Gail's Grace Gems

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 ...
By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
September 13, 2022
My life is a race in which I participate. Sometimes I sit as a spectator and look at my life from afar. But that is not what I am called to do. I am called to run this race with all that I am and to run this race to honor my Savior. Training is the key to doing this. I want to be able to say, as Paul did in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the ...
By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
August 25, 2022
There are times in our lives when God uses worldly things to remind us of eternal things. This happened to me recently. The song lyrics of a worldly song were used by God to clearly show me His eternal love.
These lyrics by Stevie Wonder have been playing in my mind over the last few days.
"I just called to say I love you. I just called to say I care. I just called to say I love you. And I mean it from the bottom of my ...
By Gail Schmidt, Volunteer for Setting Captives Free
August 5, 2022
There are many nights that I suffer from restless leg syndrome. I have had this syndrome for several decades. It often plagues me with pain and involuntary movement of my limbs for several hours until the medication I take for it controls it. There are nights when, during those few hours when the leg movement and pain are seemingly out of control, I am in what seems like pure agony. There is no peace at all in ...