About Gail

In Zagreb at the market square with one of my readers : )
Hi!  I'm Gail Burton Purath. I started Bible Love Notes to give people a minute of Scriptural encouragement in their busy day.

I don't have all the answers, but
since I asked Christ to be my Lord and Savior in 1974, I've been learning from the One Who has all the answers!

I'm still a sinner, a learner, a student who falls down and disappoints God at times. But it's my desire to grow closer to the Lord, day by day, minute by minute.

I need to be challenged, encouraged, corrected and comforted, and I think you do as well...so let's learn together about the love of God--a love that is so vast that we will always be discovering new and wonderful things about it.
Some Personal stuff:
  • I married my best friend Michael in 1970.
  • We have a grown son and daughter and 7 delightful grandchildren.
  • I've been a student of the Bible for 40 years
  • I'm a former Army wife, former homeschooler, and former missionary to Budapest, Hungary
  • I'm a Colorado girl living in Florida where my husband volunteers with the I-TEC ministry
  • I'm a "nomad" having moved about 40 times in my life!
  • I never graduated from college, but I have a Masters in Discipleship and Evangelism from seminary.


  • I write 6 posts a week, 5 for Bible Love Notes and 1 for my other site: Bite Size Bible Study, which features a Bible study every Monday based on Monday's Bible Love Note. It's a short study "so you don't bite off more than you can chew." 
  • Over 300 of my devotions have been translated into Hungarian and are available on A szeretet üzenete.
I believe in Christ as He is revealed in the Bible, and I believe we each need to make a personal decision to follow Him in order to be with Him in eternity and to enjoy His fullness here on earth.

If you would like to grow with me and ponder God's love notes each day with me, please find out how easy it is to become a subscriber HERE. (And did I mention that it's free?)


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68 comments:

  1. It is so nice to meet you Gail. I love meeting new friends and really love it when they happen to be Grandmothers. We have seven grandchildren too. This looks like a lovely place to visit. Thank you so much for the invitation!

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  2. So glad you joined Bless a Blogger, Linda. I agree...blogging allows us to get to know people from all over the globe. So nice to meet another grandmother of 7! Gail

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  3. Wow. You are an inspiration!

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  4. I'm so happy to have found your blog! Thanks for commenting on my latest post. I look forward to following your thought and faith journey. May you have a blessed Good Friday!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Erin. May you have a blessed Easter weekend too. I look forward to sharing this journey with you!

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  5. Your blog looks so nice and I am encouraged to find someone older blogging:-)It is good for the younger ladies to have older moms around cyberspace. I loved reading that you are married 41 years!! I am looking for blogging help and that is what caused me to hop on over!!

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    1. So glad you stopped by. It's interesting that God has made my main focus blogging at this stage of my life. It doesn't take the place of sharing with someone in person, but it's made my scope of ministry larger than any other time in my life. God bless you as you minister on your blog too.

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  6. I've really been enjoying your blog. What a blessing. I am nominating you for the Versatile Blog Award and hope you will accept it in the loving manner I am giving it. http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com

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  7. Hi Gail - I saw your posting on the award but no place to comment so...here I am here :) I loved learning more about you. Look forward to your next posts
    God bless and thank you for the lovely write-up
    Tracy

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    1. Thanks again for nominating me, Tracy. You would have been on my list of nominees if you hadn't nominated me.
      I just enabled my comments on the page...just forgot.

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  8. Hello! I just found you through the Alabaster Jar's Marital Oneness Monday. I would love to follow and receive your love notes!

