A Message Within a Message

Thy faithful presence fills the pen.
Thy guiding hand designs with ink.
There is a message flowing out
To lift our voices with a shout.
A God creates all that breathes.
He supplies all our needs.
A Shepherd tends to His fold.
He nurtures, feeds, and holds.
A King arrives in straw and hay.
He rides a donkey along the way.
A Lamb lays down to pay the price.
He is the last blood sacrifice.
A Messiah comes to pay the cost.
He lays His life out on the cross.
In the grave He lays three days.
All our sins are washed away.
For He arises on day three,
Defeats the grave, and sets us free.
He goes away to prepare a place.
He leaves us peace, comfort, mercy, and grace.
He’s coming again to make us His own,
To bring us to Father in our new home.
So much good news within the pen.
I’m drawn to read again and again.

11.10.2021 Wednesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Psalms 80-90

Grateful for the Holy Spirit

How grateful I am, God,
For the presence of the Holy Spirit.
How precious is His whisper.
Thank You for letting me hear it.
Thank You for the peace He brings
To every part of my soul.
I cannot control anything,
But am grateful He is in control.
Thank You for being so close
In such a powerfully personal way.
Thank You, Jesus, for the promise
That He came to stay.
Thank You, Holy Spirit, for ministering
To my Jesus and me,
Him in the garden of agony,
And me in all my misery.
Thank You for praying for me,
And teaching me how to trust
That Your prayers are enough,
And that God is just.

11.9.2021 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: 1 Samuel 16… Saul

The Cleansing Sacrifice

Among You, Moses, the nobles, and elders,
I listen to all the details.
The ark, the tabernacle, the mercy seat,
The fillets, curtains, and veils.
Through measurements and guidance,
You give the instruction,
Along with the significance
Of the specific construction.
With Your chosen people,
You long to commune and abide.
But Holy must not be with unholy.
Uncleanness causes a divide.
You provide a way to be cleansed
Through offering a sacrifice.
The High Priest on the mercy seat
Prepares to pay the price.
Thank You, God, for making a way
To bring us back together.
Jesus became the sacrifice
To unite us forever.

11.8.2021 Monday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Exodus 24-27

Faithful Promise of Renewal

My soul is weak,
And it knows it right well.
My failing flesh
Has too much to tell.
But I hope this life You’ve given
Finds praise to sing all day.
You have saved me from
Much more than I can say.
You have taught me discretion,
And that secret strength from You,
Yet have given me wisdom
How to thoughtfully praise too.
So this morning I stop to pause,
And thank You for each save.
Thank You for when You allow me
To be strong and brave.
Thank You for every exit.
Thank You for every escape.
Thank You for healing
Every wound and scrape.
Thank You for Your faithful promise
That one day I’ll be renewed.
Heart, mind, body, and soul
Will only know to praise You.

11.3.2021 Wednesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Psalms 71-80

The Value of Obedience

To obey is a very valuable and personal matter to God.
Sacrifice does not excuse when we do not.
We cannot bless our own behavior.
That is to usurp the authority of the Savior.
We are to wait for God to move or speak.
We cannot let our pride cause us to be weak.
God does not excuse when we rebel, or curse,
Nor disobey His command to follow the purse.
Patience, wisdom, obedience, what golden treasure.
They are what truly bring God pleasure.
If you truly love God as your King,
Wait, trust, and obey in everything.

11.2.2021 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: 1 Samuel 13-15

Journeying Upon Mount Sinai

Upon Mount Sinai today, Lord,
I’m with Moses and You.
You’re giving him the commandments,
The Do and Don’t Do.
Through Your precious Holy Word,
You have allowed me to be present.
Upon sacred and Holy ground,
You’ve allowed me to enter Your presence.
How much You care for Your people,
To guide and direct in word.
Thank You for allowing my eyes to have seen,
And my ears to have heard.
Thank You for the journey
Today with You and Moses.
Thank You for warning us
Of the thorns among the roses.
Help me, Lord, to faithfully obey
Every word You have shared.
I am grateful for a thoughtful God,
And for a Heavenly Father who cared.

11.1.2021 Monday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Exodus 19-23

Sounds of God’s Love

The beauty of a quiet sound
Falling on my ear.
The calm and peaceful moment
My soul delights to hear.
The soft breeze of the day,
The hushed life of creation,
Bring to me the sweetest joy
Of a tender elation.
Lingering in Your afternoon,
I’m grateful for a day of rest.
What a unique gift
To view the moon silently crest.
Evening arrives, bringing the night sky.
It’s time to lay me down and sleep.
For I know the sound love of God
Will watch over His sheep.

10.31.2021 Sunday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: A day of rest in the Lord

Just Captivity

How often, Lord, are our enemies
Given strength over us
Because we have turned from You,
And our captivity is just?
How long does the enemy prevail
Because of our ungodly choices?
When we reject the living God,
We soon hear the enemy rejoice.
Our favor is removed,
And the enemy moves in.
How long does it take
For us to see it is our sin?
We cry to the God we’ve forsaken,
And You intentionally do not hear.
You warned us so many times
You would laugh at our fear.
Our bondage is our own doing.
We created the oppression ourselves.
We said we could take care of it.
We did not need Your help.
Our only hope is You are faithful
To pursue us, and restore.
You deliver us from our enemies,
And take Your rightful place as Lord.

