❤ The Lord is worthy of ALL His praise! ❤
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❤ The Lord is worthy of ALL His praise! ❤
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Praise Ye! Praise Ye! Praise Ye! Our dear heavenly Father above! Creator and Maker of the Universe! And the Creator and Maker of my 30 year old son… Anthoni Lance Brookshire (aka InnerManTheatre on WordPress)! 30 years ago today, on a Friday the 13th, You looked down from Your heavenly throne and had mercy upon my soul… grace upon my life… and love yet to express itself in Your many ways that You taught me more about Your sovereign and parental love, as well as Your tender and nurturing love. So many of Your wonderful and mysterious ways manifest themselves so easily, so frequently, and so profoundly in the eyes, arms, heart, and soul of a child. Yet today He is not a child. Today He is 30! He will always be my babedoll! And He will always be Your son. A child of the King! ❤
Thank You , Father for the day we got to spend together at Cheddar’s and Cold Stone!!
Yup! That’s right! His birthday fell on Mother’s Day this year, so it was a win/win.
We first went to Cheddar’s so that I could eat my favorite food…
Cheddars’s Famous Spasagna with garlic bread!
(the tomato was from Anthoni’s cheeseburger,
he always gives me his tomatoes 🙂 )
I was so excited to eat Spasagna that I didn’t even care that I literally had to ask the waitress if I had gotten the Spasagna with Chicken Alfredo instead. The texture of the cheese was so hard and clumped into crusty lumps, so I honestly thought I could be eating chicken meat. It was still GOOD! But it wasn’t tasting the least bit like spaghetti, lasagna, or the delicious cheeses that were supposed to flavor the whole meal. The only thing that tasted right was the marinara sauce!
In these pictures below You can see the CLUMP it really was.
It was so thick I had to use my knife. 😦
It looks nothing like the delicious noodles I miss!
But again, Lord, I was so excited. It had been a few years since I had gotten to eat it! I thought it was me somehow. I wanted to be thankful for what You gave me, especially with the opportunity to share this special time with Anthoni. I could tell he cared about my food being edible, and what I actually wanted. I will do a feedback on the survey on my receipt, and actually call this week to Cheddar’s as well. If they have changed how they make it or what is in it, it absolutely changes my love for it. I had hoped to get good pictures for every one who had been asking about it and loved the idea of it.
I’ll post an update later.
🙂 But today! Today I am celebrating Anthoni! Not Spasagna! 🙂
And what better way to remind me of the miracle You designed him to be in my life and the lives of so many others than to give us a waitress named Miracle! ❤
Miracle was so incredibly nice, pleasant, sweet spirited, with a beautiful smile. She was kind to allow me to get a picture of her and my son to remember his special day.
She is from Troy! (Anthoni I had fun discussions of Helen of Troy). She was our birthday miracle for him. We didn’t need one though. Anthoni was the miracle God gave 30 years ago to save me many things about my life, and my family from the dysfunction that was eating us apart. The Lord used his presence to break down races barriers on both sides of my family, bring peace to family squabbles, and lead us all back into church… including several family friends.
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”
– Isaiah 11:6 KJV
Next! On to Cold Stone for my other favorite!
That Founder’s Favorite Ice Cream without a brownie! 🙂
After watching them make it… the finished product!
Gotta Have It size! (That’s their Large! 🙂 )
I thought of Caz when I realized the wording was slightly wrong from when I had previously said the sizes are called Like It, Love It, and Have to Have It. 😉
It was melting all over the place. It was all I could do to get it to the table safely!
Then I had to get Anthoni’s safely to the table, as he went to the bathroom.
He had the Birthday Cake Delight! How fitting!
Gotta Have It size… of course! 🙂
I’ll have to remember that next month for my birthday! 😉
When he got to the table we found his ice cream!
It does not show in this picture, but his ice cream ended up all over the table,
despite my using several napkins underneath, and TRYING to keep it clean.
