The Plan By Brenda Drake

My new life was on the sweet path of prayer, and then I became aware of the terrible struggle of the flesh.  What a fight was on the path ahead.  My battle of flesh is not yet won; but  I have grown in many areas.  I am not finished yet!  The Lord continues to help me every day as I study the Word, listen to wise teachers, and heed the council of the Holy Spirit within. 

The Plan

The plan is not difficult and yet you will find,
You will have difficulty keeping it in mind;
For old habits are hard to break.
Some extra effort it will take.
The plan is simple as one, two, three.
It is liberating to the soul and sets from worry free.
Number one – Ask God to guide your day,
And believe He hears the words you pray.
Leave it alone – let it rest,
And know He turns it out for your best.
This step will bring peace to your life;
So you can enjoy the life offered to Christ.
Number two –Become as a living sacrifice to Him you love so much;
Because of His sacrifice you are able to perceive His love.
You are a well-pleasing sacrifice offered to die for the King
This step causes your heart to sing.
Number Three – Offer yourself that died to now live to glorify Him;
His work through you shall now begin.
This step will fulfill and cause joy to flow;
Not only to you but through you… from soul to soul.
I said it is easy but you must struggle against flesh,
To enter in God’s way to rest
 You are able if you ask for God’s help; this too
Is the last step – Know your God answers you!

I John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Share Your Light By Brenda Drake

One time as a very young Christian; I wrote a letter to someone sharing all that the Lord had done in my life.   I received back a chastising letter telling me that these things should be a private matter, and something I needed to keep to myself.  Even as a baby Christian I knew that this was not the best advice.  I do not know if she was saved when she died, but if she did ask Jesus into her life she indeed kept it to herself. 

Share Your Light

The world does not need an under-the-bushel kind of love.
It needs the reaches-out-kind to show God’s love.
I need the one that will look about,
With eyes focused and ears tuned to help.
There are many as a babe needing to be spoon-fed;
Afraid to go out and do as led.
Feed my sheep, clothe the poor.
I ask you to testify for the Lord
Some timidly speak – if they speak at all.
They hide their love as under the bushel they fall.
If you need boldness to do as asked,
Come and get the needed strength you lack.
I give you the faith to speak,
The words I desire for you to seek.
I give the wisdom you need to know,
And I will support you when your faith is low.
I will show what you need to do.
And I equip to follow through.
The very best hidden-kind-of love is not as good,
As the very weakest light set high as it should.
So shine your light so the world can see,
The plan of Salvation Jesus offers to set them free.

Matthew 5:14-16
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

The Wonder of it All By Brenda Drake

Is there a greater story to tell?  Is there a more beautiful love story?  Is there a greater goal to reach?  When we stop to think about it there is nothing as important… The wonder of it all!

The Wonder of it All

The wonder of it all is more than we can know;
The One that made the world knows every soul.
He loves with a never-ending desire,
To warm every heart with His love’s fire.
His love is respectful; it will not force us to serve.
He lovingly directs us with the wooing of the Word.
This love leads and guides us to Salvation’s plan.
Then, makes us new and writes our name on His hand.
Angels are assigned to each child born anew,
As the Holy Spirit inside them moves.
Love jealously watches over those that are in Jesus alive;
Those who are prepared to be His bride.
Just like their Savior, they die to self-will,
To the Heavenly Father’s plan fulfill.
They are ready, willing and able, because of His ability within,
To carry forth the Good News; to draw others to Him.
There are givers and takers, God is glorified each day.
The wonder of it all is Love planned it all that way.

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.

1 John 3:1-3
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Night Time Instructions By Brenda Drake

      I have found the answer to many situations deposited into my being after a night’s sleep. What was impossibility is now feasible. Heavy loads have been supernaturally lifted, and peace and joy have returned by the work of Holy Spirit. There are times when I find answers to a dilemma I did not even know existed while asleep.  God seeks always to help us and if we are too busy to listen in the day hours He has no problem meeting with us when we are asleep.

