If I Fully Understood My Father ... He wouldn’t be a very BIG God.
Isn’t it strange, how, sometimes we are proud of things we should be ashamed of ..... and/but, yet, ashamed of things we should be proud of? Something to think about ... I love y’all.
Our Faith in Him is Not Alive Unless It Moves Us to Action ... faith without works is dead.
I started, ever so slightly, to stir up real consciousness three years ago when I first started realizing something was wrong with my body.
I went to many doctors.
Nothing was wrong.
It was all in Brooke’s head, and we all know her fantasies and imaginations, and her embellishments and exaggerations to make stories more dreamy and spectacular than they really were ... to get attention.
But, as most here know, I WAS eat up with an obscure strain of one of the most sneakiest cancers.
And, most also know the journey I’ve taken the last three years .... all the pain, all the struggle, all the gut-wrenching (literally) surgeries, all the chemicals/drugs, and systemic radiation treatments.
I walked away from all of that last year, and stepped out on Faith, and chose a more natural way of trying to heal.
I gained strength, and put on weight.
However, unforeseen circumstances became such that I was forced to even stop THAT.
My physical health is fading fast.
Three months ago, I told my mother that my bones HURT.
And, now, that hurt has morphed into excruciating pain.
I fell into another deep, scary sleep three weeks ago .... and disappeared ... from which I’m slowly emerging out of again.
And, yet, where is this newfound inner-strength coming from?????
I’m waking up, my peeps.
Welcome to the New Age.
You with me?
I’m sharing my Journey with you ... if you want it.
If you don’t, I will understand if you leave.
I understand loss.
Lots and lots of loss.
But I’m at peace.
Just know I love you.
LET’S DO THIS ... we have Work to do ... time to Wake Up.
The Time of Serving Two Masters ... or trying to serve two masters ... is Done.
It’s time to wake up.
I’m sharing my Self with y’all to try to show you how a real human with real sins and real shortcomings and real struggles CAN OVERCOME IF they wake up.
No matter what you’ve done ... no matter what you’re doing ... YOU HAVE A CONSCIENCE ... there’s a Small Voice in there trying to speak to you.
The Holy Spirit wants desperately to fill that small, but VAST, space within you.
I’m trying to help you notice it so you can tune into it.
I will use whatever tools necessary to reach out to you ... I’m choosing to share with you songs that personally motivate me through their hidden Messages.
Do some of these songs have a rough edge to them?
But this world, and our Lives, have rough edges.
Stop being so timid.
There are hidden Spiritual Messages EVERYWHERE.
You only have to open your eyes and ears.
If what I share bothers you .... maybe it’s time to ask your Self WHY.
However, real Warriors will feel a rush course through their body that will make them want to turn up the volume, and grab their Swords to help Christ conquer this evil world ... those are my peeps.
Warriors for the Word ... this will be a voracious Calling for His People.
Grab your sword; onward Christian Soldiers!!!!!!!!!!
The ONLY so-called “attention” I “want” is for y’all to WAKE UP.
This song symbolizes a part of my journey.
I don’t know how much time I have left, and I don’t care.
I have a Real job now, and I have Work to do.
Think what you will.
I only care what He thinks from now on.
What if .... what if we lived our Lives KNOWING with certainty that all the people, and situations, we encounter that truly "bother" us are merely there as tools in our process of growth and transformation?
What if ... what if we KNEW that everything we currently consider a "problem" is, in reality, an opportunity God has sent us to identify something within ourselves that we need to change (or a belief/conditioned habit/reaction we need to let go of) in order to truly feel/hear Him? And in order to be more like Him; as commanded?
If we KNEW these things, would we continue to assign blame, and attack, as much as we do now?
The answer is probably ... hopefully .... no.
And, in Truth, if we had this perspective on Life ... maybe it would help us shift the way we relate to the people we say we love .... and maybe we'd become less inclined to quickly criticize and/or judge them and, maybe, we would learn to become more tolerant and understanding .... and maybe we would realize that the difficulties and obstacles that plague US are actually opportunities for our spiritual growth.
I ask, today, at least, let us try to live with this humble (not arrogant) attitude and mindset.
Please let us focus on understanding that God sends us certain difficulties and people and situations to help us transform our human nature into something a little more like Him.
I think if we try to Live with these awarenesses, then maybe our so-called "irritations and problems" might somehow start to become a little less irritating and problematic.
And, I also think, if action IS required... like when "irritating and problematic" issues NEED to be addressed and discussed ... I think God will feel more welcome to act/speak through us, and our responses to the person (or situation) will create healing and growth and understanding and unity.
