Hi, I’m Gail Marek. I’m a Christian, a wife, and a mother.
Life is hard. Things don’t always go the way we’d like. But with God’s help, anything is possible.
Years ago, I gave a couples bible as a wedding gift to two friends who got married. A cash gift marked the page in 1 Corinthians 13 for the verse on love. Inside the front cover I wrote a note that let them know that there would be tough times, but that as long as they turned to the Bible for answers to their questions—rather than looking for answers elsewhere—they’d be set. What I wrote was actually a bit longer than that, and I hope much more eloquently written!
At the time I was a ‘baby’ Christian. I honestly don’t even know if I believed what I’d written. It seemed as though something else was telling me what to write when my pen hit the paper. I knew it was true—but I certainly wasn’t living it out.
Years earlier, my life circumstances began spinning out of control because of decisions I made before becoming a Christian. I didn’t have a good standard against which to compare my decisions, and I was lost as a result.
I didn’t know who I was, or what my purpose in life was, but in 2013 I met the man who changed that—Jesus.
Whereas my former circumstances had me stressed out beyond belief—because I felt as though I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders—Jesus told me his yoke is easy and his burden light (Matthew 11:28-30), and that the Lord plans to prosper me, give me hope, and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
Suddenly I had the insight I so desperately needed to begin making better decisions. I felt God calling me to change.
Since becoming aware of the err of my ways, realigning my life so that my actions agree with what I randomly jotted down inside that Bible cover so many years ago hasn’t been easy, but it’s been a worthwhile investment!
The same concept applies to all of us.
In the time since I’ve been walking with the Lord, my burden has become much lighter, and I am filled with hope and joyful anticipation for the future He has in store for me. I try and live the life God calls me to. My purpose is also much clearer—to bring honor and glory to God. Some days I feel like I hit the mark, and others not so much.
I aim high, and take it day by day.
I’m a mother of two boys of my own and consider it an honor to grow new relationships between me and my two step-sons as well. Raising the four boys God has placed in my and my husband’s care, and molding them into God fearing young men, has made me even more of a God fearing woman. We learn best when we teach others, and I’ve learned heaps about being what it truly means to be a Christian by trying to teach my kids what it means to be Christians.
I enjoy being outside in the sunshine in summer and by a warm fireplace in winter. I like peace and quiet and am not much of a big group person except if there’s loud music. I love music, love to sing, and go nuts dancing when no one’s watching. My boys would tell you I’m also prone to randomly bursting out into song. They always ask, “Mom, do you have to sing everything?”
Where it’s at for me though is spending quality time with my family and friends. Old and new. Getting to know others one-on-one.
Looking back now, I sincerely thank God for saving me and have asked him to send me women I can mentor through similar situations. I can’t do Jesus’ work for him, but I can aim to love the way He did, and help women like me in their time of need to feel comforted and supported.
Sharing in other peoples joys and struggles is what makes me tick.
Modeling Jesus’ love through mentoring relationships is what Blessed Be Today is all about.