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! ❤

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! ❤

Face to Face

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:
now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
– 1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV

Face to Face with Christ, My Savior
– hymn lyrics by Car­rie Breck

Face to face with Christ, my Savior,
Face to face—what will it be,
When with rapture I behold Him,
Jesus Christ who died for me?

Refrain:
Face to face I shall behold Him,
Far beyond the starry sky;
Face to face in all His glory,
I shall see Him by and by!

Only faintly now I see Him,
With the darkened veil between,
But a blessed day is coming,
When His glory shall be seen.

What rejoicing in His presence,
When are banished grief and pain;
Death is swallowed up in vict’ry,
And the dark things shall be plain.

Face to face—oh, blissful moment!
Face to face—to see and know;
Face to face with my Redeemer,
Jesus Christ who loves me so.

Oh, Lord, how I long for that day when I shall see You face to face! To hug you! To Thank You! How loving and sovereign You are to banish grief and pain! To swallow up death with the victory of Your resurrection! The same resurrection that reconciles us! Never to be separated again! No other love has ever been so powerful! Thank You for going to prepare a place for me! Thank You for the promise I know You will keep in coming back for me! To take me home with You forever! Whenever You’re ready! ❤

Thank You for hymns! Such comfort for our souls! Peace that can only come from You! You are such a calm to my soul! Thank You for THIS hymn! For now I see through a dark glass, but soon I will see You face to face! And I will know You as You know me! To be known… like You know me! You will free me of myself! I will fully be who You made me to be! And I will be able see me the way You do! How I long for that blissful moment far beyond the starry sky! ❤

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

He Has Come to Dwell

My Lord and Savior, my Love of My Life! You cause me to fall more and more in love with You each day… and night! 😉

You and I were having alone time, and I was trying to bring my troubles to You in ink. So many times You whisper You’re ready to write, and in between that which vies for my mind and my desire to only give You perfection, I often times tend to tear it up. But this morning as I began to write this poem, something was starting to speak to me. And there You were… the Watchman! From the moment You arrived on the scene to the title You would give me in the last line, the message was clear… You are here to dwell.  ❤

He Has Come to Dwell

Memories that linger,
But not for their pleasure.
They stay at length,
But not for good measure.
Days that were endless
Remind me they’re long gone,
But nights that were relentless
Seem to stay strong.
Nightmares and visions,
Unwelcomed and uninvited
Keep me and serenity
Cruelly divided.
But there is a Watchman
Who guards at my chest.
My racing heart beat
Sends Him on a quest.
Angry with evil
For choking my world,
My Knight arrives
And draws His sword.
Peace, love,
And renewing thoughts.
My Savior has won
The battle He fought.
He has returned my night
And my sleep as well.
I’ve no more to fear.
He has come to dwell.

11.14.2018 Wednesday
Written by Gail Brookshire

PS. You gave me the words to write this poem then had me think on Your hymn…
How Can I Fear With Jesus? by Ron Hamilton. As I began to sing it, I was in awe of how similar they were. It’s always been one of my favorite songs You led me to, but I have not listened to it in quite a bit.

How Can I Fear With Jesus? by Ron Hamilton

When shadows fall and the night covers all
There are things that my eyes cannot see.
I never fear, for the Savior is near.
My LORD abides with me!

How can I fear? Jesus is near!
He ever watches over me!
Worries all cease; He gives me peace.
How can I fear with Jesus?

When I’m alone and I face the unknown
And I fear what the future may be,
I can depend on the strength of my Friend!
He walks along with me.

How can I fear? Jesus is near!
He ever watches over me!
Worries all cease; He gives me peace.
How can I fear with Jesus?

Jesus is King! He controls everything!
He is with me each night and each day.
I trust my soul to the Savior’s control;
He drives all fear away!

How can I fear? Jesus is near!
He ever watches over me!
Worries all cease; He gives me peace.
How can I fear with Jesus?

You make me fall more and more in love with You each day.
No matter what comes (and it inevitably will),
it will have to face You, my faithful Savior who has come to dwell! ❤

The Inside My Head Tag 5.2.18

Lord, You do amaze me! From one tag to another, You keep filled me opportunities to thank You, praise You, share You, and share with the world Your wonderful love…
for me… and for them! ❤
And You continue to bless our Lovely Anita of Discovering Your Happiness!
Here is another display of creativity in The ‘Inside My Head’ Tag, of which You have whispered in her ear yet again for a nomination. Bless her richly, Lord!
You certainly use her to richly bless me!the-inside-my-head-tagRules:

  • Thank & tag the person that has tagged you.
    Thank you, Miss Lovely! Me and God love you!
  • Attach the tag photo
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag a 10-20 friends.

