My Proverbs Journal (Chapter 5)

IN JULY OF THIS 2020 YEAR, THE LORD GAVE ME A PROVERBS JOURNAL THAT ALLOWED ME TO READ A CHAPTER EACH DAY, AND THEN NOTE FROM THAT READING. BELOW WILL BE A LINK TO THE CHAPTER FOR EACH DAY, MY NOTES FOR THAT CHAPTER, AND SOME DAYS POETRY THAT HIS WORD INSPIRED ME TO WRITE AS WELL. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL AND STRENGTHENING JOURNEY.
THANKS GOD FOR THE MOMENTS! I LOVE YOU! 

Proverbs, Chapter 5 (Click here to read for better understanding of the connection between the scripture and the notes they inspired below.)

Lord, how You warn us of deception, folly, flattering eyes, and evil’s many seductive ways. You tell us to cling to discretion and the path of life. I thank You for the many discretions You’ve brought me through. You have saved me from the folly of the world, and the folly of self.

Your words of wisdom are treasures to me. Help me to stay in them, and to choose that discretion… to choose You. Again and again and again.

❤ I love You, Lord!
❤ I love You, Jesus!
❤ I love You, Holy Ghost!

Your word in Proverbs 5 inspired this poem, Lord. It’s called Discretion, A Mutual Friend because You tell me to pursuing wisdom and understanding will give me a regard for discretion, which will give my lips knowledge! Oh how often I pray for wisdom on what to say, and how to avoid things I wish I could avoid saying before they have left my mouth! So this is my letter to Discretion! ❤

Discretion, A Mutual Friend

Discretion,
You and I have been friends many times over.
I thank God for being our mutual friend.
He is wise to tell me to choose you.
He tells me that to choose you is to choose wisdom.
Thank you for being a faithful companion.
Thank you for helping me keep my mind on Him.
Thank you for helping to escape my folly.
Thank you for clarifying what I can and cannot trust.
Thank you for not wanting to make a mockery of me,
For not shaming me in my own guilt, as I so rightly deserve.
Thank you for preserving me for Him.
Thank you for teaching me what’s right.
Thank you for helping me to honor our mutual friend. ❤

7.5.2020 Sunday
Written by Gail Brookshire

My Proverbs Journal (Chapter 4)

IN JULY OF THIS 2020 YEAR, THE LORD GAVE ME A PROVERBS JOURNAL THAT ALLOWED ME TO READ A CHAPTER EACH DAY, AND THEN NOTE FROM THAT READING. BELOW WILL BE A LINK TO THE CHAPTER FOR EACH DAY, MY NOTES FOR THAT CHAPTER, AND SOME DAYS POETRY THAT HIS WORD INSPIRED ME TO WRITE AS WELL. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL AND STRENGTHENING JOURNEY.
THANKS GOD FOR THE MOMENTS! I LOVE YOU! 

Proverbs, Chapter 4 (Click here to read for better understanding of the connection between the scripture and the notes they inspired below.)

Father, help me to hear Your instruction, and attend to know understanding. I know Your law and Your doctrine are good. You are tender and beloved. Help my heart to retain Your words and keep Your commandments. Help me to get wisdom, and understanding, and not to forget them. Help me to never decline Your words. I know You love me, preserve me, and keep me.

You tell me wisdom is the principal thing, and the understanding that comes with her. I am to exalt her, to embrace her, to receive her grace and her glory, and to allow her to deliver me.

All these things You used to teach me, lead me, and helped me to receive all that You wanted for me.
Verses 23-25 You used to teach me to guard my heart with diligence, to watch what I say, to put away perverseness, and to look evil, life, and people straight on. You taught me to look on each step I took.

How You established my steps, my life, my mind, and my heart in Your love and ways.

I will always be grateful for Your love and instruction in my life. I may be distracted with being human sometimes, but I am fully trusting in Your word, and Your promises.

They have been my wisdom, my knowledge, and my understanding. There’s nothing to compare. You and Your word are so invaluable to me. I treasure You both.

❤ I love You, Father!
❤ I love You, Holy Spirit!
❤ I love You, Sweet Jesus!

