My Birthday Fundraiser for 2020

To God be the glory. Great things He hath done.
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
and opened the lifegate 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 hath done. ❤
– To God Be The Glory, hymn lyrics by Fanny Crosby

God, I am so excited FOR YOU! I do not mean that arrogantly or in a self-centered way. YOU know how I usually avoid my birthday, or at least making a big deal of it, and if I can get away with it not even mention it. I don’t mind so much after, but there’s just something so awkward about a birthday. It’s so uncomfortable. I am grateful for the life You give me, and for each day that I get to know Your love, and share Your love. That’s why I am also grateful that You give me family and friends who love to celebrate my day. Because of them, I get to say, “All the credit/glory goes to God for giving me another year of life. Each day is His blessing! My life is His testimony!”

Please forgive me for when I take my life for granted, and for when I carelessly and selfishly wish it over to be with You, or think of giving up. My life is not mine. It’s Yours. And I am very grateful. I am always amazed that I am still here with all of the health issues and scares, but it is just more evidence and a clear reminder that You are God and in control of my life. THANK YOU for taking control, for keeping control, and for allowing me the blessing to of those who want to celebrate my life too.

This year I gladly say it’s my birthday to honor YOU and the life You give me! And in celebrating the fact that my life is Your purpose, I prayerfully chose to do My Facebook Birthday Fundraiser for Sufficient Grace Outreach. Sufficient Grace Outreach Birthday Fundraiser Picture

This is the Sufficient Grace Outreach Facebook Page

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And this is the  Sufficient Grace Outreach website

Sufficent Grace Outreach Facebook Profile Pic

Sufficient Grace Outreach, Inc is organized for the specific purpose of outreach to women and/or children involved in human trafficking , but will not limit their reach to this demographic realizing that the plight of victims of human trafficking is not limited to women and/or children. Sufficient Grace will reach out to anyone regardless of race, gender, or creed in order to help them achieve freedom and safety. As opportunity and need arises, Sufficient Grace Outreach Inc will expand its reach to anyone it finds in need.

If you know of someone or suspect someone is a trafficking victim please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at

1-888-373-7888 or

Text to BeFree (233733).

Anyone can read a better break down about their mission and what they do HERE. The fundraiser will last a week, but they can give to Sufficient Grace Outreach any time.

Lord, You burden my heart for those who are trapped in Human Trafficking, prostitution, strip clubs, and many situations that we may not be aware of, but YOU are! Growing up in an environment where prostitution was actually glorified, forced, and erroneously taught to be a source of provision, I also know the violence, the degradation, and the hopelessness involved. The pretending you’re just fine and convincing yourself you chose the lifestyle while you hate yourself more and more each time. They need Your love. They need Your resources. They need Your help. They need You.
You use Amanda, Kris, and the many volunteers to send that help, to provide those resources, to share Your hope, and to share Your love with them. Thank You for what You do through her. I am grateful for her heart, and blessed to call her friend. Thank You for each time You allow me to take part in any way, however small! ❤ I pray for each one they have helped already, and for each one You will bring their way because You know they have such need. Help them to know You love them! ❤

So thank You again for my birthday, Lord!
51 years of life, love, provision, blessings, rescues, protections, hedges, health, friendships, family, church family, encouragement, blogging community…
and 43 of those years held in Your wonderful salvation as Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior! THANK YOU for Your Son and HIs love for me! THANK YOU for the gift of the Holy Spirit! And for YOU, my loving and sovereign Father! You three are…

the best birthday presents ever!

