Heavenly Friendship

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Friendship of a Savior
Who hath the Greater Love
To faithfully give that Good
And Perfect Thing from above.

Friendship of a Creator
Who made me for His Pleasure,
Who tells me my Image
Makes His treasure.

Friendship of a God
Who knew the Law
Would require a Blood Sacrifice
For us all.

Friendship of a Father
Who longed to Reconcile
His Prodigal Daughter
To being His Child.

Friendship of a Spirit
To Comfort, Guide, and Teach.
Who loves to Whisper, Nudge,
And Unconditionally reach.

Friendship of a Family
Preparing a Place for me.
Alas one day I’ll Fellowship
Where I was Always meant to be.

11.13.19 Wednesday
Written by Gail Brookshire

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The Barnabas Award 10.21.19

Dear Lord! How Your love pours and pours… all over this blog (YOUR blog)… all over me… and all over those You use to bless me… and those You will allow me to bless in sharing! How do I begin to thank You for The Barnabas Award!

In the King James Version (KJV) of Your Holy Bible it means son of consolation,
“And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,”
– Acts 4:36 KJV

and in the New International Version (NIV) it means son of encouragement.
“Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”)”
– Acts 4:36 NIV

To be an encourager or a consoler for You… to bring someone cheer or comfort… with Your love… is a humbling privilege… an opportunity only You can give. Thank You for whispering my name to our dear Janet of My Father’s Symphony to nominate me for The Barnabas Award. . This sweet encourager has encouraged me! And through Your whispers to me will continue to comfort and cheer others. Praise Your Holy Name! The One True Comforter and The One True Encourager!

Thank You, Janet, for the kind nomination. Your blog, your precious family, and your strong love in the Lord is an encouragement to me. I love reading what God is doing for you! May the Lord continue to bless your blog and your family! Me and God love you! ❤Barnabas AwardYou have been chosen for this recognition because of the encouragement and inspiration you bring to your readers.

The way this works:

Thank the person who nominated you, and share their blog.

Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them.

List five things about yourself.

Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because is the number that signifies grace.

Nominees:
Just 5, Lord??? How do I narrow down literally hundreds of souls who encourage me and console me, and many others each day here on WordPress?? If 5 is the number of grace, then 5 x 5 will share so much more of Your grace! Yes, that is 25! I pray for those who will NOT see their names, that You would help them to know what a tremendous encouragement/consolation they are to me and so many others!

  1. Purple Rose of Confessions and Thoughts of a Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter
  2. Anna of A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse
  3. Tosin of Alethea’s Mind
  4. Hazel of Pure Glory
  5. Kristi Ann of Kristi Ann’s Haven
  6. Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill
  7. Caz of Invisibly Me
  8. Regina of Help From Heaven
  9. Stu of Something to Stu Over
  10. Robert of Watching Daily at Wisdom’s Gates
  11. Herry of Herry Chic Counsels
  12. Tammy of God Inspired Art & Quotes
  13. Dawn of Drawing Closer to Christ
  14. Maxine of Heaven’s Reef
  15. Pastor’s Wife of Created and Called
  16. Sue of Run With It
  17. Jacquie of Joy Cottage
  18. Carol Anne of Therapy Bits
  19. Caralyn of Beauty Beyond Bones
  20. Gary of A Sagittarian Seeker
  21. Margaret of The Word
  22. Michelle of The Mimosa Blossom
  23. Pat of Beholding Him Ministries
  24. Meredith of My Way Home
  25. Cindy of Real Christian Women

There are many more of you who need to know you are an encourager/consoler.
God loves you! He cherishes you!

5 Things About Myself:
1. I love God my Father! ❤
2. I love Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior! ❤
3. I love the Holy Ghost (aka The Comforter)! ❤
4. I love my son Anthoni (aka Inner Man Theatre) ❤
5. I love God’s Holy Word! (aka The Holy Bible) ❤

The Questions

1. Who in your life is your biggest encourager?
My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

2. How do you see yourself as being an encouragement to others?
I write… posts, greeting cards, notes, email, call whosoever the Lord lays on my heart.

3. When was the last time someone gave you words of encouragement?
Tosin of Alethea’s Mind told me I made her cry tears of joy to know the Lord would use me to send her a message of encouragement.
❤ My cup runneth over! ❤

4. When you are down, what encourages you to get back up and keep pressing on?
The Holy Spirit reminds me of the love of God, and how much His Son suffered for me.

5. Who was your greatest encourager when you first accepted Christ?
Molly introduced me to Jesus,
but my greatest encourager was Ralph Sexton, Sr. the pastor who baptized me.

My Questions for the nominees
are the same as above.

Holy, Holy, Holy!

“And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying,
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
Revelation 4:8 KJV

Holy, Holy, Holy
hymn lyrics written by Reginald Heber,

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy is Your name, dear Lord! How often You have salved my soul during challenging days and nights. Storms can be so fierce, but You are far mightier. Yet You tend to comfort and bring such a peace solely from being You! Thank you for allowing me to learn this song years ago, and allowing me to remember it during times of hardship, and in simply starting the day keeping You first. I love You! ❤

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

Liebster Award 1.22.19

Dearest Father, You have sent me word of yet another delightful surprise. This time You have even included the loving humor of my dear friend Hayley of Hayley Boden who has nominated me for the Liebster Award. I am so thankful for the friendship who have given me in her! You have gifted her such a beautiful voice! I can hear her love for You! ❤img_2544

