Jul 25 2016

What is Prayer?

Rebekyah Brewer

I love this poem by written by Isaac Watts the famous theologian, logician and hymn writer who was born in the late 1600’s. This hymn is one of 750 that he was inspired to write. It is a worship filled reminder of what prayer is and why we pray.

On Prayer by Isaac Watts
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire
Uttered or unexpressed;
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,
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Jun 11 2016

Art Bows to God

Rebekyah Brewer

“Let those who have felt this double effect of the Spirit’s teaching bear witness to the marvelous result. The Bible becomes a transformed book. It was before the best of all books, but it is now the Book of God—a chamber of disclosed mysteries—a house of many mansions, in which new doors constantly open into new apartments, massive and magnificent, God’s art galleries, museums of curious things, treasuries of celestial gems. The devout student is filled with wonder, transported with delight. Words open with new meanings until we look through them into depths and heights, breadths and lengths, that are infinite. We are looking at a firmament which was before clouded—but the clouds are parting and heavenly constellations are visible. Meanwhile the eye has become telescopic, and where before we saw a few scattered stars, and an indistinct nebulous cloud, everything is ablaze with the glories of countless and many colored lights.” – Arthur T. Pierson, Lessons in The School of Prayer

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I went to an art gallery for the first time early last year at the Dallas Museum of Art. I was just amazed by the beauty of each piece. It was a special showing on French Boutiques and featured such artists work as Vincent Von Gogh, Henri Fantin-Latour, Édouard Manet, and Paul Cézanne. I’m not an art critic but you really did not need to be one in order to recognize and appreciate greatness. Their work itself made them known.  It was amazing. The detail in each piece, the more you looked, the more there was to be seen. No matter how hard you starred, you couldn’t take it all in. The perfection of each piece, not one stroke seemed to be out of place. Each line was perfectly executed on top of another and side by side in a rhythm and smoothness that could only be carried out by a master of the art. Continue reading


Oct 4 2015

It’s Not Fair

Rebekyah Brewer

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A year and a half ago, on March 23rd, 2014 my cousin Tessa, age 27, was killed in a head-on collision by a drunk driver as she was on her way home. She died instantly leaving behind 4 surviving children. The criminal case for it ended just last week.

Her death has impacted our entire family greatly, and still impacts us every day with the loss of her laugh, the loss of her voice, the loss of her opinion, the loss of her touch, her hugs. Every day, it still feels like there is something new to be missed and freshly grieved. Every day is full of her absence, in the big things and in the small things.

My husband  and I relocated to Dallas 16 years ago not knowing we had any family in the area.  Approximately 5 years after our move, I was excited to learn I had an Aunt and three young cousins who lived nearby. They were as hungry for family as we were and soon joined our weekly Sunday lunches after church.

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Sep 30 2015

He Knows Me

Rebekyah Brewer

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!” – Psa. 139:1

You have searched and known me.

The King of Kings,

Lord of Lords,

the Great I Am,

The Alpha and The Omega,

The Lamb…

knows me.

He knows my name.

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Sep 23 2015

You are my God

Rebekyah Brewer

You are my God

You are my God, who is always there for me. (Psa. 46:1)

You are my God who sees me.  (Gen. 16:13-14)

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Sep 19 2015

When You Don’t Recognize God

Rebekyah Brewer
North Wind

At the Back of the North Wind

“If you can’t see His way past the tears, trust His heart.” – Charles Spurgeon

It is one thing to have wounds inflicted by an enemy, another by your closest friend. At times I felt betrayed by God in dealing with my cousins death. She was so young. How could He allow this car accident? Why would He allow it? Why didn’t he intervene between her and the drunk driver? If she would have left 15 minutes sooner, if the swerve was just a a few degrees further, she might have walked away. Why God? Why did you allow it?

The enemy laughs. He uses my own heart to taunt me, “Is this your God? Your friend? Your high counselor? Is this who you serve? Is this who you have committed your life to?

Yes” I quietly respond to the assaults. “Though He afflicts me, yet will I trust Him.”

I admit, I am in the dark. I cannot see. I don’t understand why. I don’t know why He allowed this to happen. Over a year later, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it all. I’ve finally gained enough distance away from that fateful day that I can begin to try to reason again. But I see none.

I try to concentrate and hold on to what I do know. I do know that my God is sovereign.  He is aware. He allowed it. He filtered it. He is all good and all loving. He is perfect in all His ways. He could have prevented the accident, He could have spared her life. Just a few weeks prior he had saved and spared her life from another accident. But not this time. This time for reasons I don’t understand, He took her in an instant, in a twinkling of an eye she was taken and we were left. Her place knew her no more, her home knew her no more, her children knew her no more, her husband knew her no more, her mother knew her no more, her sisters knew her no more, her friends knew her no more and I knew her no more. Her life was gone and we did all we could to gather what was left behind of her, to salvage every precious memory and token unless they would somehow disappear too.  Yet will I trust Him though I do not understand Him or recognize Him in allowing this.

