Hi! I'm Gail--a wife to my best friend since 1970, a mother since 1973 and a grandmother since 2003.
Born in Colorado but raised all over the U.S., I've been an Army wife (22 years) and a missionary to Budapest, Hungary (5 years). But the title I'm most proud to have is "follower-of-Jesus" (40+ years).
I started Bite Size Bible Study as a supplement to Bible Love Notes, my site that features 1-Minute devotions every weekday.
Bite Size studies are designed for busy people who don't want to "bite off more than they can chew" but still want to do a quick Bible study each week.
The full text of all Scripture verses are included and there are usually no more than 3 questions. The studies are designed to do quickly in perhaps 5 minutes or less. But they also lend themselves to further study and journaling if you have the time.
I have a Masters Degree from Columbia Biblical Seminary, but most of what I've learned about the Bible has been "on the job training" during my 70+ years of life. I've always loved studying the Bible, and I started writing Bible studies for my personal use over 25 years ago.
I need to be challenged, encouraged, corrected and comforted by God's Word, so I study it and write what God is teaching me.
I hope you'll enjoy these Bible studies. Subscribe and have them sent to your email box and/or download them,* if you'd like. I pray they will draw you into a deeper understanding of God and His Word.
* You have my permission to download these studies for non-published, non-profit purposes retaining the copyright info at the bottom of each. Thanks!
Love the idea of small but regular learning. Thanks for the effort and time you have given. Looking forward to reading moreReplyDelete
It's great to meet you. My husband is originally from Colorado, and he loved living there.ReplyDelete
What a neat idea. I look forward to reading your posts. :)ReplyDelete
I stopped by your other blog...and still hopping over from UBP13.ReplyDelete
It is nice to meet you.ReplyDelete
I love the idea of the bite size studies.
Thank you for sharing a bit about your life.
Enjoy the hopping.
I'm visiting from the UBP
I am so excited to have found you via UBP13! I have been looking for something to pick me up while at work and your blog is just the thing. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Courtney @ Simply Selman
Happy I found your blog through the UBP! I am raising a daughter with special needs and sometimes feel like there is never enough time in the day! Bite Size Bible Study is such a great idea for those busy days! I share about my faith and daily life over on my blog www.cupcakesandhomeschool.com Hope you'll check it out!ReplyDelete
Hi Gail - I just discovered you a couple of days ago - and now we're following each other on Twitter! I'm just now having a chance to check out your sites so I hope you won't make any changes before I can view them over the next few days. You know me on Twitter as @pjalford1611ReplyDelete
Gail I would love to do a Bible Study in my home on this particular topic How & What? Do you have any books or suggestions on material I could use to do this?ReplyDelete
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It's nice to meet you Gail! My name is Melissa. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy and appreciate your "1 minute Bible love notes"!! I'm a disabled wife and mother of a grown son.I'm at home every day and your "notes" is something I look forward to getting each day! Thanks so much! Sincerely, Melissa.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Melissa, for taking the time to encourage me! I'm always blessed to know that the things I write are encouraging other Christians. And I lift you in prayer as I write this - that you will continue to feel God's purpose, strength, comfort and peace in your life. God bless you.Delete
Hi Gail. Thank you for the good Bite Size Bible Study. I often use some of the info in my sermons. You have good clear thoughts with matching scriptures. Thanks so much for the encourage it brings each day. God bless you in this on going ministry that our Heavenly Father has given you.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for your encouragement. It blesses me to know that God is using the things I do.ReplyDelete
God Bless your ministry.
Hi Gail! I just wanted to hop in to thank you for your bible love notes and the bite sized bible study! They both encourage my heart so much and it actually leaps with joy when I see the bible love notes in my inbox! For a busy momma it helps me to refer to during the day as I can, not only in my quiet time. Not to mention I totally admire your short, concise, powerful way of writing... I wish I could ... I'm not so good at well -short ! Ha! Anyways thank you for the blessing that you are :)ReplyDelete
I don't think it is a coincidence that I "stumbled" on your site this Resurrection Sunday 2017. The LORD has been steadily convicting me over the past year to repent over habitual sins. By His Holy Spirit, through Jesus I will give Him the love and obedience He deserves now once for all. Your site is another tool He has blessed me these recent days - a tool that I already know will be a blessing for many years to come.ReplyDelete
I'm blessed to hear that you are responding to the Lord's conviction and I'm glad Bite Size can help. I pray that you will grow stronger and more committed each day. Our Lord is worth our all and our everything! God bless you.Delete
You had an article about yoga and can't find it now. Could you tell me how to find it please. Thank you, KimReplyDelete
I think you are referring to this devotion from my Bible Love Notes site that has links within it about yoga.Delete
I hope that is helpful.
God bless you.
