When the Books are Opened by Brenda Drake

It is hard to believe the person I see in old family albums is really me. Really in many ways it is not me.  I do not look the same, think, or believe the same.  I am a new creation since I asked Jesus to forgive me and to become Lord of my life.

When the Book is Opened

Family albums are opened every once and awhile;
At the images portrayed our heart smiles.
How different you were back then;
And oh what a change you see in your family and friends.
One day you will behold the books of the Lord.
The things about you and your family that He records.
As you are seated on the other side of grace,
Because you are His, they too bring a smile to your face.
Many wonderful events you will see and hear,
As your friends and family are drawn near.
The world does not the same remain,
Proudly all will declare Jesus’ name,
The redeemed are forever to be at God’s side.
A lovely image to behold as His bride.
Not one stain or flaw will appear.
Not one negative word will you hear.
Without blemish before Him you stand;
Such joy and peace rules the land.
Love, peace, and joy walk in accord,
All that breathes forever in tune with the Lord.
Remember…one day when you reminisce with Him
The good times never end.

Another Day has Passed By Brenda Drake

Time marches on, steady in its pace.  I wonder at times where did all those years go?  Now I ponder, where did the day go?   My desire since I met Jesus is to live in a way that brings profit to His Kingdom.  Sometimes as my day is examined I wonder if and how it has glorified Him.  Did I squander its precious moments or did it shine for Him? 

Another Day has Passed

Another day has passed,
The time goes so, so fast.
Opportunity is lost; did I do all I could do?
Jesus have I spent my time wisely for You?
My future assures of such glorious things to come,
But have I obeyed you today? Have I God’s will done?
Did I in the Word’s promises abide?
And in Your protection hide?
Am I guilty of trying to please man too much?
Or, do I stand upon the Word and in it trust?
Have I allowed the cares of life to cause despair?
Have I been thankful, or have I cried unfair?
Does my head hang low as I claim defeat?
Or do I trust God to my needs meet?
Help me Jesus to in the Word grow strong.
Dressed in the armor provided to help me along.
Father, help me to be like Your Son Jesus Christ;
Each day living in service, a self-sacrificing life.
Seeking to spend each valuable day doing Your will,
So heavens rooms will be filled.

Colossians  4:5-6
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Galatians 6:9-10
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Back on Track By Brenda Drake

We all have the same opportunities to give up or to settle for less than we desire.  But each new day is a new day to pick up our cross and follow after the One we love and serve.  Life is a journey… we must take one step at a time – never give up!  Stand up for right and walk in the Spirit following after Jesus, The Word, and the Lover of our soul.

Back on Track

One step forward, two steps back
When, oh when, will we get back on track?
Life has piled many things in our way.
There seems to be less and less time in our day.
Crying children and honking horns fill the air;
With stressful attitudes everywhere.
The media tells of sadness and misfortune of others,
With dire predictions that the economy may not recover.
The atmosphere is electric wars rage day and night.
Politicians and the church folk with each other fight.
The bills pile high and the taxes do too.
There’s so much we can and need to do.
We can’t see ahead very far, in fact,
We have a tendency, Lord to look back.
Back to the times when life was simpler it seems;
When emotions were more settled – not with such extremes.
God we will feel better when we trust You are in control.
When we take time to pray the truth is known.
When we spend extra time to dedicate our day to You,
The important things we are equipped to do.
One step at a time – You guide our step.
As we read Your Word we are by Your Spirit led.
We can see this is indeed the times of the end.
When the atmosphere is charged with the times we are in.
As we offer this day into Your loving care,
We know only because of Your help do we get anywhere!

Psalms 61:2
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Clearly Speak the Truth By Brenda Drake

            There is a fine line between speaking the truth, and being overly blunt.  It is the same when we try to speak the truth while endeavoring to please or to not offend.  We tiptoe around a situation that needs to be confronted.  Jesus was willing to die for every sinner, but He was never guilty of not speaking the truth.

Clearly Speak the Truth

Tactfulness by world standards, says less as not to offend another.
But in the Kingdom of God you plainly speak the Word to your brother.
A tactful person of the world may say “You are a bit out of control”.
God would say, “Beware, there is jeopardy to your soul,”
One says “Take it easy, go at a slower pace.”
The other says, “Turn around; you are not covered by grace.”
The world assures you are no worse than others around you.
God desires those who live like Jesus should surround you.
The world’s way treats sin lightly, not demanding change.
But the Word of God breaks bondage and chains.
Clearly spoken truth heals.
With the Spirit’s help sins conviction is real.
Love others enough to speak truth loud and clear;
Along with a prayer the Holy Spirit will open up their ears.

Proverbs 8;7-8
For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness

Prayer
Father, season my words with Your love.  Help me not to say something is right by not saying it is wrong.   Teach me to pray Your truth, and to boldly speak the Word of God.

The Difference of Want and Need

I have desired some things so much I convinced myself it was God’s will for me.  It was not always a bad thing; in fact I thought I had some wonderful plans.  God did not always open the doors but I sure sometimes pushed very hard to open them to try to help Him.  God is good; but His plans are not always what we want.  The Word of God assures us He has good things planned for our best.

The Difference of Want and Need

Sometimes our needs and our wants are hard to define.
They become mixed up in our mind.
When we want something so much it feels like a need,
It is hard to recognize in its greed.
When desire becomes an obsession,
It dominates our thoughts and takes possession.
Does it belong more to the world, is it its treasure?
Determine its worth with God’s measure.
Or, is it something that will stay with you,
That will honor God when you are through?
Trust God’s provisions are with you shared,
He does not refuse to help because He truly cares.
If you still are unable to the difference between want and need,
Come in prayer so it will be revealed to thee.
Then you will be able to rest,
In God’s decision to give you what is best.
You can be confident He loves you so much,
That He bestows upon you more than your lifted cup.

