Obedience Is Trusting You

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called
The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace
there shall be no end, upon the throne of David,
and upon his kingdom, to order it,
and to establish it with judgment and with justice
from henceforth even for ever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”
– Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV

You were a child, Jesus… Mary and Joseph’s little son. You had so much that would be upon Your shoulders in the future, but You were young once toovulnerable… at the mercy of others. Your Heavenly Father was wise to seek out Mary, not because she was special but because she was obedient. You made her special, and God said she would be blessed among women because of her obedience.

Joseph was chosen too because God knew that even though Joseph was hurt and felt betrayed by Mary to find out she was pregnant while they were engaged, that Joseph would listen to Him. Joseph was obedient. Yes God came to him in a  dream, but that’s the thing.

If we are in fellowship with God, He will come to us in our deepest hurts to minister to us. Maybe not in a dream (but maybe), maybe not in an actual voice (though anything is possible with God), but we will know when it is God, and we will know it is His message for us. Even if it’s just to say, “I know you are in heartbreaking pain, and I do care.”

God knew Joseph would trust Him if Joseph knew it was God bringing this burden to him. It was a burden that Joseph had no idea would be a risk worth taking. It would save his own soul. Can you imagine being asked of God to take care of His Son?

I have a small inkling as a single mom who raised her only son in the Lord as best as she knew how from day one. While I am no Mary, my greatest desire was giving my son back to the Lord, and obedience to God’s word was all I knew. At first the only bible I had was what other’s taught me. But then God led me through His love letter.

Yes, God knows what I went through. Jesus, You know what I went through. And the Holy Spirit knows. Together You have helped me to raise my child… my son given to me from God (His Father)!

Today, You also emphasized not giving up. You were using the example of Elijah and Elisha. C.T. was preaching on 1 Kings 19, and emphasized verse 4… when Elijah told You “It is enough.” You encouraged him not to give up. If Elijah had given up, he would not have encouraged Elisha. Elisha would not have received the double portion, or seen the horses and chariots of fire (2 Kings 6:17).


I have long loved that passage. You constantly bring those horses and chariots of fire all over my hills in my neighborhood, or wherever I am. How sad if Elisha had not seen them, and You had not written about Elijah and Elisha for me! I never want to stop seeing them! 😦

You have laid on my heart to take with me today the hymn..

Only Trust Him
hymn lyrics by John H. Stockton

Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
there’s mercy with the Lord,
and He will surely give you rest
by trusting in His word.

Only trust Him, only trust Him,
only trust Him now;
He will save you, He will save you.
He will save you now.

For Jesus shed His precious blood
rich blessings to bestow;
plunge now into the crimson flood
that washes white as snow.


Yes, Jesus is the truth, the way,
that leads you into rest;
believe in Him without delay,
and you are fully blest.


Come, then, and join this holy band,
and on to glory go,
to dwell in that celestial land
where joys immortal flow.


I may often wonder how You could ever use me, even when You lay certain hurting ones on my mind, but regardless of my feeling inadequate, You WILL use whom You will use. I don’t want to keep them from seeing the horses and chariots of fire!

My Day 2 of the Christmas 31 Day Scripture Writing Plan.
I won’t have notes for each day.
I am doing whatever You allow, Lord.
Whatever You give! It’s all about You!

My Day 1: Knowledge to Know

My Day 3: Quick Understanding

My Day 4: Glorious Rest

My Day 5: Comfort Ye My People

My Day 6: Good Tidings

My Day 7: That Good Thing

My Day 8: Abundant Peace

My Day 9: He Shall Have Dominion

My Day 10: His Name Shall Endure Forever

My Day 11: Come

My Day 12: Fuller’s Soap

My Day 13: Of The Holy Ghost

My Day 14: Call His Name Jesus

My Day 15: In Bethlehem of Judaea

My Day 16: The Star

My Day 17: Highly Favoured

My Day 18: Faith and Obedience

My Day 19: According to Thy Word

My Day 20: The Lowly of Lowlies

My Day 21: A Strong Arm

My Day 22: The Days Were Accomplished

My Day 23: Abiding Shepherds (The Night Shift)

My Day 24: A Multitude of the Heavenly Host

My Day 25: Wonder

My Day 26: The Spirit of Your Son

My Day 27: Obedient Unto Death

My Day 28: Highly Exalted

My Day 29: Every Good and Perfect Gift

My Day 30: The Hope of Eternal Life

My Day 31: Opened Eyes, Wondrous Things

I Believe!

Father, You are absolutely amazing! By 5:30 a.m. You have already made my day. 🙂 At 3:30 a.m. this morning I was struggling to awake because I had fallen asleep at the computer while trying to catch up on responding to messages and emails. I desperately needed a shower, but Anthoni had to be at work by 5 a.m., which meant leaving by 4 a.m.. By Your grace, I just did get the shower and got in the car by 4:10 a.m..

After dropping him off by 4:45 a.m., I headed to D.D. (Dunkin Donuts) where I would be able to use their free WiFi to do my morning devotions,using the H.E.A.R. reading plan in the Sacred Series our church is doing together. At 5:05 a.m. I parked, gathered my things in my purse, got out of the beeping car, and shut the locked doors. Just as the door closed my brain finally clicked! The beeping was to warn me that the keys were still in the ignition! I was now locked out!

