Gail's Grace Gems

By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
February 15, 2023
Living life in the fast lane, getting ahead anyway I can. Viewing the next best thing for me. Wanting more and more and more, the more I get, the less satisfied I am. My life is running on empty no matter how I chase the dream.
That dream of being somebody. That dream of self-importance. That dream that never seems I can achieve because that dream is not focused on God.
Living life in God’s will. Living to please only Him. Living with eternity as my focus and the world in my rearview mirror. How do I do this I asked. How do I achieve this dream? It is not how you live, but whom you live for. This was my ...
By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
February 2, 2023
Mercy: Let us not forget what God has done for us. His mercy is new every morning. (Lamentations 2:22-23) It flows from the veins of Jesus, our Lord, and washes us white as snow.
His grace has been given to each of us. We have not earned His favor. ( Ephesians 2:8-9) It is given freely to those who put their faith and trust in Him as their Savior.
Forgiven, redeemed, and retore are we by His love, mercy, and grace. We are taken into His household and given abundant life in Him. (Ephesians ...
By By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
January 5, 2023
As I was reading a favorite book I got for Christmas this year, I came across a passage that talked about the Japanese art of Kintsugi. According to Wikipedia, “Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.”
Through His Spirit in me, God nudged my heart to understand that this is how He treats us, His children. When we first meet Jesus, we put our faith in Him as our Lord and Savior. We turn our lives over to Him and ask Him to make us more like Him. He accomplishes this by breaking our hearts in order for us to turn from sin and live for ...
By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
December 8, 2022
God is showing me how to consider everything in my life this Christmas season. He is asking me if what I do is drawing me closer to Him or leaving me empty within. Is what I am doing just a tradition I do by habit or does it bring to me a closer relationship with Him?
God’s grace, given to me when I first believed, is mine today also. It has not changed, and it still gives me hope. It asks me to slow down and experience His grace falling on me as I sit at the cross and wash each day. It goes with me as I walk with the Spirit. As I listen to His voice telling me God’s truth, I am brought closer to God. This gives me the strength to fight sin in my ...
By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
November 8, 2022
Over the last few weeks, the Lord has been putting on my heart the urge to be bold in my obedience to His call on my life and to be joyful in the sacrifices that such bold obedience may bring me.
At best, I know that these are not happening right now in me. But the Lord has been preparing me to do both at the same time. I have not been joyful in the sacrifices that have come my way, and my obedience has been mediocre at ...