Day 10 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 10 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Jesus Sends Out The Twelve Disciples”
Reading: Matthew 10:1-15 KJV

Further Study

  • By whose authority did the disciples drive out demons and heal the sick?
    – Christ Jesus
  • Who were the disciples suppose to go to? What items were they to take with them?
    – They were to go to the lost sheep of the children of Israel, taking nothing but to preach and share their peace. If their words were not accepted they were to dust the bottom of their shoes off and leave that place.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    Omnipotent. Thank You, God, for having all power to heal us, to teach us, to preach the truth and love You know we need. Thank you for being willing to meet us right where we are, and powerful enough to bring us out to You! ❤ Amen!
  • Prayer: Pray for your immediate family members.
  • Remembrance: Think of a time when You were desperate for God. How did God come through for you?
    – Lord, I remember a time that I was desperate not to sin against You. I was scared I would lose You because the temptation was a relationship that You were making clear not to enter into. Yet I struggled because I was not new to being a Christian, and I wasn’t new to trying to be a Christian while dating, it wasn’t the maturest I had been so far with Your word.When I first met him he was nowhere near believing in You and living by Your standards. I didn’t even like him as a person.
    But through the years he changed. We all noticed. His family and friends, my family and friends, and our mutual friends. However I was the only one who did not see his heart for me. When someone mentioned it I was always too sure it was just him wanting something he couldn’t have. As his faith was growing stronger too, I was convinced it was still the same thing. But before I knew it I was believing it enough to have a heart for him. He made it clear to all our friends and family of his true intentions.Unfortunately it began to threaten our physical relationship in some ways. I remember being on my knees and my face begging You to let me die before letting me sin against You. It was a gut wrenching time, but unnecessarily so.
    Struggling with 2 Corinthians 6:14 should not have been a problem, but I did struggle with trying to know how if he genuinely believed. Then I heard 3 fellow believers who I knew firmly believe in You, and knew Your word, discussing this verse. 
    “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” – (2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV)
    One was asking who are we to judge if someone believes. The other answered it was not judging, that it was knowing for ourselves, that we had a God given responsibility to know and protect our own relationship/walk, as well as not to assume someone else did believe so we would not walk away from lovingly leading, teaching, nor be arrogant in assuming someone did not believe just because we had different opinions. The key thing I heard was them reading a verse from the bible that said Satan and his angels believe in God and tremble too.
    “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” – (James 2:19 KJV)
    When I ended that relationship, it hurt us both terribly. It crushed me more than anyone knows. But it’s my own fault. Regardless if I understand definitions or even the message, You were personally talking to me (which a lot of people are not blessed to have), making a clear NO.If I had swiftly obeyed as You teach us to do, I would not have brought pain and confusion to either one of us.
    Yet You, God, are the most loving, merciful, forgiving God filled with grace. You helped me through that like I cannot put into words. How I learned so much. And You deepened so many relationships with fellow believers… clean, pure, godly in every way. YOU helped me through with Your word, Your people, Your whispers, and time!
  • Self-Examination: In what ways do you rely on God?
    – In every way possible!!

A Kind Act

  • Give the biggest tip you can to a server at a restaurant.
    – The lady at LJS (not turning in a complaint).
    – The guy at Subway.

 

Day 14 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 14 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Miracle: Herd of Pigs”
Reading: Mark 5:1-20 KJV

Further Study

  • What were the first words from the demon-possessed man to Jesus after he fell on his knees? Write any thoughts you have about this.
    – He bid Jesus to let him come with Him, but Jesus said, “Go home to your friends and tell them what great things the LORD has done for you, and hath had compassion on you.” (This reminds me of the hymns “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “To God Be The Glory.”)
  • Mark 5:17 says, “Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.” Why do you think they felt this way after seeing this miracle?
    – Some people (even then) believed that the devil was wicked and so powerful that only Satan could cast out demons, which completely undermines the Supreme Power and Supreme Authority that God has over ALL, including  Satan and his demons. After all, it was God who kicked them out of heaven.
  • Sometimes Jesus told people not to say anything about His miracles but in this case, He told the man to “tell how much the LORD has done for you” to his own people. Why do you think Jesus wanted him to share?
    – The man in the tombs was so well known and his story so serious. He was known as the crazy man who hangs around the tombs, carrying on, and cutting himself. His story has been a long one too, years of torment. Jesus wanted to show He could set ANYONE free, and heal ANYONE no matter how bad things are. Even Satan and his demons had no power over the Son of God.

