Dearest Dinah

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Dearest Dinah,
And desert Tamar,
Dearest Leah and Michal.
How I feel for you each,
And what you lived.
Women seemed like nothing,
Or else someone’s possession.
Men could just take, and not pay.
Fathers ignored and befriended the enemy.
Mothers never said a word.
No one rights the wrong.
Yet they sure do preach about sin
All day long.
I don’t know how this was for you, Dinah,
Nor for your mom Leah.
Do you feel you have a choice? A voice?
Do you feel like you even matter?
You matter to God!
He loves you with a pure love!
An innocent love! A selfless love!
He loves you, Dinah! And Leah!
And Tamar (both of you)!
And Michal!
And all the ladies in the bible who were
Raped, taken, traded, and sold!
Including the young boys! And young girls!
Sold “for pleasure.”

8.30.2021 Monday
Written by Gail Brookshire

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My Seaside Sailor

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A seaside sermon with the parable teller,
I listen to the seaside sailor.
He’s sowing seeds and planting wisdom
To grow and further His Father’s kingdom.
The Holy Spirit has tilled my soil.
With every word, I become loyal.
“I hear. I hear. Help me hear more!
Tell me all God has in store.
I want the seed that bears good fruit.
I want my branch planted in Your root.”
The seaside sermon draws me in.
It makes me want to follow Him.
I board the boat and ride the waves.
The storms begin to test my faith.
Though fears and doubts may arise,
He’ll calm the seas and clear the skies.
Captain Jesus sails me on.
He’s at the helm all the way home.

8.28.2021 Saturday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Mark 4

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Wounded for Me

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Wounded for me, You bore my pain.
The Lamb of God was brutally slain.
You left Your home to come to me,
Only to face cruelty.
Your flesh bore my punishment hard
Because You were willing to go that far.
You wounds were many, Your friends few,
All to express, “I love you.”
The Son of God suffered a cruel and miserable end,
And still calls me His friend.
Wounded for my transgression, He has borne my grief.
With His Selfless Love, He has sealed my belief.
Rooted in Christ, I abide in the Vine.
The Wounded Branch is a Friend of mine.

8.27.2021 Friday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Zechariah 13:6

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My Wounded Branch

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Oh the wounds that You received
While visiting our house.
That was so sad and unfair,
I feel like such a louse.
That we would wound the Branch
That came to save us from ourselves.
You knew what would happen,
And still willingly came to help.
Our pain and suffering
You gladly bore,
That Your joy might remain in us,
And abound abundantly more.
Oh the vast love of God and His Son
Could never be justly measured,
Yet it certainly should be reverenced,
And wisely treasured.
Thank You, Wounded Branch,
For calling me Your friend.
Thank You for being a Faithful One
On which I can depend.

8.27.2021 Friday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Zechariah 13:6 and John 15:13-15

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A Glimpse of Beulah Land

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A new and beautiful land
Where all is well and at peace.
All wars, captivities, and desolation
Shall finally cease.
All creation shall get along,
And sing praises of You.
All former things have passed away.
You are making all things new.
All of Your promises of restoration,
Will exceed our expectations.
Your glory and majesty
Will be beyond our imagination.
Your Glorious Servant,
Your Anointed One,
Your Mighty Redeemer,
Your Beloved Son,
He shall rule all of heaven,
And reign in Beulah Land.
All of these things will come
Because of the great I AM!

8.26.2021 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Isaiah 54-66

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Master Views

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The skies… those beautiful skies
They display the glory of God.
They tell of a beautiful Creator
Who created this earthly sod.
The colors, the brightness,
The changing canvas above
All relay the tender story
Of a Might and Powerful Love.
Whether dark and gloomy,
With blackest of clouds,
Whether sunny and clear,
Or the foggy days shroud,
There is a Designer, a Painter,
Who thinks of me and you.
He is constantly creating
Masterpieces to view.
He’s worthy of praise
And greatest admiration,
For He has made us a part of
His lively creation.
Praise Your Holy name, Our Faithful Creator!

8.25.2021 Wednesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Psalms 20 & 21

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Prelapsarian Moments

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Prelapsarian moments
Just before the fall.
I’ve lived a few of those
Just before the crumbling wall.
Not all walls are meant to confine.
Not all are meant to defend.
Both sides deceive.
Both sides pretend.
Confusion inevitably arises,
And erases the innocent mind
By replacing them
With the corrupting kind.
This is the cycle life has known,
And forced upon each other.
One’s own intentions are more important
Than loving their fellow brother.
But Christ has put His hands out
Among the living and the dead.
“Since you won’t, I must.”
And His blood was shed.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
Together will renew our mind,
Where we will have eternal peace,
And evil is left behind.

