Crossing the Line

Leashes break and dogs bite,
so the speaker said.
If you’re going to play with fire,
you know what lies ahead.
Is that what I’ve done
in returning to a danger zone?
Should I not know by now
to leave well enough alone?
Are my actions of kindness
what triggered the mines?
Do I mistake helping
for crossing the line?
God is a guide
who wants to lead,
who tells me to kick the darkness
until daylight starts to bleed.
May I follow in faithfulness
while being gentle with all.
May I be present and ready
when He gives the call.

10-20-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)
I wrote this 6 years ago. I don’t remember exactly what I was thinking, but I know it was to conceal my own thought while being brutally honest about surface material. I did a good job of concealing it from myself. 😉

Abundant Want

So often I have felt so burdened
to have so much need.
I struggle to discern,
is this a test to contend or plead?
I do not want to insult God,
nor profane His name to any.
I know there are commands to ask
and commands to know I have plenty.
Yet 2 Corinthians 8:14
says my want is to be a supply
from those He’s blessed abundantly,
to show that all comes from on high.
And likewise my abundance
is to supply someone else’s want,
so that all those who witness
know it all comes from One.
May I seek to be content
and fulfill Your perfect plan.
I want to be a blessing,
even when I don’t understand.

10-1-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

We Don’t Need Another King

Years ago, God led His people,
usually through His own man.
He led them through the sea
and then the wilderness to the promised land.
Whenever men would sin,
God’s man would plead with sacrifice
for God to forgive His people,
and that would suffice.
Then one day jealousy
caused us to covet other nations.
We wanted a king so much
that we sacrificed Godly relations.
Through Saul, David, and Solomon
we learned how weak a man can be.
Through the kings of other nations,
we learn of cruel tyranny.
America is blessed to be king free,
but still relies on a man.
When will we ever learn
it is God we need to take our hand?
Praise God for King Jesus
who came to fix everything,
and praise God for the reality
that we don’t need another king!

9-27-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

A King Free Country

Living in a “king free” country,
we are blessed to follow God.
He gave us forefathers
who believed in obeying His law.
He gave us freedoms
that all others wish for,
and said if we’d trust Him,
He’d always be our Lord.
But nowadays we seem to yearn
to be ruled like other lands.
Just like Israel insulted God,
we want a Saul to replace God’s hand.
How horribly wrong and wicked
to place our trust in man.
We are foolish to hope for the impossible
when God is the God who can!
Lord, help us to keep our eyes and hearts
focused solely on Your reign.
You are the only one we need.
Heaven is our only gain.

9-27-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

You Are Still Worthy

Tabernacles, sacrifices, offerings and more
are what use to please You,
but since the law was fulfilled
what are we to do?
Of course much is the same
in obeying You, God.
But You cry, “Don’t go back to Egypt!
Have you so quickly forgotten?”
You want a relationship
built on faith and love,
but You are still Holy
and reign from above.
Help us to know Your will
and allow us to be pleasing.
You are so worthy of honor
that should never be ceasing.

9-25-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Satisfied to Know

Knocking, rapping, listening for Your voice.
I have come to kneel and make my choice.
Joyful, eager, ready to serve You, God.
I’ll trust You with everything, ready or not.
Mindful, aware, prepared to follow commands.
I close my eyes and lay my life in Your hands.
Contented, glad, satisfied just to know
You’ll always love me and never let me go.

6-25-02 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Telling Like It Is

I write hard and I write cold.
I tell it just the way it is.
You can criticize me all you want.
Your dislike is not necessarily His.
Just because you fear or appall
what I have to say,
doesn’t mean I’ll put my pen down,
nor turn and walk away.
If you don’t like it,
don’t read it.
If you hate what you read,
you don’t need it.
But someone somewhere
knows exactly how I feel,
and there’s a world full of people
who love my being real.
God is the one who made the ink
that flows from this pen,
and the message was very clear,
“This shall be in print.”
So as you read and judge my work,
remember I am a part of His.
His command to me is not just to write,
but to tell it like it is.

7-4-01 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)
This was written several years ago because there were some people who were tired of me writing about God all of the time, and there were some Christian friends who thought I was a little “too honest” with my testimony. I write what God gives me.