And presents are best shared! So let me make sure to tell everyone reading…

God loves you! He sent His only Son to die on the cross for me and you! (It’s a good thing. His son Jesus is alive and well. God waits to hug you when we get home!) ❤
Jesus Christ loves you so much He died for you! (It’s a good thing! He’s okay and alive and well. He has went home (to heaven) to prepare a place for you and me! That’s how much He loves you!
Holy Spirit loves you! He is the one who brings you comfort, peace, and understanding of God as you read the Bible, pray (talk one on one with God), and spend time listening to God. He prays for you because He knows we do not always know what is best to pray, and that sometimes we are too broken to pray. He brings that tender love. That is why God calls Him your Comforter. ❤

“For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret,
and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect;
and in thy book all my members were written,
which in continuance were fashioned,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake, I am still with thee.”
– Psalm 139:13-18 KJV

My Birthday Fundraiser for 2020 (Update)

My Birthday Fundraiser for 2020 (Ending)

 

Present In The Pit

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Bound by a chain of darkness,
I was a prisoner to my sin.
I had the best intentions
In the eyes of men.
Right in mine own eyes,
I could not see Your truth.
I was the queen of innocence
In my wayward youth.
Yet down from heaven You came
To reach me in my pit.
You took the veil from my eyes,
And helped me to actually see it.
Washed, cleansed, renewed by You.
You left the ninety nine.
Because You came for me,
I am Yours, and You are mine.
No longer bound by chains of pain,
I’m free to receive Your love.
No need for false security.
Your presence is enough.

6.12.2020 Friday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: That You would come down into my pit of darkness and fight for me, even if it was me You had to fight. Tough love is a soul saver!…

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Glimmer of Hope

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Bubbling over, I begin to dance.
My shimmering light brings a trance.
Trickle, trickle, ripple, ripple.
The rapids rush me on.
Nearing now the earth’s cool edge,
I must fall to keep running along.
As I pass and entertain thee,
What do you see of me?
I’m a river, a lake, a little creek.
I flow from and return
To the depths of the sea.
Do not cry or worry for me.
I carry a message and a lesson for thee.
I have my share of troubles and woes,
Muddy waters, polluted shores,
Storms to blow and toss me at will.
But I will find my calm
When my Savior comes
And speaks, “Peace, be still.”
So let my glimmer of hope
Bring your smile as I glisten.
Pause upon my river banks
To give His whispers a listen.

6.10.2020 Wednesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: The wonder of God’s…

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Beginning a New Journal With You

**Verses are inserted exactly where God had them placed in my new journal at the bottom of each page. I love how personal He is! ❤ **

Lord, finally. A moment to sit and catch my breath with You. Thank You for a moment of putting everything aside… the phone, the TV, the news, the many distractions to come between You and me.
Talking with You though is not work. It’s like breathing to move my pen in conversation with You. It reminds me I have not been writing any poetry for you lately. It’s already June and I’m ashamed to say I’m not sure if I have written anything to You, or for You this year. Have I? I think I at least wrote one or two. I will have to look. (After checking gaillovesgodspoetry, I see I have written at least 8 so far this year! 🙂 PTL!) And I certainly need to write You some. I want to! I love telling the world how wonderful and faithful Your love is, and how much I am absolutely smitten with You because of it. You deserve every word of praise and testimony! ❤
So much has me distracted lately…

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
– Philippians 4:6 KJV

because of so much going on in our world. It’s nothing You are unaware of. You have forewarned us all of this in Your Holy Word, and those of us who read it know this is not even the beginning of worse things yet to come. These are the tribulations You tell us we will have in this world, but to be of good cheer because You have overcome the world.
Help me to be of good cheer. Help me to praise You even amid the chaos. Help my pen to declare Your omnipotence that will let nothing happen without Your knowing about it… in knowing You are the Judge of mercy and justice. Your omnipresence assures us that You are with us, looking out for us, and caring about those things that we care about. Your omniscience is very aware of every injustice, of every hurting soul, of every plea to love one another, and of every soul troubled with fear and anger. You haven’t forgotten one soul still suffering…

” Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV

from this Coronavirus, nor those who have lost loved ones to it, nor the many souls fighting to save these lives. You are more than aware of every position of authority that is overwhelmed with so much responsibility to govern and guide us through this virus, these protests, the rioting, the broken economy, the broken chains of supply, and so much more all while trying to take care of their own families.
It amazes me, God, just how selfish and self-centered we still are despite just weeks ago we were so horrified and lost to be rendered helpless to a virus that was taking life all over the world and in our own backyards, a virus that doctors did not even know how to fight. They were losing their own battles. We vowed to do our part to stay home and not overwhelm the hospitals. And just weeks later we care more about…

