So who is Sandie Gill? That is such a loaded question and one I am not quite sure how to answer. I am a princess crowned with glory and honor, the beloved daughter of the Most High God, the bride-to-be of the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings.
And to add to all of that I am the daughter of the most amazing parents. God very carefully chose the perfect parents to love and nurture me during what I consider my preschool years – preadolescence, when decisions were not mine to be made but theirs together teaching values and principles and establishing a foundation that would carry me through many rough roads that I would face ahead. God added the spice of a big brother and sister and provided for us a home filled with love, laughter, respect and many cherished memories.
Family vacations, bedtime stories, drive-in movies, camping trips, neighborhood gatherings, annual family reunions and chores made into games. Although not Bible-thumping, church-going, religious fanatics most of the principles my parents taught I later discovered lined up perfectly with the book of Proverbs.
Graduating from preschool I advanced into elementary school where decision began to be mine with a little outside influence known as “peers”. During this period I majored in humble rebellion until graduating to the heart breaking class of teenage pregnancy and marriage. To further my education I majored in Divorce 101, 102, and of course 103 with a minor in Death, Loss and Addiction. Did I also mention that I was a member of the “Abused Wife” sorority at the University of Hard Knocks.
Although struggling through my years of education I remained a resident of a place some refer to as “LaLa Land” where the cup is always half full and my faith in God never failed.
Looking back over the many long roads traveled throughout life I sometimes wonder were these really choices I had made or were they really in fact God’s preparation of what lay ahead for me and the path I would one day walk with Him and for Him. Many of the days and nights seeming so dark and hopeless and yet I always knew somehow God was there with me holding my hand giving me strength to see yet another sunrise that He had painted especially for me giving me hope and joy if only for a moment reminding me of His constant love and devotion to me, His child. So many bad choices – or were they? So much lost – or was it? So much pain and hurt to overcome or was it? So much shame – or was it? I know through all these trials of life I never have walked alone, that God always knew the outcome and prepared my heart in His special way. He saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in His book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within me, will continue His work until it is finally completed.
I give Him all the praise and all the glory for making me the women I am today totally surrendered and growing deeper in love with Him, the one that choose me and set me apart for His special purpose. I praise Him for giving me the courage and desire to share this journey with others. Trusting in Him to give me the words that I may share to bring hope and encouragement to someone traveling those dark lonely roads I once traveled. Unsure of the direction but sure of God’s unfailing love and His words to me “BELIEVE, REST IN ME and PREPARE” I approach each day with glorious wonder searching for the heart that God will place in my path that needs reminding of God’s unfailing love for them.