HERE WE GO:

  • How do I feel at the moment?
    • tired
  • What do I need more in my life?
    • More, more about Jesus, More, more about Jesus;
      More of His saving fullness see, More of His love Who died for me.
      More About Jesus, hymn lyrics by Eliza E. Hewitt
  • What would make me happy right now?
    • restful sleep
  • What is going right in my life?
    • I have Jesus! ❤
  • What am I most grateful for? List 10 things.
    • God
    • Jesus
    • the Holy Spirit
    • my son
    • therapy
    • church
    • God’s Holy Word
    • faith
    • hymns
    • WordPress Family and friends
  • When did I experience joy this week?
    • At the Priscilla Shirer Simulcast at church with Sarah
  • List a small victory/success?
    • finishing the last tag
  • What is bothering me & why?
    • my right hand but don’t know why
  • What are my priorities at the moment?
    • a bite to eat, sleep, make it to tomorrow’s appts
  • What do I love about my self?
    • That I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
  • Who means the world to me & why?
    • Jesus is all the world to me, my life, my joy, my all;
      He is my strength from day to day, without Him I would fall.
      When I am sad, to Him I go, no other one can cheer me so;
      When I am sad, He makes me glad, He’s my Friend.
      Jesus Is All the World to Me, hymn lyrics by Will L. Thompson
  • If I could share one message with the world, what would it be?
    • God loves you! ❤
  • What advice would I give to my younger self?
    • God loves you too! ❤
  • What lesson did I learn this week?
    • No matter how much we may hate our past, God wants to use it to help someone else!
  • If I had all the time in the world, what would I do first?
    • Spend as much alone time with Jesus as I could ❤
      I’d stay in the garden with Him
      Though the night around me be falling,
      But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
      His voice to me is calling.
      And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
      And He tells me I am His own;
      And the joy we share as we tarry there,
      None other has ever known.
      In The Garden, hymn lyrics by C. Austin Miles
  • Whats draining my energy?
    • life
  • What does my ideal morning look like?
    • with Jesus as the first thing on my heart, mind, and lips ❤
  • What does my ideal day look like?
    • Keeping Christ first no matter what! ❤
  • What makes me come alive?
    • the breath of God
  • What/who inspires me the most?
    • Christ ❤
  • Where does my pain originate?
    • from a fallen and imperfect world 😦
  • What are my strengths?
    •  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
      Philippians 4:13 
  • What is something I’ve always wanted, but am too scared to get?
    • For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
      – Romans 7:18
  • What is something I would love to learn?
    • A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.
      – Proverbs 1:5
  • Where would I want to live my ideal life?
    • Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
      – 1 Thessalonian 4:17
  • Where would I like to travel in the next 5 years?
    • wherever the Lord wants
  • What can I do to take better care of myself?
    • the tongue of the wise is health. – Proverbs 12:18
      a faithful ambassador is health – Proverbs 13:17
      Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul,
      and health to the bones. – Proverbs 16:24
      Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health:

      – Acts 27:34
  • What hobbies would I like to try?
    • whatever my Lord asks of me
  • When have I done something that I thought I couldn’t do?
    • The Lord helped me to quit smoking in 1992.
      Praise Him! Praise Him!
      Tell of His excellent greatness.
      Praise Him! Praise Him!
      Ever in joyful song!
      – Praise Him, hymn lyrics by Fanny Crosby
  • At the end of my life, what do I want my legacy to be?
    • Gail loves God ❤

MY NOMINEES:
Romy Ras Certified Life Coach
Emerging From the Dark Night
A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
Invisibly Me
Pawz & Pray
Princess Blabbermouth
aYoKa
My Life with PTSD & Bipolar
Wrestling with Faith, Dancing with Jesus
A Certain Sign of Grace
Tracing His Goodness
Chibueze’s Blog
An Anonymous Escape from Life
Lebana’s Journal
Brooklyn’s Corner
The Sparkling Suitcase
This Is Life
Rhythm in Life
Hiraa Chaudhry
Lo Shame

PTL and Congrats to all the nominees! Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, please don’t worry about rushing. It is never too late to answer! Enjoy it! It is meant to be a blessing, not a burden.
Tag me if you do, so I can read it! I look forward to getting to know you a little more.
God loves you each one!

Thank you again, Lovely A for thinking of me! Me and God love you!

Gifts 2017 #10 God Time

Christmas Countdown: God Time is a GIFT: Time in God’s word, in prayer, worshiping Him in hymns and spiritual songs are all such a gift. Oh how marvelous when just spending that quality time with Him when doing absolutely nothing but meditating upon my bed, within my heart, on Him… with Him. What a peace and joy that passes all understanding! How I wish I could help you to feel that peace and joy! Thank you, God, for wanting to spend such alone time with me. I cherish every moment! ❤

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)