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    1. I look forward to having you join me on this journey, Sylvia! Bless you, Gail

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  9. so glad you stopped by Tots and Me and signed up with Lovin' The Weekend Blog Hops. I am now following your blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
    Love your blog.
    I just wanted to let you know that you have been randomly selected to be the weekend's Featured Host. I would love if you could email me a little blurb about yourself/your blog. Things like, how long you have been blogging, what you blog about, why you started blogging and any other information you feel is important. I will include it in the post and email you back the html code for Lovin' The Weekend Blog Hops Friday afternoon.
    hope to hear from you soon
    kewkew34@yahoo.com

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  10. Gail, I've been blogging about a month and am having so much fun. I found yours today and followed you through my Wordpress reader- I hope it shows up on your stats, because I know how fun it is to see new followers!
    Blessings!
    Melinda

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  11. Hi, Gail! Thanks for checking out my blog. I've enjoyed perusing yours, as well! I think we have some things in common with missions and travel. Blessings! Connie

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  12. Hey Gail! I love your blog. I have a strange question. How did you get the "Check out these blogs" on your sidebar. I use inlinkz but I'm so new to it I don't understand how it all works yet. I like the way all of the buttons fit perfectly in rows like yours. Can you share with me how you did it? I use wordpress for my blog.

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  13. Hi Gail, I could not find a contact form so will use these comments. I am looking for contributors for a our website
    http://www.familyis.org/blogs/ Would you be willing to have some of your devotions republished ?
    Regards
    Tarnya
    Bigmomma@familyis.org

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  14. Hi Gail, Just found you and joined right up! This blog is amazing! Rich in wisdom, encouragement, great devotions and fun ideas too! I see that you visited and joined my blog. Thank you! I am trying yo figure out how to copy and paste your button on my blog. Isn't that pitiful, that I can't do that? I'll get it, though. So much more to learn. Keep on blessing us! May you be blessed! Linda

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  15. Hi Gail, I found you via the link up at Jen A's site--Unite! (I read your tips above and I'm not supposed to tell you that. Or was it on the how to be nice to other bloggers page?)
    Anyway--your post about kindness via the internet is most welcome. You obviously are walking in the calling God has given you.
    We have much in common--I look forward to visiting back soon.

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  16. Hi Gail, I just posted on your beautiful blog hop, and put your link on my sidebar. Can you email me your HTLM code for your " coffee MUG" photo so that I can center it on my sidebar? I can't figure out how to center and image, but I know how to center HTLM code!

    Keep shining for Jesus, Sister!

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  17. Hi Gail,
    You just left me the most encouraging note on my blog and I wanted to thank you. As more and more readers find me online, I am realizing that not all of the comments are positive. I'm so grateful that I'm finally finding a following, but that particular negative response really has stuck with me. I thought and thought about how to respond (if at all) but really wanted to defend my work. And in the end, I'm glad I did. I appreciate you for taking the time to say such a kind thing, and it made me think you're the type of person I'd like to know. Your blog is wonderful...I'm in awe. Thanks again, Gail. Have a great week!

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    1. Rude comments are hard to handle, but you did a great job. Thanks for your kind compliments.
      Bless you, Val.

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  18. Gail, I love this site! My hubby and I run a marriage site called Marriage Life Ministries and I would really love to create something like you have on the side of your site - the blog links widget where you have all of the sites buttons? Could you please let me know how you did that? I refer readers back to the sites I link to every week but I'm doing it in a really simplistic way right now and really loved how I saw yours set up. I've researched and can't seem to figure out how to set it up! Is it a plugin? Grateful for any help! Thanks!

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  19. Hi Alecia,
    I tried to contact you, but couldn't find your contact info on your google profile or your blog. But I'm glad to tell you that I have a tutorial on creating the blog links. It's called "Fun Tool" and it's here:
    http://biblelovenotes.blogspot.com/2012/07/fun-tool.html

    It's done with Inlinkz manager tool. They recently updated their program, and my tutorial was made before that, so there are probably a few differences. But they have videos and instructions for using the program. And, if you have some trouble, just let me know and I'll be glad to help if I can.

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  20. Thank you so much! I better go check on my google profile and make sure its up to date :)

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  21. Hi Gail,

    I found your blog today and subscribed to your email devotionals. Your blog is blessing me so much and I have been scribbling down scriptures and notes for further study. I'm so glad the Lord led me here today. God bless you, love Tina xx

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  22. Gail,

    I am loving your website. I am listening to the devotions while I do the dishes. So refreshing. Love GOD's word.

    ~Katie
    www.simplefoody.org

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    1. What a blessing to hear this, Katie. You encouraged me today. Thanks!

