All is Known but Not All Know By Brenda Drake

            I remember wondering as a small child does God know me.  If He was real I wondered why He would not speak to me. Now I know not only did God know me, He knew me in my mother’s womb.  Not only does He hear me, He speaks to me in countless ways.  He loves every person born and not born.  Jesus died to pay the debt of sin so we could partake in the holy, eternal future planned for His creation to live in His presence.

All is known but Not All Know

The lonely soul forlornly sitting in a chair,
Wondering if there is anyone that is aware and cares,
The mother struggling to raise their young right,
With fading strength in a never-ending fight.
The young man or woman that feels only dread,
When they plan for the future they see ahead.
The war-torn survivor of sickness or shame,
Those that have little of value except their good name.
The loving soul that loves to love,
That has not yet found the truth to the way above.
The proud or obnoxious one that blows like the wind,
That pushes and shoves affection away him.
The widow who cries herself to sleep,
The strong self-sufficient one that refuses to weep,
The Ones slammed by disaster knocking at the door.
And those who are like a storm that does not care anymore.
The one that speaks loud things,
That sputters and dishonors everyone and everything.
The child with heart repented and eyes opened wide,
To allow God’s wisdom and strength inside.
All those that walk, talk, live, think, and feel
The One that loved, lived, and died for them desires to heal.
All are known and loved and cared for.
But not all know or feel the love of the Lord.

Psalms 147:5
Great is our Lord, and of great power:
his understanding is infinite.

Psalms 139:1-6
O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising,thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down,
and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue,
but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. 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.

Stand on the Word By Brenda Drake

I had a refrigerator magnet that had the best advice.  It said if God said it, believe it!  This poem adds even more to its great message.

Stand on the Word

Put your finger on it; claim it for your life.
Underline it and watch it shed on you a new light.
Place your feet upon it; stand boldly on its worth.
There is no power that can defeat it on the earth.
Set your eyes ahead on the Truth that you see in faith;
Put your heart to rest and with patience wait.
Stake all you have and will acquire on the value of the Word.
It will not fade away, dissolve, or be deterred.
Show it to others, proclaim its truth to them.
Never fear it will fail you, it will prove true till the end.
There is no power that can cause God’s Word to fail or fall.
Study daily the wisdom that will help you through it all.

Psalms 18:30
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Psalms 119:140
Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

The Heart of a Hero By Brenda Drake

            We to impress others can put on an outward show of goodness, but God sees our inner man and knows our every motive. It is much better to emulate Jesus the One that is truly good. With His help we become His ambassadors in a dark world; able to show the way to the cross that rescues the lost by the Father’s provision of salvation.

The Heart of a Hero

The heart of a hero to the outward eye,
May look the same as a coward on the outside.
It’s the inner place where only God sees clear;
The hero’s heart is touched as God draws near.
Who are God’s heroes? They may surprise you when shown.
They may seem a little strange and stand alone.
Heroes in God’s kingdom look different than what the world proclaims.
By the world’s standards they may be called different names.
True heroes are those that do what is right.
Without thought they are a light.
God’s hero is steadfast in faith.
They are those that are on call to in an instant pray.
They are the ones that turn the cheek and refuse to fight;
Unless it is to stand up tall for what is good and right.
A hero in God’s kingdom may be portrayed as humble or weak;
But it is strength and truth heard when they speak.
The heart of God’s hero beats to the tune of Christ.
They are His workmanship and the bride of His delight.

Matthew 5:3-11
 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter

all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

A World of Hearts By Brenda Drake

The promised, joyful, future ahead; when Christ returns to rule and reign on earth, causes my heart great comfort.  Even in our trying times it can and does bring strength within to carry on, knowing one day we will see and experience complete peace and harmony again.  It will be a wondrous time when all people desire to love and care for one another.

