. For strength. For a job. Most days, God was silent.

One evening after dinner, I walked outside and sat in the yard swing. My shoulders were drooping and my head hung low. After a lot of tears and a pretty big tantrum, God assured me that I was where I needed to be and that everything was going to be OK. It was a night I'll never forget, and you can read more about it here if you wish.

I can't look at this picture without remembering those difficult days and God's faithfulness to me. If it were, indeed, a note card, it would read: "Whatever your problems are, God is bigger."

Joining Vee's Note Card Party

25 comments:

  1. One photo that speaks many things. It would work in a box full to send for many occasions, Gayle. Thank you for visiting. Blessings, Pam

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  2. Glad that you are coming through this tough struggle and that God is comforting you. God is faithful...

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  3. I can so identify...God is good and He does bring us through. A beautiful post and a wonderful photo. I call those perspectives the "keep looking up" ones.

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  4. Such a gorgeous reminder of God's faithfulness. And when I consider how far you've come from those dark days, it makes my heart sing, Hallelujah!

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  5. Gayle, Our God is faithful. It sounds like you have found your talent and are using it for His Glory.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this, Gayle, I was so blessed, my daughter has just gone through a divorce after 21 years of marriage, and I have seen and heard her in so much despair, but through it all God has remained so faithful! Thank you for sharing.
    Sue

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    1. So sorry to hear about your daughter. Please give her my best.

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  7. What a beautiful photo. Glad that your life is turning around.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your heart & the beautiful photo.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  9. Oh my gosh, this really tugged at my heart! I'm so glad you got the reassurance you sought!

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  10. Thank you for sharing, Gayle. That big pink cloud was a sure sign that God was right there. Because you choose to share and write about your heartbreaks AND your blessings, you are truly a blessing to so many! Thank you for your inspiration.

    Blessings,
    Debby

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    1. Thank you for those kind words, Debby. Blessings to you and yours.

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  11. Gayle, thank you for sharing your journey. This is a beautiful testimony to God's love and faithfulness. I clicked on your other post too and watched the video through my tears. There's so much pain in the world but it's good to know somebody cares. Blessings!

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    1. I'm glad you were encouraged by my testimony, Angel. God is so good.

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  12. A beautiful photo with meaning beyond the ordinary. How good God is to give us those moments of hope and encouragement when we think we can't go on.

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  13. What a heartfelt entry, Gayle. It really does encourage me.

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  14. Yours is a story of courage and grace. I'm sure many will be touched and inspired.

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  15. An inspiring post, having faith has lead many people to another path in life.

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  16. God will use your story. Thanks for sharing it, and the beautiful photo!

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  17. A huge AMEN to this one. Do you know the biggest thing that He has done for me in similar trials? He fixes me for it. Really, if you knew what a blubbering baby I am, any strength that I have is very literally super natural.

    And I need to check on your daughter. I have been neglectful of blog land of late. I'm sorry to say that I don't know if she has a job. Your post made me think of her and her precious little one.

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    1. Leslie doesn't have a job yet, but she is doing all the right things. Prayers appreciated.

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  18. Your note card is so very special Gayle.
    I followed your link and read your post - I can't begin to understand the pain you have been through - unless I walk in your shoes. But God moves in mysterious ways as we both know and He has held you in the palm of His hand on your difficult journey.
    Thank you for sharing your desperate times with us - it's a lesson in fortitude each one of us needs to learn - you held your faith you should be very proud of the strong courageous person you are.
    With love and hugs
    Shane

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Shane. Blessings to you.

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  19. Hi Gayle! I can just see you staring out this window at the moon...And I am so glad that there is a happy ending for you now. What a blessing that your parents were there for you and your daughter at a time when you felt so devastated.

    Thank you for sharing your very special places of healing.
    Ceil

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