Abundant Want

So often I have felt so burdened
to have so much need.
I struggle to discern,
is this a test to contend or plead?
I do not want to insult God,
nor profane His name to any.
I know there are commands to ask
and commands to know I have plenty.
Yet 2 Corinthians 8:14
says my want is to be a supply
from those He’s blessed abundantly,
to show that all comes from on high.
And likewise my abundance
is to supply someone else’s want,
so that all those who witness
know it all comes from One.
May I seek to be content
and fulfill Your perfect plan.
I want to be a blessing,
even when I don’t understand.

10-1-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Great and Mighty

Great and mighty is the Lord our God.
Worthy and honorable is the great JAH.
Our tongues and voices should never cease
to praise the God of eternal peace.
He created our bodies and souls.
He created the world which He controls.
He gives us mercy and shares grace.
He sent His only Son to save.
He resurrected His precious Son
to send to us the Holy One.
The Holy Ghost comforts us,
all because of the blood of Jesus.
How great God is to share so much
and all because of perfect love.
Sing ye people, sing of earth!
Sing of God and His mighty worth!

9-28-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

We Don’t Need Another King

Years ago, God led His people,
usually through His own man.
He led them through the sea
and then the wilderness to the promised land.
Whenever men would sin,
God’s man would plead with sacrifice
for God to forgive His people,
and that would suffice.
Then one day jealousy
caused us to covet other nations.
We wanted a king so much
that we sacrificed Godly relations.
Through Saul, David, and Solomon
we learned how weak a man can be.
Through the kings of other nations,
we learn of cruel tyranny.
America is blessed to be king free,
but still relies on a man.
When will we ever learn
it is God we need to take our hand?
Praise God for King Jesus
who came to fix everything,
and praise God for the reality
that we don’t need another king!

9-27-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

A King Free Country

Living in a “king free” country,
we are blessed to follow God.
He gave us forefathers
who believed in obeying His law.
He gave us freedoms
that all others wish for,
and said if we’d trust Him,
He’d always be our Lord.
But nowadays we seem to yearn
to be ruled like other lands.
Just like Israel insulted God,
we want a Saul to replace God’s hand.
How horribly wrong and wicked
to place our trust in man.
We are foolish to hope for the impossible
when God is the God who can!
Lord, help us to keep our eyes and hearts
focused solely on Your reign.
You are the only one we need.
Heaven is our only gain.

9-27-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

You Are Still Worthy

Tabernacles, sacrifices, offerings and more
are what use to please You,
but since the law was fulfilled
what are we to do?
Of course much is the same
in obeying You, God.
But You cry, “Don’t go back to Egypt!
Have you so quickly forgotten?”
You want a relationship
built on faith and love,
but You are still Holy
and reign from above.
Help us to know Your will
and allow us to be pleasing.
You are so worthy of honor
that should never be ceasing.

9-25-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

You Were Dear

A sign is left behind
that you were here.
You were loved.
You were dear.
Your life is gone,
Your spirit near.
How we miss
You being here.
We love you brother.
We miss you so.
God is blessed.
This we know.
Hug him for us,
As you wait along.
I hope we won’t
Be too long.

11-5-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

This was written for my baby brother Charlie who was killed when he was 37 years old. My mom had him 10 months after I was born. I always told everybody he was my 1st birthday present. Some people thought we were twins because we shared the same age for a couple of months each year.
His 2 favorite songs at the time of his death were
I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe, and Long Black Train by Josh Turner

My Daddy

My daddy… he’s a man I miss out on when I’m not helping him.
When I don’t get out there and help him, I feel like I’ve deserted him.
Like I’ve left him out in the cold after all those times he’s sacrificed everything,
just to keep me fed.
When he’s out there working on that car in snow cold weather, he’s freezing.
He’s taking the chance of getting sick, or maybe catching pneumonia,
and he could die for this.
Just over trying to make sure we have the comfort and warmth, and saftey of a car
in case we would like to selfishly go get a coke, a pizza, or something
that takes more of his money that he works so hard for.
He breaks his back on a hard job to take care of us.
Not bothering him a bit that we sit nice and warm inside
with our socks off, playing cards, laughing, and having a fire going.
I feel so guilty if I don’t go out there.
Even if I don’t know how to fix a car.
Just to be there to hold the flashlight, or turn the switch,
or just be ready to get something for him.
So long as I’m out there freezing too, taking my fair share of the abuse,
and just somehow letting my daddy know I love him enough
to be out there in that cold too, lets me know that I’m no better than my daddy.
And I’m willing to sacrifice to prove it to him.
I want him to know I love him for all he’s done
and am so thankful to God that he’s here.
And even if he didn’t do anything, I would still love him just as much.
Thank you, God, for giving me a daddy at all,
and then thank you a million for making him the daddy I have.
Forever & Eternally Grateful