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Feb 28 2015

Fighting the Good Fight

Rebekyah Brewer

“Receive every inward and outward trouble, every disappointment, pain, uneasiness, temptation, darkness and desolation with both hands as a true opportunity and blessed occasion of dying to self and entering into fuller fellowship with thy self-denying and suffering. Savior. Look at no inward or outward trouble in any other way. Reject every other thought about it, then every kind of trial and distress will be the blessed day of thy prosperity.” – William Law

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)

This is easier said then done. I look at such exhortations from the word of God and from men of God who have proven themselves by fighting the good fight of faith to the very end of their lives. They have left behind such words of exhortation for us who would like to follow in their footsteps as they followed in Christ’s and die victorious in our faith saying:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Tim. 4:7-8)

I find myself asking lately, is it really possible to live such a life that trusts in God so fully and completely that when adversity comes wave after wave after wave that we can be unmoved by it? I am reminded of the woman in Proverbs 31 who laughs at adversity when it comes because she has prepared her household to weather its storms. She sits in comfort inside while it storms outside and others panic.  Is it possible for us to prepare our hearts to have such strong walls of enduring peace that cannot be shaken or penetrated by fear or doubt? It is possible for us to sing the song of the righteous that are unmoved in our hearts by fear and despair? Is it really possible for us to enjoy God’s promises of peace in adversity?

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Feb 27 2015

The Difference Between Eating from the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life

Rebekyah Brewer

If you are honest, you have to admit that you know far more than you are presently put into practice. If you never heard another sermon, you would have enough biblical truth to work on applying for the rest of your life. You may feel spiritually satisfied by the fact that you go to church every Sunday, that you have your devotions every day, and that you go to the Bible study every week. But if you’re not applying what you are really reading and hearing, then you are only kidding yourself. You’re forgetting the whole point of looking into God’s word in the first place….Every time you hear the word of God preached, you are training yourself to either obey or disobey God. – Ken Ramey, Expository Listening

Adam TreeI have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. I love to study and learn so much that I often have to check myself.  Many times, I would rather seek more knowledge than to seek into practice what I already know.

At times I have heard the Holy Spirit questioning me when I am reading too much, What are you looking for? What are you trying to obtain? Is it more knowledge you are trying to obtain or me? I’m right here. Waiting. Spend time with met through prayer and in meditating on my word. Back away from the books for awhile.

I wish I can say that I have always put the books down to spend time with Christ. Sometimes I have. Sometimes I haven’t. Dealing with Christ in books sometimes is easier then dealing with Christ in person. Eating from the Tree of Knowledge is sometimes more appealing than eating from the Tree of Life. It’s easier, less painful to learn second hand from a book than first hand from life experience. Continue reading


Jan 10 2015

Beware of Little Sins

Rebekyah Brewer

“It is easier to keep the enemy out than it is to expel him after he has gained entrance.” – Author Unknown

Charles Spurgeon preached a sermon entitled  Little Sins on April 17, 1859.   It’s a warning about the danger of little sins in our lives. How we have a tendency to let them slide past us since they are so small and slight that they seem harmless. Such a little thing! Why make such a big fuss over such a little lie, a little taste, a little look. It is harmless…

Spurgeon reminds us that “the  best of men have always been afraid of little sins. The holy martyrs of God have been ready to endure the most terrible torments rather than step so much as one inch aside form the road of truth and righteousness.” Were they being extreme or wise? How seriously should we take the matter of little sins in our lives?
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Apr 13 2014

He is There

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Dealing with Grief

“Converse much with Christ…Delight to walk with him, to meet him, to view his beauty, to hear his voice, to taste his sweetness. Take all occasions to present yourselves before him. Depart not out of his presence, until he smiles and he speaks kindly to your heart. Stay until he reveals his presence by impressions, light, heat and enlargement. Remain until you find acceptance and peace. Enjoy his presence.” – David Clarkson

ParkI love this. So many Christians, myself included, sometimes struggle with seeing Christ. It’s hard to spend time with someone you don’t see or can’t hear. Prayer time feels awkward and alone as if you are talking to yourself. I’ve been there. You remind yourself of faith in God’s word and the promise of his presence so you keep at it. You keep showing up and talking to your imaginary friend or so it might feel some days because you just can’t see him or sense his presence beside you.  As you pray, the park bench next to you seems painfully empty.

Then something happens slowly that you don’t understand. A mysterious peace floods your heart. Anxiety is suddenly gone. Words from what you read that morning or in the days before come suddenly to mind and address your questions, fears and concerns and comfort you. Why didn’t I think of that before? Confusion turns to understanding and acceptance. Before you didn’t know what to do and now you know what you must do. You have been counseled.

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