Psalms 107:9
For he satisfieth the longing soul,
and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Get Us Back on Track By Brenda Drake

Once upon a time we as a Country were taught to honor and respect God. It is not only our duty but our privilege to delight in, and to adhere to the Holy Scriptures.  Lord, hear our prayers and heal our land.

Get Us Back on Track

We offer our lives to God above,
With words and actions that prove our love.
Lord we need to see,
Where we need to be.
When we have followed our own path,
We need Your help to get us back on track.
Show us when it is better not to insist we are right;
And when we to know when to stand up and fight.
Teach us to turn away from the world’s stress;
And how we need to confront an issue the way best.
Jesus, you see clearly what our heart cries to know;|
We trust it all in Your care; take full control.
Help us to choose to Your ways discover.
Jesus, help us to truly love one another.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Psalms 32:8
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye

No More Morals By Brenda Drake

        I have witnessed a huge change of mind on what is right and wrong.  I have talked to some that truly believe biblical ways are outdated.  It is alarming to say the least.

No More Morals

Forgotten are good morals, new thoughts have them replaced.
A now normal activity in the past caused disgrace.
Whole generations have misplaced what is right and wrong.
They have little knowledge of what should or should not belong.
Teachers are untaught, or they choose to rebel;
They assist many to walk on the path to hell.
The deaf march with their young trailing close behind.
What can be done with the blind leading the blind?
The world strips down truth and clothes it with rags that stink.
With new theories that pronounces God’s authority extinct.
What can be done about the darkness that overtakes the land?
Is there hope? How can a lost world the truth understand?
Jesus died so the deaf could hear and blind could see.
He died so those bound could be set free.
He gave His life so the sinner could be born anew.
His work is accomplished by living through you.
You are the answer; your life is a testimony of light.
Your words and actions help give others new sight.
You are an instrument that administers love;
That redirects the lost to God above.
Godly lives light the way to the cross.
The hope received brings truth to the lost.
Wrong morals are again replaced by the Word’s declaration.
Know God’s faithful witnesses with His help can turn about a nation.

Isaiah 5:20
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;
that put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect,
thoroughly furnished unto all good work

Direction for the Gentle Spirit By Brenda Drake

I never was a person to set out to hurt someone, but I also did not care enough to set out to help them either.  A great change has taken place in my life since Jesus saved my soul.  I not only care for others but I spend time thinking of ways to help them if I am able.  My prayers now are not just for my needs but are also for the need of salvation and the concerns of others.

Direction for the Gentle Spirit

Direction for the gentle spirit, yielded and still,
That hungers and thirsts after the Father’s will.
For the one who wants to see beauty in the most unlovable kind,
hat purposes to good in each person find.
Know your God will reveal the deep innermost part,
Of the valuable, empty space in their heart.
I will give you the ability to not only see,
But love enough to inside of them reach for me.
That hard, relentless, calculating person you know,
Has a great need within their soul.
The bitter, angry man uncompromising in his ways
Has great need within for God’s love to brighten his days.
The very sinful man that seems to wallow in the world’s mire,
Their heart too your God also desires.
If you allow me to show you we will gather more and more,
Into the holy presence of the love of your Lord.
I will bestow upon you more than you can contain,
You will over flow like a river in Jesus’ name.
Sweet and peaceful with a gentle warm embrace,
That honors the Father in the world’s last days.
Oh gentle spirit become more like the One you serve.
Learn from the Holy Spirits still voice as you read God’s Word.

John 16:13
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

When to Wait and When to Go By Brenda Drake

I am a little rash and have been known to rush out and do something I thought was right to later find out it was a right thing done at a wrong time.  There is indeed a time to wait and a time to go.  I am learning, when I am asked to wait to trust God to show me what I need to do until I need to step out in faith.

When to Wait and When to Go

There are times when you are urged to go; to step out in faith.
And then there are times when you are instructed to wait.
When you wait on the Lord you are empowered to do,
All that He asks of you
In the waiting time the heart is prepared,
Endowed with strength to the good news share.
In the waiting-time the heart and mind may perceive,
The battle-plan of your commander-and-chief.
As you learn who you are in Christ,
And who He is in your life,
In the waiting time He is built strong within.
Then when you move ahead you successfully represent Him.
In the time you wait His light shines bright,
You receive His anointing to do what is right.
As you grow stronger in the Word the time you wait,
Become less as you step out in faith.
Step out into the water; touch the world in Jesus’ name.
Do as He has done, salvation’s good news proclaim.
Be careful to not become weary in your toil;
Come and rest in His presence for His anointing oil.

Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.

Faith Filled Prayers By Brenda Drake

I give thanks for all your prayers. Seemingly impossible situations feel like a weight within.   Even when nothing has outwardly changed our hearts are relieved from heaviness when we lift them up in prayer.  Our faith is rewarded as we trust and give thanks.   It is impossible to please God without faith.

Faith Filled Prayers

When circumstances stand large in silent threat,
Do not despair, good from God expect.
In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, things can change,
It is not a hard thing for God to arrange.
Take one day at a time, do what you know to do.
Walk with steady step following the one leading you.
Myriads of activity surround your life,
In the spiritual realm there is a fight.
Pray for God’s will, but do not worry about it.
Trust and rely on God’s Word choose to never to doubt it.
Life is beautiful, simple things enjoy.
Seek ye first God’s kingdom and added is extra joy.
Your heart’s desire is as plain as day to God above.
He is the dream planter, He is God of love.
God is not by your circumstances caught unaware,
Believe His love, lift up faith-filled prayers.

Galatians 5:5
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.