“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
– Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV

proving we have a right to gamble with our lives only to serve the almighty dollar. We are choosing to serve mammon, and casting aside the safety and lives of our loved ones, our friends, our neighbors, and those trying so hard to save us from ourselves. And to make it worse, we are using You for an excuse to do it. But Your word clearly states we cannot serve God and mammon because we will love one and hate the other. We can’t even see the altar we are keeping lit with incense for a golden calf. What a foul odor we are putting into Your nostrils. Have mercy on us, God. Help us to put that fire out, to brake down that altar, and to kneel at Your altar, trusting You in that if we do that which is right You will provide. Help us not to be bound by thinking we are right in our own eyes. Help us to Turn Our Eyes Upon Jesus in this wilderness, on the mountains, in the valleys, and wherever You lead us. Help us to see YOU ARE there.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
– Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV

Help us to know You are fighting FOR US, and that You are always faithful to provide. Help us to be taking from each of these days what You have for us. Help us not to be led by those who use Your name to invoke evil among Your children. Let Your light shine through the darkness trying to snuff out our light, and help us to shine so bright for You that we cannot cause our flame to even flicker, so that it does not go out. Let the warmth of Your light be our comfort. And may the world feel it so personally that it becomes their strength as well.
We love You, Father God! Thank You for this moment! I pray for my boys

Anthoni and David (DHSG)(L-R) Anthoni and David at David’s High School Graduation

and all of my family and friends, my blogging community, the missionaries, and the world community. ❤
In Jesus mighty and powerful name I pray. Amen.

“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
– Psalm 37:4 KJV

 

Day 1 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 LENT: REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF JESUS.

Day 1 of 47 for Lent Plan – “What Is Lent?”
Reading: Luke 1:5-25, Luke 1:57-80, and John 3:28-30 KJV

Lord, I begin this journey of Lent with You, and for You. To better remember what You went through with us… for me. After careful prayer in one on one thoughtful conversations, I am giving up all meats except fish until Easter, along with all sodas except light colored caffeine free… like Sprite, Sierra Mist. Trying also to avoid the caffeine in the sodas. If I need a caffeine drink to stimulate my body, I will drink tea. All of this is between You and me.

Day 1: What is Lent?
A man made tradition beginning Ash Wednesday, and ends on Saturday before Easter. Typically giving up something as a “penance” for our sins. A time to worship and pray, and remember what Jesus did for us, and also ask God to search our hearts and reveal any sinful ways we struggle with.

Further Study

  • What happened to John’s father, Zechariah, when he questioned the angel?
    – He was made mute.
  • Besides being the one who prepared the way for Jesus, how else was John the Baptist connected/related to Him?
    – He was cousin to Jesus.
  • What was the first thing Zechariah did when he could speak again?
    – Zechariah praised God.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is. (You’ll do this every day, so keep a list going.
    Detailed. God, You are very detailed, and because You are… we are blessed with Your record also known as the Bible.
  • Prayer: Make a list of the people in your life who don’t know Jesus and pray for their salvation. (Consider praying for these people every day of this plan).
    – Michelle M and her girls and boys, Aneeta G and her girls, Christine, B-boy, Megans, Erin, Amy, Danielle, Charles B, Haley, Lisa, Heather, Kristin, Rob
  • Remembrance: How often do you think about what Jesus did to save you? Meditate on what eternal life means to you.
    – Usually all the time. I had to admit that I have allowed myself to be quite distracted the last couple of years, but I still remember. I am still grateful for all You’ve done.
  • Self-Examination: Ask God to bring to light any sin that you aren’t aware of. Confess it and turn your back on it. (Make this a regular habit).

A Kind Act

  • Write a note, email, or text message to someone who has gone before you and made your life better.
    – Angie P. ❤ Dear Angie! 🙂

Day 2 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 LENT: REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF JESUS.