Night Time Instructions

During the night sometimes God’s children hear;
When they are quiet and yielded, and not filled with fears.
Then the preconceived ideas are laid to rest,
Sometimes this is when they can hear the best.
The day’s problems are not lifted as high.
And the circumstance’s hold are forgotten or denied.
The memories of past mistakes are also lifted a bit;
When the heart yearns for God’s touch and listens for it.
Filled with wonder – the mortal man more spiritual becomes.
Precious are those that heed instructions on how to get God’s work done.
Such a pleasure they will find as they truly seek:
Much more rested and of more benefit than if they soundly sleep.

Psalms 16:7
I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

Psalms 92:1-2  It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

Access, Assurance, Acceptance, and Acknowledgment By Brenda Drake

Salvation is the greatest gift I have ever received.  I am proud to tell the world I am a born again believer.  It is my pleasure sharing the Good News with all I meet.  I am free to serve the One I adore, by serving the ones He died to save from sin’s trap.

Access, Assurance, Acceptance, and Acknowledgment

I ignorantly was walking toward what I could not see;
A forever separation from whatever was good for eternity.
When truth was brought before my bewildered eyes,
My precarious situation was recognized.
As fear quaked the foundation of my life,
I was introduced to the provision of Jesus Christ.
He brought me to the place,
Where, I had access to His amazing grace.
He assured me; He had me in mind the day,
He died, to my debt of sin pay.
At His invitation, I grasped on with delight.
He accepted me into His glorious light.
Fear was replaced with hope and peace within.
My blinded eyes were opened.
The once sure damnation of my soul,
Is now forever canceled.
The joy of salvation, is a endless song my heart sings,
As an anthem of praise, to Jesus my King.
He acknowledges me as His each and every day
I wish to also acknowledge Him in all I do, think, and say.

Colossians 2:2-3
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;  In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Prayer
Thank You, thank You, thank You; is all my grateful heart sings.  Help me be a witness to the good work You do within.

Only You Can Glorify Him By Brenda Drake

My life-purpose began the day I stepped out in faith to speak to God’s children His messages of love and hope.  What a loving God we serve.  He chooses to use us to help others as He continues to help us.  It is my joy to serve Him by sharing His love with others.  He loves everyone and desires for all to glorify Him; no one else can fill your shoes.

Only You Can Glorify Him

Glorify the heavenly Father by your life
No one else is able to take your place to glorify Christ.
You are uniquily, wonderfully made – no one else will do
You are the only one that can fit in the place prepared for you.
Every man has a place purposed in the heart of God’s plan.
No one needs to stay outside the camp.
Every person who ever lived is able to become,
With God and in God as one.
Inside man’s heart there is a void that needs to be filled;
That only finds satisfaction when doing as the Father wills.
To glorify Jesus you need not perform;
But to glorify Him you do need to be reborn.
Give your life to Him – He gave His life for thee.
Submit to His ways  as He planned to be.
To glorify Jesus – do all you can for right,
And rest assured; He is glorified by His work in your life.
This then is the fulfilled – the most pleasant task;
Living to please the Savior and doing as He asks,
And walking with faith believing He is in full control.
Because of this you are complete and whole.
Make time to glorify God on this day,
As you lift up your love in worship and in praise.

Psalms 86:12-13
I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

2 Corinthians 6:2
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

No Waiting Lines By Brenda Drake

            I used to feel I needed to act and speak a certain way to get God’s attention. And even then if I gained access I may or may not receive an answer to my petitions.  I now know God loves me and He not only hears every prayer; His desire is to help me in all my needs.  In any place or position is the right time to pray, we have immediate access- no waiting lines.

No Waiting Lines

In the world you must take a ticket and wait in line;
You are not accepted until it’s your time.
No matter the problem you must wait your turn.
If you lose your patience and leave you will have to return;
Start over back to the back and no one even notices you were away.
You must take a ticket and you must in line stay.
Now it does cause order instead of confusion and strife;
t can be tiring… but necessary to do things right.
God does not need long lines nor do you have to wait;
You are accepted immediately into the gates.
Immediate access is guaranteed.
You can run, walk, or enter on your knees.
God is always willing to listen – know this is so.
He is always interested in your life and always in control.
f you fail and feel unworthy… repent and go right on in.
You do not have to work your way up to God again.
Most lose sight of this truth – they believe they must suffer awhile,
Before the God of Heaven, will again upon them smile.
But I tell you earnestly this is not true.
Your God loves you so much – He runs out to meet you.
He says, “Come in prayer and we will commune you and I”
“And I’ll fill you up with my peace and joy.”
“I will take away fear and give you hope and the confidence to testify,”
“To another that they also know they do not need to stand in line!”

