About

 Hello,

My name is Mercedes, and aka Mercy by some of my friends.

I’m one of those “older model Mercedes“…a 1943 vintage.  I was born in NYC and after 10 yrs. of marriage, my husband and I moved to CT to raise our family.  We now have retired to Centrall Maine, and have been here 9 1/2 yrs.  This year we celebrated 44 yrs. of marriage.

I am a born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  I was saved in 1960.   Through the years of being a “new creature in Christ Jesus”, my faith has grown from a baby stage to a vibrant faith in Him.  It is from this perspective that I write my blog.  My heart’s desire is to share with you, the things He has taught me, and is still teaching me, as I walk with Him.   It is also my heart’s desire that as I share that you might be blessed by Him, in His plan for your life.

If you are not a saved believer in Jesus Christ, perhaps, through the sharing of His Word, it might be the seed that brings you to full bloom in coming to know Him and becoming His child.  If you already have this special relationship with Him, that you might be encouraged in your walk with Him; that you might be challenged to study more of His Word; that you would come to know Him, as He wants to be known by you and me.  He made us for Himself.

One of my life’s verses is found in Galatians 2:20 – “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me, and gave himself for me.” – KJV

It is from this perspective that I live and breathe and think and write and face each day…as I keep on Beyond the Strait Gate.

On my less serious side, let me share with you that I have a needlecraft shop on Etsy and can be found at:  http://etsy.com/shop/MercysNeedleplay?ref=si_shop  and also can be found on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mercys-Needleplay/264097090298246    Also, I have a second shop on Etsy which can be found at:     http://etsy.com/shop/MercysVintageHome?ref=si_shop

Please stop by and visit, leaving your comments here on the blog about the blog and on Etsy or facebook about the shops.   Sign up too, to follow the blog and in “liking” my facebook page, you will be notified of sales and news in general.

Well, there you have it…a thumbnail sketch of what makes me Mercy.

December 27, 2011

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  1. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

    • Hmmm, so sorry Coleman,
      I wouldn’t know which of those advertisements did this nasty deed! I really am not happy with the idea that the advertisers use the blog site at all, myself. They are unwelcomed guests. ☺

      I hope that will not deter you from returning to Beyond the Strait Gate. And, if you like you might consider subscribing to the blog on the right-hand side of the post. You can be notified via emails of the latest post.

      Again, thank you for visiting.
      Mercedes

  2. I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for fantastic info I was looking for this information for my mission.

    • Hello Homer,
      Thank you for visiting Beyond the Strait Gate today.

      My “information” comes from studying God’s Word, the Bible. What I share are the things I have learned. I have been a Christian since 1960 and as I open myself up to God’s Word, His teaching, His leading, I keep a journal of things I have learned. Learning is not enough. Application of what we learn is important. As we obey, God enlarges our understanding and thus goes the cycle. It is life-changing, if we are serious about God, getting to know Him and Who He is.

      If you would like to subscribe to this blog, you can do so by signing up on the right-hand side of this post and you will automatically be alerted to new posts as they are listed via email. Meanwhile there are many archived you might be interested in reading.

      Blessings,
      Mercedes

  3. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

    • Hello Bradford,
      Thank you for stopping by Beyond the Strait Gate today. I appreciate you visiting and leaving your comments. If you like, you can subscribe on the right-hand side of the post and you will be notified via email of future posts as they become available.

      May the Lord richly bless you as you return and read.
      Mercedes

  4. Great blog here! Also your site loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

    • Hello Sari,
      Thank you for stopping by Beyond the Strait Gate today and for leaving your comment. I’m not too tech saavy when it comes to web vocabulary…but I think what you are asking me is which blog sponsor I am using? I use http://www.wordpress.com

      If you would like, you can subscribe to this blog on the right-hand side of this post and you will be notified when a new post is available via email.

      Have a blessed day,
      Mercedes

  5. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

    • Hello Felecia,
      Thank you for visiting Beyond the Strait Gate today. I cannot say whether or not you will come to understand or not, the things that I share from God’s Word. But, I can say this to you with assurance: if you do WANT to understand, you could pray and ask God to help you to understand. I know He would want you to understand from His love letter to you, His Word, the Bible. By praying, what seems difficult or complex, may suddenly become clear and simple. Why not try that each time and see if God will not open up your heart and your mind to understanding what it is He may have for you?

      If you like, you can subscribe to this blog on the right-hand side of this page and when I have posted a new post, you will be notified via email. I hope you will come again.
      Blessings,
      Mercedes

  6. Wonderful goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too excellent. I really like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it sensible. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is actually a tremendous website.

    • Hello Stephania,
      Thank you for visiting Beyond the Strait Gate. I am so very happy you found your way here. I hope that you will come again and visit, stay a while and read some of the archived posts also. If you like, you might subscribe to this blog on the right hand side of the page and when I have a new post, you will be automatically notified via email.

      I hope the Lord will richly bless you as you vist.
      Blessings,
      Mercedes

    • Hello Jon,
      Please forgive me, but I’m not overly saavy when it comes to PC terms of today…so by wordpress theme, I assume you are speaking of my title and the graphics I’ve chosen for the blog? If so, I didn’t download them from anywhere. The title of the blog comes from my searching of Scriptures to find a picturesque way of sharing living the Christian life, once a person is born again, as the Gospel of John, chapter 3 records, when Jesus is speaking with Nicodemus. He tells him, he “must be born again”. I have several different archived posts that speak to that topic. This ‘new life’ is one in which we live by placing our complete trust in Jesus Christ and the goal is to live according to God’s Word. I picture stepping into this new life as if going through a gate; a door. Thus the title for my blog: BEYOND the Strait Gate. The graphics of the gate itself, is a photograph a friend of mine shared and I asked her permission to use it here.

      Thank you for coming by and visiting and commenting. It is good to have visitors and I hope that you will perhaps visit again. To be alerted to new posts, you might want to subscribe. I should be writing a newer post soon. I do not write for the sake of writing, but only if and when I have something I want to share that I feel may be helpful to others.

      Thank you again, Jon
      Mercedes

  7. I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. You are incredible! Thanks!

    • Thank you for visiting Beyond the Strait Gate this week. This post was not written by your cousin. I do not know your cousin. ☺ I wrote the spiritual blog myself from studying God’s Word, the Bible and share what I have learned from reading and studying. Perhaps the Lord directed you to come to this blog that you might come to learn more about Him and come to know Him, also. You may find some of the archived posts helpful. Please feel free to return and read them, also. Blessings, Mercedes

    • Hello Alisha,
      Thank you for visiting Beyond the Strait Gate today. I hope the message was a blessing to you.

      If by design you mean the layout…www.wordpress.com that sponsors my blog has different formats you can choose from. If you mean the graphics, they are personal photographs from a friend.

      If you would like to subscribe to Beyond the Strait Gate, please sign up on the right-hand side of the post. You will be notified via email of the newest post.
      Blessings,
      Mercedes

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