He had an interesting time with it.
It brought back a sweet memory of him when he was just 6 or 7 months old.
He was in his car seat, eating ice cream. When the ice cream started melting all over his hands, he intentionally dropped it to the floor and started crying. He wanted me to pull over right then and there to wipe his hands clean, which of course I did with some baby wipes. Once he was clean, he was back to being a happy baby. He didn’t care about the ice cream anymore. All my family and friends in the car said, “Yep. He’s yours alright! Just like you!.” I hate having sticky or icky hands! Or mouth! Or face! LOL. Even if it means giving up what I am eating or going without!
So far down his bowl today, Anthoni just put his spoon down, looked me directly in the eye as if to point out that with his next statement he was giving me a hint.
“I’m done. Anytime you want to leave, I’m ready.”
He wasn’t saying it as of to hurry me or to tell me what to do. He was letting me know that I didn’t have to wonder about his leftover ice cream.
“Did you get enough? Is it OK?” I ask.
“Yes. I am putting my spoon down while I am satisfied, before I regret not doing it.”
He was only 1/3 of the way down his bowl.
“You mean like I already do, and I’m only half way down?” We laugh.
“Very disciplined, Anthoni! I am well pleased for you! So I guess that means we really only Like It!“ 😉 We laugh again.
Thank You, Father, for such a blessed time! For laughs! For good food! For awesome workers! For weather that held out to make for a beautiful day! For the time that is so hard for Anthoni and I to get alone! And I NEVER get to go to my favorite places, even if I am willing to pay for someone else! Unless I bribe my son because his birthday falls on Mother’s Day! 😉 Companionship is my gift. But he smiles because he knows he loves it too. That’s how I knew You were in on this today! And You lovingly put Your signature on it when You sent us our very own Miracle! With a smile! 🙂
No one says Happy Birthday or Happy Mother’s Day like You do! ❤
❤ Me and Anthoni love You! ❤
Okay, God. You know this blog is not about numbers and stats. It’s all about You. This is Your blog! You know I am nervous each time I see someone new is following me. It still makes me think of the word stalker. But You also know that in following Your lead to open my settings from private to public, and to communicate with others, trusting You with likes, comments, followers, and the many awards, tags, and challenges that You use to keep me actively communicating, that You have blessed me with the richest of community, friends, and new family in Christ! All over the world, I have the dearest of hearts as friends! People who mean so much to me! Yet with so much love pouring from You through them, I can still so easily forget others are reading what You and I talk about.
Poetry, blogging, awards, tags, challenges, struggles with fear, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and so many other things You and I discuss, and then You completely take me by surprise with over thousands of views, and thousands of the most encouraging and uplifting comments (praise Your name for the ones that testify for You and glorify You!) from some of the most amazing souls You have blessed me with. And oh what wonders You do for my soul to make so many of them fellow lovers of Christ! How my heart just flows over with such love to read and share You in everything! ❤
How Your heart must smile! 🙂
So let me share with the world the numbers You have allowed this blog… as a praise to You! Thank you for Thought for Change becoming the 400th Follower! Bless her blog, Lord! And her life! It was so wonderful to read how she loves you most! ❤
My favorite part of the stats is actually on the Insights page, where it has Comments by Authors. It seems to keep track of the top 6 Authors (aka bloggers) who are commenting. I love seeing that change around! It reflects the many God filled conversations with Your dear children loving one another through cherishing everything about You!
Right now, the top 6 are:
1. Discovering Your Happiness (Lovely Anita, Lovely A, Miss Lovely)
2. Red Letters (Hayley)
3. The Word (Margaret)
4. Invisibly Me (Caz)
5. Not Easily Broken
6. Walking With The Way (Arnya)
Praise You for each one of them, and those who may have simply commented Congrats or nice, and only once. If they have given praise in any form… it’s all Yours! ❤
I finish by praising You with the wonderful hymn You taught me years ago:
To God Be the Glory, hymn lyrics by our dear Fanny Crosby
To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.
