Day 17 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 Lent: Remembering the Life of Jesus.

Day 17 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Miracle: Jesus Walks On Water”
Reading: Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52 KJV

Further Study

  • According to these two passages, it appeared that the boat that held the disciples was being tossed by the waves for a long time. Why do you think Jesus waited to go out to them until just before dawn?
    – So no one else would see Him walking on the water??
  • What did the disciples feel when they saw Jesus walking on the water?
    – Troubled, fear
  • What did Peter do that made Him begin to sink?
    fear

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    – Patient. Thank You for being patient with us, even in our doubts and disobedience.
  • Prayer: Pray for your extended family members.
  • Remembrance: Think of a time when you felt like you were sinking. Write about how God worked in your life.
    – Lord, You have me thinking on my health. Particularly, after Mom passed, and I had become so immobile. I couldn’t sit without pain, stand without pain. I couldn’t even tolerate a pillow against my back. It was hard to sit because just to have my back against the chair was so painful. And I was so sleep deprived. My doctors referred to it as being clinically sleep deprived because even with all the strong medicines they were giving me for muscles, nerves, pain, anxiety, and more they did not do anything to make me sleep. They tried, but the only way I could tell was my body would get so much worse as if to retaliate for lack of sleep. I could literally feel it in my brain.
    I thought for sure I was getting ready to die with my health so bad, only getting worse, and the doctors would only focus on my weight, I agree it wasn’t helpful, but whatever was going on with my health was causing the weight gain. I thought I was sinking. I thought it was hopeless.
    Yet, You! (But God! 🙂 ) had different plans. You knew I had genuine issues. Day by day, You sent me help. You sent me compassion. You sent me support (emotionally, physically, and mentally). You sent healing in some areas (AND I WILL TAKE ANY! Praise Your Holy Name!). That first nerve block to my lumbar helped me to go straight home, lay on my side, and SLEEP for 5 solid hours with no pain! ONLY YOU! Thank You, God, for Dr. Buzz! Thank You for Blake! Thank You for SEPT! Thank You for Brett! Thank You for Samantha, Melanie, Jasmine, Kari, and everyone with CarePartners! THANK YOU! ❤
  • Self-Examination: Do you find yourself spiritual doubts? If so, voice those to God and ask Him for some courage.
    Lord, I do struggle with doubting if I doubt. I know You and Your word are 100% true, reliable, faithful, and one of the most essential things we need that You have provided. Satan comes at me, past negative experiences come at me, enemies come at me, life comes at me, ALL trying to tell me otherwise. I praise You for the courage You give, and pray for more courage. All the courage You know I need.
    Philippians 4:13 says ”
    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” 

    Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
    Trust and Obey
    Only Trust Him
    I love these hymns!! ❤

A Kind Act

  • Help someone with a task at work, school, or home.

 

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)

Spiritual Warfare on Medication: Response

Lord! You never cease to amaze me! You continue to delightfully surprise and reassure me! First, you surprised me with Lene (aka LeneinJapan) posting the article Love of my Life – I am His Song that she invited me to quest write on her website Song of Virginity.

Then, after I was talking with you last night about being weak with fear and uncertainty, doubtful of your peace with my brain being medicated. In my post Spiritual Warfare on Medication, I was afraid I made you look bad for my fear to paralyze me regardless of medication, and even while I am your child. I was so concerned you were upset with me, or at least disappointed. Yet by your grace and in your strength, I chose to look to you and trust your promises of unfailing love. I fell asleep listening to your word in song, and I awakened to such a beautiful and loving response! ❤

RELAX IN MY EVERLASTING ARMS. Your weakness is an opportunity to grow strong in awareness of My Almighty Presence. When your energy fails you, do not look inward and lament the lack you find there. Look to Me and My sufficiency; rejoice in My radiant riches that are abundantly available to help you.
Go gently through this day, leaning on Me and enjoying My Presence. Thank Me for your neediness, which is building trust-bonds between us. If you look back on your journey thus far, you can see that days of extreme weakness have been some of your most precious times. Memories of these days are richly interwoven with golden strands of My intimate Presence.”
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, September 27, p.282

You are not disappointed! You do not scold! You lovingly instruct me, and assure me I did right by turning my eyes upon you! You tenderly tell me relax  by Leaning on Your Everlasting Arms! ❤

The eternal God is thy refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms:
and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee;
and shall say, Destroy them.
– Deuteronomy 33:27 KJV

You tell me my weakness and failing energy are opportunities for me to be aware of your presence. You tell me instead of lamenting on what I lack to rejoice in your abundant riches that are available to help! Those riches are my doctors! My medication! Therapy! And of course, your presence! Your strength!

