My Consolation

Congratulations! You have lost!
Now you must pay the cost!
But here’s a consolation as you go,
to comfort your humiliation on the show.
This how the world sees consolation,
but I see mine in God’s salvation.
Jesus Christ was sent to me.
Thanks to Him, I’ve been set free.
I was lost in sin and shame.
Jesus stopped that blame game!
He gave me value and Holy worth
when He came in lowly birth.
His sacrifice on the cross
restored me from the loss.
His gift of love and sacrifice
paid my penalty and paid my price.
He sent the Comforter to guide.
He teaches me while at my side.
Soon to Jesus I will be led.
My Consolation… life after death!

10-1-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Day 34 of 47 for Lent Plan

God, I have been enjoying the bible reading plan You have been walking me through. I’m sorry to be so late getting them on, but with Your help we’ll get them on little by little.
No rush. Just convalescing with You, and following Your lead in sharing with others.
YouVersion (a bible app You have blessed me with)
is doing a plan called 40 Days of Lent.

Day 34 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Teaching: Love Your Enemies”
Reading: Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-36 KJV

Further Study

  • According to Matthew 5:44, what is the upside down gospel that Jesus preached?
    having to love your enemies, and doing good to those who hate you, blessing those who curse you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you. This all seems upside down or opposite of what we would normally do or say.
  • Is there a reward for loving those that love you back? Why do you think Jesus said that?
    Not in the way we think. While we seem to receive love back, and feeling good is a reward, there is nothing more powerful than to be loved and treated so kindly by someone we neglect, mock, or even insult. It’s what makes us love Jesus. He loved us when we were still vile sinners.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    love-coach. That You, Jesus, for teaching us about true love… about its power… and for giving us the most beautiful relationship ever in You! Thank You for loving us when we were Your enemy.
  • Prayer: Pray for your church leaders and your neighbors.
    Dykes (BSC), Ralph Jr. (TvBC), Andrew (FCN-A), Creed (TpBC)
    – Patty’s mom died (funeral tonight), Alan, family Robinsons, Rooster woman and family, Wendy and husband, trailer below, Coles, everyone.
  • Remembrance: Think of a time in your life when you showed love toward and “enemy.” Write about that.
    Lord, You bring to my mind Scott’s mom.She use to hate me so much and I never could figure out why. I even wondered if it was because Anthoni was mixed, but she loved him. I thought maybe it was from mixed dating, but she loved Homey. I finally asked Scott why. He said because I was a single mom living with my mom. She had assumed that I was living off my mom, but did not know my mom begged me to move in with her so she could have a much needed hysterectomy, then kept begging me to stay.
    At one point, Scott’s mom had a loved one die. You, Lord, urged me to go tell her I was praying for her. I really didn’t want to, but I did. With no expectation. Nothing changed. You did allow mercy in Scott sending me word that she thought I was a good writer, loved my poetry, and thought I should pursue writing. He said she had found one of my books he had. I used to wonder if she really said it. I just took you at your word.
  • Self-Examination: Is it hard for you to love those who are hard to love? Why or why not?
    Lord, this comes at a time that Sandra and I have been fighting. She is in the basement now. How we must make You sad, maybe even mad. I don’t know why we fight so bad, We didn’t growing up. Everyone use to be amazed that we didn’t, and try to start stuff. We only fought a handful of times, and NOTHING like we do now. There are days I feel like she thinks of me as an enemy and therefore becomes my enemy. It’s hard to show love to someone who doesn’t want a hint of it. Hate is their fuel. I know she’s not that down deep, but I’m not so sure she knows that.

A Kind Act

  • Find an inspirational quote for a friend who is struggling and send it to them.
    = I answered message and sent encouragement on WordPress and Facebook.

Day 39 of 47 for Lent Plan

God, I have been enjoying the bible reading plan You have been walking me through. I’m sorry to be so late getting them on, but with Your help we’ll get them on little by little.
No rush. Just convalescing with You, and following Your lead in sharing with others.
YouVersion (a bible app You have blessed me with)
is doing a plan called 40 Days of Lent.

