Day 36 of 47 for Lent Plan

God, I have been enjoying the bible reading plan You have been walking me through. I’m sorry to be so late getting them on, but with Your help we’ll get them on little by little.
No rush. Just convalescing with You, and following Your lead in sharing with others.
YouVersion (a bible app You have blessed me with)
is doing a plan called 40 Days of Lent.

Day 36 of 47 for Lent Plan – Teaching: Solid Foundation
Reading: Matthew 7:24-27 KJV

Further Study

  • Where do wise people build their houses?
    Upon a rock
  • What do you think the rock represents?
    Christ is our Rock.
  • Where do the foolish build their houses?
    Upon sand.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worships Him for who He is.
    Foundation. Thank You, Jesus, for being my firm and sure Foundation. The Rock on which I stand. You make me think on “The Solid Rock” and “Rock of Ages.” i love those hymns.
  • Prayer: Pray for the salvation of people in your life who don’t know Jesus.
  • Remembrance: Think about a time you didn’t follow what Jesus taught. How have you learned from that experience.
    I was so miserable. Living in confusion, filth, violence, and a largely warped sense of normalcy in our family, in our community, in our world. I DO NOT miss it at all. Thank You for seeing me thought all of that. The most important thing I learned was that I had no clue of just how lost I was. It is a sure reminder of the sure foundation You give to my life. By walking in faith with You, I am free of my false reality. It teaches me to always ask for Your wisdom, Your guidance, and Your help because I cannot trust that I am doing or thinking the right way, or that I am even aware of my ignorance. And I cannot trust the wisdom or knowledge of my soul that does not have their own foundation in You.
  • Self-Examination: Do you find it easy to listen to and follow the teachings of Jesus? Share your thoughts.
    – I wouldn’t say everything is a cake walk, but I pray that I always choose to follow Your teachings, Jesus, regardless of the hardship or unpleasantness that can come to us sometimes. There are many times it the most beautiful and comforting thing to do, even while in the hardship. In the end, I am ALWAYS blessed to follow You, Jesus. And I will follow You anywhere You lead. You make me think on the hymn
    ” I will follow, I will follow, Jesus.
    Anywhere, anywhere, I will follow Him.”
    and “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.”

A Kind Act

Write an encouraging letter and mail it to someone.
Lord, I leave this one to You because people are afraid of their mail.

Day 33 of 47 for Lent Plan

God, I have been enjoying the bible reading plan You have been walking me through. I’m sorry to be so late getting them on, but with Your help we’ll get them on little by little.
No rush. Just convalescing with You, and following Your lead in sharing with others.
YouVersion (a bible app You have blessed me with)
is doing a plan called 40 Days of Lent.

Day 33 of 47 for Lent PlanTeaching: The Beatitudes.
Reading: Matthew 5:1-12, Luke 6: 20-26

Further Saturday

  • According to the Beatitudes , what kind of people does God bless?
    Poor in spirit, they that mourn, the meek, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those that are persecuted for His name’s sake.
  • What happens to those who mourn, those who are humble, and those whose heart are pure?
    – Those who mourn will be comforted.
    The humble shall inherit the earth.
    The pure in heart shall seed God.
  • What should the attitude be of those who are mocked and persecuted? What is their reward?
    – Rejoice and be exceeding glad for they have a great reward in heaven.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and praise Him for who He is.
    Blesser. Thank You, God, for all Your promises and blessings. You are faithful to Your Holy word!! ❤
  • Prayer: Pray for the people you work or go to school with.
  • Remembrance: Think of a time when you were mocked or persecuted for doing the right thing. Write about that.
    – Lord, You bring to mind when our family used to treat Aunt Mildred (my great-aunt) so horrible. They always taught us to ignore her because they said she was crazy. They would make fun of her and provoke her, but when she left the house (or escaped into the public as they saw it.) They would call the law on her, sometimes having her institutionalized.
    Through the years You taught me to treat her with just as much respect as my other elders, and with more kindness, compassion, and patience because of her illness. I thank You for the beautiful relationship You allowed between her and my son. You eventually allowed me to see she could understand… very well. She always asked about Anthoni when she lived in Richmond Hill Nursing Home, and saved candy for him that they would give the residents on holidays and special occasions.
    Anthoni and I ended up taking her with us to church whenever we went. Then Gran saw Mildred could behave and enjoy time together, so she started having us get Mildred on Fridays after we got Anthoni from school, go get us all our fish dinners from Long John Silvers, and watch classic movies together. That’s where Anthoni developed a fondness for Bing Crosby.
    After Gran died, the family fought over who would take care of Mildred because they assumed there was an insurance policy for whoever took care of her, or some kind of trust fund. When they found out different, they quit fighting over her. She ended up coming to stay with Mom.

