Sanctuary of Love By Brenda Drake

            We attempt to explain the place in prayer, where hearts sing silent adoration, thanks, and praise and our soul is strengthened mightily again to serve our Maker and the Savior of our soul. Our experiences are so special and so unique we find we need to try again and again to testify of its wonder.

Sanctuary of Love

Sanctuary of love in a world of mess;
The place where angels sing and my heart can rest.
I travel there in an instant; all my filthy rags left outside.
In there I am dressed in the righteous robe prepared for the bride.
I stroll by the sweet waters that lulls into peace,
That refreshes my soul and my strength is increased.
I travel in expectation, never knowing fully what gift I will find,
But I know who it is that presents it, and I know He is mine.
Love smells like heaven has opened up its door,
To share a little glimpse of the great love ahead prepared by my Lord.
Without a word the Word of God has filled me up again,
With the touch of eternal life that can only come from Him.
Oh how I love the sweet Sanctuary provided for me in prayer;
That only I can enter with heart bowed low to get there.
As I bow in worship and praise I will see,
Great is this beautiful space provided for me.
Again I re-enter the turmoil of the a world of unrest,
Filled with new hope, peace, and love to God’s truth confess.

Psalms 26:8
O LORD, I love the habitation of your house
and the place where your glory dwells.

Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Hebrew 10:19-23
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Heart Talks By Brenda Drake

      I experience some of the greatest relief when I just blurt out without thought of preparation my feelings to God.  They do not always sound especially holy or eloquent; for at times I am confused, sick, or frustrated.  Then there are the other heart-talks that are almost like a song too beautiful for words.  God is pleased at sound of our voice, but He loves the sounds of our hearts.

Heart Talk

Expressions of deep that overflows;
Precious nuggets revealed of the soul.
Sweet sounds of yearning, burning desire,
Brought to and from God’s loving fires.
Digging deep into hidden places to find,
The selected sacrifice at appointed times.
Heart talk speaks in different dialects,
To the intended listener selected as best.
Love is the language that all understands;
It is felt more than heard in all the lands.
Expressions, impressions, and confessions all the same;
Preciously conveyed messages the heart proclaims.
Come rest at the feet of the One you adore;
Heart-to-heart, in touch with the living, loving, Lord.
At worship in work, in play, and at rest;
Whole, happy and free; as His you are truly blessed.
In trouble, in trial, in sickness, and in pain,
Heart talks with the Master breaks the chains.
Jesus is the Word of God and He speaks clear.
Come closer with hearts in tune the world can love’s language hear.

John 4:24
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Roman 12:24
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Ephesians 1:16-18
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

Tears That Count By Brenda Drake

            It takes a lot for me to cry, so there are times I am surprised by an unexpected emotional reaction at the plight of someone in great need.  I know God can and does use a tender heart.  I pray I have a sensitive heart like Jesus so I will shed tears that truly count.

Tears That Count

The tender heart has tears abundant in measure.
They cry when sad and even in times of pleasure.
Some weep when caught in wrong,
And some cry even when hearing children’s songs.
There are tears of repentance and tears of joy;
Tears when they lose a job, and tears when they are employed.
Good actors can turn them on and off at will;
But there are tears the heart feels….Jesus wept the Scripture tells.
He wept when He saw His friend’s loss.
He cried tears of blood in His struggle to go to the cross.
He cried “It is finished” when His work was done,
As He paid the sin-debt of everyone
Tears of anguish tore His heart into,
As He poured out Himself, to bring wholeness to you.
The tears that count cause change deep within.
Tears that feels another’s pain and cries out in prayer for them.
The tears that lays down self-will and forgives another’s sin,
Shows compassion fashioned after Jesus… as you follow after Him.

Psalms 56:8
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

Your Help and Our Cooperation By Brenda Drake

            Our world at this time causes such turmoil within. Everything seems to be upside down and backwards, with uncertainties on every side.  Just as when Peter stepped out onto the water; we in a sense are doing the same.  But know when we keep our eyes on Jesus and not the waves (circumstances) we are able to accomplish great things. We, the Church are lights in the darkness.  Jesus said His sheep hear His voice.  The Word of God tells us we are more than conquerors in Christ.  With God’s help and our cooperation we will finish well.  With His help we will be His ambassadors in a trouble land so His will is done on earth as it is in heaven.  This poem is my prayer.  I believe Holy Spirit desired me to write it as our prayer. 

Your Help and Our Cooperation

Teach us how to cooperate with Your plan.s
Help us to pray knowing with Your help we can.
As our everyday problems arise,
Help us see the situations through Your eyes.
With Your help and our cooperation Thy will is done;
Then and only then, are we able to glorify God’s Son.
Take us to the place when each day becomes,
A joint effort with You and us to get things done.
Holy, precious, Jesus our heart’s desire,
Is to become vessels of use, to catch the world afire.
One day at a time walking to the place,
Where we are able to fully feel Your embrace.
Lover of our souls, build us up strong,
So even in a troubled world we will sing Salvation’s song.
Take us and make us into an ambassador for Christ;
That serves heart, mind, and soul with our life.
Light up the dark places to help us see clear.
Open up our hearts and minds to Your instructions hear.
With Your help and our cooperation Your will on earth is done.
When it is all over we will give all glory and honor to Jesus, God’s Son.