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  23. Hi Gail!
    I am writing my last chapter on my first book(on how families can blossom) set to be published this year.I bumped into your blogg as i set to read about loving in laws.I am blessed and will keep visiting.

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  24. I’m writing to invite you to join the new Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²). If you'd like details, please email me. Thanks. jonathan.petersen@biblegateway.com

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  25. Aunt Gail,
    I need a guidance from a senior person like you in my family problem with the reference of Holy Bible. How do I reach you.

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    1. Hi Anand,
      I think my husband would be a good person for you to email. You can reach him here: growthandrenewal@yahoo.com
      Sincerely,
      Gail

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  26. I do enjoy the blog. Thank you for the shares...

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  27. Hi Gail...wonderful ministry. I too have a desire to reach out to others as you. In 2004 "M" Words and the Christian Woman came to be after (...too much to tell here) His molding and shaping led me to serve and outreach for Him. It is amazing how He leads us down a road we never thought we'd be on, but oh what blessings we find along the way! I too have moved more times than I'd like to count, love to write, miss western NC and spend more time blogging and connecting with women in need than I do anything else, but all that is done for Christ will last. Your a blessing. Another sister in Christ, JO mwordsandthechristianwoman.com

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    1. I took a look at your site, Jo, and it's lovely--wonderful images and thoughts. It is amazing how God directs our paths and uses us. May God continue to bless your ministry.

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  28. I keep trying to sign up for this. But I never get the email to okay it? linwetzel@hotmail.com.
    help thanks LInda

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  29. Hi Gail!
    I live in Charleston SC and came across your blog randomly one day - I am not sure how, but I am SO glad. I always look forward to reading your posts! Thank you for your ministry. It's been a blessing to me and I'm sure to so many others. :)
    Sincerely,
    Juliet

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    1. Thank you, Juliet, for taking the time to encourage me. I'm so glad that my blog has blessed you. I love the city of Charleston--such a pretty place!
      God bless you,
      Gail

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  30. Hi Gail,
    I found your Budapest blog and was brought here to your main blog. I love your 1 minute devotions. I will recommend your blog to family and friends who are searching.

    My reason for contacting you is that I am going to Budapest soon. I wondered if you can recommend a hotel within walking distance of interesting sites.

    Thank you!
    Mary

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    1. Hi Mary,
      I'm glad you enjoyed Bible Love Notes.
      Could you contact me via biblelovenotes @ netzero.com? I can answer your questions better that way.
      God bless,
      Gail

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  31. Thanks Gail!
    I just sent you a test message before I write a whole letter.
    Thanks!
    Mary

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  32. Hi Gail,

    So glad to have found you today. So many things my heart connects with here.
    I have left inspired. Thank you - weary up to my eyeballs as of late.
    :)
    Kimmie
    Mama to 8
    One homemade and 7 adopted
    (And- the Hungarian's daughter, who happens to Love Jesus!)

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    1. Hi Kimmie,
      It blesses me to know that you feel a connection : )
      God bless you for your ministry to your family!
      I'm praying as I write this that God will give you strength and rest today.
      Gail

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  33. Glad to find your site from Pinterest...we have much in common. I also come from a military family, was a missionary/teacher to China (in the 80s) and now my son is raising support as a US missionary to college campuses. I've also started this whole blogging thing, as well; hence, the website. :) I became more home bound in 2009 due to health issues, so I thought I'd give it a shot; it's going a little slow for me, but I'm learning a lot!! Blessings to you!!

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    1. I just checked out your website and it looks great! I think you'll enjoy blogging. I pray that your health will improve as well.
      God bless you,
      Gail

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  34. Hi Gail,
    I recently read two articles by you that I loved about honoring your mother-in-law. I was wondering how to best love and honor my very opinionated (future) mother-in-law. If I do not do exactly what she tells me to, then she will stop talking with me. I want to show her love, but I also do not want to be manipulated into doing everything she tells me to. How do I best love and honor her? Thank you so much for your time and for your ministry.

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    1. Hi Meredith,
      I'm sorry you had trouble commenting. I'm glad you were able to comment here.

