Turned Away or Invited to Stay By Brenda Drake

            I quake with fear when I remember the times I turned off the television when preaching started. I am very thankful the Holy Spirit never stopped wooing me to the cross of repentance.  It was and is the best decision I ever made when I asked Jesus to stay.

Turned Away or Asked to Stay

When the two men were freed and the village learned what was done,
How the demons were expelled and drowned in the pigs, every last one,
I thought there would be a great reception to invite Jesus to stay.
But what a surprise to me when I discovered they sent Him away.
Why would they demand life to depart?
And to refuse the truth to enter their heart?
It makes no sense to me,
It is as the blind that refuses to see.
Go away they said to the Son of Man;
Surely they did not the request fully understand.
But there are many that even today do the same,
They misunderstand who Jesus is and why He came.
When they are confronted by the truth of His power and might;
When they are confronted by the Light,
They too demand Him to depart from their midst.
Some angrily even shake at Him their fist.
It is sad to think of the rejection Jesus endures each day;
It is fortunate He does not always listen and returns in hope
He is invited to stay.

John 3:16-18
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Matthew 8:34
And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

Taste of Freedom By Brenda Drake

            We struggle to keep and fight for our freedom to live our lives without censorship, and unnecessary, weighty-control.  God gives us freedom to choose Jesus’ sacrifice in our behalf, or to choose to pay our debt of sin on our own.  The truest taste of freedom is when a soul is set free from the bondage of sin. 

Taste of Freedom

The sweet taste of freedom many yearn to savor;
Where there is harmony and peace and God’s favor.
Then there are those unknowingly let it go,
Little by little it disappears, painlessly slow.
Some are blinded by the process and cannot see,
Until it is almost too late to be reprieved.
Come into the place,
Where freedom lives under God’s hand of grace.
You are free from the debt of sin;
It has been taken care of by Him.
You are free to worship and set free to sing,
The songs of salvation of Christ Jesus the King.
You are free in spirit even in the world’s woes;
Free indeed in heart, mind, and soul.
Set free to express and to share,
With a world in bondage the truth, God truly cares.
The sweet taste of freedom is greater when God heals the land.
All the glory comes from and is delivered back to I AM as planned.

Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound

2 Chronicles  7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

We Can Please God By Brenda Drake

Families have a special love and bond with each other; but problems arise and feelings get hurt.  It seems that you cannot at times do anything to please some people.  God understands our dilemma but He still tells us to turn the other cheek! 

We Can Please God

When you try to please everyone you will find,
It is rarely possible and most of the time,
You become irritable deep within,
And are not happy with yourself or with them.
You must say right and continue on the path of good,
For God asks always to do as you should.
You are not to treat others as they treat you,
For even the heathen this work can do.
Your hurting heart must die to the pain of self.
This is in service to your Lord; He promises to help.
The Word says to pray for those that despitefully use you;
You indeed need the Holy Spirit’s help to this do.
To love your enemy: to turn the other cheek;
To remain kind, gentle, and to uplifting words speak.
You cannot please everyone all of the time,
But you can please God when with the Word you align.
Your love and prayers in another’s behalf will much good do.
And one day they may even testify and give thanks to you.

Matthew 5:44
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

The Touch Gentle By Brenda Drake

I marvel at the wonderful work of the Spirit that begins much sooner than we are aware.  Little by little I think the realization and the wonder of the love of God sinks in, softening and preparing us to truly see the truth of the condition of our soul.  At our repentance He rushes in to rescue and to save our soul. 

The Touch Gentle
by Brenda Drake

When we are touched by the gentle presence above,
Our heart is moved by His awesome love.
He introduces Himself through the truth of a love so grand;
He chose to die to show us His Master plan.
Little by little He chips at our hard façade,
That entices us to discover the reality of God.
To see a love wider and deeper than the sea,
That’s span encompasses eternity.
Words fine and gentle lift us to the place;
To receive the benefit of His amazing grace.
The severed spirit is restored;
In the perfect peace, one with the Lord.
Silent accusations and the world’s loud threat,
Are placed at the feet Jesus to rest.
Circumstances must align with the will of God above.
He is the Author and Finisher of our love.
The heart is full of Him and the mind seldom strays for long;
For in Him and for Him your commitment is strong.
One day soon, with lamp tended you will see Jesus face to face.
Where you will forever enjoy and rest in His loving embrace.