Day 2 of 47 for Lent Plan – “The Birth of Jesus”
Reading: Luke 1:26-45, Luke 2:1-20, and John 1:1-25 KJV

Further Study

  • Who told Mary that she would conceive and give birth to a Son?
    The angel Gabriel
  • What comforting words did he say to her?
    – Luke 1:30? “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.”
  • What was Jesus called in John 1:1 and what do you think that means?
    – The Word
    – That He existed before the world began.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    – Thoughtful and understanding.
  • Prayer: Pray for your immediate family members.
    – Anthoni, Bobby, Sandra, Nathan, Tim, Homey, David
  • Remembrance: Think about a time you were fearful, and reflect on how God comforted you.
    – younger times (fc, fwR/betrayed by friends)
    God used Mom and Gran, and many times was simply there with me even if I didn’t know it.
  • Self-Examination: Are you generally someone who speaks life and praises God, or do you find that you complain and neglect praising God?
    – God, I’ve always tried to and always want to speak life in praising You, yet even You know how I have to admit (ashamedly) that I complain (unfortunately about life itself) and tend to be so distracted by woes and fears that neglect praising You, my Lord God, Ruler of the Universe, and Creator of my soul. You deserve every breath I have to lift Your Holy name, and endless glory and honor. I’m sorry, God. I do love You! Holy Spirit, help me to praise my God as He deserves, and help me fight the father of confusion (Satan) to keep me from distractions.

A Kind Act

Offer to help a new mom or single mom financially, physically, or spiritually.
– Alyssa (New Mom)
– Sue (Single Mom)

Day 3 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 LENT: REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF JESUS.

Day 3 of 47 for Lent Plan – “The Baptism of Jesus”
Reading: Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, John 1:19-34 KJV

Further Study

  • Why do you think John didn’t want to baptize Jesus?
    – He didn’t feel worthy to baptize the Messiah.
  • Why did Jesus insist that John baptize Him?
    – To fulfill the scripture/prophecy
    – To obey
  • What descended upon Jesus after He came out of the water? What did “it” look like?
    – The Spirit of God descended upon Jesus after He came out of the water in the form of a dove.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    – Faithful
  • Prayer: Pray for your extended family members.
    – Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Great Aunts, Great Uncles, nieces, nephews, in laws, fosters, adopted, step, family friends (friends who are family to us), church family
  • Remembrance: Think about your baptism experience. What was that day like for you? (If you have not taken that next step, consider doing it soon!?
    – Lord, You know I was baptized twice. Once as a child (8 yrs old), and the other in 1994 (25 yrs old). At 8 I was scared because I was afraid of drowning. At 25 I was completely in another world at the time because I couldn’t stop comparing to the Satanic culture and practices going on in our area, including murder.
    I literally felt like I was being sacrificed in Your blood instead of being baptized in water. When I arose I felt like I was literally covered by Your blood. It strangely felt empowering, and Holy, and Special, like I had gained knowledge the world didn’t understand, that same knowledge that was trying to convince my mind that what we just did was as sick as Satanic rituals, and kept telling me it was no different than my church mate who had recently been murdered/sacrificed. 
    But, Lord, You not only allowed me to learn her death was not quite as reported, and to understand the huge difference in those sacrifices were literally as different as life and death. But the biggest difference is that Jesus didn’t ask to kill me. He didn’t ask nor demand to kill anyone. Instead He took my place while carrying the weight of my sins upon His cross. He did it because He loves me. You sent Him (Your only precious and begotten Son) because You love me too.
  • Self-Examination: Are there any strained or unhealthy relationships in your life where you need to make changes?

A Kind Act

  • Hold the door open for someone even if they don’t need you to.
    – Amy needed to see a patient who just had double hip surgery, and the doctor asked Amy to evaluate her with her specialized skills. Amy is extremely graced with Your gifts for her, Lord. I pray for Amy, that patient, and the doctor, and all of Amy’s patients.

Day 4 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 LENT: REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF JESUS.