Your word in Proverbs 4 inspired this poem, Lord. It’s called Let’s Pursue One Another because You tell me to pursue wisdom. So it is my message to her! ❤

Let’s Pursue One Another

Wisdom, let’s pursue one another.
I need your instruction,
and you need my obedience.
I need your knowledge
and you need my heart.
I need your understanding,
and you need me to attend.
I need you to establish me,
and you need me to exalt you.
I need you to preserve me,
and you need me to keep you.
I need you to lead my paths.
You need to me to keep looking straight ahead.
I need your grace and glory,
you need me to honor God’s word.
His promises mean so much to me,
and you means so much to Him.
He tells me so much about you,
and promises so much value.
Help me to receive the good
in trusting His word.
Help me to honor Him
in trusting You.
Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding,
Let’s pursue one another.

7.4.2020 Saturday
Written by Gail Brookshire

My Proverbs Journal (Chapter 3)

IN JULY OF THIS 2020 YEAR, THE LORD GAVE ME A PROVERBS JOURNAL THAT ALLOWED ME TO READ A CHAPTER EACH DAY, AND THEN NOTE FROM THAT READING. BELOW WILL BE A LINK TO THE CHAPTER FOR EACH DAY, MY NOTES FOR THAT CHAPTER, AND SOME DAYS POETRY THAT HIS WORD INSPIRED ME TO WRITE AS WELL. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL AND STRENGTHENING JOURNEY.
THANKS GOD FOR THE MOMENTS! I LOVE YOU! 

Proverbs, Chapter 3 (Click here to read for better understanding of the connection between the scripture and the notes they inspired below.)

Lord, You tell me how to obtain favour and good understanding in Your sight and the sight of man, how to find length of days, long life, and peace. It’s all found in not forgetting Your law, by keeping Your commandments in my heart, by not letting mercy and truth forsake me, but writing them upon the table of my heart.

Verses 5 and 6 were verses You taught me long ago, and used to bring me through my life while bringing up the little boy You entrusted me with. You made it clear to trust in You with all my heart, to not lean on my own understanding (it was too flawed and unreliable). I was to acknowledge You in ALL my ways (no matter where they were leading me or that You had me), and that You would direct my paths. A great way to learn the power and comfort in trusting You with everything, and nothing of myself.

It was too easy to seem right in my own eyes because my thinking was flawed, my knowledge limited, my experiences misguided, and my understanding only as rich as my relationship with You because I still did not know Your word as much yet. Your wisdom taught me to depart from evil. You gave me health and marrow from following You.

You taught me to honour You, amd to give You first of everything. You encouraged me not to despise Your chastening or be weary of Your correction, because You love me enough to correct me and my thinking. You are my Father, and look out for me.

You were also teaching me to teach those things to my son. Anthoni and I both found happiness, wisdom, and understanding in You. How rich we were to find You in Your word, and in our hearts. We found the wisest gift in Your paths… a personal relationship with You. What a beautiful family You made of us three. We found safety, steadiness, rest, sweet sleep, peace, calm, comfort, confidence, protection, character, strength, blessings, grace, glory, and freedom to know and grow in You.

My Proverbs Journal (Chapter 2)

IN JULY OF THIS 2020 YEAR, THE LORD GAVE ME A PROVERBS JOURNAL THAT ALLOWED ME TO READ A CHAPTER EACH DAY, AND THEN NOTE FROM THAT READING. BELOW WILL BE A LINK TO THE CHAPTER FOR EACH DAY, MY NOTES FOR THAT CHAPTER, AND SOME DAYS POETRY THAT HIS WORD INSPIRED ME TO WRITE AS WELL. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL AND STRENGTHENING JOURNEY.
THANKS GOD FOR THE MOMENTS! I LOVE YOU! 

Proverbs, Chapter 2 (Click here to read for better understanding of the connection between the scripture and the notes they inspired below.)

Dear Lord, Your word tells me that by hearing, accepting, receiving, hiding, inclining to, applying, and doing Your word, Your commandment, Your instruction… by crying out, and lifting up my voice for Your knowledge and wisdom, and seeking after them and hide them as treasures, that I shall understand the fear of You, and find Your knowledge.

You tell me You give wisdom, and that knowledge and understanding come from Your mouth. You lay sound wisdom for the righteous. You are a buckler for those who walk uprightly. You keep the paths of judgment, and preserve my way. So that I may understand righteousness, judgment, equity, and every good path. 

