Keep the Mind on Christ By Brenda Drake

I used to daydream a lot, most of the time it was truly wasted time.  I would create a make-believe place in my thoughts where I would be strong, beautiful, rich, or smart.  There was not much accomplished by my imaginary place of rest.  I found I was still weak, sad, lonely, or as angry when all was said and done.  I am free now as I think on Jesus, I am who the Word says I am.  I can do as the Word says I can do.  Jesus is the Word, and He is my Lord, and the lifter of my head in any situation I face.

Keep the Mind on Christ

Focus on things good and true,
Keep good healthy thoughts inside of you.
When fear or anger threatens to overtake,
Do not hesitate,
Turn your mind in a right direction,
Pray in the Spirit and you will get help to reject them.
When bored or lonely, or when the heart-sad breaks,
Heed good advice and some adjustments make.
Read about and think about the Lord you love,
And you will be strengthened by wisdom from above.
If you are tired and weary in your life,
Turn your heart and mind back again to Christ.
If you feel poor and needy, and tattered or torn too,
Think of this good word given to you.
You will leave rich, and richly dressed;
In the pure robe of God’s righteousness.
Come in any circumstance you face;
God gives comfort and give peace within His embrace.
Think thoughts positive and true,
Think about the promises given to you.
Have faith in God’s ability and in His Word,
You will have a much pleasanter life upon the earth.

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Sore Spots in Life By Brenda Drake

Do you ever wonder what in the world is happening?  Do you feel a little bruised by circumstances around you?  Are you at times so weary of the road you travel? I have been and I am.  I have some things I scratched my head over, and other times things I have shook my head over.  When this happens I can do one of two things, I can get bitter or with God’s help I can get better.

Sore Spots in Life

There are times in your life,
When things do not seem to go right.
Trying times of trouble, pain, or stress,
When life hurts; in its progress.
This comes to almost everyone at times.
It is not as God has designed.
You live in a realm that is under siege;
On every side there are enemies,
Seeking to cause pain, shame, and despair.
Never is nor does life on earth profess to be fair.
When you belong to God’s Son,
You are now called His chosen ones.
To walk and talk as His ambassador as in a foreign land;
Subject to its terrors but led by God’s hand.
Each step can be painfully slow,
But still there is joy within the soul.
The sore spots are healed and soon you run again;
With heart ready to sing praise to your Lord and Friend.
Sore spots in life are not permanent for God speaks to them.
Soon He also heals the Nations as planned and under His rule again.

Proverbs 3:5-6
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.

Angry Seas By Brenda Drake

I am not as afraid of storms as I used to be.  But I still would not choose to be out in a little boat in a stormy sea.  When our life is in precarious position it is wise to place our trust and faith in the One that will either lift us out of danger, ride the waves with us, or will say to the storm “Peace be still.”  Be wise and be safe.

Angry Waves

Out in the waters dark and deep,
There is danger when the boat leaks.
In the icy waters it is hard to survive.
In its vastness it is hard to stay alive.
You are in a world of angry waves;
With power and ability to carry you away.
Out in the murky waters of sin,
Do not attempt to swim.
Stay in the safe place prepared for you.
For the world’s blackness will harm or destroy you.
Treacherous effects are lurking,
In places hard to see.
The wise will not travel into the stormy places if life.
They will rest in Jesus as He guards their life.
He is the One that calms the troubled sea for you.
If needed ….He will rescue you too.
Angry waves troubles the soul,
But Jesus will never let you go.
So as you face the winds in life
Place your faith and trust in Him -you are never out of His sight.

Psalms 107:28-29
Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

The Anchor of Our Soul By Brenda Drake

        What a large complicated world we live in.  I can easily get confounded with its unstable, violent, tossing’s and turnings.  Our God is not confused, or out of sorts.  He is completely capable, and in full control.  He that formed the earth and fills it spoke the first word and always has the last word.   Jesus is the Word of God and He is the Anchor of our soul.

The Anchor of Our Soul

Out in the world large and vast as the sea,
Sometimes I’m tossed about and the way is not clear to me.
I’ve learned that in the place of turmoil or stress,
The best thing is not to struggle but to in God rest.
You are the Anchor of my soul.
You are in full control.
Before long I am at peace within.
And the way is seen clear again.
The world’s sounds speak loud and clear,
But it’s God’s voice I desire to hear.
When I open up my heart and Scripture I find,
An anchor to my soul when with the Word aligned.
Before long I am at peace again.
The Word makes God’s voice clear within.
The lover of my soul says “Peace be still.”
With God what have I to fear?  I live to do His will.                                   
Kept safe in His love and care,
The truth of His goodness with others I will share.
Jesus is our Anchor; and He calms our troubled seas,
He is Savior that died to set us free.
He is the lifeline and the Light that shows the way.
He is refuge and high-tower and the Word to obey,
As the apple of His eye and His reborn,
What have we to fear in life’s storms?
As we remember God’s goodness we are set free.
Joy then overtakes the world’s threat and anxieties!

Hebrews 6:19
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,
and which entereth into that within the veil;

Divine Shelter By Brenda Drake

I used to be petrified in storms.  But one day I discovered the One that is in control of the storm provides a safe place for those that place their trust in Him.  Place your trust in Jesus and the fear subsides and peace like a warm blanket will cover and protects your soul.

Divine Shelter

The storm rages ….the troubled sea tosses about;
The mind fills with fear, worry, and doubt.
Why?”  “Where are you?” “What can I do?”
Then…”I’m in trouble Lord I need help from you.”