12-14-91 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)
In loving memory of my dad Willard Brookshire
(Feb.13, 1944 – Jan. 27, 2005)

Through Hands That Bleed

God is a very caring man,
who is so very patient and warm.
He understands His children
and comforts them in His arms.
He stretched those arms on His son,
across the world and died.
And then He asked only for all to love Him.
For this, I’ve cried.
A man gave His son to die.
His son died for me.
What more could you ask for from anyone
when love is all you need?
Oh please reevaluate
the life you’ve chosen to lead.
God is waiting to give us life and love
through His Son’s hands that bleed.

10-6-91 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Satisfied to Know

Knocking, rapping, listening for Your voice.
I have come to kneel and make my choice.
Joyful, eager, ready to serve You, God.
I’ll trust You with everything, ready or not.
Mindful, aware, prepared to follow commands.
I close my eyes and lay my life in Your hands.
Contented, glad, satisfied just to know
You’ll always love me and never let me go.

6-25-02 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

The Fall Tag 10.16.17

How absolutely delightful and different, Lord! The Fall Tag is a tag of community friendship to celebrate the wonders of your creation and artwork! Fall (Autumn) is so beautiful! Thank you, Lord, for allowing Princess Blabbermouth to tag me. Bless her, Lord, and her blog. Thank you for allowing me to have her site to go to. I love her posts, the pictures, the food, and the lovely personality you can read within.thefalltagThank you, Princess Blabbermouth, for the tag. The Fall Tag is a great way to celebrate His wonders decorated all throughout the season. God loves you!

Rules:
Put the tag badge and rules in your post.
Answer the 10 fall-related questions.
Tag at least 5 other bloggers to join in the fun!

1. What’s your favorite fall outfit? Comfort clothes… sweats, socks, pajamas, scarves, flannels, men’s oversized long sleeved shirts with a little Obsession on the sleeve and cuff .

2. What is fall weather like where you live? Beautiful, breezy, leaves and color everywhere. I love the wind playing with my hair.

3. Your favorite drink to have in the fall? hot chocolate

4. Does your family have any fall traditions? Not anymore. When we were a larger family, we use to clean leaves for my grandmother and her neighbors, and as adults we use to work a famous haunted house for a charity fundraiser. 

5. What are some activities and events you enjoy going to in the fall months? I have not been to one in a while, but a church or school fall festival is fun.

6. What’s your favorite fall-scented candle? I don’t know if it’s a fall scent, but I like lavender. I’m not really a candle person since I have allergies and sensitivities, and I am highly uncomfortable with burning flames sitting around the house. Maybe one at dinner?

7. Tell us about one of your favorite fall memories. Raking leaves for my grandmother, and jumping in the piles…. just laying them.

8. What are some fall movies you enjoy watching? A Thanksgiving to Remember

9. What’s your favorite fall treat? I used to love caramel and fudged candied apples sprinkled with nuts. Not had one in a good while. Or a warm funnel cake. I know everyone likes pumpkin and yams, not me.

10. If you celebrated Halloween, what’s the best costume you’ve worn? Dressing as our local D.J. Rick Hampton. Of all the costumes, everyone figured mine out the easiest, with just a few exceptions of mistaking me for Jerry Garcia of the Grateful dead (to give you an idea of what he looked like)… meaning I achieved my goal. He loved it too. He happened to be a good friend of mine.

Fall Tag Nominees:
Discovering Your Happiness
Soul Food 101
BibbleBloggerGirl
Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus
Little Miss Bear Paw

If you want to participate, comment “Tag Me!” down below and you are nominated.

Happy tagging and have a joyful Autumn (Fall) season while it lasts. I love how these days are not too hot, nor too cold. I love the windows down and the doors open. Cozy fires and a movie night. Or just lazy evenings on the porch to enjoy the lovely display of God’s wonders. And of course, preparing for winter.