A World of Hearts

A world of hearts joined to one another;
Sisters loving sisters and brothers loving brothers.
Holy and pure, with joy in each step,
Overflowing with peace very well blessed.
Trees bloom with flowers with vines rich to savor;
With more than enough to share with friend and neighbor.
Love rules with wisdom, power, and might,
Perfect in every way, to cause each heart delight.
A world of hearts in one accord,
Under the leadership of Christ the Lord.
Where is the Church you ask at this time?
The bride is with Jesus as He always designed.
So in love are they; what a joy to see,
They are one with Him for eternity.
There is a good future ahead, when Christ rule on earth begins.
But until that day, there are many trials to face my friend,
In a troubled world of hearts in discord.
Rejecting and neglecting the Word of the Lord.
Think on things good, faithful, and true.
As your God reveals what ahead you need to do.

Prayer

I am looking forward to Jesus’ return and the rule of righteousness and peace. Help me to spread the Good News to a troubled world, telling of the loving provision of Your sacrifice and resurrection for all those that will believe.

Revelation 20:6
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Deepest Love By Brenda Drake

What kind of love is this?  The One most- high, the one- most pure, reached down to the lowest most sinful to make him new. The Creator chose to become part of the Creation.  He chose to die to pay the price of sin so we could taste the beauty of His presence. Eternity will allow the redeemed to discover the marvel of such wondrously, deep love.

Deepest Love

A love so deep; the deepest ocean is like a puddle when compared.
A love so wide, the universe cannot have room to spare.
A joy that’s description has never known words to fully teach;
That eon of times ahead and past cannot its limit reach.
A heart so big; a plan so marvelous and grand,
That no mortal ever was, is, or is to be, fully understands.
What is man, that God would place upon him the gift of His love?
Why would He look upon him with such favor from above?
So grand; He planned to make sinful man as clean as His own Son.
And desires to join them forever with Him as one.
It’s almost too much for minds to comprehend;
The fact He also calls to be His friend.
A love so wondrous; He allows man to be of it all a part.
Even grander, He decided to reside within their hearts.
Such a marvel to try to understand
But the wise offer their life to become all He has planned.

Jeremiah 31:3
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an
everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Flower of Eternal Life By Brenda Drake

            I love flowers for their beauty and for their fragrance; and I am disappointed when they wilt and die.  I surround myself with artificial flower arrangements for their lasting beauty but would much more appreciate the real ones.  God makes us all beautiful and a forever bloom in His kingdom. 

Flower of Eternal Life

On earth a flower’s beauty fades
On the vine it does not forever stay.
Its promise of pleasure is no more,
Its lovely attributes fall to the earth’s floor.
Flowers on earth are presented as gifts.
The aroma of some, are hard to resist.
Lovely to look at and lovely to smell,
Each bloom has its own story to tell.
Just so are the children in the land.
The flower of youth proudly stands.
But beauty fades and droops down,
With or without sweet aroma also fall to the ground.
But there is a Flower that forever blooms.
He is, was and is coming soon.
He lived, loved, and died for man;
So His life and His love you could understand.
Because you are His and He is in You,
You are now a flower in full bloom.
A forever flower, eternal life lives within.
Because He is life, and You are one with Him,
You are the flower I send to grace the table of the lost;
Full of good fruits that show the way to God’s love on the cross.

1 John 2:17
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will
of God abideth for ever.

Dirtied Flower By Brenda Drake

          We may feel like a wall-flower completely out of step with the ways of the world, and mistakenly think we need to fit in more with our surroundings. But I am realizing it is much better for me to be true to myself and hold in esteem the truths I hold dear. I rather be envisioned as different or as a wall- flower in men’s eyes than to be as a dirtied flower in my own and in God’s eyes.

Dirtied Flower

When the flower falls in the mud, its beauty is not seen.
It’s still a flower but it is not held in as great esteem.
When the flower is with many onions placed,
It is still beautiful but its aroma is erased.
For it is overpowered by the strong odor around them.
It isn’t the most desirable place to be in.
A flower-gift is not appreciated and treated with respect,
When placed into the garbage bin with the rubbish.
This flower is still a flower it is recognized as a good thing,
But it doesn’t inspire the heart with joy or cause it to sing.
It is a waste  – a shame to treat its beauty this way My friend;
For it is indeed a gift the Father to the world sends.
The one dedicated will offer its beauty for those that will see,
So even in the waste-place they may be a gift received.
Flower-of-beauty, shine forth your light,
For you are chosen to be to those that seek a delight!

