The Clear Illusion

So many miles. So many adventures.
In haste I carried my soul away.
I put pleasure above obedience.
I was the prodigal daughter gone astray.
Moments of foolishness brought tears
That could not cease to fall.
I brought death to my spirit.
I had carelessly forsaken all.
I was certain You no longer cared for me,
Yet You met me with love and open arms.
I returned just to be in Your presence,
Where I knew I’d be safe from harm.
You were so broken to see my crushed spirit,
And wanted to nourish and restore.
Where I thought You liked me less,
You poured out love more and more.
The playfulness of my youth was an illusion,
But now I clearly see…
I don’t need to run to the world
When You’ve always been with me.

2.25.2020 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire

Oh Taste and See

Rain trickles down the window pane.
The glass reveals the storm.
The misty clouds drop their blessings
Where the dry ground began to form.
The flowers tilt underneath the weight
Of the life giving moisture,
Yet when the rays of life return
They will regain their posture.
Birds are hidden away for shelter,
Some tucked underneath their set of wings.
Their bird baths are being generously filled,
And soon they will again sing.
The children run and play in the puddles,
And tilt their heads back to taste and see
Oh how good and faithful
The Lord is to you and me.

1.30.2020 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Psalm 34:8
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

Put It Out There For God

Push the pen. Push the ink.
Push the words to their brink.
Write the message. Write the story.
Write to give God all His glory.
Create the image. Create the vision.
Create in everything written.
Share the wonder. Share the history.
Share the wonder of God’s mystery.
Bring to life. Bring to attention.
Bring forth all that God mentioned.
Joy in His beauty. Joy in His love.
Joy in your home waiting for you above.
Close with mercy. Close with grace.
Close with God leading the way.

1.28.2020 Wednesday
Written by Gail Brookshire

Thankful for Your Testimony

Pouring through my life,
Your testimony saturates.
Everywhere You shine my light,
It’s Your testimony that radiates.
The joy, the trials,
The long enduring sorrows
Are all preparations
For Your testimony tomorrow.
Walking through Your Holy Word,
I hide You in my heart.
Your testimony renews my mind,
And strengthens every part.
Thank You for Your thoughtfulness
In the testimony You left.
It allows me to share with others,
And helps me to improve myself.

1.28.2020 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire

My Peculiar Purpose

Set aside and set apart,
I am Your peculiar child.
I have a purpose in being different,
A path in being exiled.
Tears of pain and sorrow
Are preparations for Your will.
Waiting in Your timing
Teaches me to be still.
I know You are God,
And You are my Father.
I know the promises
I have as Your daughter.
My hand in Your hand,
I follow along.
When I am weak,
I’ll trust the One who is strong.

1.28.2020 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: God is my Hero! ❤

Bearing Up Under The Pain

Pain puts us in some uncomfortable situations.
Circumstances demand their own attention.
There are times when there’s nothing we can do.
We must bear the present until God gives us permission
To take a breath,
To catch our breath,
To make sure we’re still breathing,
To make sure we haven’t lost
ALL of our sanity,
To make sure we are even aware
Of what has come with the moment.
Pain is a cruel mocker,
When it is needed to bring the healing,
And even more so when it makes a declaration
That we are bound together for life,
Til death do us part.
Help me to bear, Lord, what you ask of me.
Thank You for being present even then,
Before we must arrive,
In the midst of the moment,
And already on the other side.
Thank You for helping us
To bear up under the pain
You know is coming.
Thank You for helping Jesus
In the garden and on the cross.
Thank You!
I love You, God!
I love You, Jesus!
I love You, Holy Spirit.

1.16.2020 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire

Shade of Hope

Tick, tock, tick.
The clock ticks on.
Any minute
My sleep will be gone.
Ray by ray,
The sun brings the day.
It comes to take
My rest away.
Hour by hour,
Minute by minute.
My day won’t have time
For a nap in it.
Shade by shade,
The shadow of the night,
Brings me hope
That I’ll be out like a light.