My Love Will Never End

God touched a little girl broken and abandoned
and said, “I’ll be your friend.”
He drew her into His arms and loved her,
and promised He would to the end.
As she grew, she lived on His word,
never able to forget.
Whenever she made a mistake that hurt Him,
she would soon regret.
Tormented by guilt and shame of her choices,
she grew away more each day.
Her Lord came in patient mercy and asked,
“Why do you push me away?”
With tear filled eyes, she looked into His
and simply replied,
“You said you would love me to the end,
but one day I will die.”
With concern He looked at her and reassured,
“But that will keep us together.”
“Yes,” she said, “If I had no sin in my life.
But only Heaven and Hell are forever.
You said you would love me to the end
and that I have believed.
But I am filled with sorrow to know
at my death You must leave.”
Touched by the misunderstanding
of the heart He knew He could mend,
God lovingly responded, “Then let me rephrase that,
my love for you will never end.”

12-10-01 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Forgiveness Is A Real Comfort

Sin is real. It’s so real, it’s scary.
It’s scary how it has so much control.
It’s scary how it has a grip on me.
It’s scary that I seem to have a grip on sin.
Whether it’s lying, stealing, or coveting
sin is something that God hates.
And for that reason alone, I know that hell is real.
Eternal condemnation is real.
The reality of it’s existence is scary.
It’s so scary to know it wants me.
It’s so scary to know it waits for me to fail.
How scary to know that Satan can make evil
such a pleasurably and comforting feeling.
It’s scary to know that he smiles in the dark
to know he has yet lured me again.
Forgiveness is so real. It’s a comforting thing.
It too waits for me and smiles,
but thank God because it’s a part of Christ’s love.
It’s so comforting to know it embraces me.
It’s so comforting to know it rescues me.
It’s so comforting to know it cleanses me.
And most of all, it comforts me to know
it strengthens me and makes it possible to resist sin.
Forgiveness makes me a new person.
And that is a real comfort.

7-4-01 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

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)

Sunshine Award 10.11.17

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Dearest Lord, you make my heart go awwww! ❤ I am overwhelmed with your unending display of love… in such God given friends around the world! You make my ❤ smile 🙂 !!

Heyy
I have nominated you for The Sunshine Blogger Award.
I feel that you deserve this & bring sunshine to my life ❤
Would love to see your reply-blog.
Anita xo

Please bless my sister Anita! Let her know the same persistent love that only you can give! And let her know how much love she sends me from you!! Amen!

Lovely A, I just don’t know the words to let you know how much God uses you and your generous heart! He allows bloggers/friends like you and so many others to make WordPress feel like one ❤ ❤ HUGE LOVEFEST ❤ ❤ … pouring God’s love all over the pages! Thank you! Me and God love you! ❤

Friends, as I am so touched by this Sunshine Award, I want you to know I am just as excited for Anita of Discovering Your Happiness to receive her Sunshine Award!
PTL and Congrats to you too, Lovely A! Your blog brightens the day of thousands who are constantly reading that they might “discover their happiness!” And it brightens mine too! God uses you mightily to shine His light!

The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions asked.
3. Nominate 11 other blogs and ask 11 new questions for them.
4. Finally, list the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in the post.

Questions for Me:
1. Do you have any big travel plans coming up?
Nope. No big travel plans, but I have been craving to go on a very long ride, just to enjoy the windows down, the breeze in my hair, and the quiet voice of God speaking to me all kinds of His mysteries from giving Him that time alone. ❤ Lord willing!
2. Where would be the one place you could travel to?
While Australia is just a dream, I guess a neighboring county or two would do.
3. What is your dream job?
Writing for God what He gives me, as He gives it, encouraging others, and making money to support myself, my family, tithe generously back to God (First!), support missionaries, evangelists, different humanitarian groups and churches helping during tragedies, helping churches, and much more is that… a dream! I’m not holding my breath, BUT…