10.25.2021 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Ezekiel 38-48

Captivating the Captive

Captivating the Captive

Enemies seem to surround us
All the day long.
Weapons of words and swords,
And bragging they are strong.
The God who sees my every sin,
Sees the sin of every man.
He shakes the enemy of his pride,
And leaves him unable to stand.
God captivates the captive,
And frees him from self.
God only is the stronghold.
God alone can help.
God is a refuge for the displaced,
And a shelter for the weak.
He gladly fellowships with
Those who will seek.
Put your trust in God,
Where hope is not futile.
He longs to hold and nurture
His created child.

10.27.2021 Wednesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Psalms 61-70

True Wilderness

Dark and murky waters
Were once my familiar places.
Dark and angry people
Were once my familiar faces.
You brought a light
Into those foggy spaces.
You opened my eyes
To ill intended embraces.
You put my feet on a path
That led to where You were.
You removed the confusing stronghold,
And gave me faith to be sure.
My manna You have been.
My thirst You have quenched.
When I’ve needed protection,
You have been my defense.
Out of my Egypt, I live.
I serve the One who brought me out.
No more chains of naivety.
You have erased all doubt.
Now I know, and am known by
A saving strength that is You.
Even in my Wilderness,
I know You are True.

10.25.2021 Monday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Exodus 16-18

One True King

How sad when a testimony leads astray
Those led by it all the way.
Losing a leader causes fear.
“What if we have no one! Oh, Dear!”
We plot, discuss, and plan.
Our heart’s desire is to trust in man.
We place our faith in one man’s strength,
To provide, to fight, to be our defense.
We forget the God who gave us life,
Who saves us from our daily strife.
He nurtures, listens, and forgives.
We could never give back all He gives.
The One True King of all the earth
Has loved us from the day of our birth.
He is present and near, strong to lead.
He is capable of all we need.
May You find us faithful, Our Heavenly King.
We trust in You with everything.

10.26.2021 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: 1 Samuel 8-12

The Kind Love of God

You are kind to the unthankful,
And to the evil too.
That is a powerful statement,
But I’m glad it’s true.
How long I lived ungrateful,
Finding pleasure in the evil of filth.
I was completely unashamed,
And ignored the accompanying guilt.
Yet You were kind in Your mercy
To warn me of my path
Being so wicked and evil
That I would deserve Your wrath.
In love, to save my soul
You experienced great loss
When Your only Son
Stretched out His arms on the cross.
Thank you, Luke 6:35,
For pointing out His grace.
Had it not been for His kindness,
I would not be in a better place.
Thank You, Jesus, for telling us
More about our Father God above.
The Judge who waits to justify
Is so filled with love.

10.23.2021 Saturday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Luke 5-7

Breathe Life Into Me

Breathe into my bones.
Awaken my spirit so weak.
Bring healing to my disease.
Help my soul to speak.
Clothe my skin with life.
Light the darkness in my mind.
Lift the foggy veil,
And the nightmares so unkind.
Set my feet on straightened legs,
And strengthen my arms and hands.
Unravel my crooked spine.
Let me learn to stand.
You are the Creator of my flesh.
You know every single cell.
Use my earthly vessel
To serve You, and serve You well.

10.22.2021 Friday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Ezekiel 37
God’s breath breathing into dry bones.

Heed the Warning

Woe, ye watchmen, guard your charge.
The sword is on its way.
Blow the trumpet and warn the people.
Beg them to kneel and pray.
Woe, ye shepherds, focused on self.
Nurture and tend your flock.
Remember you have been entrusted with
God’s precious stock.
Woe, ye flock, fed and kept.
You, too, have accountability.
Remember your fellow sheep.
We are each other’s responsibility.
Woe, ye flock, watched and shepherded,
In community with faithful sheep.
Only you can decide to eternally live,
Or be cast into the deep.
God finds no pleasure in the death
Of the wicked who will change,
But He will destroy and desolate
The evil and deranged.
He is the Good Shepherd watching,
Searching and seeking the lost.
Let Him bring you back into the fold,
And avoid the coming cost.

10.22.2021 Friday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Ezekiel 33-37

Songs of the Psalms

Praises and exaltations,
Loud and lifted voices,
Are just a few songs of the Psalms
That shout our rejoices.
Enemies, wars, and fighting,
Calling on Your Mighty Presence,
Are a few of those songs
Recognizing You as our Defense.
Nature, creatures, and beauty.
Songs of Your creative works.
Lingering in Your Psalms,
They are delightfully seen and heard.
Mercy, grace, protection,
Songs in the night seasons.
How loving You are
To give us purpose and reason.
Thank You for the Psalms
That teach us to raise
Our hands and our voices
With shouts of praise.

10.20.2021 Wednesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Psalms 51-60