Day 39 of 47 for Lent Plan“Teaching: The Holy Spirit”
Reading: John 16:5-15 KJV

Further Study

  • Why did Jesus say it was best for Him to go away?
    – To send us the Comforter ❤
  • Who will convict the world of sin?
    The Comforter.
  • What will the Spirit of Truth do? List three things.
    1. Guide us in all things.
    2. Speak not of itself, but tell us all things, which Jesus tells are of the Father.
    3. Glorify Jesus

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for ho He is.
    – Truth. Thank You, Jesus, for being true to our Father God! And to us ❤
  • Prayer: Pray for your closest friends.
  • Remembrance: Think of a time You were convicted over a sin in your life. Write about how you changed.
    I was convicted over perversion in my life when I was trying to be abstinent. I was new to realizing I was a Christian and wanted to desperately obey Your word in waiting. It changed my life so much for the better… by far
  • Self- Examination: Do you find it easy to let the Holy Spirit guide you in your life?
    There are many times I get in my own way trying so hard, but the Holy Spirit knows how to convict, to lead me in prayer and repentance, to comfort me with peace, love, and reassurance that I am forgiven. He nurtures the confidence You tells me I need in the day of re-reward.  And He prays for me with meanings and groanings than cannot be uttered. Then teaches my to pray, for myself, my family, my friends, my church, my community, the world, and even for my enemies!
    He touches my love. He teaches me love and insight about my heavenly Father and His precious Son. Such wonderful things, They are glorious.”

“I think of my blessed Redeemer.
I think of Him all the day long,

I sing for I cannot be silent.
His love is the theme of my song.”

A Kind Act

  • Make a family member breakfast in bed.

 

Day 38 of 47 for Lent Plan

God, I have been enjoying the bible reading plan You have been walking me through. I’m sorry to be so late getting them on, but with Your help we’ll get them on little by little.
No rush. Just convalescing with You, and following Your lead in sharing with others.
YouVersion (a bible app You have blessed me with)
is doing a plan called 40 Days of Lent.

Day 38 of 47 for Lent Plan“Teaching: The Vine and the Branches.”
Reading: John 15:1-7 KJV

Further Study

  • What must we do to be fruitful?
    – Abide in Jesus and obey the commandments
  • When we produce much fruit, what are we?
    – disciples
  • What’s the greatest way we can show our love?
    Laying our lives down for a friend
    (This is what the doctors and nurses, and any others are doing to help COVID-19 patients.)
  • What is Jesus’s final commandment in John 15:17?
    – To love one another as He has loved us ❤

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    – Husbandman. Thank You, God, for taking care of us, even with needed pruning. Sometimes the thickets are so tangled up, blocking the view and causing a lot of pain, but we’re so surrounded by the thorns stuck in our flesh that we don’t know which way to move. We are afraid to even breathe.
    Jesus, our precious thorn bearer, You bore the pain of deep thorns, something that was a part of Adam’s punishment when he ate of the forbidden fruit. Thorns were added to his work to prick him and remind him of his sin, and reminded him the importance of obedience, faith, and trust in God our Creator.
    I’m so sorry You had to bear them. Thank You for that “greatest sacrifice of love.” I love You because You first loved me… and still do… no matter what. ❤
  • Prayer: Pray for your extended family.
  • Remembrance: Think of a time you sacrificed greatly for a friend. How did they respond?
    There was a friend I was once had who guilted me out of clothes I had to wait long for, save the money, and search so hard for in my size in proper fitted clothing, and guilted me out of food she knew I was buying or fixing because she knew I was so hungry that I was sick. She would literally stand over me and eyeball me with such a glare over the very bite in my mouth.
    While I eventually realized the truth, learned to say no or at least “Think about this” in a loving manner, I’m grateful for the times You allowed me to see it as sharing with someone who “needed” and yeah even wanted. But her smile! Her pride in wearing her dresses to church, and her meeting/gaining so much church family as friends while being blessed with such rich and sweet fellowships. She loved it. It was worth it for You!
  • Self-Examination: Do you find it easy to “remain in Jesus?” Write about that and ask God for insight.
    I pray I am always striving to remain in You, Jesus. But this one assurance remains… You will always remain in me! Thank You, Jesus!

A Kind Act

  • Compliment two people today.
    I was reading this devotion to my stepdad today and started with him. He enjoyed it and was complimenting back. The second would be Anthoni after he had cut his hair today.