Psalms 139:5-6
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Insensitive or Sensitive By Brenda Drake

             Oh, if only we would truly grasp the law of seedtime and harvest. If we could get a glimpse of all the harmful, negative seeds we plant in our friends and families by unkind, hurtful, and destructive words of anger, and bitterness.  We grow terrible, unprofitable crops from unforgiving natures.  Lord, help us to learn that we indeed reap what we sow in all areas of our lives.  Please help us to forgive others as we want You to forgive us!

Insensitive or Sensitive
By Brenda Drake

To be insensitive is easy; many walk this path,
They do not understand how others feel, in fact,
They are so insensitive they do not care,
So of God’s law of seedtime and harvest they remain unaware.
When you feel someone sensitive you clearly see,
How God desires you to be.
You become aware of things many do not know,
For the God you love and serve the right way shows.
The one sensitive already understands,
Their words and actions can and do affect their fellow man.
They already try to be careful what they express,
For they know they are accountable for the things they confess.
The one insensitive may walk hard on another without a backward glance.
They miss entirely the opportunity to find profit in a circumstance.
The sensitive one will not say always what comes to mind,
For they refuse to be moved by the flesh in trying times.
The sensitive and insensitive walk side by side it is true.
Displaying who they are in what they say and do.

James 3:17-18
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Torn Flower By Brenda Drake

I love this poem God gave me.  Its message is a beautiful glimpse of the love bestowed upon us by the Lover of our Soul.  When we practice loving like Jesus we will be aware of those that are used and abused or almost unseen in a busy, worldly, cruel world.

Torn Flower

In the rocky soil in the appointed place,
The little flower lifts up it face.
Perhaps no one ever notices but still it is there,
To offer its aroma to anyone that cares.
Now in this story you may begin to perceive,
That every bloom is important to Me.
Sometimes you get a glimpse of someone others pass by;
And you appreciate their touch upon your life.
Perhaps their aroma has sweetened the air you breathe;
And they have become very precious to thee.
What I want you to see is the one stepped upon;
The one that all their beauty is gone.
They are ragged from the cares of life and the world’s abuse.
They are forgotten and tossed aside like an old pair of shoes.
I desire for you to see the torn flowers, help them know,
That the God that so loved the world loves them so.
Put your arms out and gather them close and you will see,
They become a beautiful display: a bouquet for the King.
Love the unlovely, love the flowers torn;
For such are the ones in God’s kingdom and are the reborn.
Do you remember your condition before God came into your life?
How terrible was the condition of the soul before the touch of Christ.
You prove that torn flowers may be completely restored,
By the good work of love – to become a glory to the Lord.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Melancholy Flower By Brenda Drake

Our lives have many different stages.  I relate the different places as flowers, I have had times of being compared to a torn-flower, a formidable-flower, and also a melancholy-flower.  No matter what time or stage of our life we all need the love and prayer of the observant servant of God.  I am thankful God never gave up on me, and grateful for those that included me in their prayer requests.

Melancholy Flower

Melancholy flowers live in the dark place,
Rarely do you see them face to face.
For they wear masks of different kind,
They blend in with their surroundings most of the time.
They will be in lonely corners silently enduring life;
Unwilling and unable to truly feel things right.
They are deep and yet shallow in life’s touch,
Not seeking for or speaking of much.
Hope sounds like a fable and faith does too,
They are not the kind of flower your heart moves to.
Melancholy flowers are not as easy to find,
For they have the ability to be hard to define.
But if you allow Me to help, I see them well,
I know their name and know where they dwell.
I will reveal them to you so you for them pray.
So in God’s mercy they come to stay.
Pray for joy to enter in so light will come,
Pray the melancholy spirt is drawn to God’s Son.
Now they are trapped into a dark place,
But with prayer they may be caught-away, reborn in grace.