Day 4 of 47 for Lent Plan – “The Temptation of Jesus”
Reading: Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13 KJV

Further Study

  • Why do you think God allowed Jesus to be tempted in the wilderness?
    – To allow Him to experience what temptation is like while in human flesh. Maybe to even try the flesh Jesus put on? Only You know, Lord. But it was for our benefit. We are so bad to say to others, “But you just don’t understand what I’ve been through until you’ve been through it yourself.” And even then we will say, “But it’s still not what I went through. You don’t understand how I feel!” As if life only matters regarding how WE feel.
  • How many times did Satan tempt Jesus according to the passages you read?
    – Three times
  • What did Jesus use to combat the attacks of Satan?
    – The word of God (the Bread of Life) 🙂

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    – Fulfilling
  • Prayer: Pray for your closest friends.
    – Sarah, Vickie, Keitha, Angie, Caz, Anita, Maxine, Wendi
    Lord, I don’t really feel like I have any close friend other than You. I know I have an abundance of friends You have given me… too many to count 🙂 , but close friends are supposed to be there for each other. I only get to see them at Bible studies and events, and I am too unreliable with my help to consider myself a good friend to anyone, even to my dear friends on WordPress. Caz, Maxine, Wendi, Dawn, Mercy, and of course my Lovely A (Anita), and Lene, are absolutely God given friends. Margaret, Arianna, Abbey, Annabel, just to name a few. Even if I fail to be there for them, they are always a friend to me. Good and Godly friends.
  • Remembrance: Think of a time you’ve felt bombarded by your spiritual enemy. Find a verse that will give you strength and meditate on it the next time this happens.
    – I was bombarded when we were preparing to leave for Lattimore.
    “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” 
    (Matthew 4:1 KJV)
    “Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.”
    (Matthew 4:11 KJV)
    Lord, these verses encourage me to know the Spirit was very aware of what was going with Jesus and very much in control. If I follow Your Spirit, I know He will lead me too. And if there arises any hardship, I know the angels with come and minister unto me too. Jesus Himself promised that if He went away to You that He would send the Comforter to help me remember the scripture, which is the very weapon Jesus used to address His temptation.
    “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26 KJV)
  • Self-Examination: Is there a path you are currently on that will result in a negative or harmful outcome? What do you need to do to adjust your route?
    – Impatience, easy to anger, and letting those who are trying to aggravate me or want to see me lose it get the best of me. What do You see, Lord? Holy Spirit, help me to adjust my secret sins.

A Kind Act

  • Smile at a stranger
    – The mailman, delivery guy, and pizza guy 🙂

Day 5 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 LENT: REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF JESUS.

Day 5 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Jesus Begins His Ministry”
Reading: Matthew 4:12-17, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 4:14-15 KJV

Further Study

  • According to Matthew 4:12, what the catalyst that led Jesus to begin His ministry? Why do you think it played out this way?
    – Jesus heard that John was cast into prison.
  • Mark 1:15 tells us that Jesus began preaching repentance and for everyone to believe the “good news.” What is this good news?
    – “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand.” In other words the time frame  of God’s promised events and deliverance was being fulfilled. Because Jesus was to reconcile us very soon, the entering in to God’s kingdom would be possible for us. Because Jesus fulfilled the time, and HE was the kingdom of God at hand… right before them.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    Generous
  • Prayer: Pray for the people you work or go to school with.
    – PTs, docs, nurses, technicians, staff, PAs, their families, pharmacy
  • Remembrance: Think about the time when Jesus first became real to you. Write about it.
    – Well, Jesus, I don’t know the first time. Is it when I was first given a verse to memorize of You? At 6 I memorized John 3:16, but not only did it NOT have the name Jesus in the verse, but God Himself and the world seemed third party. It just seemed like a nice story about people I didn’t know.
    I guess at 8 would make sense because it was being introduced to You that broke my heart, and I believed enough to ask You into my heart and get baptized.
    Knowledge, understanding, REAL are different words with different meanings.
  • Self-Examination: Are there things you are filling your mind with that are causing you to drift from God?
    – There are many things I allow to fill my mind that cause me to drift from You, God. I’m sorry and ashamed to say that. TV, gossip, negative thoughts (especially when stressed from health issues), the conversations of others around me. But if there is something I don’t know about, or that You consider a danger, or hindrance to You and me, please make it clear and help me to remove it. If You know I won’t or cannot on my own, remove it, Lord. And I pray for those around me the same.

