Home Can Only Be Home With Jesus!

Home is where the heart is…
That’s what they say anyway,
But so many people can’t be there
And are trapped so far away.
Stranded in bodies or buildings
So cold to their feelings.
Every day faced with
Such cruel dealings.
Lord, thank you for holding our hearts,
For living there too.
Home can only be home
When we’re finally with you!

6-18-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

God, Help Them

He stands at the podium and preaches with earnest intent,
praying to save the lost souls.
When the congregation looks disinterested or asleep,
his spirit is saddened… God, keep him be bold!
She sits in the pew like a good wife on duty.
She is there for anything anyone may ask.
Underneath she has other worries and duties to remember…
family, friends, the house… God, help her with each task.
He stands in the parking lot, watching for each child.
The school holds him responsible for anything gone wrong.
Rushing parents, energetic kids, so many cars to watch.
He must keep the order… God, help him to be strong.
She watches the children as they play together.
Their parents have entrusted them with their lives.
As sick as they are, or caring for their own families,
they gladly do it… God, help these moms and wives.
These wise people sitting in the pews so long,
look at all they have brought to the church body.
These elders are our guides and friends
who know strife and Jesus… God, help them love everybody.

5-15-03 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)
For my dear friends

God Amazes, Raises, and Praises

Love is so hard to teach, to reach, to preach!
Sin is so easy to do.
His words must know, show, grow.
The distractions are always new.
His prayers must always share, care, bear.
Satan could care less!
His life must exemplify, gratify, and glorify.
Satan can make it a mess.
Mercy can live, give, and forgive.
Hearts can be hard.
Jesus wants to see, free, to be.
Souls can be quick to guard.
The preacher tries, cries, and sighs.
The Spirit wins after all.
God amazes, raises, and praises.
The preacher helped stop a fall.

6-4-03 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Will They Leave Me?

What will my friends do?
Will they abandon me?
I don’t know what to do.
I don’t want to lose my friends.
I’ve never had any like them.
At any other time before, it would’ve been easier.
But not these friends.
They’ve cared all along.
They may not have been there every time I needed them,
but they tried to be there as often as they could.
Because they care. They really do.
I know God loves me too.
And I love Him too.
But why must it be so hard to do what’s right?
God is the only one I want, I know.
But I’m just going to miss my friends if they leave me.
I know you’re probably saying
if they’re my friends they won’t leave me,
but they are just as hurt, confused, and lost as I am.
They need someone to care and understand,
to be patient and love them
even when they aren’t doing so well.
We’re all human.
I just want to love and live for God
and still have my friends.

3-30-91 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Family Pain

Pain?
I’ll tell you what another aching pain is.
Pain is knowing your family is in pain, that your loves ones are hurting,
on a holiday… Thanksgiving.
The holiday we always get together on, yet this time
we’re all missing someone… one of our family members.
To some a son, a grandson, a nephew, an ex-boyfriend, a friend, a best-friend,
a neighbor, a fiance, a favorite student, a coworker, and my cousin.
It hurts to know he can’t be here with us.
And even if I were able to smile, I still couldn’t over knowing my family is hurting.
I can’t erase their pain. I can’t change the situation.
Or best yet, I can’t even bring him back.
We can’t give him a hug… just one hug, or even just say Happy Thanksgiving.
Instead we must find a way to enjoy the day without him.
Imagine that.
As much as we miss him and want him back,
as much as we hate that he’s going to never return,
it’s a rule of life that we have to smile and act as though everything is OK & be thankful.
That is if we want to be normal again.
For my family, friends, and cousin… I love you all.
And let me assure you that no matter what therapists, people, or strangers say,
to love, miss, and want Dean back is normal.
And if we feel like it’s criminal to enjoy the first holidays without him,
then that’s quite a normal feeling.
However, I am here for you. I pray for us all.
May God comfort us and the world wide.
May He be with all families… after all, we are all His children.
Love Deeply and Sincerely,

Gail… your cousin, niece, daughter, sister, granddaughter, friend, and love.
11-28-91 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)
Thanksgiving Day

Moments Together

Crying among your people,

we strive to know each other

so that we may learn of You

through loving and serving one another.

Studies, readings, creative ways

to share and teach of You.

What tears, what laughter.

You are keeping us true.

Praise You deserve and want.

Praise we want to give.

Because of what You gave,

we are able to live.

 

 5-2-12 Written by Gail Brookshire

(by the grace of God)

 

Selfishly Faithful

How selfish am I
while I think I’m so thoughtful?
How greedy am I
when I think I am so giving?
How wicked am I
when I think I am so Holy?
Just because I read Your Word,
maybe faithfully,
maybe sporadically,
does that make me heroic?
Does it even make me obedient?
Does it make me hypocritical?
How precious is Your Word.
How precious is Your time.
How precious is Your whisper.
Yet I take each for granted.
How privileged must I think You are
to have me read Your Word,
to spare my time,
to be a good steward
of that which You bless me with.
Lord, make me truly grateful,
make me faithful,
make me Holy,
according to Your standards.

7-11-15 written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: My results in a bible reading challenge.