My Proverbs Journal (Chapter 1)

In July of this 2020 year, the Lord gave me a Proverbs Journal that allowed me to read a chapter each day, and then note from that reading. Below will be a link to the chapter for each day, my notes for that chapter, and some days poetry that His word inspired me to write as well. It was a beautiful and strengthening journey.
Thanks God for the moments! I love You! 

Proverbs, Chapter 1 (Click here to read for better understanding of the connection between the scripture and the notes they inspired below.)

Father God, as I read Your words of wisdom today, I am grieved that my mind can entertain such vile thoughts. I know that it’s supposed to be the filter of my past and experiences to look at other things as they come in life, and trying to figure things out.

But I cling to Your promises in Your word that when I put my mind on You that I will have peace, that You renew my mind with Your words and Your instruction, and that in reading that instruction that the Holy Ghost will hide Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.

I don’t want You to be grieved or disappointed in me. I don’t want You to laugh at me in times of anguish and fear, allowing my fear to have free reign with me. I already struggle with fear so much. I want my fear to be wholly set on You, that the beginning of knowledge would fill me, and the beginning of wisdom would instruct me.

Hebrews 12:2 tells me You despise shame, and that is what these thoughts birth from, and in turn mold my thinking. But by that word, I know You hate the shame as much as I do, and more. You fully understand shame because You bore Your own. If anyone understands the depth, the power, the cruelty, the false persuasion, and false guilt of shame… it is You.

You lived under the weight of Your own shame afflicted on You by others, and then carried mine on the cross, even thinking of me when You said, “Forgive them. For they know not what they do.” Hebrews 12:2 says You did it with joy. I cling to Your last promise in this chapter of Proverbs, that in You I dwell safely and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Burdened by Flesh


A head hung in shame,
A heart broken just to know
That she has pained her Savior
Or caused any woe.
So much He has done for her,
This she realizes.
She makes no pretense.
She has caused her crisis.
Weighing heavily on her soul
Is the disappointment of her Lord.
She was genuine in confessing her sins,
And intended to do no more.
Yet here is the truth,
that she cannot escape the flesh.
She, like everyone else,
Will sin until her death.
Only His word and His blood
Can forgive and restore.
He walks through life with her
Till she reaches His shore.

7-22-15 written by Gail Brookshire

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