When Your wisdom enters my heart, and Your knowledge is pleasant to my soul, then Your discretion shall preserve me, and Your understanding shall keep me, to deliver me from the way of the evil man, that I may walk in the way of good men, and keep the path of the righteous, that I may dwell with You.

Thank You for Your promises, for Your word that combats the voice in my head that tries daily to falsely convict me, to discourage me, to convince me how much You must surely despise me. Thank You for uprooting me out of my past and the condemnation that tries to drown You out with voices of the past… some that were mine, some that were not, and some that convinced me they were mine but never were from day one.

Thank You for letting me hear Your voice, Your whisper, Your knowledge, Your wisdom, Your understanding, and most beautifully Your love. THAT is where fear of You is found. It is the treasure of life, heart, mind, body, and soul to understand that fearing You is loving You because Your love is NEVER about torment. Only pure understanding of Your love for us.

My Proverbs Journal (Chapter 1)

In July of this 2020 year, the Lord gave me a Proverbs Journal that allowed me to read a chapter each day, and then note from that reading. Below will be a link to the chapter for each day, my notes for that chapter, and some days poetry that His word inspired me to write as well. It was a beautiful and strengthening journey.
Thanks God for the moments! I love You! 

Proverbs, Chapter 1 (Click here to read for better understanding of the connection between the scripture and the notes they inspired below.)

Father God, as I read Your words of wisdom today, I am grieved that my mind can entertain such vile thoughts. I know that it’s supposed to be the filter of my past and experiences to look at other things as they come in life, and trying to figure things out.

But I cling to Your promises in Your word that when I put my mind on You that I will have peace, that You renew my mind with Your words and Your instruction, and that in reading that instruction that the Holy Ghost will hide Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.

I don’t want You to be grieved or disappointed in me. I don’t want You to laugh at me in times of anguish and fear, allowing my fear to have free reign with me. I already struggle with fear so much. I want my fear to be wholly set on You, that the beginning of knowledge would fill me, and the beginning of wisdom would instruct me.

Hebrews 12:2 tells me You despise shame, and that is what these thoughts birth from, and in turn mold my thinking. But by that word, I know You hate the shame as much as I do, and more. You fully understand shame because You bore Your own. If anyone understands the depth, the power, the cruelty, the false persuasion, and false guilt of shame… it is You.

You lived under the weight of Your own shame afflicted on You by others, and then carried mine on the cross, even thinking of me when You said, “Forgive them. For they know not what they do.” Hebrews 12:2 says You did it with joy. I cling to Your last promise in this chapter of Proverbs, that in You I dwell safely and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

A God Who Loves Me

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A God who loves me,
Despite how I can be.
Who gave me wisdom
To help me see.
Who sent instruction
To rescue me.
To save me from lies
That only deceive.
A God who loves me,
Despite my lack.
He’s willing to give
So I can give back.
He knows my nature,
And still He gives.
He tasted of death
So that I could live.
A God who loves me,
And lets me love Him back.
How grateful I am
For that fact.

7.10.2020 Friday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Proverbs 10 of my Proverbs Journal

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My New Journal With You, Note 10

**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! **

Good morning, Lord. How are You? I pray You are smiling and happy. I know we give You plenty of reason not to, but my hope takes shelter in knowing You are the God of peace, the God of joy, and that You are able to rejoice, even when we are not. You are where we find our strength to experience joy so that we can rejoice in You! Praise Holy and Jubilant name. The God who loves His children, and loves to see them smile. You are the reason for joy. Therefore my mind recalls and states itself while proclaiming aloud to You… “This is the day the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 🙂 ❤

You are my smile, Father! ❤ You are my joy. Therefore I know You are there, even when my mind betrays me. You know what it’s like to be betrayed, even by Your mind. Your suffering in the garden was that human flesh torturing You long before the cross itself did so cruelly. Your flesh tortured Your mind, just like our flesh tortures our mind. We too hit our knees

“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

and cry out to our God… our Father who lovingly and patiently waits with compassion, mercy, and grace as He sends His angels to minister. He is our Great Counsel, our Great Physician, our Father God who cares for us. He is grieved with all that we are grieved with because He cares that we grieve.

Just as He was with You, Jesus, and quickened Your Spirit, He will quicken our spirit with His presence. The healing power of the presence of God. His name alone can heal all things. I love You, Father God! I love You my sweet and precious Jesus! My Savior and Friend! ❤ I love You, Holy Spirit! Thank You for any insight to my Lord and Savior, and our Heavenly Father.

