Facing the Christian Heat

Brought to my knees by the mercy of God,
I gave my life to Christ.
His followers praised His name
And welcomed me into the family.
Yet as soon as we first disagreed
I was classified “THE UNSAVED.”
My opinion and personal walk with God
Was too far from their understanding.
They immediately assumed
The devil had come to attack them.
How am I supposed to be a Christian
If I have no one to help me learn?
How can I understand forgiveness
If no one is willing to share it with me?
We will not always agree on what is right
Just because we share a Father.
As children of any family we will debate,
But will have our own relationship with God.
While the Father may expect one thing of me,
He may see it is too difficult for you.
It doesn’t make it excusable,
Or provide an escape from being held accountable.
But it does allow for the love of a parent
To make the decision of another chance.
God, Your Christians, my brothers and sisters,
Sometimes shut me out because they don’t understand
What You and I are sharing together.
That is when I am glad I remember
I was brought to my knees by the mercy of God
And gave my life to “YOU!” AMEN!

5-2-1998 Saturday
Written by Gail Brookshire

Trust Him With Everything

If you’re gonna trust in the Lord, go all the way…
Trust Him with everything.
If you say you trust Him to look after you,
But keep doubting things you hope for,
Or things you know He expects of you and for you,
How can you say you trust Him?
That would really be more like saying,
“I trust You, Lord, but I’ll take care of the most important things.”
If you do not completely surrender your trust to Him,
Maybe you’re not trusting Him at all.
If you trust God to hear your prayers,
Meet your needs, and fulfill your life,
Then trust Him with what it takes to get it all done.
Give Him your soul, heart, mind, and body.
Give Him everything He has loaned to you.
If you know He’s all knowing and wise to protect,
Why would you doubt Him?
I know fear and uncertainty can be a problem,
But you know for certain that the fear of the Lord
Is the beginning of knowledge.
So if you’re gonna trust in the Lord, go all the way…
Trust Him with everything.

12-31-1998 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire

A Happy Moment

A happy moment… just what is a happy moment?
Is it a moment when you feel peaceful and secure?
When you feel as though you could sail in slow motion for days,
Upon waters as blue as the ocean,
With a shimmer of a crystal sea,
As a glorious breeze blows through your hair,
And tickles your flesh?
Is it a moment the world seems to smile with you,
And children laugh and play for hours,
As the creatures of God’s earth
Symphonize in melodious harmony,
Within the beauty of earth’s nature,
And lovers walk hand in hand,
As they watch families share in joy?
A happy moment can be so many things,
In so many ways and places.
It can be the treasure your heart seeks.
A happy moment is us together,
You loving me,
Me loving you,
Us loving God,
And God loving us.
When God is a part of what we are,
He is not an outsider to our love.
When God is what we live for to share,
That is a happy moment for me.
Thank you for sharing this happy moment with me.
I pray we share many more together… with God.

8-27-1998 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire

To Have And To Hold

So many times I have dreamed for someone to hold me, sometimes of being held by someone who loves me.
Sometimes I have went as far as to hurt myself and break my own heart in desperation to feel that special.
Yet all along there has been Someone holding me who loves me so much that He stretched out His arms and died for me.
He loves me so much, He’s there for every hug I need.
He is so full of love that He stretched out His arms and died for my family, my friends, strangers, and everyone in the world.
So many times He’s tried to keep me from breaking my own heart.
So many times He’s urged me to be careful.
But I in my stubbornness have insisted I knew what was best, and in the end broke my heart and His.
Did He leave me? Get tired of fooling with me?
Get angry? Did He stop holding me?

He opened His arms even wider, held me even tighter, and told me He would always love me.
Then He reminded me of how much love He gave to me.
He reminded me of all the people in the world who feel they have no one who loves them.
All they want is a hug.
They want to feel special to someone.
Some just want to matter to someone else.
He taught me how to open my arms to “give” love.
As He had me recollect my memories, I saw I have had a million or more hugs in my life.
And while they may not have all meant the world to me, I remembered (and in some cases first realized) how much they meant to the world.
The love felt within those embraces brought back the tears I’ve shared with many of God’s children in sorrow.
Sometimes they were tears of joy.