      Your question is a good one, and the answer is complex. Each relationship is unique and handling the different personalities involved will require prayer and patience. The good news is that the Lord wants to help you honor your m.i.l. and He is eager to be your Counselor.

      Having said that, let me offer a few tips that might help:
      1. Transitions are always a bit "messy" and you are at a transition in your lives. All of you are redefining your roles. This will require some trial and error and you will all make mistakes in the process. Don't let those mistakes make you give up. Remember that this relationship will affect your well-being and the well-being of your husband and future children. It is worth great effort to do all that you can to make it work. Perseverance is a key.
      2. Honoring your m.i.l. will require lots of forgiveness, patience, and prayer. Ask her forgiveness when you make mistakes, and forgive her even if she doesn't ask forgiveness for hers. God will see and bless you for this.
      3. Refuse to take on the attitude that it's you against her. Ask God to give you her perspective - to show you her fears and challenges. Try to step into her shoes. One day you may be giving up a son in marriage and then you will realize how difficult that process can be and you will be doubly glad you gave your m.i.l. grace.

      There are some cases - rare ones - where a m.i.l. won't respond to honor and love and will continue to be difficult. I hope this is not your case, but if it is, God will show you how to honor her and show her love without letting her control your family.

      I encourage you to take a look at all the articles I've written about honoring parents, in-laws and mother-in-laws. I think that the insights in those articles might give you some help. Bookmark them and read through them as you have time, praying that God will give you specific insights for your relationship.

      And I am going to pray for you as soon as I quit writing.
      May God bless your desire to do the right thing!
      In Christ,
      Gail
      P.S. I might share your question (anonymously) and my answer in a post. I think it's a good question.

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    2. Here's the link to my first of 7 Mother-in-law articles. The links to all of the others are in this article:
      http://biblelovenotes.blogspot.hu/2010/05/strengthen-your-marriage-love-your.html

      And here's the link to the archive of all articles on honoring parents (which would apply to honoring in-laws):
      http://biblelovenotes.blogspot.com/2012/09/honoring-parents.html

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  35. Hi Gail,
    Thank you for the bite size bible study. God really talks to me through your blog to deal with my daily situations. I have sent an invite through Google. Please accept and let me know your email id.

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    1. I'm glad that you are enjoying the devotions. I have not yet received your google invite, but will let you know when I do.
      thanks,
      Gail

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    2. Thank you for the 1 minute love notes, they are helping me to grow in the Lord. I see you are from Colorado, I've been here for 61 years and love it. Last week we received 24 inches of snow, it was beautiful. Keep posting as I love doing these 1 minute studies along with my other bible studies I am involved in. Happy belated Easter, he has risen!

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    3. Hi Debra.
      I'm so glad you are enjoying Bible Love Notes.
      Yes, even though we've lived so many other places, I always think of Colorado as home. My husband's parents have also lived there about 60 years. God bless you and thank you for the encouragement.
      Gail

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  36. Merry Christmas to all the Purath family
    Thank you for the bite size Bible studies

    Caroline

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  37. What an annointed task God give to you. Your more precious than gold. God bless you.

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    1. Thank you, Marga, for your kind words.
      God bless you,
      Gail

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  38. Thank you so much, Gail, for your most awesome Bible love notes. I see that you are also on Facebook, and I will be "liking" you so that your inspirational notes will appear on my newsfeed. God Bless you!

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  39. Gail , I've been reading your bible notes for almost a year now. I can tell you are a true disciple of Christ because his light shines thru your words. Thank you for your time you put for in them. They are easy to read and understand.
    Melanie

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    1. Thanks so much, Melanie, for the encouragement. That is my prayer - that God would use me for His purposes. And I'm so glad that you find the devotions easy to read and understand too.
      Gail : )

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  40. Your courage in your post "Unashamed" is inspirational to me. In my own blog, I am sharing my faith as well and this post seems like a confirmation to me. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement. I pray God will continue to use both of us as we share His wisdom on our blogs.
      Gail

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  41. Hi Gail...thanx so much for a devotional I enjoy daily as I'm driving the schoolbus and have a quick break...but also a devotional I send to my 4 college aged kids...I am content knowing they have something to meditate on each day and grow from....Angela in Canada

