Hand in Hand With You

You’re leading. I’m following,
or at least I’m trying.
You’re speaking. I’m listening,
or at least sighing.
Your pathways can be many,
yet one at a time.
Your lamp is shining.
Help me follow the light.
You’re teaching. I’m learning,
or trying to be discerning.
You’re guiding. I’m trailing
while trying to avoid failing.
Stay close by with guard rails.
Your perfect love never fails.
Hand in hand with You,
I know we’ll make it through.

10-6-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

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)

I Read

I read.
I read for comfort, for entertainment, for pleasure.
I read to learn, to grow, to discover,
and I read to absorb the art of God’s treasure.
The written word is such a drug for me.
There is so much to read.
This is not just a way to pass time.
This is a genuine need.
There are times reading needs a break.
To find the time to read is the true conflict.
I pray for the moment to come
and praise my Lord when I finally have it.
Now there are times I avoid reading
because I want to reject the world in every way,
but sooner or later I am drawn in by the word
and just have to know what the writer has to say.
I read.
I read because I have a need to read.
Writers, please continue to supply my joy.
God, thank you, for this artistic breed.

6-21-01 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Make All That I Am

God, I beg you, save my soul.
Hear my confession. Take control.
Forgive my sins and wash me clean.
Help me be what You have seen.
Make my life a testimony,
that Your love is not phony.
Make my purpose known to all.
Catch and heal me when I fall.
Go before me and clear the path.
Spare me of facing Your deadly wrath.
Make my witness Your saving tool
to rescue the soul who is a fool.
Testify through me Your grace.
Place Your peace upon my face.
Share with others Your message of mercy.
Comfort others who are suffering and hurting.
Make all that I am, all that You intended.
Praise you and the Savior for this life you have mended.

6-12-01 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

The Evangelistic Well

Preachers study so hard
to bring us God’s word.
Had he not been faithful,
we would’ve never heard.
Ministers serve so many
ministering to their church.
The faithful serving
helps heal the hurt.
Evangelists travel to tell
Jesus wants no one in hell.
Thank God for the evangelist
who shared from the well.

9-21-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Things I’ve Heard While Reading You

Chariots, horses, and oxen too,
things I’ve heard while reading You.
Flowers, gardens, and vineyards grow,
each with a parable to learn and know.
Giants, ghosts, and angels who fly
make me want to know how and why.
A virgin, a carpenter, and a coming king
makes one want to hear the angels sing.
The wine, the dove, and a brother out of the grave
makes one glad He came to save.
The sweat, the cross, and the betrayal of friends,
Lord willing, makes one want to repent.

9-21-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

 

Promised Hope

Set on a hope,
my heart is yearning
to be there with Him
that bright glad morning.
Loved ones and friends
wait with Him there for me.
What joy fills my soul
to know I’ll one day be
there in that hope
that will become sight.
He will brighten my world.
No more night!
Fixed on a promise
from the Promise Keeper,
I’ll be comforted,
no more a weeper.

9-21-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Joy In The Bible

Joy in the bible.
Joy in reading Your pages.
Joy in traveling
With You through the ages.
Joy in learning
The many acts of faith.
Joy in witnessing
The many acts of grace.
Joy in Your mercy.
Joy in Your love.
Joy in getting to know
Your only Son from above.
Joy to know it’s real.
Joy to know it lasts.
Joy to know some day
It will ALL come to pass!

9-21-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Taking Time to Get to Know You

Taking time to get to know You,
I long to know even more.
There’s so much to You.
I’ll be learning forevermore.
You lead me and teach me
Then reteach me all again.
Your wisdom and knowledge
Seem to have no end.
Your word reveals so much
Yet conceals so much more.
Each day that I read You
Makes me long for even more.
Keep whispering in my ear.
Keep showing me who You are.
I want You right beside me.
Don’t ever go too far.

9-21-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Keep Fighting

Come on, keep fighting.
Don’t give up.
Life was meant
to be this tough.
It’s not that easy
to have it all.
To rise above,
you must take the fall.
To read and write
is to live and learn.
To love and care
is to touch and burn.
To have a choice
is to know to choose.
To have something to gain
there must be something to lose.
To appreciate the gift
you must nurture the object.
To pass the class
you must study the subject.

1993 Written by Gail Brookshire
(published in Expressions, June 9, 1994 Issue, page 4,
in Expressions, July 12, 1993 Issue, page 2,
and in J.O.B.S. Newsline, April, May, June 1993 Issue, page 4)
(by the grace of God)
This poem was my 1st assignment for the campus newspaper at my 1st college for my A.A. I was surprised at the response. The Editor made a note about the beautiful poem and my talent. Students and professors said it was beautiful, some asking for an autograph. I admit I laughed because I had never been asked before and thought they were teasing. Some I had been in class with for awhile and were good friends with. I was quickly made to understand I was mocking them. Praise the Lord to sign put a smile back on their face. They were extra thankful when I gave permission to hang the poem on their fridge, mirror, and other places. I was shocked! Most surprising was everyone calling it BEAUTIFUL. It was a last minute assignment, and I felt like I “just done enough” to get it in. God is so good! And so surprising!