Blessed Be the Name of the LORD! ❤

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

PS… Lord, I LOVE how Your verses always address exactly what I am talking to You about, but from Your wisdom of what I need. You are so personal! ❤

My New Journal With You, Note 9

**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! **

Good morning, Lord! How are You? I pray You are blessed, pleased, and saving as many souls. I know You love Your children. I know You care about them. You created us all for Your pleasure. 🙂

Lord, I’m sitting here waiting in the car as my brother has his surgery. We aren’t allowed to wait inside (understandably so), but we are allowed to use the bathroom if needed. I’m trying not to. Nathan has been so worried about this surgery, and then he has one next week. How stressful to have to worry about 2 surgeries, and so close to one another. Be with him, Lord. Help his mind to focus on one thing at a time, unless You deemed it good, helpful, or necessary.

I pray for his doctors and nurses, and everyone who will be taking care of him, or coming in contact with him. Keep everyone in there safe from this virus. Put a hedge of protection around them. May this day and this surgery (and the other one) be filled with You all over to the point You are all that everyone sees, praises, talks about,

“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

prays about, and just feels Your Holy presence. Thank You that You can be with each one individually and be so personal, yet be with them as a community…. and even be with me and Sandy here in the car, as well as be with Bobby at the house, with Anthoni, and Tim and Cliff out at Nathan’s.

I thank You, too, for being with my WordPress family. Nitin has begun such a terrifying task in treating COVID-19 positive patients. He is stressed and scared (because he is human), yet he is serving. I am grateful to know he has a relationship with You. His faith is encouraging. Omo has some tragic events happening in her country. I pray no one in her family or friends were among the victims. God, only You can stop such evil. Please keep a hedge around Nitin and his colleagues, and around Omo and her family and friends.

I pray for my Lifegroup too, Lord! So many burdens, losses, heartaches, and of course COVID. I am even more grateful for my small Lifegroup Blooming. Thank You for putting me in a Covid sensitive group of ladies. They have such a heart for the medical community, as well as anyone who has to work, or makes

“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

deliveries, or has Covid in their family. They have had family and friends with Covid too.

And then of course, there is their own health. They are doing as You teach us in Your word, taking care of the vessels You have given them. We are a small group, but mighty in faith. We have You! ❤

Well Sandy is awake, the sun is up, and we’ll be on the move before long.

I just want You to know I love You. I pray all my friends, family, church, Lifegroup, community, city, county, state, country, and world into You care. With the Holy Spirit and Jesus making intercessory prayer on our behalf… it is enough.

❤ I love You, Father!
❤ I love You, Jesus!
❤ I love You, Holy Spirit!

“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

PS… Lord, I LOVE how Your verses always address exactly what I am talking to You about, but from Your wisdom of what I need. You are so personal! ❤

 

A Wise, Understanding Family

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Wisdom, you are my sister.
God has said we’re family.
I am to trust your words.
I am to trust your whispers.
I am to heed your shoutings.
I am to seek and trust you.

Understanding,
You are my kinswoman.
I am to follow your lead.
I am to trust you to keep me.
I am to accept you as family.
Because in God’s eyes
You are! ❤

Wise understanding,
Oh how I need you,
To keep me from flattery,
To keep me from self destruction,
To keep me from falling into a snare,
Bound for hell.

Lord, I seek. I call on.
And I trust through your faith
In wisdom, understanding.
We are all one family.
Your family.

7.7.2020 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Proverbs 7 in my Proverbs journal.

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Adultery Is Sure Jealousy

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Surety, you are no friend.
You know my God does not want
Me to entertain you.
You know He warns against you.
You know you’re putting chains on me
If I were to give thought to you,
Or speak on your behalf.
No one can speak for you.
Only God can say,
“Have nothing to do with her.
Plead release from her,
But if she insists the debt be paid,
PAY IT!
BE DONE WITH HER!
THEN LEAVE HER ALONE!”
Jealousy is your friend.
She tries to flatter me.
She tries to convince me that
“He” is worth it too.
After all, a woman’s jealousy is
So much well known that she is
Referred for “her fury.”
No Surety. No Adultery. No Jealousy.
Only God! Only His wisdom!

