The Clear Illusion

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So many miles. So many adventures.
In haste I carried my soul away.
I put pleasure above obedience.
I was the prodigal daughter gone astray.
Moments of foolishness brought tears
That could not cease to fall.
I brought death to my spirit.
I had carelessly forsaken all.
I was certain You no longer cared for me,
Yet You met me with love and open arms.
I returned just to be in Your presence,
Where I knew I’d be safe from harm.
You were so broken to see my crushed spirit,
And wanted to nourish and restore.
Where I thought You liked me less,
You poured out love more and more.
The playfulness of my youth was an illusion,
But now I clearly see…
I don’t need to run to the world
When You’ve always been with me.

2.25.2020 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire

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Creator Designed

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You think I’m too slow
Because I don’t move at your pace,
But my persistence and determination
Often win the race.
When I swim underneath
I’m pretty clever at losing you.
I sink within the mud,
As most sea turtles do.
I am as my Creator designed,
And enjoy His thoughtful care.
He knows just how to lead me,
And goes with me everywhere.

12.24.19
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: My Sea Adult Coloring Book

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Real Neat Blog Award 2.29.2020

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
and his greatness is unsearchable.”
– Psalm 145:3 KJV

Father God, How real, how neat, how great are You, Lord! Worthy to be praised! Unsearchable! Like none other! Thank You for allowing Matt of Jesus Luvs All to nominate me for the Real Neat Blog Award and to allow me the opportunity to share with others. I long to tell the whole whole Gail Loves God!! And they need to know how much You love them! ❤

Thank you, Matt, for sharing with me, and allowing me more opportunities to let others know how much they are loved by our wonderful heavenly Father! May the Lord bless your health, your blog, and you! Me and God love you, Brother! 🙂Real Neat Award 2.29.2020THE RULES:
– Display the blog award logo in your blog.
– Thank the blogger who nominated you. Do not forget to link to their blogging website.
– Answer all the questions they have given you.
– Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers of your choice.
– Ask them 7 questions.

Matt’s Questions for Me
1. What is your chronic illness or disability?
Unfortunately there’s more than one, but my fibromyalgia, lymphedema, lipedema, and spinal damage/disease seem to be my worst enemies at the moment.

2. What do you wish people would understand about your chronic illness or disability?
I can be fine one moment then practically bedridden the next day, at least walking the day after, then back to relying on a claw walker just to use the bathroom, and then back to doing well for a day or two. I never know what it will be from moment to moment. But God is still my strength even when I am weak.

3. What helps you to keep going?
The love of God ❤

4. What do you do on down days?
Pray, sing hymns while doing puzzle books or watching TV, write poetry, WordPress, and on really down downs I just lay in the arms of Jesus, trusting in His promises to love me at my weakest.

5. What is your favorite comfort food?
pasta cans… particularly Chef Boy-ar-dee Spaghetti or Lasagna. There’s something about the sauce that is healing and soothing to a sore throat and a queasy tummy.

6. If you binge watch shows, do you prefer Netflix, Hulu or other service?
Our household tends to binge on Roku or PureFlix.

7. How do you feel about your doctors?
I must say first that I am grateful to the Lord for the help He sends me.
My health is complex and complicated. I pray for my doctors, even the ones who are frustrated, or have given up. Praise God for the ones who don’t give up!

My Nominees
Anabel of Lebana’s Journal
RB of Realistic Beginner
Anna of A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse
Tosin of Alethea’s Mind
Christina Lee of Justified and Redeemed
Stephanie of Life With Jesus
Elan of Elan Mudrow – Smidgens
Margaret of The Word
Melissa of Truthful Grace
Hannah of Grace to Be Imperfect

My Questions for the Nominees
1. Do you know how much God loves you?
2. What was the last thing you blogged about?
3. What do you want to blog about?
4. What have you been doing outside of your blog?
5. What are you passionate about?
6. How are you?
7. What emoticon are you?

 

Barnabas Award 2.27.2020

“And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
– Acts 4:36-37 KJV

Dear, Lord! How Encouraging You are! You are my Consolation! Every day! How blessed I am to be Yours! Thank You for thinking of me and whispering my name to Charity of Confessions and Thoughts of a Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter to nominate me for The Barnabas Award. Bless her and her blog, Lord! ❤

Thank you, Charity, for nominating for The Barnabas Award! Your name is very fitting! You are filled with love for others! I am blessed that you have shared with me! 🙂
May the Lord continue to bless you and your blog! Me and God love you! ❤BARNABAS AWARDHere are the guidelines:

– Thank the person who nominated you and share their blog.
– Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them.
– List five things about yourself.
– Answer the questions you got asked.
– Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because it is the number that signifies grace.

“You have been chosen for this recognition because of the encouragement and inspiration you bring to your readers.”

5 Things About Me

1. I love my Abba Father! ❤
2. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! ❤
3. I love my Holy Comforter! ❤
4. I love God’s Holy Word! ❤
5. I love God’s hymns! ❤

Charity’s Question for Me

1. What inspires the topics you write about on your blog?
The love of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! ❤

2. Who is the person that encourages you the most?
My precious Holy Spirit ❤

3. What Bible verse inspires you the most?
I have so many! I love God’s word! But the one He currently brings to mind is the one above regarding Barnabas because I have been told by so many that I am a Barnabas.