Romans 12:11-13
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

2 Corinthians 4:7-10
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

Deepest Love By Brenda Drake

            One day I was contemplating the greatness of God and truly it almost blew my mind. The more I thought of His magnitude the smaller and smaller I felt, until I almost disappeared in my sight. I exclaimed, God how big You are!  Then I heard clearly, but child look how small I am I live in your heart.  Such love is hard to understand but we will spend eternity exploring the deepness of such passion.

Deepest Love

A love so profound, the ocean is like a puddle when compared.
A love so grand, the universe cannot have room to spare
A joy that’s explanation has never known words to teach;
Eons of times ahead and past cannot its limit reach.
A heart so big, a plan so marvelous and grand,
No one ever was, is, or is to be, can fully understand.
What is man, that God would place upon him the gift of His love?
Why would the Father look upon him with such favor from above?
It is too marvelous; He makes sinful man as pure as His own Son,
 With desire to join us forever with Him as one.
It’s almost too much for me to comprehend;
The Creator of all there is calls me His friend.
A masterplan so wondrous, He allows me to be of it a part.
Such a deep love, He decided to reside within my heart.
A marvel so majestic I cannot fully understand
But I offer my 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.

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Flowers From a Hopeful Heart By Brenda Drake

I love flowers.  I am not a gardener.  My love of flowers does not come from my efforts.  God is the gardener of our soul.  He is the beauty that flowers from within us.  Oh how sweet is the love of God, He deserves all the praise and glory.

Flowers from a Hopeful Heart

Like the sweet aroma of a willing rose,
Is the praise of a heart that God’s Word knows.
Hopeful hearts see the sun shine ahead on a rainy day.
Though cloudy on the outside they are warmed by inner rays.
Another flower that comes from the heart of hope,
Is the sure knowledge God is in control.
The sweet assurance of His love and care,
Is another flower of hope with another to share.
Flowers from a hopeful heart walk at a steady pace,
Under the sure covering of God’s mercy and grace.
They live in His anointing and of His nourishment partakes.
Lights in the dark world all the difference makes.
An encouraging word, a loving timely rebuke,
A helping hand in time of need; are all flowers delivered too.
There is sweet aroma of a life whose hope is in God above.
They bloom in the land; seeds planted in the garden of love.

Ephesians 5:1-2
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

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,
Looks the same as the cowards on the outside.
It’s the inner place where only God can see;
The hero’s heart looks like it has been touched by divinity.
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.
They by the world’s standards are 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 the ones 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 the 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.

Pay Backs By Brenda Drake

            Very little of the world’s ways are of value to keep as we follow in the footsteps of Christ.  It is challenging but with God’s strength, the Word in hand and with Jesus’ name on our lips in prayer, we are able to handle the many difficult situations we find in our everyday life. God is in control, have faith.

Pay Backs

Pay backs are thought of a threat sometimes,
Retribution of sorts for getting out of line.
The world ways encourage such things,
But in the end it does not solve anything.
It is not your job to pay back for wrongs done.
Leave it up to God and lasting profit comes.
God says to turn the other cheek and love your enemy.
He says to kind and respectful be.
His payback comes when you reap what you sow.
What you have planted is what grows.
Your prayers in behalf of those that offend,
Comes back as a blessing to you within.
Allow the Holy Spirit to your battle fight.
Nothing passes by His sight.
Love God with all your heart, mind, and soul.
When you do He is allowed full control.
His pay backs are beauty for ashes, and peace and joy untold.
His pay backs are precious things your hearts can hold.
He is the Author and Finisher of your faith.
He lavishes love upon you so from evil pay backs you are safe

Deuteronomy 3:22.
Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you.

The Light of His Glory By Brenda Drake

            Jesus is The Light. The Word and The Truth that brings peace, hope, and even joy in our world of conflict and uncertainties. We can and must to be an overcomer, bask in the Light of His Glory.

The Light of His Glory

In the light of His glory I am able to see,
The beauty of Salvation promised to me.
I see the sunshine above the clouds of today.
I see the love of tomorrow on display.
In the light of His glory I am able to feel,
The truth of a forever-love that is real.
It healing power reaches deep within,
With renewed faith and great desire again.
In the light of His glory darkness flees.
The world and its attraction lost its power over me.
The fears and troubles and its threats of death fade.
In the glory of His presence I am at rest and safe.
Love surrounds and fills and overflows my life.
I am One with Jesus He is love’s light.
As I contemplate His greatness and am built up within.
With His strength, His Word, and with Him.
As the day passes and a new day starts,
I carry the light of His glory inside my heart.
Ready again to reach out a helping hand to another.
So they too the Light of Jesus will discover.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.