7.6.2020 Monday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Proverbs 6 in my Proverbs Journal

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My New Journal With You, Note 8

**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! **

Good morning, Lord! It’s really the middle of the night as far as I’m, concerned, but technically… officially… it is 2:45 in the early morning. So it is morning.

I just needed to come talk to You. To sit with You. To lay in Your arms. to lean on You.. with my head on Your shoulder and my heart in Your hands.

So much has happened in this last week. It’s left me completely mindful this week as well. There is so much I need to note… for You.. for me… for my sanity. It doesn’t help that so much is going on in the world too… around us and across from us. No wonder so many are checking out. It’s not fair to You.

So many words, emotions, judgments, threats, temptations, fears, and so much more are being thrown at us. It’s hard to find someone to lean on, to talk to, to confide it, to counsel with… because we’re all going through this… even the strongest of us… so we need to be mindful of one another…

“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”
– Zephaniah 3:17 KJV

to hold our tongue and all on the wrong to be done to us… so that we don’t lay our burdens on top of someone’s already heavy load. With so many losing their battle under the weight of their own burdens, it’s a very difficult time. Stress can be a pretty fierce opponent.

Praise You for being strong enough for all of us. Nothing is an opponent to You. Thank You for being mighty… Almighty! Thank You for being ever present, for being True and Faithful… Sure and Steady… Strong and Upright. Thank You for being You.

I miss writing to You, God. It’s been a couple of months since I wrote some poetry, but it feels like forever. It feels like I need to exhale so badly. What is it that I need to get out, especially when You are having me be as discreet as possible with my words. Even my thoughts are going through Your filter. What

“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:”
– Job 19:25 KJV

is it? Is it as important as it feels? Or is it just my mind trying to run away with me? What is it You are trying to say to me during these uncertain times? That You are the only thing that is uncertain? I know that You are! ❤

The Paper Waits to Relay

Words, thoughts, chasing shadows.
Things heavy on my mind.
There are no answers for the questions.
The days are left behind.
The pen runs with the ink.
The paper waits to relay.
Do the words have Your permission?
What are they allowed to say?
Weary, scared, confused,
The world wonders what to do.
The pen needs to write the message,
God loves you!

10.21.2020 Wednesday
written by Gail Brookshire

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
– Matthew 11:28 KJV

PS… Lord, I LOVE how Your verses always address exactly what I am talking to You about, but from Your wisdom of what I need. You are so personal! ❤

Discretion, A Mutual Friend

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Discretion,
You and I have been friends
Many times over.
I thank God for being our
Mutual Friend.
He is wise to tell me to choose.
He tells me to choose you
Is to choose wisdom.
Thank you for being
A faithful companion.
Thank you for helping me
Keep my mind on Him.
Thank you for helping
To escape my folly.
Thank you for clarifying
What I can and cannot trust.
Thank you for not wanting
To make a mockery of me,
For not shaming me in my own guilt,
As I so rightly deserve.
Thank you for preserving me for Him.
Thank you for teaching me
What’s right.
Thank you for helping me to honor
our Mutual Friend.

7.5.2020 Sunday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Proverbs 5

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Let’s Pursue One Another

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Wisdom, let’s pursue one another.
I need your instruction,
And you need my obedience.
I need your knowledge,
And you need my heart.
I need your understanding,
And you need me to attend you.
I need you to establish me,
And you need me to exalt you.
I need you to preserve me,
And you need me to keep you.
I need you to lead my paths.
You need me to keep looking straight ahead.
I need your grace and your glory.
You need me to honor God’s word.
His promises mean so much to me,
And you mean so much to Him.
He tells me so much about you,
And promises so much value.
Help me to receive the good
In trusting His word.
Help me to honor HIm
In trusting you.
Wisdom, knowledge, understanding,
Let’s pursue one another.

7.4.2020 Saturday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Proverbs 4

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My New Journal With You, Note 7

**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! **

Good late night, early morning, Dear Lord. I pray You are happy and well pleased. I’m very tired, but I wanted to thank You for seeing me through this last week, especially this weekend we just went through. Friday into Saturday were very challenging. I only made it through because of YOU! It was only possible because of YOU!

I love You, Lord!
I love You, Jesus!
I love You, Holy Spirit!

It’s so hard to stay awake!!! 😦

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
– 2 Peter 3:9 KJV

PS… Lord, I LOVE how Your verses always address exactly what I am talking to You about, but from Your wisdom of what I need. You are so personal!