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BLESSINGS IN AN IMPERFECT WORLD
6/19/2019 1:00:00 AM by: GAIL PALLOTTA

PLEASE WELCOME

GAIL PALLOTTA

TO

DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY

 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8: 28.

A crisis can interrupt our lives in a way nothing else can. The hardships and pain we endure may be physical, emotional, financial or one of relationships. Whatever it is, we cope with it as best we can, because we must. But, in our hearts, we can’t wait to get rid of the burden and get back to the life we once knew.  

Sometimes the difficulty swallows the noise and busyness around us and gives us an opportunity to draw closer to God. In our need, we may read our Bible more seeking His wisdom or pray more asking for His help. Stepping away from our lives briefly can make us appreciate the gifts God has given us, often things we’ve taken for granted, blessings we’ve missed even though they surround us every day.  

 


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I recall being in a bleak hospital room, peering at the window. Weak after having surgery, I longed to get up and rush into the sunshiny world outside. That day finally came. I packed my small suitcase and went home. The spring dogwoods and azaleas around the house had blossomed while I was away. “Oh, the flowers bloomed for my homecoming,” I told my husband.

In fact, they’d always bloomed for me…and my neighbors…my family…and friends. I’d gone back to my life, but not the one I’d known … a better one.

ABOUT GAIL PALLOTTA

Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, a Grace Awards Finalist for an earlier edition of Stopped Cold and a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner for a contemporary romance, Barely Above Water, about a woman struggling with Lyme disease. Learn more about Gail and her books on her website at https://gailpallotta.com

 

ABOUT STOPPED COLD

he McWhorter family grows closer when Sean suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Dad wants quarterback stardom, and Sean lies unconscious in the hospital. For Sean’s sister, Margaret, the flirting, swimming and fun with friends screech to a halt. Margaret hates the criminals, and sets out, Nancy Drew style, with two of her friends to ID them. Time and time again they walk on the edge of a dangerous sub-culture to find the drug dealers and report them. All the while Margaret wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.

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Comments

Gail Pallotta From Georgia At 6/20/2019 2:46:12 PM

Hi Erin, I'm so glad the Bible verse rang true for you today and that you enjoyed reading about Stopped Cold. Thank you for stopping by.

Erin Lorence From WA At 6/20/2019 10:38:03 AM

Thanks for the encouragement from Romans. It's a reminder I needed today. You're excerpt sounds really interesting. I love a story with detective work. Congrats on your book!

Gail Pallotta From Georgia At 6/20/2019 8:44:06 AM

Hi Kelly, It is. Thank you for stopping by.

Kelly Goshorn From VA At 6/19/2019 8:16:26 PM

It's so easy to let our vision become clouded isn't it? So true, focusing on the positive, the gentle reminders of all that we have--counting our blessings so to speak is the best way to weather a crisis.

Gail Pallotta From Georgia At 6/19/2019 6:34:48 PM

Hi Pamela, Thank you for stopping by and for your well wishes.

Gail Pallotta From Georgia At 6/19/2019 6:33:47 PM

Hi Carol, Yes, our eyes do become clouded, especially in today's busy world. Thank you for stopping by.

Carol James From Georgia At 6/19/2019 11:51:26 AM

Gail, thanks for the reminder that the beauty around us is always there. It's our eyes that become clouded.

Pamela S Thibodeaux From LA At 6/19/2019 9:38:30 AM

Beautiful post, Gail! Good luck and God's blessings with your new book PamT

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