Dearest Dinah


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Lingering Life

Petals from the flower
Fall to the ground.
Seeds of life
Lay all around.
The grass so tall
Sways in the wind
Praising the Savior
Again and again.
Clouds and sunshine
Play in the blue sky.
Will it rain on life,
Or lovingly pass by?
Wings flutter and flick
Before they come to rest.
Butterflies, birds, and bees
Comfy in their nest.
The cool breeze lingers.
The flowers dance.
Isn’t this where we began
When God gave us a chance?

7.1.2021 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire

My Proverbs Journal (Chapter 31)


Proverbs, Chapter 31 (Click here to read for better understanding of the connection between the scripture and the notes they inspired below.)

Dearest Lord, Here we are this morning finishing this Proverbs Journal. Immediately I am going to miss it. Oh yes a part of me will be glad to not be bound to a schedule (that I’m often trying to catch up with), but my soul that loves to write… to You… about Your love… and on the things You give me in Your Holy and precious word will miss it. Your word is priceless, such a treasure. Just like You!

Proverbs 31 is a whole different chapter for me. Really for You and me. That is the way You’ve made my life. Even without knowing every single word of Your bible, You led me, taught me, and whispered Your loving Holy Ghost into my soul. That’s yet another amazing thing about You. If one doesn’t know You, God, nor Your Son Jesus, nor the Holy Ghost, You are still pursuing to save. Jesus still died for the one He went away to prepare them a room, yet is still just a prayer away to keep His promise to comfort with His peace, and Your Holy Ghost is still praying with moanings and groanings that cannot be uttered, and whispering those words of instruction, guidance, and those tender words of love that lead them to You, and leads them to salvation, that helps find You, Your word, and Your Son. How precious Your faithfulness. Your unconditional love is unmatched , as hard as we may try.

That’s what Proverbs 31 is for me… Lemuel and his mom. Lemuel is a king who is prophesying what his mother taught him… the wise and godly words of a queen that I am amazed about because most kings and queens in the bible were more focused on rule, and their ways. They were even often anti-God. But this queen has a special place in my heart because like me she had a boy who was growing into manhood that she was responsible for in teaching about life, knowing what he would do in the future would effect others, and would determine his own life. Yet she had a heart for You God! I love that about her!

She is the one You gave the words to that became the famous “Virtuous Woman” chapter. The woman the ladies of the church try to copy, to be like, and to worship really. But so often they completely miss the value of Lemuel and his wise mother who loved her son who would be king, and found it incredibly important to teach her son how to deal with people, how to conduct himself, and to find a woman who feared God above all the favor and beauty that even the “idea of a virtuous man” to copy that can deceive a husband, others, and ourselves.

I did not know the bible too well as a single Christian mom of a little boy, not even knowing I was a Christian, yet You brought me verse 30 to guide me! It’s more of that loving relationship that You gave me between You, me, and Anthoni. You used him so much in my life. You used him to bring me out of the ungodly environment and teaching going on around me, and inside me.

You gave me Your own wisdom and leading from just trusting You, believing in You, and of course being afraid of You too. I did not question that fear, but as the world would tell me it was wrong to fear You, believing in You, and of course being afraid of You too. I did not question that fear, but as the world would tell me it was strong to fear You, You started teaching me Your wisdom in Your Holy word which says all over it to fear You is the beginning of knowledge, the beginning of wisdom, and the way to understanding of the Holy Things.

So when I see Lemuel remembering what his mom taught him, my heart is touched. And at the same time, I learn from him and his mother. We have several things we agree on teaching about the warnings of a woman taking the strength of a man if she is not good for him. It will destroy him as a man and as a king, which will destroy his kingdom.

It is not wise to drink, light or heavy alcohol. It can easily pervert his thinking, his judgment, and his testimony. Surprisingly, she tells him to let the poor and dying drink to forget their misery. Only surprising to see even Your word says it. I mean this is the virtuous woman. To me it makes sense. I’ve grown up in it. Yes abused as well. But I’ve watched alcohol be used to medicate, to ease symptoms, to dull pain for the dying and the poor and broken. As long as it’s done in private, to help sleep, or for medical purposes without hurting someone else, it makes complete sense. I mean, why else did You make that vine, God?

You made the vine, and when Jesus turned the water into wine, it was said to be “the good stuff.” The host even talked about the first wine being the wine to make men drunk. Jesus did not rebuke him. He did not put a speech in that part of scripture against “any alcohol.” He even said at the Passover He would not drink from the vine again again until we are all together in heaven. Again being a key word. And it will be drank of in heaven! Alcohol DOES have a proper place. It is just meant to be used wisely. A lot like the tree of knowledge and the tree of life. And really food too. Like a lot of things that are good in moderation, but become bad when misused.