Jeremiah 29:12-13
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.

Psalms 66:17-20
I cried unto him with my mouth,
and he was extolled with my tongue.
 If I regard iniquity in my heart,
the Lord will not hear me:
 But verily God hath heard me;
he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer,
nor his mercy from me.

Be Still By Brenda Drake

     When overcome with the troubles and trials of this world there is a place where we can find the sweet atmosphere we need to face our world with God’s strength within.

Be Still

When you desire to be carried to the sweet place of peace;
Where the inner hearing’s ability is increased,
When God’s thoughts enter the receptive attentive heart,
And every worldly care departs,
Nothing else matters – no one… not one thing;
For every fiber of your being is brought before the King.
Take a deep breath…let it out slow,
Allow His love to fill you – body, mind and soul.
Even the air smells sweeter in this place,
As you are wrapped in the comfort of His embrace.
Lovely songs of praise well up from within,
To give praise as you worship Him.
There’s value in this place – it overflows with power and might;
As the loving attitude in God delights.
Jesus will be revealed and His name is lifted high.
That you are His cannot be denied.
The sweet inner peace has you so filled,
Your countenance will show the value of “before God being still”

Psalms 63:5-6
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:  When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Psalms 46:10-11
Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge

Divided We Stand by Brenda Drake

            This poem was written in 2011 ten years after 9/11 can you see how much more this great country has divided itself.  What should unite us has divided us:  One nation under God. We are free to decide on whether or not to obey God’s Word or to do things our own way. In our decision there are rewards and consequences.  Our country is walking on a very thin line. 

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.

Divided We Stand

Divided we stand …no longer United as before;
One shuts up tight and one tries to open up the door.
One Nation under a God it no longer trusts,
When will the American people say enough is enough?
One is for tax cuts,
One side says taxes must be raised up;
Two different opinions that ring loud in the ear,
But neither side plainly speaks, so the message remains unclear.
Churches in the same villages will not agree;
They are divided….but are in the same body.
Divided we stand…one for and one against:
Still more divided – some attempt to walk the fence.
Households are in a struggle in the trying times,
If divisions are allowed the enemy will it also undermine
How can light dwell with darkness?
How is there progress in the land?
Either you join together in agreement and do as God commands,
Or there will be a great falling away;
United no more….Divided to stay!

1Timothy 2:1-5
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Christ’s Love By Brenda Drake

I have been hurt many times by unkindness.  Before Jesus I handled it by telling off the person, or by erasing them from my life.  Neither is the acceptable solution after salvation.  I have had to learn how Jesus would handle things.  Sometimes it is almost more than I can handle, and I truly need His strength to not react in a wrong way.  And then there are the times I do not want to die to self! I know that I need to pray in the difficult times to allow Jesus to rule from within.  Only then I will be practicing Christ’s love

Christ’s Love

Love handles a situation explosive with care;
It will not bottle it up but will in love the problem share.
Love hates division – it truly hates strife.
Love will offer up itself to enrich another’s life.
The world has many opportunities to be used for test;
When the heart can choose to strike or it can practice forgiveness.
I do not say it is easy – it is impossible sometimes without Christ.
For although the spirit is willing the flesh puts up a fight.
To suffer wrong willingly is not the way it normally is done on earth;
It is not a desirable project – it is hard work.
To forgive the one that strikes and causes disrespect to you,
Is not the thing that you willingly will do.
But Jesus suffered much more than this in your behalf.
He will give you the strength you need to keep on track.
Love is very anxious to serve God by serving another.
Love will be constant in praise toward your brother.
Love is able to stand and say with a heart that is true:
“I will if need be die for you.”
To die to self-will is what is needed to walk God’s way;
To die to self’s reactions in what you do or say.
You will find that the strength to do right is as close as a prayer my friend.
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens – on Him depend.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.