My Proverbs Journal (Chapter 11)

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

Lord, Help me not to be false nor unbalanced, but to be Your delightful just weight. Help me to avoid being filled with pride or shame, but instead to be lowly, wise, and filled with integrity. Perverseness surely does destroy and is so deceptive to the one who embraces it. Let righteousness delivereth me from such death, and direct my way. I don’t want to be taken in my own naughtiness., nor cause my hope to perish.

I prefer for righteousness to deliver me out of trouble. I want it to go well, to be blessed, and filled with wisdom, and for Your understanding to bring me peace.

Help me not to reveal secrets, nor known as a talebearer, but a faithful spirit. Help me to seek Godly counsel, but being a surety for anyone. I need to be sure. Help me to be gracious and filled with honor, and be strong. Help me to be merciful and good to my own soul. Help me to tend to life, and to be upright, and discreet.

Help me to diligently seek good, to flourish, to be wise of heart, to bear righteous fruit, to win souls, and to never take for granted Your Holy Word.

I love You and thank You for Your instruction. Help me to heed, to discern, and to apply. Thank You for being patient with me! Thank You for being a God who send loving instructions as a way to teach, guide, protect, warn, and renew.

Thank You for loving us just the way we are, but also loving us enough not to leave us that way! Help us to cling to You and Your Word!

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

Your word in Proverbs 11 inspired me to write this poem, Lord. It is called Righteousness, You Are A Friend… because You tell me that’s what Righteousness is to me. Any friend of Yours is a friend of mine!

Righteousness, You Are A Friend Of Mine!

Righteousness, you are a friend of mind.
One God says will protect me.
He says you’ll lead me and keep me,
And show me how to be His delight.
He says you know the way to life,
And how to avoid destruction.
He says you bring me integrity,
Peace, and cause me to flourish.
He says you help me make Him smile,
To be a faithful spirit,
And to walk in His way.
All these things cause God to speak so highly of you.
He speaks of favor when He speaks of you.
He tells me I am wise to follow you.
So here I am, Righteousness.
Make me, too, my Father’s delight.
I long to make Him smile.
I love Him.

7.11.2020 Saturday
Written by Gail Brookshire

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 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.

Choir Buddies

Dear Lord… my Loving Savior… my dearest sweet Jesus… I was so saddened to hear of the passing of someone who was so dear to me. Someone who made me smile… even laugh. Someone who helped me in a time of tremendous heartache. Someone I loved being choir buddies with. I loved seeing her smile, and witnessing her joy filled spirit.

Sue Bailey
Sue Bailey

Sue was one of the many saints that loved on my little one from three years old, and loved on me as well. Wherever she passed by or sat next to me, she was always singing, smiling, and just glowing with You.

My favorite memory with her was when we were singing in the choir at a time they could tell I was going through some great turmoil. All my life I’ve sang in choirs and school groups, but there is something about singing hymns in a choir when you know what the words mean… when you wholeheartedly believe… a love that is absolutely everything you hope for and more. I never fail to cry when I have to keep singing those words when I am so hurt… or simply think on the love behind those hymns.

During that particular time, we had been practicing choir songs and for a Christmas cantata. I’m not sure how I never knew a problem we had in the choir, other than You, dear Lord, blessed me with not needing to know until… lol.

As we were singing, I went to turn the page and keep singing, but

*GASP!* 

The page was missing!

Mentally I was quickly thinking… “Oh no!”  And without missing a beat Miss Sue quickly but ever so discreetly leaned her book over for both of us to see and whispered with a smile, “We have some of those.” Right back to singing as though we had never missed a beat or brought any attention to ourselves. God, You were so awesome through her in that moment!

We would later laugh about it. It would be our personal joke to be told even just by the lift of an eyebrow, but to be ladylike… as Christlike as possible… never actually laughing in service or the choir… so as not to be disrespectful.

I miss being in a choir sometimes when I think of her and the others who were with us. I’ve not been in a choir since then. I’m not even been a member of that church for years. I still visit at times, and the souls there are just as precious as always.

I will miss Sue, Lord. She has been gone a good month or so now. I am happy for her gain. So touched to think of her finally being with You after seeing Your Light in her eyes for so long. I bet she loved her Jesus hug! Hug her once for me and tell I love her. Tell her I’ll see her soon! Both of You! Soon and very soon!

God loves you, Miss Sue!
And so do I! ❤