A Kind Act

  • Chose 3-5 pieces of clothing to donate to a local ministry or non-profit.
    – Anthoni’s throwaways and mine (meaning we can’t wear them).

 

Day 6 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 LENT: REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF JESUS.

Day 6 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Jesus Calls His Disciples”
Reading: Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20 KJV

Further Study

  • Who were the first two disciples that Jesus called?
    – Simon (Peter) and Andrew
  • Who were the brothers who were called next?
    – James and John left their father and their servants behind.
  • How does the Bible describe how the four of them left to follow Jesus?
    – immediately and straightaway

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    – Persuasive
  • Prayer: Pray for your church leaders and your neighbors.
    – Dykes (Brookstone), Creeds (Temple), Crimmins (AshNaz), Sextons (Trinity), Keitha (Gracepoint), Demetria (Lifeway), Bruce (Biltmore), Beals (Ambassador), Dwight and Amber (Victory), Anna (Maranatha), Hollands (Maranatha, TX), Kihlengs (ABC, PNG), Fords (Moldova), Missionaries, Evangelists, etc., Amanda (SGM)
  • Remembrance: Think about a time when Jesus called you to do something that took courage. How did you handle it?
    – Moving to Lattimore. With LOTS of prayer, reading the Bible, singing hymns, and listening. Trying to use discernment for God’s voice, and obedience to do as He said. Trust and Faith! Praising God for everything I could!
  • Self-Examination: Do you feel that you are someone who displays courage?
    – No. I constantly struggle with fear & doubt. Any courage I have is ALL YOU, GOD! ❤

A Kind Act

  • Pick up a piece of trash that you didn’t drop.

 

Day 7 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 LENT: REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF JESUS.

Day 7 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Jesus Rejected at Nazareth”
Reading: Luke 4:16-30 KJV

Further Study

  • Luke 4:16 said that it was Jesus’ custom to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath. Why do you think He chose this day of the week?
    – Because the words “as was His custom” were referring to the fact that He was on Nazareth, the city He grew up in, and it was the custom of the Nazarenes to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stand and read scriptures.
  • What scroll did Jesus read from?
    – The book of the prophet Esaias (which is Isaiah)
  • After Jesus finished speaking, how did the people in the synagogue feel? What did they do and what was the outcome?
    – They were upset with Jesus so much that they wanted to throw Him down their high hill head first, but Jesus slipped away.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    Respectful. Thank You, God, for teaching me how to be respectful of Your word and Your ways by being an example for me.
  • Prayer: Pray for yourself – your needs, concerns, desires, dreams.
  • Remembrance: Think of a time you’ve felt rejected. How did you handle it? What could you have done differently?
    – Foster Care…. the day I got tired of being lied to about going home and fought to be taken home, but everyone worked together to force me out of the car, and Mom & Dad went on home, but left us there. I screamed and fought to keep them from making me get out of the car. Once they had me out, I broke free and chased the car down the hill. When the young boy who was sent to get me pinned me down to the ground, I kicked and screamed and fought as hard as I could to get free, all the while screaming, ” I HATE YOU! YOU’RE NOT MY DAD!” Then I convinced the boy I would agree to calm down only to deceive him and run back down the hill. Eventually they were gone and I just went to my room crying, and cried myself to sleep.
    I could have been bettered behaved. There was sense in crying like I did. I should not have been deceptive, nor fighting, and it was cruel to tell my Dad I hate him, and even more cruel to tell him he was not my Dad because while I didn’t mean it the way Mom told us, nor did I understand anything about all that, Dad could have taken it that way, or simply been crushed.
    I need to be more careful with my actions, my words, my spirit, and my integrity regardless of the situation. My pain doesn’t give me the right to hurt others. Thank You for being with me, God. For being with my Dad! For being with all of us.
  • Self-Examination: Do you feel accepted or rejected by others in your life? Share your thoughts.
    – A little of both most days, but God’s love is always greater, ESPECIALLY when sent through so many souls who bless me… IN ADVANCE! ❤ 🙂 ❤

A Kind Act

  • Thank someone for serving in a government or public service role.
    The young men at the voting polls who thanked me and Sandra for voting.