You tell me to thank you for my neediness because it builds trust between us. Thank you for thinking I am worth spending that time with and sharing trust, even in weakness. You are right that it has been in my days of extreme weakness that I have had some of the most precious times with you!  Your word tells me that when I do not know understand my fear, nor know what to pray that the Holy Spirit in praying on my behalf.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. – Romans 8:26 KJV

You tell me you know how I felt hopeless without you, and that I was wise to keep circling my problem as Joshua did the wall of Jericho, and wise to wait upon you.

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord. – Psalm 27:13-14 KJV

Thank you for being so personal, for your blessed assurance! Thank you for the doctors, medicines, and therapies. I pray for each one you use in my life. Bless them, Lord.
So now I am off to go gentle into another day, leaning on you your everlasting arms and rejoicing in your presence. ❤ I love you, Lord! ❤ And always will! ❤

Spiritual Warfare On Medication

Lord, what a  fight. Such a stormy sea within. Billowing winds. Tossing waves. And I have no idea if this is a storm you want me to ride out instead of causing you to say, “O ye of little faith.” At least there’s a little. Enough to come to you in case this is not you, so that you can calm the sea… even rebuke it. And what if it is simply just happening… this scary fear… this fear to move… the fear of doing anything else until I get this straightened out. But what?? Straighten what out??

And there are my medications. They can ease anxiety, lift depression, and totally alter my mind. It’s hard sometimes to know the difference between what’s just getting the best of me, is explainable because of medicines, or is Spiritual Warfare. Soon doubt makes me question if you appreciate my brain being on these drugs. Yet I followed you in prayer over my health, my doctors, and trusting the doctors you gave me. I know you gift doctors and scientists the grace to allow comfort and healing. It’s my weary and fearful mind that I don’t understand. Which makes me think on Luke 5:31,

“And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.”

My mind is not whole, nor a great deal of my body. My spine and neurological system alone are so sick that without the doctors and medicines you provide I would not be walking, standing, or even sitting without severe pain. Some days the chemicals are stronger than the pain and confusion. Other days the pain and confusion are nothing to contend with. In all of these days, I solely rely on you to work through whatever resources you provide, or simply to be my faithful compassionate companion.

Every line I write is a struggle to complete and not delete, partly because I do not want to make you look bad, and partly because I NEED to talk this out with you. I NEED to be able to come to you with even my fears, so that you can help me deal with them. Fear can be our enemy, but you can use it to draw us near. I choose to draw near. And as I do I cling to your Holy Word that tells me,

Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.”
Proverbs 3:25 KJV

So I simply finish with choosing to embrace my fear, though I still don’t understand it. I choose to praise you with a song you have comforted me with time and time again because every word of it is true. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.

I know that when I look full in your wonderful face that the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of your glory and grace. Your Word will not fail me. You promised! And I believe! ❤

Habitual Judging

Day before yesterday I awakened to a much needed bit of wisdom and loving instruction. My spirit had been feeling so flat, quite a bit numb. I was feeling so insecure about of lot things, people, and especially myself. Doubts and exhausting concern were weighing so heavily. I opened my devotional to spend some quiet time with my Lord, and to let His Spirit lead mine. Just like He does, He starting speaking to me in a very personal manner.

“COME TO ME AND REST. Give your mind a break from its habitual judging. You form judgments about this situation, that situation, this person, that person, yourself, even the weather – as if judging were your main function in life. But I created you first and foremost to know Me and to live in rich communication with Me. When you become preoccupied with passing judgment, you usurp My role.
Relate to Me as creature to Creator, sheep to Shepherd, subject to King, clay to Potter. Allow Me to have My way in your life. Rather than evaluating My ways with you, accept them thankfully. The intimacy I offer you is not an invitation to act as if you were My equal. Worship Me as King of kings while walking hand in hand with Me down the path of life.”
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, by Sarah Young, September 13, 2017 Friday, pg.268

All this worry weighing me down He called habitual judging, and rightly so. For everything I felt insecure with was me judging thoughts, motives, and quite frankly myself. It’s just another way of saying anxiety. I can judge something to seem wrong or offensive. I worry I have done something to cause it, and try to figure out what, and how to fix it. But there are things that just happen with nothing being wrong. And yes there are also things that don’t go right, but doesn’t mean I’ve done anything.