Immediately, I thought of my ailing brother who would have to drive 25 miles at 5 a.m. to come unlock the door. He just had cancer surgery 5 days ago. I felt so bad. I also thought of my 8 a.m. appointment at the doctor’s office with which I had to cancel my last appointment a little over a week ago because I had broken down on the Interstate with a flat tire and a very bad spare. I was about to panic, but then You took control of the situation… including my spirit.

The first thing, I was glad it was just like the morning of the flat tire when You allowed me to get Anthoni to work first.
Secondly, I was grateful that I did not have a little one inside the car the locked car, as my dear Tosin (of Alethea’s Mind) had written on having this horrifying situation happen to her not too long ago. (I thought of you sister!)
Thirdly, there was no reason to wake Nathan up just yet and stress him. I still had 3 hours before the doctor’s appointment, which happened to be right down the road. It would be a long and dangerous walk that I really couldn’t afford physically to do, but that too would be an added blessing to trust You with.
But my first priority would be to give You that time in devotions. After all, it was why I came here, and You did allow me to make it!

I went in, grabbed an orange juice and a dollar item off of the Smart menu (I’m not really a doughnut and coffee person). I sat down to eat and get the WiFi going. That was a challenge, but You allowed it to finally work.
My reading for the day was Psalm 119:169-176 and John 10:1-21.

These were my notes:
H. & E.
Your word is so sacred, Father. Please hear my heart’s cry for Your word to help me, lead me, save me. Through Your word I am strengthened and made righteous, allowing me to follow Your righteous words. 
“Therefore doeth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
A. & R.
Jesus, You have the power to take up Your life just as much as You have the power to lay it down. It was all in love… in absolute obedience, but absolutely in love as well! ❤
I know the power of Your word and the power of Your love can move mountains, unlock locked cars 😉 , and perform miracles… like every day life.
You have the power to open the eyes of the blind! I believe! In Your name.
Amen! I love You!!
P.S. Thanks for making the DD WiFi work! 🙂

After I had finished devotions, I started to do one of my 16 x 16 Sudoku puzzles but remembered the new copy of the Sword of the Lord I had. I like to do their Crossword because it is all about the Holy Bible, and only uses the KJV (King James Version). So I chose to do it first as a way to keep/choose You first. While doing the puzzle, I heard a truck pull up outside that I had seen going down the road while doing my devotions. The Fire Department! 🙂

As they were coming in, I asked them, “You wouldn’t happen to be able to unlock a car locked with the keys inside, would you?” They asked, “Did you lock yourself out?” I pointed to the car and let them know I had locked myself out. Before I knew it, one turned to the other 4 and said, “Let’s get this car unlocked real quick.”

**GASP** I excitedly asked as they started out the door, “Can you really??” Sure enough!! It didn’t take them but a few minutes! And they were so super nice! Especially for being up at 5:30 a.m., just out on a call! I apologized for interrupting their breakfast, and they let me know it wasn’t a breakfast run. They had just been on a call. Well let me thank You, Lord, for sending them on 2 calls! 😉

I kept thanking them each again and again. Letting them know they kept me from having to call my brother, who just had cancer surgery, which would have been a 25 mile drive. I kept telling them, “God bless you!” They were each so friendly and nice! Telling me to have a good day! I immediately thought of those words from devotions.
“I believe You have the power to unlock locked cars. I believe!”


You even allowed me to drop off paperwork I’ve been trying to get to P.T., which allowed me to see two familiar faces that I had not seen in quite awhile and was very excited to see!! And they were excited to see me!! You are such an awesome God in so many ways! You care about the little things, and the big things! This wasn’t the first time the SFD (Skyland Fire Department) has rescued me. They rescued me as a young child during a tornado when I was staying over at my aunt’s house with my cousins. And then later when I was 35 year old single mom with a 16 year old, providing water just after a tropical storm had come through and knocked out power and water for a lot of people for several days.

Can the devil cause the blind to see?? The devil can’t… BUT YOU CAN!!
You opened my eyes and allowed me to see You in the whole day!!
And You opened a locked car for me!! ❤

Thank You for the firefighters, Lord!
Please bless them!

Corrective Concern

Such a small hand
to have to place correction,
but when he is lost
I am his direction.
Such beautiful eyes
to ever shed a tear,
but when he’s in danger
I must say, “No, Dear.”
What a beautiful smile
to ever see turn down,
but when he’s being hateful
he’ll end up with a frown.
What a shame to hear a laughter
scream into a cry,
but when he’s endangering others,
I can’t stand by.
I love my child so much.
I just want to keep him safe,
but it’s so hard to be authoritative
when you hear them cry and play.

3-27-91 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)
PS… Of course I wrote this thinking of my little one when he was little ❤

A Single Christian Mom

A Christian mother and a single mother,
that’s what I am,
though I know that was not a part of
God’s original plan.
He had greater ideas for my son and I
before I made a mistake,
yet I know He still cares for us
and will mold us for His sake.
Each day is hard as a single Christian mom,
but each day belongs to Him,
so I will lift my praise each day
and find comfort in His hymn.

4-14-01 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)