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

 

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award 4.6.2020

“As cold waters to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.”
– Proverbs 25:25 KJV

Lord, how delightfully surprising You are. This particular award is interesting. I first received an open invitation from Dawn of Drawing Closer to Christ  for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. While I was praying about it, I received a nomination from Tangie of Mrs. T’s Corner for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. I noticed the rules were different, so I went to the page of the creator of the award… Vincent of Vincent Ehindero to see the rules on the original Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. So to show my appreciation for all 3, I will use Dawn’s nomination date since I received it first on 4.9.2020, answer Tangie’s questions, and use Vincent’s rules not only because he did create the award but because it allows for 30 nominations! 🙂
I could tell from Vincent’s site and enthusiasm that he likes to share good cheer too. We all really need as much cheer as we can get during this COVID-19 pandemic. And Lord, You are the One who encourages me to share these awards as a way to share a little of Your love. So 30 it is!! 🙂 They need to know how much You love them! ❤

Thank you, Dawn, for openly sharing God’s blessings! 
Thank you, Tangie, for the nomination that will allow me to share a little of God’s love with others!
Thank you, Vincent, for creating the award which allows me the joy of sharing a little but much needed cheer with others.
May the Lord bless each of your blogs and your ministries.

God loves you, Dawn!
God loves you, Tangie!
God loves you Vincent!

Vincent Ehindero Award

  • Here are the RULES to follow 👇🏽💐

    1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
    2. Make a Post of the award (with photo)
    3. Post the rules
    4. Ask 5-10 questions of your choice
    5. Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
    6. Follow Vincent Ehindero @ vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for a free blog promotion and shout out) and more blogging opportunities

QUESTIONS TO NOMINEES:

  1. How were you inspired to blog?
    I first blogged privately just between You and me, God. You led me to encourage a friend who was looking someone to do a challenge she created to tell 30 truth Aspects about myself. Again trusting you, I opened my settings to public, as long as there was not a problem. I did have to close my FB, but on WP You led me to a do another challenge that brought me a dear friend in my Lovely A! You used her to encourage me and help me to do Self Care from a very healthy way provided it doesn’t put us above You, or interfere with Your teachings. From there  I gained so many sweet fellowships. I’ve been amazed that my personal writings to You whether poetry or blogging, and the love that YOU have taught me would encourage so many others. 
  2. How to you spend time relaxing?
    Puzzle books, sudoku app (sudoku addicted), writing poetry, listening to hymns, sermons, CCM (Contemporary Christian Music), adult coloring book
  3. What country to you live in?
    USA
  4. What are two of your favorite blogging topics?
    The love of God, and what my Jesus has done for me. ❤
  5. What is your favorite food?
    cantaloupe, spaghetti or lasagna, fresh garden salad
  6. How often do you blog?
    As the Lord allows.
  7. Are you a great cook?
    I can make edible food to satisfy the hungry, but I’m NOT a TV cook or chef.

My Nominees:

  1. Saania of Fun With Philosophy
  2. Anabel of Lebana’s Journal
  3. RB of Realistic Beginner
  4. Dollface of Dollfaced Writer
  5. Shae of Shae’s Days
  6. Doreen of Becoming the Oil and the Wine
  7. Matt of Jesus Luvs All
  8. Stu of Something to Stu Over
  9. Isabella of Redressed
  10. Amy of A New Life
  11. Tammy of God Inspired Arts & Quotes
  12. Junaisha of The Godly Chic Diaries
  13. Robert of Watching Daily at Wisdom’s Gates
  14. Aman of Aman Kumar
  15. Carol Anne of Therapy Bits
  16. Brenda of Becoming His Tapestry
  17. LaBranda of My Thoughts Exactly
  18. Miriam of Showers of Blessing
  19. Holly of Wholeness Haven
  20. Pat of Beholding Him Ministries
  21. Herry of Herry Chic Counsels
  22. Eliots of Rebel Fisherman Referrals
  23. Meredith of My Way Home
  24. Roger of Roger’s Rhymes & Rambles
  25. Stephen of Fractured Faith Blog
  26. Kristi of Kristi Ann’s Haven
  27. V of Millennial Life Crisis
  28. Bee of The Bee Creates
  29. Andrea of Thriving Under Pressure
  30. Anjali of Positive Side of the Coin

Nominees use the same questions that Tangie gave me. 🙂

Please do not feel obligated to participate. Lord willing, I just want to send a smile your way. It’s such a blessing to share cheerful news during a very challenging time.
And to share the good news… God Loves You! ❤

 

Day 43 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 43 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Holy Week: Judas’s Intent to Betray Jesus
Reading: Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:1-6 KJV