And who I am hurting or offending in doing this… my Savior, my Shepherd, my best friend, the Love of my life, Jesus! I am not giving Him my complete trust as He rightly deserves. He is sovereign and only has my best interest at heart. He loves my friends and family, and the strangers I meet along the way. Whatever order of the day or moment that He is allowing is not for me to question. I am to thank Him for all that I can, trusting Him with what I do not understand. He prefers I seek to KNOW HIM.

This immediately made me think of the song that Hayley and Jon (aka Red Letters) have been gifted to create called Know You.

The song has such a beautiful message with such a gentle tune. The video is stunning as well. I love listening to this song. It comforts my soul, and causes my spirit to just meditate on Him for hours.

My God is telling me to think on Him, as Creator, and what that means for me as His creature… His creation. After all, it is an invitation to intimately know Him more and more. I’ve been blessed to know what this is like, so I want to continue to let Him know how much I love and trust Him with everything in my life. With His help and in His strength I will break the habit of judging everything and everyone (including myself) in attempts to control my life and my world. It is not my world. This is my Father’s world.

THIS IS MY FATHER’S WORLD  – hymn lyrics by Maltbie D. Babcocl
This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.
There’s much more beauty in this hymn if you wish to enjoy the blessing here..

Real Neat Blog Award 9-5-17

God is so good and so generous. He whispers. I obey. He honors. He sends His loving honor through souls like Arianna, who has nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award this 5th day of September, 2017. Thank you, Arianna, for letting God use you to send tender loving thoughts my way! I am encouraged when I visit your site A Poet’s Paradise by your heart for God. You have so much love for Him. I know I have a sister in Christ!

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The Rules For The Real Neat Blogger Award
1. Put the award logo on your blog
2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs
3. Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blogs, etc.)
6. Ask your nominees 7 questions

Answering Arianna’s Questions For Me:
1. Why did you start your own blog?
God has made me a writer since I was 9. Whether it be poetry, journal, or short story, I need to write for my sanity. Having no privacy was suffocating me. WordPress seem to offer a way to breathe. Following God’s lead, I have just been trying to get down and share what He whispers. I love it when He does! I NEED IT! ❤
2. Is there anybody you look up to? If there is, who is that person?
Christ is who I look up to. He was a real person, as He had taken on flesh to feel pain for me! He loved me so much that He gave up His comforts of heaven to take my punishment with His blood that poured out on the cross. Though I will try daily to honor Him, I know that I will never achieve what He did in self discipline. How can I not look up to Him! He causes my redemption to draw nigh! ❤
3. What animal do you think would be cutest if scaled down to the size of a cat?
A random question that brings to mind what an elephant must look like the size of a cat. I could just see that tiny little trunk roaring as though it’s still so mighty… lol.
4. Who do you go out of your way to be nice to?
Lord willing everyone.
“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
5. Where do you get most of the decorations for your home?
As gifts from others, sometimes the store.
6. What are you interested in that most people are not interested in?
Learning and singing hymns. Not CCM or gospel. Hymns. Without any music but the melody that the Lord puts in my heart so I can call on the comforts and promises of God in the midst of a storm, or just lying in my bed singing to God.
7. What is the most hilarious joke you know by heart?
Two guys try to rob and old lady when she hollers, “Halt. Acts 2:38!” Later at the police station the cops ask the guys why they didn’t run from or try to hurt an old lady. One of the guys quickly speaks up, “Man, are you kidding?! That an old lady said she had an axe and two 38s!”

My nominations:
Inner Man Theatre
Discovering Your Happiness
Splendor in Embers
A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
A Fractured Faith
Red Letters
A Balanced Woman’s Voice
Make It Ultra
Sara in LaLaLand
Beauty Beyond Bones
Sunshine for the Soul

My questions to my nominees are:
1. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
2. What do you want on your next birthday?
3. Who is listed as your first follower?
4. What is the name of the last blogger you liked?
(or name of site if no name given)
5. What country do you love in?
6. What color are your eyes?
7. Do you know any hymns?