2 Corinthians 6:14-17
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Be Ready At All Times By Brenda Drake

            We need to take time for our body to rest; to take time to study, and to pray, praise, and worship the Lord.  But there is never a time we are instructed to take time off from opportunity to speak the truth of the Word of God and testify the Good News of Christ.

Be Ready At All Times

Be ready at all times to spread the Good News of Christ;
For it is an appointed time to enrich another’s life.
With heart filled with truth another’s life is touched without plan,.
Ready when the sun shines and in the rain;
Ready in times of joy or in time of pain,
Ready when fully awake and when weary and weak;
The obedient grateful heart is willing to the truth speak.
in the time of trouble when amongst hard regulative days,
The heart loving sounds of Salvation sings in whispered praise.
Ready early in the day and late at night;
The truly worshipful heart in God delights.
The young need to hear it, the old just the same;
Do not hesitate at any time to lift up Jesus’ name.
The rich need to hear it as do the poor;
Every man, woman, and child need to hear to know the Lord.
At every birth and death celebration, and every occasion too,
Be ready, willing and obedient to take advantage of the opportunity given you.

2 Timothy 4:1-2
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Deuteronomy 6:5-7
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

By Faith I Pray by Brenda Drake

Perhaps what we think prayer is; is different than what God considers our prayer.  There are times when I am so frustrated, angry, and confused that when I bow my head I do not even have words to pray.  In these trying times I have experience all of the emotions I have listed above almost at the same time.  All I truly know is our God cares.  He is trustworthy, and He sees and understands what we are feeling and hears even the silent words that are weeping and are screaming in our hearts.

By Faith I Pray

By faith I pray.
I know You hear what I say.
By faith I in Your strength stand,
As You chase the enemy from my land.
I proclaim by faith victory,
As I fulfill my destiny.
Way down deep inside,
I know God’s Word abides.
As I walk the paths of life
I know I’m led by Jesus Christ.
By His stripes I am healed…by faith I see,
That He has already done His work for me.
His Word is sure …His promises true,
In assurance ahead I will move.
Under the blood I am pure and white;
By faith I see I am His delight.
Under His watchful, jealous eye,
My faith is restored and daily supplied.
He that loved me loves me still.
By faith I will His purpose fulfill
I rejoice to seek His face each day.
And I wholeheartedly His instructions obey;
But if I fail, falter, or fall,
I will in faith shout out a repenting call.
I know He forgives me and again
Draws me to again to have faith in Him.

Psalms 112:7
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

Hold On to the Hope By Brenda Drake

            A new year, with new hopes, and dreams; but truly it is a new year with new hope and old dreams. I still have hope that our world is at peace set back on its feet.  I still pray people can have the freedom to pray, worship, and to preach the gospel without persecution.  I have hope our Nation values our freedom; and respects and honors our diversities.  I still dream of a time when it is safe for children to play outside.  I dream of the day when there is only joy, love, respect, and peace with no worry, fears, or anger; I long to see, faces free of stress and worry lines.  I still hope for a time where there are no more homeless, lost or abused people wandering on the streets.  Yes I know this is a New Year, and I indeed do wish for a happy one ahead.  Perhaps …it truly will be! 

Hold On to the Hope

A new year with old problems to solve.
Hold on and God’s directions allow.
A new year with new issues to face.
Hold on and step into God’s embrace.
A new year with new hopes in heart,
With new resolutions to stop and to start.
Take with you in the New Year the things you love and adore.
Hold on to them tight, as you hold on to the Lord.
Place the precious things near and dear to you,
In the special holy place prayer provides to you.
Keep Christ in mind and eyes pierced to see,
The provisions of abundance prepared for thee.
Keep Jesus name upon your lips with love and respect
And great help in troubled times with faith expect.
Hold on to love for Love holds on you tight.
Stand up to evil and God for you fights.
When hope is fading remember this rhyme
Have faith I am with you when you are Mine.
Look up and with joy look to the New Year ahead
And hold on to the hope of the promise of what is ahead.

Roman 15:7
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Romans 15:13
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Isaiah 40:31z
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.