– – – For with God nothing shall be impossible. – Luke 1:37 LKV – – –

4. Could you survive without social media?
Of course. There would be missing communicating with friends and family, and meeting new friends… sharing God’s love around the world. Praise God for social media!
5. What do you have planned for the Christmas season?
To celebrate Jesus as much as possible! Happy Birthday, Jesus! I love you! ❤
6. Share a good Samaritan experience you’ve undergone?
Years back walking home from bankruptcy court several miles in heels, I stopped half way at Taco Bell to rest. A stranger who knew me offered a ride home. Turned out our kids were in school together. Even while hauling a landscaping trailer, he took time from his busy day to drive curvy backroads to take me home! God is so good!
7. Have you ever broken a bone?
Yes. The worst being shattering my right wrist as a kid in a bike race. I won! 😉
8. If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be?
Only one?? Anything I’ve ever done to hurt or offend anyone else, especially God!
9. Coffee or hot chocolate?
Hot Chocolate 🙂 sorry don’t like coffee at all.
10. What are some of your 2018 goals?
To keep God 1st no matter what! Doing whatever He hopes of me!
11. What is a goal you have achieved?
By the grace of God, graduating from college… twice.

My Nominees:
KJ of A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
Lebana of Lebana’s Journal
Hayley and Jon of Red Letters
Elan of Elan Mudrow Photography
Dr. Andrea Dinardo of Thriving Under Pressure
Arianna of A Poet’s Paradise
Invisibly Me
Leila of Love’s Gentle Nudge
Bible Blogger Girl
Lene of Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus
Hiraa of Hiraa Chaudhry
Fatima of Splendor with Embers
Caralyn of Beauty Beyond Bones

My Questions for the Nominees:
1. How are you doing?
2. How are you and Jesus getting along? (It’s okay to be honest)
3. What did you last blog about?
4. What season is it where you live?
5. What encourages you to be positive?
6. Do you know someone waiting to be nominated?
7. What do you like to do on the weekend?
8. What’s your favorite song right now?
9. Have you ever read the entire Bible?
10. How do you feel to know you make others smile?
(anyone I nominated makes me smile! and God!)
11. Do you know how much God loves you? Because He does! 🙂

Congratulations to the nominees! I am so excited for you. As always, please do not feel obligated to participate, and do at your convenience if you do. I know some of you will not be “passing it on,” but I do these prayerfully and each person listed the Lord led me to let you know you are appreciated for the positivity and inspiration that you put into your blog! I added extra names because I know others wait for their first nomination.

Thank you again, Lovely A! You know you brighten my day! If the Lord ever boards me a plane for Australia, I will head your way! 🙂 Thanks for giving me another opportunity to share with others the blessings God sends me through you! ❤

 

Blogger Recognition Award 10.4.17

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice!

That is how blessed I feel that the Lord would use this blog to touch so many people, encourage them, and use them to encourage me back! BibleBloggerGirl has humbled me with nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! I love her blog that is designated for teens to learn how to live for God! Inspiring material, as well as very educational for the spirit!wp-1507138568362Congratulations on your Blogger Recognition Award, BibleBloggerGirl! Thank you for the nomination. I’m sorry it took so long to get this up. I had a procedure earlier in the week. I loved reading your post, your answers, and I praise the Lord for an opportunity to share with other nominees! Praying for you! God loves you!

The rules for the nominees are as follows:
1. Write a post to show your award
2. Give a brief story of how your blog started
3. Give two pieces of advice to new blogger
5. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
6. Select fifteen or fewer other bloggers you want to give the award

How I Started My Blog:
It was originally a private blog that only I could see so that I could feel safe to have private conversations, note on bible reading, and a little poetry. Doing a challenge led me to opening the blog. That led to another challenge. And I just keep trusting and following the Lord. God loves to keep us entertained.

2 Pieces of Advice for new bloggers:
1. Make use of the WordPress Tutorials and other resources to help you out. You can even chat live with someone 24 hours a day. They have been extremely helpful to me.
2. Enjoy blogging/writing! It’s your blog… write what you want… when you want to… as often or less as you want. 

My Nominees:
Lebana’s Journal
Letters to Myself
Lonely Blue Boy
Chasing Jameson
Humble Mumblings
A Couple of Stars and a Happy Face
The Godly Chic Diaries
The Ascender’s Touch
Hiraa Chaudhry
Kristi Ann’s Haven
Lunarian Thoughts
Invisibly Me
Reasons to Smile
Rhythm in Life
Happy Sky 7311

Congratulations to everyone! Especially BibleBloggerGirl! May you be blessed and know His smile always! Thank you for the nomination! 
Congratulations to each nominee!! I am so excited for you too! Please don’t feel obligated or rushed to take part. 
God loves you each one!! ❤