No Turning Back By Brenda Drake

I remember well the day I cemented my commitment to the Lord.  I made up my mind I will not turn back.  I have never regretted my decision.  When times get hard I rely on His help to keep me true to my pledge.  The Word of God reminds me of my place in Him and the promises of His provisions.

No Turning Back

No turning back, no looking back, onward I go.
Nothing or anyone will stop me I am headed for the goal.
My mind and heart is set, my eyes seek to see,
The plan Father-God has planned for me.
It is His Word I listen to, it is His wisdom I crave.
It is His strength I rely on as He guides the way.
Jesus is my example, I follow hard after Him.
He is my Lord, Savior and very best friend.
With His authority I tell mountains to depart.
Demons flee when Jesus rules in my heart.
It is His voice they hear when I proclaim,
Victory, in Jesus’ name.
My treasure is in heaven, but I still sing as I go,
For the earth’s treasures I seek are souls.
Souls that are brought to the cross of Christ,
That also will set their heart and life,
On the path of no return to the better place,
Where heaven and earth touches under grace.
The embrace of God satisfies heart, mind and soul;
Fully and completely in His loving control.

Psalms 37:23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:
and he delighteth in his way.

The Destination of Two Paths By Brenda Drake

The sad truth is we are always traveling the wrong way before we find Jesus, (The Way).  We often are ignorant of the terrible destination of our soul as we live our self-pleasing, self-satisfying, sinful life.  I will be forever grateful for the hard truth that moved me from the road of destruction and placed on the path of the Lord.

The Destination of Two Paths

There is a wide path marked with excess along the way;
With easy access no hard rules to obey.
If there is a regulation, they swerve to the right,
Any infringement of self-satisfaction is grounds for a fight.
The road is not lonely for many on its lane move,
It becomes uncomfortable when asked to go another route.
This is not the way right, choose instead the way of Christ,
Follow the example He lived, follow after His life.
Accept His work in your behalf – renounce your sin,
And travel the straight and narrow road after Him.
There are rules, but He gives you the ability to stand,
Strong and accountable even through hostile land.
He will give you joy unspeakable as He walks by your side.
Filling with glory as you are formed as His bride.
Two paths: one filled with God’s grace,
And the other leads to terrible waste.
There are two paths: one wayward all the way through,
And the other devoted to in God’s Spirit move.

Psalms 119:133
Order my steps in thy word:
and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

Matthew 10:38
And he that taketh not his cross,
and followeth after me, is not worthy of 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 worship wells up from within,
To give praise as you worship Him.
There is 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

Practical Love By Brenda Drake

child poverty

        It is nice to hear a word of encouragement in a time of need.  But it is much more memorable when there is a practical effort to help in the need along with the encouraging words. Our Lord will show us practical ways that prove we care for others.

Practical Love

There are many practical ways to bless another
Practical, down- to- earth- ways to serve others
A phone call, a card, or a letter;
To express you are praying for them to feel better.
Do you know someone that is stressed?
Out of sorts with little time to rest?
Show love and concern as a friend;
Treat them to dinner prepared for them.
 Do you know a child with shoes out-grown or overused?
Take them to a new pair choose.
Practical-love works; opportunities are endless.
The profit from involvement is you also are blessed.
With smiles, praises, and blessings, to many to count,
Along with a profit in your heavenly bank account.
Visit those that love you and call those who miss your voice.
When you do your hearts in tune with God will rejoice.
God touches in practical ways as He reaches out to save souls;
When you testify to the lost by your actions He is also made known.

Psalms 143:10
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

.  Lord, help us to be sensitive to another’s trials and to be
willing and able to assist, thus sharing Your love with them.

Look Up as You Climb By Brenda Drake

About the time we think all is smooth going along comes a mountain.  When we keep our eyes on our problem we do not get anywhere.  When wise we will take our eyes off the issue at hand and on the Word of God.  Instead of struggling by ourselves we have the privilege of asking assistance from our Lord. He is our help in times of trouble.  Instead looking down in discouragement we need to look up in faith as we continue on.

Look Up as You Climb

Look up as you God’s promises seek,
In confidence God’s Word speak.
When facing a mountain do not turn to look around.
Keep your focus on Jesus till you reach higher ground.
What is the mountain? It can be many things,
That attempt to hamper your way to the King,
Worry, fear, sadness, or despair,
It can be a thought of depression of life unfair.
Your mountain may be a person or a habit hard to break.
It can be the remembrance of a dire mistake.
Mountains are only a mountain to you.
They are not hard to the One that helps you through.
Mountains are removed when faith speaks.
Jesus, The Word, faced your largest mountain at Calvary.
Look up in your hard struggle and with faith pray.
God gives strength to climb or He moves the mountain out of your way.

Psalms 121:1-2
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

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.