Thank you, Hayley, for your loving heart! You got me good, my Brummie Sister! 😉 Thank you for allowing yet another opportunity to continue to share with others, and especially for providing more opportunities to let someone else know how much God loves them!
Know You by Red Letters is still my all time favorite song of yours! I feel so close to Him when I hear the music He has given you! Thank you for letting Him use you! I still love listening to the CDs! ❤

The rules:
Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award.
Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination.
Ask your nominees 11 questions.
“This award is meant to encourage new bloggers. From The Global Aussie: “The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

Questions from Hayley for Me:
1.Tell us an interesting fact about where you currently live.
The world travels hundreds and thousands of miles to see our Blue Ridge Parkway. The Lord has blessed us in making it an every day short cut for us! God is THE most unique artist ever! ❤
2. Who is your favourite character from the Bible and why?
Jesus is always my favorite! Because He first loved me! ❤
3. What’s your favourite worship song at the moment and why?
Holy Spirit sung by Kim Walker, lyrics by Jesus Culture.
Every time I hear it I am just absorbed by the Holy Spirit and making sure He knows He is always welcome here (in my ❤ ) no matter where I am!

4. Who inspires you?
The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost! ❤
5. Tell us about something on your bucket list.
I want to fly! ❤ I want to go “home!” ❤
6. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
I’ll come see you, dearest Hayley! 🙂
7. Who did you last send a text to?
My physical therapist sent an automated appointment reminder and confirmation text to which I replied YES to confirm! 🙂
8. Do you have any pets?
No.
9. If you could have a super power what would it be?
To never disappoint my Jesus again! ❤ And to fly! 🙂
10. Who’s your favourite person from History?
Jesus! Had it not been for Him, I would be history! 😉
11. What was your best subject at school?
Spelling

11 Things About Myself:
1. I’m all about loving the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. ❤
2. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior! ❤
3. I love that the Holy Spirit walks with me! ❤
4. I love the Father’s heart! He loves His children so much! ❤
5. I love God’s love letter (the Bible)! ❤
6. I love the hymns that sing those love letters! ❤
7. I love the blessing God gave me in my son! ❤
8. I love photography that allows me to see some of God’s stunning artwork that I would otherwise never see if it weren’t for photographers! ❤
9. I love church family! ❤
10. I love church! ❤
11. I love hearing testimonies of salvation. ❤

Nominees:
 The Bee Writes
Food, Feelings, Freedom
Yaasota
Beauty from Ashes
Heaven’s Reef
Melissa M. McLaughlin
depressonica
Immortal Voices
R.T.W. Roxy
Finding God
Lady Stine’s Journal

Questions for the Nominees:
1. Who told you about God?
2. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
3. How long’s it been since you used a landline?
4. What is your blog about?
5. How long have you had your blog?
6. What was your last post about?
7. Have you been baptized?
8. Do you have a favorite flower?
9. Is there something I could pray about for you?
10. What kind of books do you like to read?
11. What season is it for you where you live?

Congratulations to the nominees! Please do not feel obligated to participate.
If you do, let me know I so I can read it. 🙂 Do in your time.
Just sending a little of God’s love your way! God loves you!

Of The Holy Ghost

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
– Matthew 1:18-20 KJV

I’m not sure what You have for me today, Lord, in these words. Nothing particular seems to come to mind. That doesn’t mean Your word is nothing. It just means when You have something for me to take from it, You’ll let me know. You have at least allowed me to be faithful and diligent in writing these verses down, and have allowed this quiet time with You! ❤

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

Day 13 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 2: Obedience Is Trusting You

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 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

Your Anthem

I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel:
my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me:
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
– Psalm 16:7-11 KJV

These verses gave me empowerment last night, Lord
I was so on fire in my spirit when I heard them.
Despite being in a pit, You gave me Your anthem,
declaring it’s Not the pit of the enemy!
And even if it were… even THERE
You are with me.

I have nothing to fear.
Not even disappointment from You
when I find myself surrounded by damning spirits!

Lord, I pray you would allow others
to feel that same empowerment…
YOUR EMPOWERMENT…
no matter where they are!

God loves you!
And fights for you!

Thanking God for Failed Relationships

Lord, thank You, for failed relationships!
I know You know what I mean and why I say that.
For as long as things have gone wrong,
You knew exactly where I was at.
From molestation as early as I can remember
(which happens to be three),
to things a child just shouldn’t know,
and neither should a teen.
From dating before I even “became a woman”
to “becoming a woman” with a man,
nothing has been hidden from You,
and by Your grace You’ve held my hand.
—–
So it makes sense that it would take so many failed relationships
to bring me peace in a relationship just with You,
a relationship that cares about my body and spirit,
willing to make my life brand new.
If any of those relationships had succeeded,
I would have never known the peace
in having 1 year of life without anything to do with touch.
The filth would have never ceased.
Being in a wrong relationship only allowed me
to focus on pleasing someone else instead of You,
or maybe enjoy someone saying what made me feel good,
instead of knowing what the Holy Spirit could do.
—–
While I do pray for each one of those souls,
I thank You earnestly for the failure each had.
Thank You for loving me enough to save me for Yourself,
for only wanting good for me, not any bad.
Thank You for allowing failure to be my rescue
of what would only get worse if allowed to last.
Thank You for the years that have brought peace
from the guilt and shame of that past.
Thank You for showing me purity from YOUR eyes,
as mine just could not see.
Thank You for sparing me of a miserable life,
and finding it special to spend a Holy one with me.

1-31-12 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)