The Rules for the 3 Day Quote Challenge:
Quote for Day 3…
is a quote said three different times in three different ways in God’s word. It is that Jesus agonized! Suffered! Had sweat as great drops of blood! Was sore amazed! Heavy! Exceeding sorrowful unto death! Fell on the ground! Kneeled down! He even asked God (His Father) if it were possible to change His circumstances, to remove His challenge, to find another way to do what He was being expected to do. Just like you and I do sometimes when we wish God would rescue us, or at least just change what we are currently going through. Even after He was ministered to BY AN ANGEL who strengthened Him, He was still in agony and prayed more earnestly! His human flesh was waging war. The flesh that He took on for you and me. He felt the need to pray like this 3 different times. And He warned us to pray because while our spirit is ready and willing, our flesh is weak and vulnerable to temptation.
But Jesus also loved us! He knew our Father loved us! And He thought we were worth it. Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done, not His own. And just for the record, Jesus was simply obedient! There is something to be said for someone when they can follow through on something that is so hard to do that they agonize with heavy sorrow over just the thought of it! THAT IS ANXIETY! Obedience (aka follow through) is a commendable trait! It speaks for the soul that was faced with fear, but chose to turn over there fears, dread, sorrow, and all that they worry about to the one who can see us through. Placing our trust and faith in God! No matter what the outcome… as I am sure you remembered Jesus did not have His cup removed, His hour passed, and did not have His circumstances changed. He was still put on the cross! For you! For me! ❤
❤ THAT IS THE JESUS I LOVE! ❤
❤ I’m so glad you didn’t give up, Jesus! ❤
Below are the passages!
“And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
– Mark 14:33-38 KJV
“And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
– Matthew 26:37-41 KJV
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
– Luke 22:41-46 KJV
Congratulations to the nominees! I pray the challenge is fun for you as well!
Thank you, Alethea, for letting God use you!
So many people need to know anxiety is not the end of the world,
however… He completely understand what it feels like to have the weight of the world on their shoulders! Literally! May you be encouraged and blessed! ❤
Here we are, Lord, on Day 2 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge
for which Alethea of Alethea’s Mind nominated me.
I am thankful for the opportunity to share with others,
and even more grateful for the dear friend you have give me
in our dearest Alethea! ❤ Bless her, Lord! ❤
The Rules for the 3 Day Quote Challenge:
Quote for Day 2:
At a time when fear has been rearing its ugly head, trying to come at me from out of nowhere, but consume me with a continuing merciless grip, You remind me of this passage You taught me on how to deal with anxiety… my very real enemy.
While this cruel foe loves to torment me, and tries to make me feel sinful for experiencing fear, Your Holy Word reminds me fear is a human feeling, that I am very human, and that my Savior took on being human too.
Fear itself is very normal, and You are very aware of it. You gave us a bible full of verses that begin with Fear Not. To choose to Be Not Afraid is not pretending we are not human, it is choosing to trust You even though we know we are.
For anyone struggling with fear or anxiety, or are simply consumed by it, the Lord has many verses and bible heroes that have been there, including our Savior Jesus Christ when He agonized in the garden the night of His arrest.
Don’t be afraid of sudden fear. Just talk to God about it.
He knows and He cares. His Son has been there.
There are more scriptures you can read on fear in my old post My Fear of God.
Did you know that Jesus agonized too? Click here to read how He understands what you go through with fear… more than you might think.
If you missed the Quote for Day 1, you can click here to read it.
Congrats to the Nominees! I eagerly look forward to reading how God uses you, as you already encourage me so much. I love reading what encourages you!
God loves you! ❤
How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!
Song of Solomon 7:6 KJV
Lord, I am so excited about the love You keep spreading around in this WordPress Community, and the family of fellowship that You keeping growing among Your children that I had to start this challenge with the quote above for Day 1 because that is how I feel about You!! You love to give Your children Your delights!