“And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
– Acts 4:36-37 KJV

I first did not understand what that meant and was told that it meant I was an Encourager. When I later read God’s word referring to Barnabas as the son of Consolation, that touched me so because many need encouragement and consoling. If the Lord gives me even a small part in encouraging one or consoling one, praise His Holy name! ❤

4. Who was your mentor growing up?
I wasn’t really much of a “hero” kind of child. The closest anyone came to being anything like a mentor to me would have been my granddad who died when I was 8, and then my dad. In my teenage years I had a few teachers who made it a point to mentor me. I am grateful to God for each one!

5. As a blogging community, how can we encourage one another more?
Communicating our love for God!
Communicating God’s love to one another!
Patience and kindness to one another.

My Questions for My Nominees

  1. Do you know how much God loves you?
  2. What is a fond childhood memory that comes to mind?
  3. What encourages you?
  4. How do you console others?
  5. How does the love of God encourage and console you?

Nominees

Holly of Wholeness Haven
Bee Love of It’s All About Love
Caz of Invisibly Me
Hazel of Pure Glory
Jacquie of Joy Cottage

Praise the Lord for each one of you and many more! Thank you for allowing God to use you to encourage me and console me! God’s blessings to me through others is endless… just like His great love!
He is the greatest Encourager and Consoler of all!

Me and God love you! ❤

Oh Taste and See

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Rain trickles down the window pane.
The glass reveals the storm.
The misty clouds drop their blessings
Where the dry ground began to form.
The flowers tilt underneath the weight
Of the life giving moisture,
Yet when the rays of life return
They will regain their posture.
Birds are hidden away for shelter,
Some tucked underneath their set of wings.
Their bird baths are being generously filled,
And soon they will again sing.
The children run and play in the puddles,
And tilt their heads back to taste and see
Oh how good and faithful
The Lord is to you and me.

1.30.2020 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Psalm 34:8
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

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Put It Out There For God

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Push the pen. Push the ink.
Push the words to their brink.
Write the message. Write the story.
Write to give God all His glory.
Create the image. Create the vision.
Create in everything written.
Share the wonder. Share the history.
Share the wonder of God’s mystery.
Bring to life. Bring to attention.
Bring forth all that God mentioned.
Joy in His beauty. Joy in His love.
Joy in your home waiting for you above.
Close with mercy. Close with grace.
Close with God leading the way.

1.28.2020 Wednesday
Written by Gail Brookshire

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The Bee Love Award 2.10.2020

Dear, Lord! The Love of my life! How wonderful that You would think of me with an award that I get to tell the world how much I love You, that You are the Love of my life, that You are the Love that makes the world go around, and that You love them too! You have whispered my name to Doreen (aka Beverley) of Becoming the Oil and the Wine to nominate me for The Bee Love Award.
How delightful! Praise Your Holy Name! ❤

Bee Love Award

Thank you, Doreen for thinking of me. Thank you for sharing an opportunity to tell others how much God loves them. We all need it! Every day! ❤
May the Lord bless your break you are taking, and continue to bless your blog!
Me and God love you, sister! ❤

Guidelines for Bee Love Award:

  1. Attach the Bee Love Award logo on the top of your post,
    or you can use it as the post’s featured image.
  2. Pingback to YBP, IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE
    (The creator of The Bee Love Award)
  3. Thank your fellow blogger who nominated you.
  4. Write your Definition of LOVE and How You Live Out LOVE.
  5. Nominate your fellow bloggers who live out love and inspiration on WP.
    (Love knows no limits, so nominate as many fellow bloggers you’d like to shine your light on!)

Thank you, Bee Love, for creating such an awesome award! The greatest thing in life is to love and be loved by God… and to let others know how much He loves them too! ❤
Praying blessings for your blog! God loves you!! 🙂

My Definition of LOVE:  ❤

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
– 1 John 4:10 KJV

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
– 1 John 4:16 KJV

“We love him, because he first loved us.”
– 1 John 4:19 KJV

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
– John 15:13 KJV

Living Out LOVE: ❤

Jesus, I pray that every day You bless me is a day to make You smile, to share Your testimony in my life (Love Of My Life – I Am His Song), to tell the whole world Gail Loves God! And let them know the most important thing they’ll ever hear…..

“God loves you so much
that He sent His Son to die for you
so that you can live with Him forever!”

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”
– 1 John 4:7 KJV

My BEE LOVE AWARD Nominees:
(Yay! for an award that allows me to nominate as many as I want!)
Praise the Holy and Loving Father! ❤

Caz of Invisibly Me
Hazel of Pure Glory
Melissa of Truthful Grace
Pat of Beholding Him Ministries
Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill
Caralyn of Beauty Beyond Bones
Christina of Justified and Redeemed
Dollface of Dollfaced Writer
Karen of A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
Meredith of My Way Home
Sue of Sue Love
Carlos of 100% Jesus
Stephanie of Life With Jesus
Brenda of Becoming His Tapestry
Pastor’s Wife of Created and Called
Tammy of God Inspired Art & Quotes
Amy of A New Life
Cindy of Real Christian Women
Tosin of Alethea’s Mind
Siphe of God’s Anointed Princesses
Michelle of The Mimosa Blossom
Marva of Marva Seaton Blog
Grace of Following Him Beside Still Waters

May you all know you are so loved! I know some of you do not do awards, or do them in the comments, or just are unable to right now. This award is an opportunity to let you know
God loves you! And He does! So much!

❤ 🙂 ❤