12.30.19 Monday
Written by Gail Brookshire

Your Word Awaits Me

Your letter awaits me
And my weary eyes
To freshen and renew
My troubled mind.
Your wisdom awaits me
And comes with discretion.
Your knowledge and discernment
Will teach me a lesson.
Your warning awaits me
To lovingly plead,
“When the Spirit whispers,
Please be sure to heed.”
Your comfort awaits me
To strengthen and cheer.
Your prayers and parables
Are so dear.
Your authority awaits me
To teach me to quickly obey.
You want to protect me,
And by leading all the way.
Your heaven awaits me
With what You’ve prepared.
I await the day
When I’m finally there.

12.30.19 Monday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Your Love Letter (The Holy Bible)

God Has Made My Form

Creep by creep, crawl by crawl.
The earth is such a trek.
Craggy rocks and thorny bushes
Threaten to make me wreck.
Danger appears, sounds terrify.
I hide within my shell.
I’m just a sluggish sea turtle.
I do not fight too well.
Alas the water, my safety net.
I swim within the depth.
A whole other world to battle
With every creature met.
Yet there is a blessed gift
I still have on my side.
God has made my form.
In His hand I do abide.

12.17.19 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: my Sea adult coloring book

Omni Love

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

For You

For you I walk away
From all that interferes
With You trying to comfort me,
And taking away my fears.
For You I lay aside
All that tries to compete.
You alone
Make my heart complete.
For You I reevaluate
All that’s dear to me.
No more questions linger.
I can see clearly.
For You I pen the end with love,
And know You do the same.
My loving God who loves me.
My God who knows my name.

4.2.19 Tuesday
Written by Gail Brookshire

Heavenly Friendship

Friendship of a Savior
Who hath the Greater Love
To faithfully give that Good
And Perfect Thing from above.

Friendship of a Creator
Who made me for His Pleasure,
Who tells me my Image
Makes His treasure.

Friendship of a God
Who knew the Law
Would require a Blood Sacrifice
For us all.

Friendship of a Father
Who longed to Reconcile
His Prodigal Daughter
To being His Child.

Friendship of a Spirit
To Comfort, Guide, and Teach.
Who loves to Whisper, Nudge,
And Unconditionally reach.

Friendship of a Family
Preparing a Place for me.
Alas one day I’ll Fellowship
Where I was Always meant to be.

11.13.19 Wednesday
Written by Gail Brookshire

The Compelling Love of God

The love of God compels me
To keep hanging in,
Not to give up so easy,
And remember His own journey with agony.
He, too, walked a like of discomfort,
loss of loved ones and family.
He, too, knew the betrayal of church hurts,
And being accused of ungodliness.
The man born of a virgin,
To die for the sins of the world,
Is burdened for me,
And loves me in a way
I’ll never fully know.
But I know He loves me,
And that’s all I need to know.
The love of God compels me
To love.

11.10.19 Sunday
Written by Gail Brookshire

Your Arms of Love

How long this ocean line stretches.
It reaches to follow me.
From Your heart You reach out
To make sure I know You’re there.
Your waves playfully wave.
They roll forward to push me gently,
And then crash against me
To make their presence clearly known.
It’s You… sending messages of love…
To me… again and again.
I lay on the shore
With my heart smiling for joy.
No matter how far I go,
Or wherever I am,
You’re always in arms length…
Your arms holding me.
I love the way You love me!

11.17.19 Thursday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: The God of the universe! ❤

For His Glory

For His glory! Not mine!
That is why I write!
No pain or depression,
Or any other oppression
Should get in the way
Of needing to say,
God loves you!

A dying and hurting world
Needs to know He loves every boy and girl!
A sister and brother in Christ
Need encouragement for the fight.
Whether lost or saved,
We need the message He gave,
God loves you!

SO pick up the pen
And write again!
The battle is fierce
Shedding blood and tears.
But we must not delay
For one who needs to hear us say,
God loves you!

10.18.19 Friday
Written by Gail Brookshire
Glory to God!