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..