30 Posts Challenge: Follow Up

30 Posts Truth Challenge BadgeHi Guys! Just wanted to share with all of you who came along my journey of posting 30 true aspects about myself that you may not know… the AWARD from our dearest Fatima aka Splendor In Embers! Praise the Lord for using her to challenge me… in many ways!! Wanting to encourage someone I love and care about blessed and encouraged me!

By opening up myself to sharing truths with others, we spoke on these things below:
1. Introducing myself
2. Me and God
3. Me and Writing
4. Me and Anthoni
5. Me and Foster Care, part 1
6. Me and Foster Care, part 2
7. Me and My Fireworks
8. Me and Anxiety, part 1
9. Me and Anxiety, part 2
10. Me and Anxiety, part 3
11. Me and Depression
12. Dying to Self
13. Friday the 13th (A Blessed Day)
14. Designed to Follow
15. How a Devo Becomes A Poem
16. The Devo Poem
17. “Crucify him! Crucify Him!”
18. I Mourn, I Grieve (Edited)
19. What Makes Me Happy
20. River Baptism
21. I Love to Sing Hymns
22. God Speaks, I Listen!
23. Bearing One Another’s Burdens (as a Prayer Warrior)
24. A Friend Loveth at All Times
25. I’m a Very Private Person
26. My Fear of God
27. Ripping Your Heart out
28. My 2017 Solar Eclipse Experience
29. One Last Aspect
30. Challenging You

Along this journey, the Lord used His whispers, His nudges, and His many resources for encouraging me! Lovely A and her Self Care Challenge was a part of those resources! There are others I can’t mention, but you know who you are. Thank You for letting God use you to help me “fly” within God’s gift of life. And what would I do without InnerManTheatre… my patient son for his feedback and tech support (and Anita!).

I praise Him for each of you who took to read  (while patiently waiting for me to learn my way), for reaffirming His whispers (with your likes and follows) to be meant for more than just myself. Your comments allowed God to fill my cup with blessings. And the Awards! So unexpected! All crowns to lay at His feet! God bless you, Lovely A!

My Dearest Fatima, How grateful I am to God for you! For your challenge! For your heart. Please know I am praying for you and your precious family as often as God allows. You’ve always been dear to our family! You ARE family! Thank you for my AWARD!

If you are interested about this Challenge, you might be delightfully surprised to know that you do not have to wait for someone to nominate you, as I have read some of you have for quite some time. You only have to accept and post. See for yourself her 3 rules posted here. Praying for each of you! God loves you! ❤

Self Care Challenge Day 18: Music

Thank you, Jesus,  ❤ for such a challenge as this! 😉 Such a blessing! New favorites! Old favorites in new voices! Sorry it took so long to get this up, Lovely A ❤ ! But I was having such fun… getting lost in the deep and beautiful… raising my hands to the heavens… and wanting to leap and shout for joy!! My favorite newest favorite is actually by a couple of WordPress friends.. Red Letters! ❤
Disclaimer: I could not narrow it down to 5!!!

When I just want to lay back and listen to the beauty of the words and music!
1. Good, Good Father – Chris Tomlin ❤ ❤ ❤
2. Know You – Red Letters ❤
3. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – YouTube doesn’t say singer but Johnny Carrasquillo ❤
4. What a Wonderful Name – Hillsong ❤
5. O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
6. How Deep The Father’s Love For Us – Selah
7. All this Time – Britt Nicole
8. How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin ❤ ❤

My pickups (Dangerous in my system, but it makes me feel like saying to life, BRING IT ON!)
Let’s dance the day in and our worries away!! 🙂
1. Good Morning – Mandisa
2. Stronger – Mandisa
3. Beautiful Day – Jamie Grace ❤
4. Hold Me – Jamie Grace ❤
5. Do Everything – Steven Curtis Chapman

I had video links but they were extremely messed up regardless of how many times I fixed it. Maybe it’s a WordPress thing I just don’t understand yet.

56 Answers to Lovely A’s List

This will be my way of doing Lovely A’s 56 Lists To Make When You Are Feeling Down. It makes a great list to inspire many things… subject to writings, things to think on, things to distract ourselves with, a way to pass the time, fun games (like when riding on long trips) or trivia for party dinners, and so much more.