YOU are the greatest delight of ALL delights! ❤
Your Quote for your Day 3 was God taking me aside to have a much needed one on one! It was so tender, yet so empowering. How loving our Father is! I’m definitely staying in His river! ❤ I would highly recommend anyone reading this to click here to pop over and visit that river so that they can feel His love flowing over them too! ❤
The Rules for the 3 Day Quote Challenge:
I pray you each have fun with your quotes!
❤ God uses you each to share His love
in such ways as He has given you! ❤
I look forward to reading them.
What a wonderful mystery You are, dear Lord! You continue to delightfully surprise me with Your wonderful ways, through Your wonderful souls. Now You have our dearest sister Tasha of Pain Warrior Code nominate me for the Mystery Blogger Award. You already use her to encourage me and motivate me in those daily physical challenges. Anyone who is struggling with chronic or daily pain would be so wise and blessed to visit her blog.
What is Mystery Blogger Award?
“This is an award for amazing bloggers with indigenous posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma
• Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog
Thank you, Tasha, for thinking of me! 🙂
May God bless you! Me and God believe in you!
• Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
• Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
• Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
• Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one
• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
3 Thing About Myself
1. I am in love with my Savior Jesus Christ! ❤
2. I am grateful that Jesus didn’t give up on His way to the cross! ❤
3. I am grateful that Jesus didn’t give up on me either! ❤
5 Questions from Tasha for me:
1) What made you want to start blogging?
I began Gail Loves God as a private blog to talk just between me and God.
Last summer He led me to open it while doing a challenge for a friend…
The 30 Posts Challenge for Fatima of Splendors In Embers…|
which led me to doing the…
21 Day Self Care Challenge with Lovely Anita of Discovering Your Happiness.
2) As this award is about blogs that inspire and motivates – do you as a nominee have a mantra, proverb or saying that you live by?
❤ God loves you! ❤ Everyone needs to know this, or be reminded!
3) If you had to choose one meal that you had to eat everyday for a month (without any health consequences), what would it be?
Spasagna with garlic bread from Cheddar’s for dinner
and Founder’s Favorite Ice Cream without the brownie from Cold Stone
(Have to Have It size… that’s their title for Large)
4) What is your favourite hobby/pass time?
Spending alone with God! ❤
5) What’s the best/worst practical joke that you’ve played on someone or that was played on you?
My family use to do practical jokes of scaring one another as a past time.
The stronger the fear the better. Hysterics were the goal.
Later when I was a part of a local young adult community organization of adults from ages 21 to 39, when we did the famous annual haunted house, for at least 2 months fear was the favorite joke. Again hysterics were the goal.
As a result, fear is a huge part of my anxiety when there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. It would be God teaching me to reverently fear Him, and learn in His Holy Word that He did not want me in hysterics, to teach me to face my fears. I may not be able to prevent sudden fear from arising, but I can turn to Him for how I face it.
“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.”
– Proverbs 3:25 KJV
Haiku Out of Africa
Letters to Myself
He Has You
The Words Untrammelled
Family by Faith
Cancer Killing Recipe
To Strengthen a Mother’s Heart
Beholding Hum Ministries
My Questions for the Nominees:
1. Do you need special prayer for anything? Feel free to comment or my page or through the Contact page as well as in your answer, to let me know how I can pray for you.
2. Do you know someone else who needs a prayer for anything? I would love to pray for them too!
3. Do you do a daily reading/devotion?
4. What season is it where you live?
5. If you could sit down and have an undisturbed dinner with Jesus, what would you like to talk with Him about?
Congratulations on your Mystery Blogger Award! Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, no rush. Do you in your time. Let me know so that I can read your answers, as well as for those who maybe drop and see your link! God loves you!
THANKS AGAIN, TASHA! 🙂