God made me realize I was not put on this earth to be loved.
He already loved me from birth.
I was given life that I might share love with others.
I need to share with them the most important love of all, the love of Jesus Christ Our Lord.
There are so many people in the world suffering from hunger, loneliness, abandonment, a feeling of worthlessness, and the desire to be loved.
Who am I to dwell in such self pity from thinking “Oh, what if I never love again?”
If God is in my heart and I try to reach out for Him, I will be loving others every day of my life.
Why do I selfishly whine to myself “What if no one ever loves me?”
If I believe that God sent His Son to die for me and that Jesus chose to do it, surely I know They both acted out of love, and will never stop loving me.
Jesus’ blood and love binds me forever.

True love… it’s what I waste my God’s valuable time daydreaming of, but true love follows the love of God, and yearns to share it with the suffering and lost so that they may know of love.
True love… honors Jesus Himself with a love of obedience, and a love filled with compassion for those whom He died for.

So many times I’ve dreamed for someone to hold me, sometimes of being held by someone I love.
I have often wondered “What if I die never being held again?”
But God has burdened my heart with the sorrow of souls who are dying to be held just once.
I want to comfort those souls with the arms that God gave me.
I want to give them the love that Jesus shares with me.
I want to do everything God knows me to be able to do for the people that my Savior Jesus Christ died for.
I want them to know that Jesus loved them enough to shed His blood for them.
I see that God did not intend for me to be held, but to hold.
As I strive to do His will, I take comfort in knowing He will always be there to hold me in His loving and faithful arms.

7-14-1998 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: When I went to the nursing home to visit my Aunt Mildred, a lady in her facility saw me hug my aunt and mentioned how lucky she was to get a hug. When I hugged the lady, she started crying as she thanked me. She held onto me so. And I held onto her. I cried all night for her. The Lord opened my eyes to so many people in the world who long for a hug. I have witnessed many children so abused by their parents or by whomever their parents abandoned them to never receiving hugs. Some children are so starved for hugs that it makes them an easy target for molestation and/or prostitution. Even grown adults can be so starved for a simple hug that it can lead to choices one would never think they would make, and some never able to get away from those choices. How much we need to be willing to give that hug. How much people need to know that God loves them! ❤


God Sends Love

God sends love and the world is beautiful.
God sends mercy and He saves the ugly.
God sends grace and the ugly is revived.
God sends peace and the heart takes comfort.
God sends comfort and the world is at peace.
How many more blessings from God I could count.
Everything He does is out of love.
Everything about Him is love.
He is love.
There’s no other love I’d rather have.
For His love allows me to love,
To be loved,
And to share love.
Thank You, Jesus, for loving me,
And everyone else.
You really know what love is.
Thank You for teaching me about love,
And allowing me to be a part of it.
The world is so beautiful.
God sends You to earth,
And the world is given salvation,
The world is given love,
I pray I’ll always show You love,
And share Yours with others.

6-7-1998 Sunday
Written by Gail Brookshire

Purity Even In Marriage

Wow, I can still be faithful even if I get married?
I can still be pure in the eyes of God?
That is so inspiring, so refreshing to know.
I was so sure to give myself to my husband
Was to give him my faithfulness.
Like there was something being taken away from God.
It was sad to think finding love God has intended for me
Would require making myself unclean to God.
How could I have not realized to follow God’s plan
And to trust in the love He sends me
Would be to follow in purity and faithfulness to both?
And while the man I marry may receive
My purity in flesh as his crown,
My God will still maintain my purity in spirit.
How wonderful to know I can be allowed to be in love
And still be in unity with God.
Now I don’t have to worry about wanting to be married
And being faithful to God in death.
I can do both.
Thank you, Christian Sister, for the words of wisdom.

5-28-1998 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Dawn McBride – My Christian Sister at FOCUS
Thank You, God, for the uplift within my new family member in Christ
It’s no wonder this use to be my way of thinking. The world focuses on the power and cleanliness of the flesh. Purity with God is about giving everything to Him, including our love lives, our marriages, our minds, our bodies, our spirits… everything!
HE makes everything pure!

Only God!

Only God can save me now.
Only God can forgive me.
Only God can show mercy,
And allow Gail to live.
Only God can love my Jesus
They way He should be loved.
Only Jesus can be true to God,
And can let God be enough.
Only God, only God.
That’s all I’ve got.
You cannot help me.
Only God can, only God.

5-26-1998 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
There are times when only God can be there.