Teach

Teach: teach the children,
how to love,
how to live,
how to be happy.
Let them shine and be themselves.
And teach them to take pride in themselves.
Help them to succeed and excel,
and above all else… love themselves.

Teach: teach the teen-agers,
to be great for themselves,
to be a great leader for the future generations,
as they are the only ones children and teen-agers of the future have to rely on,
to count on.
Teach them respect.
To have it and to give it.
Elders may expect too much sometimes,
but they have the right to expect something.
Maybe a little humanity,
maybe a little love,
maybe a little respect in return.
What’s wrong with that?
That had to respect others too once,
and learned the secret of respect for themselves along the way.

Teach: teach the adults,
to let a child learn,
to let a teen-ager go,
to let a grown man or woman live their own life,
to let a day go by without bickering,
arguing,
expectations,
especially those too high,
to love a child,
small or grown,
for everything,
mistakes and all,
bad days and good,
bad habits,
addictions,
unexpected pregnancies,
dying from disease,
or living off the world,
living on the edge.
Teach them the world is not against them,
not even the young adults of the world.
As a matter of fact teach them how loved and admired they truly are.
Teach them to appreciate, being able to care for someone who actually cares about them,
and someone caring about them that they actually care about.

Last of all, but certainly not least.
Teach: for God’s sake (and I do mean for God)…
teach the world to get along,
to love one another,
to be a team,
a family,
a loving sector for the human animals to survive in.
Teach them to feed off of love and give up the hatred,
the greed,
the sick abuse going on in the world,
to quit being so morbid.
If we’re going to survive,
we need to learn to live together,
in peace.
If we’re all going to live together in this world,
we need to give a little love.
Teach: teach the world of God.
Teach the world of love.
Just teach the world.

4-8-1994 Friday
Written by Gail Brookshire
(published in Flight magazine # 3, Spring of ’94, pages 105-107)
(by the grace of God)
This was also used by a woman of some National Woman’s group to open all of her speeches that year, but I could never find out who, other than her name was Gail also. My friends told me in excitement of hearing her read it and saying she wish she could meet me! God used me!

Living For God

Living for God is a privilege
Compared to the other choice,
But even when we’re His
We must be His voice.
We cannot lie and cheat,
Robbing God for ourselves.
That can bring great ruin,
Including our own death.
If we are serving God
And giving all to Him,
He will fight our enemies
Or even use them.
Whatever means it takes,
He will bless and protect.
He will send the Holy Ghost
To His faithful elect.

6-25-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

To Suffer (To Allow)

To suffer… to allow…
To endure somehow…
To allow God to work
And make us more…
To allow Him to increase
And us to decrease…
To allow His will to be
In allowing others to see
That allowing God to do
Saves me and you…
To allow the perfect One
To glorify His only Son…
To obey the One in control
That the 3 in 1
In us may be whole.
To suffer… to allow…
To endure… for now,
It won’t be long
Till all misery is gone.

6-17-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)
When I wrote this I was struggling with why God allows us to suffer, allowed His Son to suffer, and at the same time wondered why we use the word suffer to mean something as trivial as suffering a hot day when Christ and the disciples suffered true sufferings. In praying to God, he taught me the biblical definition of suffer is To Allow.
For example, when Christ suffered, He allowed Himself to be arrested, beaten, put on the cross, mocked, pierced, and to die a cruel death. He did it for you and me. ❤
God suffered too. He allowed His Son to leave home, to hunger, to be betrayed, arrested, beaten, mocked, pierced, and to die a cruel death. He did it for you and me too. ❤

Still Mighty Today

So much is taught to God’s people,
by God Himself.
He’s willing and ready
to give His people help.
He uses strangers and shelters
and keeps them safe.
He dries up waters
to lead them to His place.
He sends an angel
to fight the battle for them.
He allows their shout alone
to completely restore them.
He is so amazing and unique
in His own mighty way.
And we need to teach our children
He’s still mighty today.

6-14-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Lemuel’s Mom (Proverbs 31)

Lemuel’s mom was a very wise lady
When talking to her king who was her baby.
She shared wisdom even on strong drink
And letting the poor drink not to think.
Yet when she talked about his future queen,
Wow, her words were humble and keen.
A hard worker who cares for the poor,
Instead of scolding the servants about the floor.
Good and busy with her hands and skills,
Instead of throwing around those dollar bills.
Respected and known by a good husband and king,
Instead of nagging him for every expensive thing.
Caring for her family as a mother should,
Instead of expecting everyone else to do them good.
And then of all things she actually words,
“Favor and beauty take back seat to fearing the Lord!”
What an awesome truth revealed in your truth,
A woman of royalty keeping it all about YOU!!

5-31-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)