Day 37 of 47 for Lent Plan

God, I have been enjoying the bible reading plan You have been walking me through. I’m sorry to be so late getting them on, but with Your help we’ll get them on little by little.
No rush. Just convalescing with You, and following Your lead in sharing with others.
YouVersion (a bible app You have blessed me with)
is doing a plan called 40 Days of Lent.

Day 37 of 47 for Lent PlanTeaching: Serving Others.
Reading: Matthew 5:1-12, Luke 6: 20-26 KJV

Further Study

  • What did Jesus say someone has to do to be a leader?
    minister and serve
  • Jesus gave 2 reasons why He came. What are they?
    to minister and to give His life for a ransom

Reflect

  • Worship: write down one attribute of God and worship him for who He is.
    Servant.
  • Prayer: Pray for your immediately family members.
    Anthoni, Sandra, Nay, Bobby, Tim, Stephanie, Homey.
  • Remembrance: Think of a time you led someone by serving them. How did they respond to you?
    Lord, You bring to mind when I led the kids in Bible Quizzing. I thought I was coming to help substitute for Lisa’s helper. Once there I discovered it was me and Gladys. I then thought I would be her helper. Yet, You, Lord, knew You had brought me to be their coach, and allowed me to lead them for 2 years, I’ll always remember Leah at State competition. What an extraordinary young she is growing up to be. 🙂
    They were excited, dedicate, wise, hard workers, with lots of energy, bible knowledge, and bible quizzing experience. We helped each other.
  • Self- Examination: Is it easy for you to serve others even if you are the leader?
    I love to help others. I’m horrible with getting there on time, and many acts of service are far from easy. But there are many situations that are a pleasure.

A Kind Act

  • Drop a small amount of money on the ground for someone to find. (Or send it via a mobile app).
    – Lord, This will be hard because of the virus situation. You lead, I will follow.

Day 36 of 47 for Lent Plan

God, I have been enjoying the bible reading plan You have been walking me through. I’m sorry to be so late getting them on, but with Your help we’ll get them on little by little.
No rush. Just convalescing with You, and following Your lead in sharing with others.
YouVersion (a bible app You have blessed me with)
is doing a plan called 40 Days of Lent.

Day 36 of 47 for Lent Plan – Teaching: Solid Foundation
Reading: Matthew 7:24-27 KJV

Further Study

  • Where do wise people build their houses?
    Upon a rock
  • What do you think the rock represents?
    Christ is our Rock.
  • Where do the foolish build their houses?
    Upon sand.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worships Him for who He is.
    Foundation. Thank You, Jesus, for being my firm and sure Foundation. The Rock on which I stand. You make me think on “The Solid Rock” and “Rock of Ages.” i love those hymns.
  • Prayer: Pray for the salvation of people in your life who don’t know Jesus.
  • Remembrance: Think about a time you didn’t follow what Jesus taught. How have you learned from that experience.
    I was so miserable. Living in confusion, filth, violence, and a largely warped sense of normalcy in our family, in our community, in our world. I DO NOT miss it at all. Thank You for seeing me thought all of that. The most important thing I learned was that I had no clue of just how lost I was. It is a sure reminder of the sure foundation You give to my life. By walking in faith with You, I am free of my false reality. It teaches me to always ask for Your wisdom, Your guidance, and Your help because I cannot trust that I am doing or thinking the right way, or that I am even aware of my ignorance. And I cannot trust the wisdom or knowledge of my soul that does not have their own foundation in You.
  • Self-Examination: Do you find it easy to listen to and follow the teachings of Jesus? Share your thoughts.
    – I wouldn’t say everything is a cake walk, but I pray that I always choose to follow Your teachings, Jesus, regardless of the hardship or unpleasantness that can come to us sometimes. There are many times it the most beautiful and comforting thing to do, even while in the hardship. In the end, I am ALWAYS blessed to follow You, Jesus. And I will follow You anywhere You lead. You make me think on the hymn
    ” I will follow, I will follow, Jesus.
    Anywhere, anywhere, I will follow Him.”
    and “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.”

A Kind Act

Write an encouraging letter and mail it to someone.
Lord, I leave this one to You because people are afraid of their mail.