Eight Years of Good from Bad

The author of Bible Love Notes shares some miraculous things God has done in her life and in the ministry of Bible Love Notes. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions

Today is my 68th birthday (July 18, 2019). 

I’ve been writing Bible Love Notes for eight years, and I want to share two ways God has shown me His faithful and miraculous love these last eight years:

💗 1. Good from bad. Romans 8:28

I was depressed about a family situation, and I started Bible Love Notes to keep focused on God’s Word. Studying and writing devotions has continued to sustain my faith despite the fact that my family situation has grown worse. I know, without a doubt, that God’s Word is the best medicine for a broken heart.

💗 2. More than we can imagine. Ephesians 3:20

Starting with 50 friends and family members as subscribers, I never imagined that eight years later I’d have 25,000 subscribers! And even more amazing than the numbers are the people God has added to the Bible Love Notes ministry.

Bible Love Notes makes no profit. We don't run ads and we'd never use our subscriber list to make money. But we have an amazing staff: prayer team leader, editor, image creator, and five translators. 

God has connected me with these women in ways that only He could orchestrate. We live on three different continents and in seven different countries: the United States, Hungary, Serbia, Holland, Uruguay, Brazil, and Suriname. But we're united in the same purpose.


The author of Bible Love Notes shares some miraculous things God has done in her life and in the ministry of Bible Love Notes. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions
💗 This reminds me of another part of my story...and it's part of your story too (if you're a Christ-follower):

Before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10

💗Gail

P.S. This devotion is longer than most of my devotions. I allow myself 2-3 minutes on my birthday instead of 1 minute. If you'd like to read last year's birthday post, it's here: 7 Characteristics of Modern Christians.

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I'm so grateful for Linda, Cathy, Viola, Marika, Aritha, Silvia, Maria, and Esther. In addition to these ladies, my husband Michael is Bible Love Note's hands-on advisor. I don't exaggerate when I say that I couldn't do what I do without his leadership, advice, help, and support.

Bible Love Notes is now translated into Hungarian (A szeretet üzenete), Dutch (Dutch Bible Love Notes), Spanish (Cartas de amor De Dios), and Portuguese (Blog Notas de Amor na Bíblia). 

We have a prayer group and a discussion group on Facebook, plus Facebook pages that have over half a million combined followers: Bible Love Notes and Psalms & Proverbs and Doors of Joy in Jesus.

We have over 80,000 followers on Pinterest and healthy followings on Twitter and Instagram.

Please join in on any of these social media sites and help us share God's Word! God just might use you more than you could imagine!

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More Than I Could Have Imagined

3 women on 3 different continents. Who but God could connect them in the same ministry? This 1-minute devotion shares their story. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions #Dutch #Suriname

Cathy’s no ordinary woman: she and her husband have been sharing the gospel in Suriname for almost 40 years, living without many of the conveniences we take for granted.

As a Bible Love Notes reader, Cathy had a good eye for typos and errors in my devotions. I was so blessed when she volunteered to be my editor. It was more than I could have asked or imagined!

But the story gets better.

In 2017 Aritha, a gifted woman in Holland, started translating Bible Love Notes into Dutch. That was another blessing I'd never imagined

But the story gets better.

Aritha had no editor. Having one would have been a blessing she could never have imagined.

But guess what.

Dutch is the official language of Suriname, and Cathy speaks it.

Who but God could orchestrate this partnership: three women who'd never met, on three different continents, volunteering together to share God’s Word. 

Without a doubt, our God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

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Note: Cathy has become more than an editor for me. She’s a personal friend and we’ve even had opportunity to meet face-to-face. Being in the family of God is a wonderful thing – more than we can imagine! See Revelation 7:9-10. ~ Gail


3 women on 3 different continents. Who but God could connect them in the same ministry? This 1-minute devotion shares their story. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions #Dutch #Suriname


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Are You Enjoying "Popular Pornography"?

If you can watch shows like Game of Thrones without feeling God's conviction, you may have seared your conscience. This 1-minute devotion explains. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions #GameofThrones #Pornography

Our culture is always coming up with new forms of evil to draw people away from God and His values.

In the last decade, we've seen books, television shows, and movies glorify things that God condemns (e.g. Shades of Grey, Game of Thrones). 

Graphic depictions of sex and excessive violence have become incredibly popular with our fallen world.

But I'm deeply concerned that these types of pornography (yes, pornography) also have a following among some professing Christians.


1. We'd be better off gouging out our eyes than participating in the lust these shows inspire (Psalm 101:3; Matthew 5:28-29)!

2. Things we read, hear, and watch affect our hearts and minds (Proverbs 4:23Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 10:5, and Philippians 4:8Does Media Violence Lead to the Real Thing?).   

3. Some forms of entertainment are actually idolatry (1 Corinthians 6:17-18).

4. We should be ashamed to watch anything that emphasizes and glorifies evil (Ephesians 5:1-17).


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I encourage you to do a short Bible study on this devotion. Today's Bite Size Study has additional insights and full-text Scriptures for your careful study.

Even if you haven't watched Game of Thrones or Shades of Grey, the principles in the following articles apply to other shows, movies, and books: I Don't Understand Christians Watching the Game of Thrones and 12 Questions to Ask Before you Watch the Game of Thrones.

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If you can watch shows like Game of Thrones without feeling God's conviction, you may have seared your conscience. This 1-minute devotion explains. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions #GameofThrones #Pornography

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