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    1. I love that you can read Bible Love Notes on a break from your work. That's what I hope for my readers - that it's a quick reminder of our Lord in the midst of a busy day. And how sweet that you send them to your children.
      Thanks for encouraging me!
      Gail

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  42. I am loving your website. I have always found it difficult to understand the Bible, and have given up trying, several times. You are a blessing to me, and are the missing piece. I'm struggling with my husband of 20 years, suddenly abandoning me. It's not that I didn't pray diligently about this....please help me understand God's role in this; why He stood by and watched, but did not intervene. Help me understand why, since He is the creator of marriage, He did nothing to preserve it? I have asked this question before, but no one yet, has been able to answer.

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    1. Hi Alchemy,
      Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad that Bible Love Notes is helping you.

      I'm so sorry about your situation, and I will pray for you.

      You ask a very common question. In fact, I had a friend whose husband left her for another woman when their children were teen-agers. She asked me the very thing you ask - Why did God let her husband do this?

      God can stop anything. That's true. And God is good and loving so He always wants good things for us. But He has chosen to give men and women free will. Without free will, we would simply be robots. But God doesn’t want robots. He wants children who genuinely love Him and are willing to choose Him even when sinful things look more attractive or when things are hard and confusing.

      I’m sure that if a policeman forced your husband at gunpoint to live with you, you would not be happy. You would want your husband to love you and desire to live with you on his own.

      God also feels that way. He doesn’t want to force us to follow Him here on earth or force us to live with Him in heaven. So He shows us His love and allows us to accept or reject it.

      When Adam and Eve sinned, our world was damaged - the environment outside and the hearts of every man. We want things we shouldn’t want and do things that disappoint God. But when we repent of our sins and ask Jesus to be our Lord He begins changing us from the inside out and we begin choosing the right things – the things that please God and the things that make our lives more godly and healthy.

      We still suffer from sin in our world – we still get sick and we still suffer because of the sins of others but our hearts begin to grow in grace and truth.

      Sometimes our sorrows seem unbearable, but God offers to comfort us, and He promises to never leave or forsake those who choose to follow Jesus.

      This life is such a tiny amount of time, but it seems long to us. But eternity is forever and when we follow Christ here, God promises us an eternity of perfect joy and peace.

      Your husband has made a sinful choice and his choice is hurting you and others. God didn’t make that choice for Him. Your husband made it. And God won’t force your husband to make the right choice. But I’m sure God is at work trying to get your husband’s attention. But your husband has a free will and he can reject God. God won’t force him to be a robot.

      I don’t personally know any Christian who isn’t suffering in some way - painful illness, loss of loved ones through death, rejection by adult children, divorce, etc. Some of them are suffering because of other people’s sins and some are suffering because sin entered our world and brought with it sickness and decay.

      Some Christians in foreign countries are suffering from hunger, abuse, and oppression.
      If there was no eternity waiting, these things could not make any sense. And right now, with the limited knowledge we have, they still don’t make sense, but we can trust our Lord to bring about His plan for us, if we love Him.

      I want to encourage you to pray for your husband, but realize he is going to make his choices. God will not make them for him. And I want to encourage you to reach out to the Lord. Let Him take you in His arms and comfort you. Don’t let a day go by without talking to Him and reading about Him in His Word. The Psalms are especially comforting to me when I am going through difficulty.

      God wants us to bring Him our raw, honest feelings. He isn’t afraid of our questions. We’ll find answers to some of those questions in His Word and some questions remain a mystery to us, but we know we can trust the goodness and love of our Lord even though we don’t have the answers.

      If you don’t have some Christian friends or a good Bible-believing church, please find one. You need the fellowship of other Christians right now more than ever.

      I will pray for you.

      Gail

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  43. Hey. Mrs Gail, My name is Esther and greeting from Mongolia. I hope you to reply my comment.I really love your posts and read it everyday. As if it possible, i want to translate your notes into Mongolian and make it understandable to all our Mongolian christians. But i need your permission. Can you give me your email or gmail?

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    1. Hi Esther,
      Please contact me at gail.purath @ yahoo.com
      Thanks!

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