Lemuel also remembers his mom telling him to speak up for those who could not speak. to speak and judge righteously, and to plead the cause of the poor and needy. And then he remembers those now famous words regarding the virtuous woman.
She’s priceless! Invaluable.
Her husband’s heart safely trusts her.
He has no need of spoil.
She does him good and not evil all of her days.
She works willingly with her hands.
She provides food for her table.
Even when it means feeding her family late in the night, or being up all night to provide it.
She makes sure her helpers are even provided for.
She is wise and careful when considering property. She makes sure it will be good for the purpose she is led to buy it, and then is diligent to work it for its purpose. 
She girds herself with what she needs to be strong in doing that works, and the work strengthens her inside and out.
She knows when the purpose has brought good and is ready to be sold, used, or provide.
She works and/or uses the purpose into the night, even if working by candlelight (or a lamp light for us).
She uses her strengthened hands to finish and prepare her goods.
She reaches out to the poor and needy.
She is not afraid when snow comes because she has prepared for what her family has need of to keep them warm.
She makes herself tapestry and clothing, out of nice things that will be strong and last.
Her husband is well known when he sits among the elders.
She makes fine things out of her things grown for a purpose and sells it.
Strength and honor become her own clothing, and she shall rejoice when times to rejoice come.
She speaks wisdom with kindness.
She does very well in looking after her household. She is not lazy.
Her children call her a blessing. Her husband sings her praises.
A lot of women do well, but she is clearly seen to excel them.
But be careful of that favor, it can be deceitful.
Her beauty can be her vanity.
It’s her fear of the Lord that she is to be praised for. It will in turn bring Him praise.
Give her the fruit of her work, and let her works praise her among the people.
When they see the woman is known to be wise, strong, hardworking, generous, diligent, and faithfully looking out for her family, and remember also how she does what she does in fear of the Lord, they will see God in her.
When they praise her, they will be praising God. 
Her example that leads them to believe she is good, and does good, will help them to see that God is good! And all that He does for us is good.

Proverbs 31 is beautiful because of the relationship between Lemuel and his mom. Even more touching is that this chapter is him prophesying from the memory of the words he recollects his mom teaching him.

Thank You for allowing me to see it, to witness it, and for teaching me along the way to use this as an example in raising Anthoni, the importance of teaching him truth and the value of a Godly woman. For teaching me how important it is to pray for him and her… before and during their marriage. Thank You for teaching me the value of what she will be to my grandchildren. And for lovingly teaching me the value she will be to me! In her presence… in my absence… in her purpose… in her love for You.

You took me from being hard to get along with females to teaching me how to be one, the value of her, and the value of having her in my family, married to my son, raising my grandchildren. I pray for her now. I pray for them both. And I pray for my grandchildren.

I love You, Lord. Thank You for the book of Proverbs. And thank You for being the wisdom for those who have not read You, but love You! Who revere You. Who fear You. You are the definition of understanding. You are the definition of peace. And I am grateful to know You! I love You! No matter what!

Lord, You allowed this chapter of Proverbs 31 to inspire to write the 2 poems below:
A Boy And His Mom’s Wisdom
Virtuous Teaching

A Boy and His Mom’s Wisdom

A boy and his mom.
A king and a queen.
Words of wisdom.
And I get to glean.
Teaching and leading.
A mom loves her son.
Recalling prophecy.
He remembers what’s to be done.
Judgment, discernment.
Needed strength to rule.
Consider the poor and needy.
No need to be cruel.
Righteous and sober.
A testimony to protect.
No time to get drunk.
No time to neglect.
Virtuous and diligent.
A woman of God.
She’s to be praised,
And given the gentleman’s nod.
Favor, beauty.
Beware of passing deceit.
Fear of the Lord
Makes a woman complete.

7.31.2020 Saturday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspired by Proverbs 31

Virtuous Teaching

What a joy for a mom in raising her boy,
To give him wisdom and seeds of joy.
To watch his strength gain each day,
And trust that teaching to lead his way.
God is in that teaching because it’s all about Him.
Teach the boy God’s ways, he’s going to need them
Teach him to find the wife with God’s favor.
Her love for Him is what’s to savor.
A man and his wife, and the children they bring.
They will teach them to keep God in everything.