Instead of creating more confusion, doubt, frustration and pain.
Just some things to think about.
I'm feeling the soothing breeze, and listening to crickets .... and, no matter how sore/tired my body is, I'm not forcing my eyes to shut when they're not ready ... instead I'm re-creating special memories, and reflecting upon how much this world is in need of Real change, and trying to remember comforting conversations while waiting for choo-choo trains to go by, and meditating/praying, and thinking upon all of His written promises ...
So, you see, I'm actually doing lots and lots of things ... and sometimes staying up way too late sure beats the hell out of tossing and turning all night .... and, so, I might as well do all of these many things with my eyes wide open until they beg and scream for me to please let them close ... so I can finally have a little bit of the peaceful sleep I long for.
I've been thinking ... uh-oh, I know ... but if you truly believe God has a Plan for your Life and, then, if you realize we are given opportunities of choices within our Life (of circumstances, health, occupation, location, relationships, etc) you have to also believe His Word that says He will re-direct our steps to eventually manifest our total potential that He wants for us despite our own misguided intentions.
And I'm thinking, maybe, this powerful information/realizatio...n/understanding can spur us to embrace our spiritual process for what it is: a perfectly tailored plan for our Life's ultimate correction and direction.
Every difficulty we encounter, every obstacle we need to overcome, every relationship we develop with another person ... on our own - through our personal choices .... is re-designed and re-directed specifically to help us learn the lessons we need to learn so that we can eventually fulfill our mission in this world: His mission.
All things Work for Good .... all things ... He guides us back to where He wants us and uses all things to Work for His Good whether we like it or not; understand it or not.
It follows, then, if this is indeed True, and if we truly desire to do what He brought us here to do, and if we truly desire to try to accept His will in our Lives, then we must no longer dwell upon envying (or even snubbing) the journey process of others, nor should we wish to escape (or praise) our own journey's process.
I'm starting to maybe think that everything we need to succeed in this Life is within us already ... the Holy Spirit ... if we accept it, embrace it, recognize it, and respect it.
We just need to use the spiritual tools that we have been graciously GIVEN to draw it all out, and stop doubting and/or fighting His gentle pushes toward the direction He wants us to go.
I think too much .... and now you know how/why I can sometimes stay up way way too late doing "nothing" ... it is one of my favorite things to do.
Given the time of year this is, with the Passover season just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to share the stage play I wrote about the Apostle Peter.
Last year, on this blog, I started sharing this play with my readers in increments ... and I never finished, or followed through, with the series.
I have had some trouble with formatting the stage play in this program, so I apologize in advance if it appears awkward on your screen ... I did my best to format it properly as best I could.
This play is a One Act, and should only take about an hour to read in its entirety ... the dialogue flows at a fast clip; like normal conversations ... expect a lot of cutting off/interruptions, and over-lapping ... the natural flow of real exchanges between people.
Those of you familiar with The Gospels will immediately recognize what passages/scriptures I expounded upon ... and you will see how I clearly used my creative imagination to "flesh out" the scenarios.
Those of you unfamiliar with reading a stage play, please understand it is mostly dialogue ... and you, quite literally, have to create your own visualizations in your imagination ... when you read a stage play, you become the director and stage designer.
I know, and understand, reading straight dialogue can be tedious and uncomfortable but I do ask you that you give it a sincere chance ... I think you will be pleasantly surprised once you get into it.
And, please, I do ask you to let me know what you think ... thank you!
... ...Chiseling the Rock is a comedic-laden, fast-paced, realistic drama that shines light upon Peter and Jesus as friends ... as MEN.
Easy to follow, and to read, for entertainment.
Appealing to both mainstream and religious theatre patrons alike, this play has excellent potential to be far-reaching.
Chiseling the Rock follows the chronology of the biblical/historical events closely, and fleshes out the events by keeping the characters human; keeping the characters REAL.
You will not find sad-eyed, solemn-stepped, soft-spoken martyrs in this play. But you will find real men with real lives, and real conflicts. Real drama.
This online script is for reading entertainment only. There have been several revisions for stage production since this original script was written, and copyrighted with the Library of Congress, in 2005.
This play has been performed on stage, and has also won awards.
If you would like to produce this play for your church, community, or school, please contact me (Brooke Brookreson) for a hardcopy of the revised script, and for my generous terms.
My gracious appreciation, in advance, for respecting my endeavor and work by contacting me for permission. Thank you.
“.......one of the evidences that God is conforming [transforming] you to His image is that
"It's all about living your Life like a full-time job...writing about it is easy once you get into the groove." John Wells
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"Don't position your "brand" as anything other than who you really are ... who cares what the market wants."
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