Reflect

  • Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
    Omnipotent. Thank You for being more powerful than anything that comes at me (even Satan and his demons), no matter where it has taken me (even the pit of depression). 
  • Prayer: Pray for yourself – your needs, concerns, desires, dreams.
  • Remembrance: Think about a time God came through for you in a huge way. Write about it or share it with someone.
    – Lord, I remember when I first started developing anxiety so severely that my world would literally turn upside down out of nowhere while driving. It scared me so. I became so afraid to go out or do anything that I even started developing Agoraphobia (often a progressive phobia that may eventually lead to a fear of leaving the house. However, it is the panic attack, rather than the act of being in public, that is the cause of the fear.) I even began to have episodes of hyperventilating that rendered me passed out on the floor (although my brain would still be somewhat alert). As a single mom, barely out of my teens, I was afraid I would end up institutionalized and medicated.
    How grateful I am that You brought me through that and helped me to be a strong mom for my son, especially in my walk with You. You helped me to become reliable, wise, insightful, loving, and able to talk about anything to gain a sense of diligence, integrity, and strong values on honesty, and trusting You no matter what in the eyes of my son, my family, and friends, and more importantly You! You helped me to become something I didn’t even know existed in people. How could I have ever imagined or hoped to be something I never witnessed? YOU! Only by Your great and merciful love! Your grace taught me more than I can ever put into words, but because You have made me Your pen, Your writer, Your voice, I keep trying to share as much as You will allow!
    Psalm 45:1 has long been one of the verses You gave me. “My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue if the pen of a ready writer.”
  • Self-Examination: Do you feel that you are a person who shares what God has done in your life? Why or why not?
    – I try to be… every breath of my life. You are worthy of every single word! Praise! Glory! Honor! You have done so much for me that I am constantly amazed that You would do what You have done for even me. The God of the universe thought I was worth loving! Your Son (Precious Son) thought I was worth dying for, and then thought I was worth living for! Your Holy Spirit thinks I’m worth trusting with the whispers that make me fall more and more in love with You, with Your Son, and with Your Holy Ghost every hour of every day and night! ❤
    How could I not but tell it! To shout it from the tip of my pen! And to share with every human being that Jesus died for me! He loves them too! And they need to know!

A Kind Act

  • Bring in your neighbor’s garbage bin (or do something else kind for your neighbor).
    – Being yesterday was trash day, I will wait for Your leading, Lord, on what to do.
    I love You, Father God! ❤
    I love You, Jesus Christ! ❤
    I love You, Holy Spirit! ❤

 

Omni Love

gaillovesgodspoetry

My world may fall apart
And all that lives within it,
But I know that You’re in control
Every minute.
So much may come at me.
So much may threaten my day.
But I know You’re very aware
Of what comes my way.
So much loss in health and life,
And loved ones gone home.
But I know You’re always with me,
And never leave me alone.
Challenges, losses, and illnesses,
Just a few of my earthly foes.
Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent.
Just a few reasons why I love You so.

12.8.19 Sunday
Written by Gail Brookshire

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You Send Me What I Need

Me and You have been doing this a long time now,
Walking through this thing called life.
Before I even knew that I was alive,
You were already saving me from my strife.
You knew the things that would pull at me,
And the things I would cause myself.
Yet instead of throwing Your hands up,
You lovingly stretched them out to help.
You placed Your hedge about me
And only allowed that which brought gain.
Only to protect me and strengthen me,
Would You ever allow any pain.
Yet even in those troubled times
You were faithful to abide.
I may have felt loneliness,
But You were always by my side.
You’re the Savior who met me on my knees.
You’re the Savior who suffered on His own.
And as Your Father sent You Simon and angels,
You send me what I need to carry on.

6-27-15
written by Gail Brookshire