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Your call is always heard ….when in distress,
Your God lifts, you to in His hand rest.
The storm may still blow but you are secure again;
You are at peace deep within.
Divine shelter is never withheld – it is always there.
It is reached at times of prayer.
Just a call is all it takes;
And the harsh winds I break.
Divine protection provides rest to regain strength;
So with God’s power you are able to face the stormy sea.
Never are you asked to travel all alone my friend.
Remember, even if the storm rages… the sun shines soon again.

Isaiah 25:4
For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

He Will Carry You By Brenda Drake

       Do you feel a little tired and run down?  I do.  It’s time to take a rest and let God carry us so we can gain strength to carry on to do the next task on hand.  Just as the poem we all remember of the footsteps in the sand, He will also carry us through our troubled times. 

He Will Carry You

When life becomes a struggle and you put up quite a fight,
When it threatens to take away the remaining joy in your life,
When one step more is almost too much to do;
Know your God will carry you.
When the sun in your world has warmed you from within,
And your blessings are so numerous the list never ends,
When the heart is so filled with thanks and praises too,
At this time also God carries you.
You will fly like and eagle with a heart that sings.
You are lovingly carried on Spirit wings.
In the high place or the low place God is there.
He is your joy and strength in your times of prayer.
So rejoice in the knowledge there is no place you must travel alone;
For, God delights in His mission to carry His own.

Isaiah 40:11
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Isaiah 46:4
And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

The Sacrifice of Praise By Brenda Drake

Although it is difficult when our life is turned upside down; when we become disappointed, discouraged, we need to set our face, minds and heart to trust and to have faith God is good and He is in control.  He deserves our steadfast thanks, praise and worship no matter what we are going through.
This too is the sacrifice of praise.

The Sacrifice of Praise

The flower blooms even in the rainy day
They allow their life to be on display
And the birds continue to sing
Their sacrifice of praise to the Creator King
When the sun has hidden its warmth and the cool winds blow
Does this mean that man is forgotten in the land below?
Does his face need to be sad and his heart dark and glum?
Does he forget the goodness of God and all he has done?
The flowers and the trees and the birds are aware,
Life is a gift of love that the Creator shares.
Life has its moments when the sun shines bright,
And times of darkness where it’s easy to lose sight.
There are times of gladness and times of pain,
But the wise know God’s love and care for them remains
The angels marvel in delight
When one overcomes the obstacles and puts the enemy to flight
When they stand up tall and with authority proclaim
They’re God’s chosen and renounce despair in Jesus’ name
When they push back their shoulders and lift up their face
And bloom where they’re planted under the banner of grace
They too lift up their voices and like the birds they sing
An anthem of praise as they worship their Savior… Creator King!

Hebrews 13:15
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
 that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

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What a day comes when there is no harsh rain again;
When the joy overflows and it never ends.

Prepared For Duty By Brenda Drake

      In these troubled times I have had a lot of opportunity to think and to pray for God’s wisdom, direction, and will in my life and for the course of our Country.  I do not have all the answers but I know the One that does.  All I truly know is He is in control and that I also desire for Jesus to be in control of me and my life.  As I prepare for duty I rightly know I need help from the Holy Comforter of my soul.

Prepared for Duty

Preparations are taking place in the Body of Christ,
Many are taking a closer examination of their life.
Their image and effect on their neighbors and friends;
Are influenced by what lies within.
The selfish, self-conscious, self-motivated one,
Will be limited in the kingdom-work done.
Those that are selfish choose not to see,
The neighbor’s problem or help meet their needs.
The self-conscious one is so afraid to speak
That they will not their neighbor reach.
The self-motivated one will rarely take time,
To with God’s will and ways align.
To be ready at all times to serve;
Be immersed in God’s Word;
Come daily for fresh supply.
And you’ll be as a river that is never found dry.
For your God is all the strength you need.
And His ability to serve ….you will receive.
Self is crucified again and again,
So your Lord and Savior rules and reigns within.
He hears the cry of the lost and sees the one in need.
Prepare your heart to His goodness receive.
Prepare for service my friend,
For you are a gift He chooses to send.

Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

By Faith I Pray By Brenda Drake

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 almost at the same time.  All I truly know is that 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.
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.

In Your Darkest Place By Brenda Drake

My brothers and sisters, friends and family I am giving you this poem to encourage if you are feeling a bit lost and confused over our world and its dilemmas.  Emmanuel God is with us. Continue taking the stance of prayer.  Continue to seek God’s face.  He is our strength, He is our Hightower.   Jesus is Lord.  He is in control.

 Sing like…
Acts 16:25-26  
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

In Your Darkest Place

In the saddest place…in the place where terror strikes,
In the darkest place where there seems to be no light,
In a place of mass destruction… where confusion fills the air;
Where nothing seems right and nothing seems fair,
In the greatest valley where the sun does not seem to shine,
Or is the loneliest place that you could ever find,
In the place of hard decision where there is agony of the soul,
When it seems it is easier to of sanity let go,
The place of heartbreak where life is no longer fun.
When the future looks dark and bleak and nowhere to run,
In this place or any other …no matter what you feel is true,
Your God has not forsaken or abandoned you.
I AM will take the terrible pain away.
There will again be sunshine in your day.
Love surrounds and fills you and will deliver … victory is ahead.
Be assured of the great future prepared as you are by the Spirit led.

Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.