7.31.2020 Saturday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspired by Proverbs 31

My Proverbs Journal (Chapter 30)


Proverbs, Chapter 30 (Click here to read for better understanding of the connection between the scripture and the notes they inspired below.)

Good afternoon, Lord. How are You? I pray You are blessed and smiling. I’m sorry if I disappointed You in not getting You read first. Or rather, I think I did read, got to thinking, and fell asleep. Or was it I read, got to thinking, but had to leave so quickly to the doctor’s office for Bobby’s doctor, or Sandra’s errand, or Bobby’s home health care. I’m sorry that I can’t remember too well. My days run together. And the personal issues with my health are so overwhelming. I’m just not doing good lately.

Thank You for every way You help me, for every moment of patience, for understanding, for long suffering, for mercy, for grace, for Jesus, and for everything about You! I love You! No matter what!

Proverbs 30 is the words of Agur. He and I have some similarities. So often I had more “something horrible” than I cared for, and I knew I did not have the understanding some people did, but I did not care because I felt like I didn’t understand people anyway. I knew I did not have wisdom or knowledge of the Holy.

I love his honesty, and am fond of a sensing I felt with him being fond of You, and You with him for that honesty and humility. Especially considering his questions that show awareness, awestruck,  and respect of You. I love how he says You hold the wind in Your fists, that You have bound the waters in a garment! He even knows Jesus! Maybe not by name, but he knows him. And he knows Your word is pure, and that You are a shield to them that trust You.

He wisely warns against adding to Your word. He hated vanity and lies. He doesn’t want to be rich so as not to be so full and nourished as to deny You, nor does he want to be poor so that he will not steal, or take Your name in vain. Again such honesty.

Accusing a servant to his master is not wise because he may love the servant so much that he will call you a liar and curse you, and say you are guilty. He speaks on the generation that is evil to their parents, thinks they are right in their own eyes, and filled with evil ways. And gives so much wisdom but You have shortened the pages for today’s study. You have brought me comfort today through Agur. Reminding of my beautiful relationship with You from the beginning. Thank You for loving me so faithfully.

My Proverbs Journal (Chapter 29)


Proverbs, Chapter 29 (Click here to read for better understanding of the connection between the scripture and the notes they inspired below.)

Good morning, LORD! How are You? I pray You’re happy! 🙂 It’s hard to believe there’s only 2 more days of this Proverbs Bible Study after today! Thank You for giving me this journal, and for walking me through Proverbs again. I love Your Proverbs! I love ALL of Your Holy word! I love you!

When someone is tested so often they harden their necks (or their hearts), they shall be suddenly destroyed with no way to save them.

With righteous in authority,  people rejoice, but when they wicked rule, people mourn.

Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice (I pray I make You rejoice, Heavenly Father! I love Your wisdom!), but whoever hangs with harlots spends his substance.

A king establishes a land by judgment, but bribery causes it to be overthrown. Flattering my neighbor traps him. The sin of an evil man is a trap, but the righteous rejoice and sing. The righteous consider the poor, but the wicked won’t even regard them. Scornful men are a trap for a city, but wise men turn away wrath. When a wise man hangs with a foolish man when he’s raging or laughing, there’s no rest.

The blood thirsty hate the upright, but the just seek after him. A fool runs his mouth about anything on his mind, but a wise man shuts his trap. This verse convicts me, God, because I talk too much!! Especially if I’m nervous. Help me! Be the guard over the door of my tongue!

If a ruler listens to lies, all his servants are wicked. You bring the poor and the deceitful man together to enlighten both their eyes.  Th king that judgeth the poor faithfully establishes his throne for ever. The rod and the reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

When the wicked increase, sin increases, but the righteous shall see their fall. I am to correct my son, and he will give me rest and delight my soul. I remembered verses like this when raising Anthoni. It helped me to be a strong mom because I knew I had a responsibility to keep him from being evil to himself or anyone else, to keep him out of jail or any trouble the best that “I” could, and to not fail him in teaching him the value of discipline. I knew I had doubly the responsibility in being his mom and dad. Thanks for leaving me all these instructions to help him, and the assurance in “training up a child.”

Keeping the law makes You and me happy. Help me to answer, Lord, and be corrected. Hasty words are foolish. Delicate love can nourish a servant and a child. It can foster. Anger and furious men bring strife and sin. Pride brings low, honor upholds. Hate a thief, not myself. Cursing is wrong. Fear of men is a trap. Trusting You, Lord, is safe. We all seek favor, but our judgment comes from You. The just and the unjust are an abomination to each other.