8.24.2021 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Judges 6-8 and the word of the day… Prelapsarian

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The Blessing of Grace

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Grace… the gift of God that we don’t deserve.
It’s not something earned or for which we can serve.
The wonderful gift that God has created
Cannot be sold, bartered, or traded.
It is the blessing of simply giving,
And the recipient simply living.
What grace we received in the blood of Jesus.
The living God shared His Son with us.
Atonement and redemption make life new.
They can restore, revive, and undo.
The power of living with having received
Can give one hope, and faith to believe.
Thank You, God, for all You’ve given to me.
I know that my salvation did not come free.
Jesus gave His precious life on the cross.
My gain came at His cost.
Thank You, Jesus, for giving of Yourself,
And for sending the Holy Spirit to help.
Thank You for the blessing of grace You give.
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You Did It All For Me

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Walking through Your journey,
You were walking with me.
As busy as You and Your disciples were,
You still took time to feed me.
Confronting accusations from others,
You were defending me.
Missing out on Your family,
You were spending time with me.
Pleasing Your Father with obedience,
You were teaching me.
Meeting me in Your desert,
You were strengthening me.
Gathering Your disciples,
You were including me.
Healing the crowds and the possessed,
You were healing me.
Reaching out to one brought through the roof,
You were reaching out to me.
As much as I owe You for all You did,
You did it all for me.

8.21.2021 Saturday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Mark 1-3

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The Glorious Servant

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The Glorious Servant
Coming to serve and save.
He is His Lord’s own Son,
The One He selflessly gave.
With every obedient task
He is fulfilling God’s plan
To redeem the remnant,
To reconcile man.
He relies on His God
To be His constant help.
He has not come
To serve Himself.
From the virgin womb
His name was known.
He came to seek and save the lost,
And make them His own.
He is hidden in the shadow
Of His Father’s hand,
Where our names are engraved,
In the palms that help us stand.
He is a Light to the Gentiles
And all who believe.
He frees prisoners and captives,
And darkness He does relieve.
This Holy One who is Faithful
Is glorious in His Father’s eyes.
To choose this Mighty Redeemer
Makes one wise.

8.19.2021 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Isaiah 49-53

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My Proven Deliverer

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Tested and proven
To be Faithful and True,
My obedient Deliverer
Was sent from You.
He follows Your word,
And trusts Your lead.
He knows You’ll provide
Every need.
He is Mighty and Strong,
Yet Gentle and Tender.
He’s the Alpha and Omega,
And the Wonderful Splendor.
He has delivered me from sin,
And defeated my foes.
He has carried my burdens,
And travelled my woes.
I will stay in His camp
Where I know You are.
I know He will safely deliver me
To our home afar.

8.17.2021 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Judges 3-5

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Reconciled Remnant

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A remnant, a people preserved.
They survive the famine and wars.
Captivity and bondage came,
But You will keep a promise of Yours.
Grace poured out, You endure.
You are patient and kind to wait.
You think we’re worth dying for,
And opening the gate.
Restoration and relationship
Are what You desire for us.
Thank You for reconciling us
Under the blood of Jesus.
Sheltered and cared for,
We rest in Your word.
We send prayers and love.
We know they are heard.

8.16.2021 Monday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: My Devotions

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One Choice to Make

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The choice of one
To simply obey,
To show I believe
In what You say.
The blessings that flow
From one to another.
Favor inherited
From brother to brother.
The choice of one
To simply disobey,
To blatantly disregard
What You have to say.
Consequences that flow
From one to another.
Curses inherited
From brother to brother.
Choices we make
Can affect each other.
Blessings or consequences,
We pass to another.

8.5.2021 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Abraham, Joshua, Moses, Jesus, and the Children of Israel

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Missing You In Ink

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Lord, Lord, Lord,
How I miss You in ink.
Those sweet Holy whispers.
That playful encouraging wink.
Your Spirit flowing through
My pen swiftly obeying,
Sharing with other souls
What You are saying.
Where is that path
That once was clear?
I know I’m on the right one.
I feel You here.
I know You are my Light
Guiding my path.
I know You provide my needs
In all that I hath.
It’s just this trail
Seems to go so long.
I sometimes wonder
Can I go on?
Yet I know You’re here,
And You’re leading the way..
Help me to hang on
For that peaceful day.

7.1.2021 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire

 

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