    After Anthoni graduated, Dad died, and not too short of a time before Charlie died, Mildred had a stroke. While she was in the hospital, the neurologist told Mom they had more advanced imaging that recognizes scars from strokes. They said her imaging had several old scars leading them to believe she had been misdiagnosed years earlier with schizophrenia. They believed Mildred had a serious stroke in her 20s, and that when her husband had her committed for being unable to talk the electric shocks made it worse. Mildred spent the last two years of her life in a palliative health care home.
    Yes, I received a lot of persecution, but Mildred was the One who who suffered rejection, persecution, physically cruelty, mental torment, and a life of mockery with her own family being added cruelty. Even mocking her with laughter. Her funeral was such a disgrace. Thank You for allowing me to learn how to rightly see her, and teach my son to do right by her.
  • Self-Examination: Is it easy for you to see the big picture when it comes to times of struggles in your life.? Why or why not.
    – Not always. Sometimes He allows insight, sometimes He remind us He is God and owes me nothing, not even explanations.

A Kind Act

  • Thank a police officer or firefighter for their service to the community. 

His Salvation Is My Story

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How marvelous are the many things of You.
Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God.
How grateful I am to be under
Your protective Shepherd’s rod.
Your eye is on every one of Your sheep.
You see the one that goes astray.
You leave the ninety nine
To carry me out of my wayward way.
You hold, You embrace,
You cover me with Your hand.
Thank You, Holy Spirit,
For helping me to understand.
The blood of Jesus cleanses me.
His salvation is my story.
How worthy You are of honor
My ink pens Your glory.

2.25.2020 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire

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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!

❤ 🙂 ❤

Thankful for Your Testimony

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Pouring through my life,
Your testimony saturates.
Everywhere You shine my light,
It’s Your testimony that radiates.
The joy, the trials,
The long enduring sorrows
Are all preparations
For Your testimony tomorrow.
Walking through Your Holy Word,
I hide You in my heart.
Your testimony renews my mind,
And strengthens every part.
Thank You for Your thoughtfulness
In the testimony You left.
It allows me to share with others,
And helps me to improve myself.

1.28.2020 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire

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Your Love of Grit

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So much of Your love flows through my veins.
It medicates the physical pains.
It seeps so deep and penetrates my mind.
Solace and peace are treasures I find.
For in each comfort I find You…
Faithfully walking and carrying me through.
Your attentive love astounds me.
Your faithful pursuit grounds me.
How great a love that faithfully loves me,
Cares so much, and thinks so much of me.
Thank You for being that love of grit
That lights my lamp and keeps my path lit.
Praise You, God, for all that You are.
Thank You for never being too far.

1-23-2020 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: The love of God! ❤
God is my Hero!

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Bearing Up Under The Pain

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Pain puts us in some uncomfortable situations.
Circumstances demand their own attention.
There are times when there’s nothing we can do.
We must bear the present until God gives us permission
To take a breath,
To catch our breath,
To make sure we’re still breathing,
To make sure we haven’t lost
ALL of our sanity,
To make sure we are even aware
Of what has come with the moment.
Pain is a cruel mocker,
When it is needed to bring the healing,
And even more so when it makes a declaration
That we are bound together for life,
Til death do us part.
Help me to bear, Lord, what you ask of me.
Thank You for being present even then,
Before we must arrive,
In the midst of the moment,
And already on the other side.
Thank You for helping us
To bear up under the pain
You know is…

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