Further Study

  • What do you think made Judas go to the priests in order to betray Jesus?
    – Satan entered Judas and used greed, wanting to make a name for himself.
  • How did the religious leaders respond when Judas came to them?
    – They were glad because they were looking for a way to catch Jesus and kill Him.
  • What kind of opportunity was Judas looking for?
    – A convenient way to betray Jesus, To get Him alone.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    – Aware. Jesus, Your awareness of who Judas was and what He would do speaks volumes of mercy, and love we’ll never fully know.Amazing strength, strong and Godly character to restrain Yourself. Thank You for Your example. I’m sorry You’ve ever had to know betrayal… even from me.
    And You, Father God. To know what Judas would do to Your only Son. What depths there are to calling You Almighty. Thank You for Your example I’ve needed as I have to trust my son’s walk in this life to Your mighty hand. Thank You for caring about him just as much as You did Jesus. ❤
  • Prayer: Pray for the salvation of people in your life who don’t know Jesus.
  • Remembrance: Think about how Jesus must have felt to be betrayed. How has God helped you when you’ve felt betrayed by someone?
    – Lord, with a heavy heart I remember well the pain of being betrayed. And it made it so more devastating that it was someone I trusted. It’s gut wrenching, and leaves you feeling so alone in the world. Even if there is someone else there to witness it. The fact that it can not be undone or that it happened at all, numbs you in a state of shock. A shock that numbs out what is happening to you, yet there is no way to escape what is happening. You are betrayed. To be betrayed with something as personal as a kiss, for a friend to take part in your pain, and find pleasure in just handing you over. It leaves my soul so heavy.
    I’m sorry You ever experienced that pain, that shame, that disbelief. I’m so sorry that the Holy and Righteous Son of God had to experience that for me. Thank You for loving me in ways that feel nothing like love, but is in every way love, to remove that great human barrier that our pain puts between us… :You just don;t understand. You don’t know what I’ve been through.” The great human lie.
  • Self-Examination: What is one way you can ensure that you don’t betray other people? Write your thoughts down.
    – Pray, Pray, Pray! Stay in God’s word. Worship at His feet. Lay there at His feet and pray, pray, pray. Ask God help you to remember the enough to never forget how it feels to be on the receiving end. To remember what it feels like to be humiliated in front of the eyes that witness. And never forget what something as personal as a kiss can do to someone who has it used to betray them, to put them in the hands of the enemy. Never forget how the enemy waits to smile that he can suck the life right out of another soul.
    Thank You, God, that the death of Jesus brought only life! To Him! To everyone who believes in Him! And even to me! ETERNAL LIFE!
    “Oh Victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever.
    He sought me, and bought me with His redeeming love.
    He loved me ere I knew Him.and all my love is due Him.
    He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.”
    – Victory In Jesus, hymn lyrics by Eugene Monroe Bartlett

A Kind Act

  • Post 3-5 encouraging comments on social media.

Day 41 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 41 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Holy Week: Jesus Clears the Temple”
Reading: Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:12-19, Luke 19:45-48 KJV

Further Study

  • What made Jesus angry when He entered the Temple?
    – He saw people selling stuff in the Temple.
  • What did Jesus do when His anger subsided?
    – He healed people.
  • Why were the religious leaders indignant?
    – Because the people were calling Jesus the Son of David, praising Him as their King

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    – Sacred. Thank You, Jesus, for caring about the sacred things of God, and for leaving us an example of how to treasure the right things!
  • Prayer: Pray for your church leaders and your neighbors.
    – Yea, Lord. Amen.
  • Remembrance: Think about how Jesus must have felt when He arrived at the Temple. Do you ever have righteous anger? Write about it.
    I believe I’ve had small glimpses of that feeling when I have seen people using the church to sell things, even from the pulpit. It seems so wrong. I let someone convince me once that I was not doing the same thing in helping them sell banquet tickets. I felt so horrible afterwards. You have taught me righteous anger. It is not something to use God, to guilt someone else into using God. It is wrong to seal from people and call it a living. Our faith, our reverence, and certainly the house of God should be exactly what You called it, Jesus… a house of prayer
  • Self- Examination: Do you find yourself getting angry often? How do you keep from letting anger overwhelm you?
    Yes, I do lately. The stress of this Corona Virus, and people not complying, and companies forcing people to work that want to be home and safe for their families, is making me so mad. This isn’t one of those moments where someone rebelling or being careless is something they will bring on themselves, so just do the best you can in taking care of you. ALL these consequences are affecting THOUSANDS, MILLIONS around the world. It’s like one of those movies where the one who takes it lightly causes everyone to get killed.
    All I know is to give it to You, God.Whether I’m venting to You or doing the best I can just to focus on my own behavior, You know. I have to keep  trusting You with my situation and my anger.

A Kind Act

  • Ask someone how they are really doing and listen without offering advice.

 

Day 40 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 40 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Holy Week: Palm Sunday”
Reading: Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-19 KJV

Further Study

  • Why was it important that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey?
    – To full prophecy foretold in the Bible about the coming Messiah.
  • What did the crowds do with their garments?
    – laid them down on the ground in front of You, Jesus
  • What was the city like when Jesus entered? Why do you think the people were like that?
    – Excited. Worshiping You, Jesus. Praising Your name while putting branches and their clothes on the ground before You. Well their words show they knew You were the Son of God, but it is always possible the Holy Spirit led them to so prophecy could be fulfilled.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    – King. What majesty and honor the Lord brought for His Son. Thank You, God, for keeping Your promise to David. I know You will do the same for me.
  • Prayer: Pray for the people you work or go to school with.
  • Remembrance: Think about what it would have been like to have seen Jesus come into Jerusalem on a donkey that day knowing He was fulfilling prophecy. Ponder this.
    It must have been such a pleasing moment for You, Father God. To see Him receiving glory while displaying obedience, You knew who He was, and the significance of that day.
  • Self-Examination: Knowing how You are wired, do you think you would have believed that Jesus was the Messiah? Share your thoughts.
    That’s a hard thing to answer, Lord. You taught me the first time I read the Bible through for myself, not to see the Pharisees. I read Your word wanting to know how could the religious leaders of Your time not see prophecy being fulfilled if they knew the law above everyone else. You helped me to understand that You had forewarned them about false prophets, that they were super protective of Your word. Then You also help me to understand that You intentionally blinded their eyes.
    So would I have believed? Would I have needed proof? Would I know that He was the Son of God. Only You would have Know. Thank You for who You are, Jesus, and allowing me to believe. ❤

A Kind Act

  • Help someone who is struggling financially, relationally, spiritually, mentally, or emotionally.

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.