YOU
Favorite memories: Having my son, brother’s wedding, college days, church events
Your best qualities: God’s love, encouraging, honesty, loyalty, committed
Best days you’ve lived: under His grace and salvation
Compliments you’ve received: a blessing, encouraging, strong, trustworthy, beautiful soul, kind, understanding, patient
What you like the most about yourself: love for God, faithful, attentive, patient
Your most precious possessions: Bible, tablet & smart phone (online bible), journals
Bucket list of things to do: Love & obey God, fly, beach, another country, ferry
Things that make you happy: God, family, friends, writing, church, church family
Positive adjectives to describe yourself: encouraging, patient, strong, honest
Your values: I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, crucified, resurrected, sent us the Holy Spirit, and is coming back for us to take us to live with Him. I believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit being a triune Godhead called the Trinity.
Favorite ways to relax: writing, praying, singing, TV, movies, social media, games
Fun things to do at home: writing, singing, TV, movies, games

YOUR PEOPLE
People you love: God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, my son, family, friends, church family
People loving you: God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, my son, family, friends, church family
How you met your favorite people: Molly, giving birth, being born, life, church
People you would like to meet: God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Family, Lovely A, Moschie, Helga
What you like to do with your friends: Laugh, travel, lunch, church, fly, beach
What you like to do with your family: Travel, beach, church, fly, laugh
People you would like to reconnect with: Lost loved ones, church family, friends
Things you would like to do with your friends & family: church, travel, fly, devos
People who inspire you: God, my son, Lovely A, Christ-confident souls, photographers
Every friend you ever made: A list of EVERY friend I’ve made is too long for WordPress.
People who have positively influenced you: God, Molly, Mr. Farlough, Mrs. Chamberlain, Brett, Lovely A, Mary Chapman, Diane, Freddie, Emile, Michelle
Gift ideas for your favorite people: Bible, blankets, books, music, my poetry, ice-cream
Everything you love about your partner: Jesus is the Love of my life. I love Him because He first loved me! That means something to me!
People you want to send a thank you note to: Mr. Farlough, Brett, Blake, Katie, Ali, Andrew, Rebecca, Lovely A, and so many more!
Date night ideas: church, church events, dining, picnics, Blue Ridge Parkway, walking

YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Things that you are grateful for: God, family, friends, life, love, kindness, forgiveness
Things you are proud of: God, my son, my college degrees
The scariest things you’ve done: lived, loved, trusted, opened my FB and WP to public
Dreams that became reality: my son, finishing school, bible college
Biggest accomplishments: accepting Christ as my Savior, my son, published writings
Ways to celebrate your wins: praising God, with family & friends, screaming, ice cream
All the things you are good at: writing, encouraging others

YOUR DREAMS
Life goals: Love and obey God
Countries you would like to visit: Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom
Things you would like to do: write for a living, travel, fly
Stories you would like to write about: God’s love, Ava (writing now), I Miss Us
Adventures you would like to live: traveling to Australia, traveling our country
Dreams for the future: keeping God 1st, writing for a living
Where you would like to live: a room or small place joining a Christian friend’s home
What you will be doing in the next few years: I have no idea. Living is a good start.
Things you would like to get: back to good health, a lot of unspoken prayers
Skills you would like to learn: sewing, quilting, my tablet, WordPress layout
Wish list: Whatever God hopes of me and for me.

YOUR FAVORITE THINGS
Favorite songs: Good Good Father, Jesus the Love of My Life, Amazing Grace, A Wonderful Savior, Did I Mention, Oh Lord What Would I DO Without Your Son, How Can I Fear With Jesus, Day by Day, I’ll Stick With the Old Stuff, My Victory, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, All This Time, Be Thou My Vision
Funniest jokes: clean ones!
Favorite movies: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Fireproof, Courageous, Grace Card, Facing the Giants, FlyWheel, Little Women, Little Dorrit, Letters to God, Hidden Places, Though None Go With Me, Chronicles of Narnia
Favorite TV shows: Preaching, Downton Abbey, As Time Goes By, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Doctor Who, Doc Martin
Favorite books: The Holy Bible, Bible study books, Pilgrim’s Progress, devotionals
Favorite places: home, church, Blue Ridge Parkway
Favorite food: Spasagna, Spaghetti, Lasagna, Pizza, Ice-Cream, Tacos
Favorite restaurants: Cheddar’s, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Chick-fil-A
Favorite parks in town: Sandhill Sports Park, Lake Louise, Lake Julian
Favorite quotes: God loves you! Jesus Christ died for you. What more do you want Him to do, die again?
Favorite podcasts: PoddyBreak with Tim Hawkins