Gail, I just started teaching a women's Bible study. Your Bible Love Notes and Bite Sized studies are such a valuable resource. Do I have your permission to use some of your BLNs in my classes? Also, do you have any BLNs on our old identity vs our new identity in Christ?ReplyDelete
Dear Diane, I am so sorry. I had difficulty with my comment tool and my comments were not published for almost a year. I'm sure you have moved on at this point. If not, you are free to use these studies as long as you maintain the copyright at the bottom and don't publish them. If you have other questions, you can reach me at BibleLoveNotes @gmail.comDelete
Hi Gail! I’ve been reading your emails for several years now, and I love it! I really appreciate each one of them!ReplyDelete
I’ve been reading a book that you might appreciate called “Pagan Christianity” about the history of some of our various church traditions and their roots in paganism as the early church grew. I definitely trust God and the way the church grew is no accident, but I think it’s time to look at our roots and God’s original intent for the church. The book is startling, and I think you’ll enjoy it.
Thanks, Deborah, I'll check it out.Delete
God bless you.
A search bar for topics is what I'm looking for.ReplyDelete
You'll find a search box in the upper left corner of the page and you can also find an list of each devotion along the top header bar listed by the year.
Hi Gail what does the bible say regarding wearing of ornaments pertaining to males wearing the ring. Can the males wear it? Is it approved by God? They say the prodigal saon was given a ring so they canReplyDelete
Vaughn, I'm not aware of anything in Scripture forbidding a man to wear a ring.Delete
Glad to use your love notes as my quick devotions. Am also glad that we have the same name. I am a Pastor's wife here in the Philippines. Hoping to know you more.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you are enjoying them! May God continue to richly bless your ministry to your church!
Hi Gail, I was recently reading (over and over) The Serious Consequences of Dishonoring Parents. Just to explain a little, I am very upset at this time as I am a widow of 19 years now and I had only 1 child. My son (49 years with me) suddenly passed away this March. He wasn’t sick, or mentally challenged, or on drugs. He was a pretty much healthy young man and the light of my life. He never married so I am totally alone now. I have a small member of family that are all here for me but it’s not the same. I still feel alone and while they are helping me more than people could expect or imagine I am devastated. I am crying yet again as I write this to ask you your opinion.ReplyDelete
My son has always been my life. I love him more than life itself, always did, always will. I always felt he gave up whatever he may have ad for plans to stay with me after my husband passed. He knew I would not be able to afford the expense of my home and upkeep without a larger income so he moved into the house again and stayed with me until he passed away in March. Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t always see eye to eye on everything but even with our squabbling and sometimes big arguments we always apologized and we forgave each other for the unkind words that sometimes got out of control when we argued.
Here’s my question to you. We were both God fearing and faith based Christian people. I more than my son (and he would always say this too) but he was a godly person. Always thankful and praising Jesus and honored me more than I can say. The night before I found him in his room passed away, we had a terrible fight. He said some terrible things and unfortunately being human and pushed to a limit, so did I and I regretted it as soon as I said the words. Sadly I did not say I was sorry before we went to bed. And neither did he. I know in my heart he did not mean anything he said and I know how much he loved me (unfortunately he had had a few drinks before our argument and I know that is what triggered his anger). I believe Satan is always at our door trying to take advantage of our vulnerability when we are down.
Do you think my God will or has forgiven my son and has him in his new home, or will He feel that at that moment he disrespected me before he could apologize and God will punish him. I believe my God is all knowing and already knew what was going to happen as He says in his word (that he knows what we are going to ask for or say before we even say it). And because of that I believe with my heart that my son is with our Lord and savior, but after reading your verse it has placed a question in my head that I feel maybe that’s what Satan wants me to think so that my mind and heart are questioning my faith in God. Please, if you have time to answer me, let me know what your thoughts are with my issue.
I am at a struggle every day in trying to deal with his death and how I am going to go on. The day he died I died too, I’m just waiting to stop breathing. The pain is unbearable.
First off: Rest assured. Genuine believers are fully forgiven when they meet their Savior in heaven even if they fail to ask forgiveness for some sins.
We are saved on the basis that all of our sins are forgiven when we become Christ followers. We still should seek God's forgiveness when we sin and we still should turn away from our sins. In fact, if we don't repent and don't turn away from our sins, we probably are not saved in the first place.
But most Christians probably die without having repented of some particular sin and that will not keep us from heaven.
So rest assured that your son is in the arms of His Savior and He fully understands that you are sorry for the things you said that night before he died.
I'm so sorry that you are alone, but I'm so blessed that you and your son has such a special relationship while he was alive. That is a wonderful gift than many people never enjoy. So I encourage you to put this final fight to rest and think about all of the good times.
He is being rewarded for the way he honored you, and you can enjoy that thought.
And I've prayed that God will give you a Christian friend who can pray with you and encourage you.