Psalms 40:1-3
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto

Wisps of Truth By Brenda Drake

      The Holy Spirit starts His holy work long before we know or even desire to know God.  In times of quiet, and of trial we are touched with fascinating strands of truth. The salvation story enters into the hungry seeking heart.  I now have a great hunger for the Word.  God feeds me often all the wisdom I desire, and encourages me to even consume more!

Wisps of Truth

Wisps of truth, like delicate strands of gold
Deposited in the secret place the heart holds
Interwoven threads of goodness pure and undefiled
Bits of God’s wisdom that causes the heart to smile
Wondrous revelations that reveal God’s power and might
That floods the inner sanctuary with eternal lights
A supernatural breath of air that lifts up the heart to receive
That, that their faith believes
The truth of God’s love has a sweet taste
As God introduces the wonder of His grace
The captive is freed, like an eagle soars to great height
As God’s forgiveness fills the soul with unearthly delights
Great desire fills this place with the need to give praise
At the truth of unworthiness, the heart bows amazed
Beautifully adorned in worship as a living sacrifice
Filled and overflowing, one with Jesus Christ
A marvelous union so intricately designed
One with the Truth – perfectly aligned
Seek God and you will find peace
Seek His ability for He is your strength
Hunger for righteousness – He is the bread
Thirst for His wisdom, He is the head
Rest in His goodness, entrust your life to His care
He is the fullness you seek, He is always willing to share
Every trial you face, know He guides your step
Every battle formed against you He is prepared for it
Read God’s Word each and every day
And the delicate strands of His truth will show you His way

John 8:32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

You Will Run to Me By Brenda Drake

Life is indeed a gift, but new-life is the greatest gift.  Because of Jesus we are most blessed in this life and in the next.  He gave His life so we could have eternal life with Him. At times I can hardly wait for the promised joys ahead. But really heaven would not be heaven without Jesus the Lover of our soul.

You Will Run to Me
by Brenda Drake

Poverty of heart is those who do not know,
The divine-destination of their soul.
To know Salvation is to be rich in favor;
Its message is greatly savored.
When your life on earth is over and you are released.
The soul soars to eternal peace.
Great is the day that most dread,
When you are prepared for the journey ahead.
Life is a gift when wisely spent.
It is an offering that returns and is heaven-sent.
Your body is new; no more pain in heart or mind.
All worry, fear, and torment is left behind.
You are free to soar to the One you adore,
Everything fine and true within is restored.
Massive ability is now yours to keep,
It will be like wings on your feet.
You have eyes that observe what could not be known.
With wondrous adventure and mysteries to be shown.
The first thing you desire when you come through heaven’s door,
Is seek the embrace and the face of the Lord.
He will be the greatest sight you will see,
Have no doubt when you arrive you will run to Me.

1 Peter 1:8-9
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy
unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The Word on Your Tongue By Brenda Drake

            We have plenty to say about many things but we need to learn to say things that agree with the Word of God.  We are what the bible says we are, we can do what it says we can do.  The promises of God are worth speaking, God does not lie.  Our circumstances and our feelings need not be heeded or confessed.  Lord, teach us to think and to speak the oracles of God.

The Word on Your Tongue

He puts evil to flight by the Word on your tongue.
By the power of the Word a good work is done.
Jesus is the Word in His name make requests;
When the Word of God is spoken in faith rest.
Evil hates truth for lies are the way,
The enemy steals, and kills, – it is his way displayed.
Jesus is Truth, He is Life and the way right.
Jesus is and always will be the Light.
He is Lord, and leader of those who have answered the call,
One day every knee will bow and all will declare Him Lord of all.
He is the head, and the Church the body of Christ.
When the head is in control the body puts the enemy to flight.
Speak truth, speak God’s Word and you will see,
From the evil ones tactics you are set free.
God puts evil to flight by the Word on your tongue.
So speak as Jesus instructs to get God’s work on earth done.

Jeremiah 1:8
Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me,
 Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth

Exodus 4:12
Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say