Thankful for the Simple Things By Brenda Drake

Thankful for the Simple Things

As I sit in my favorite chair ready to praise my Lord
I begin to think of all I am thankful for.
Some things quickly come to mind,
Like food, clothing, shelter and family times.
But what about the simple things we take for granted each day?
Like this quiet time I take to pray;
The hot cup of coffee sweetened to taste;
And the precious luxury of a warm, inviting place.
The precious times we’ve had with family and friends,
And the meaningful, loving, conversations with each of them.
For our Church family that is spread across many miles.
And the wonderful touches from God that causes hearts to smile.
As I write down my thoughts of all I’m thankful for,
I see there are countless blessings I have received from my Lord.
Soon I get ready for our big day planned to prepare,
Our feast of thanks of God’s provisions shared.
A Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings….my diet is to be crashed
But also I am thankful to know my family loves me even if I’m fat!!!

Psalms 92:1
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD,
and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

He Finds Great Pleasure By Brenda Drake

     The earth is filled with beauty; God stated all Creation as good.  He loves every part of it all… it is as He designs.  He never tires, and is pleased with every living soul.  Every moment is filled with the wonder of it all. We must rejoice in the celebration of life, and the eternal celebration of New Life in Salvation.

He Finds Great Pleasure

When the willow blows in the wind,
When the palm trees bend,
When the ripened apple falls to the ground floor,
When the child of God prays to the Lord,
When the birds sing their songs of praise,
When the child of God changes their evil ways,
When the flower’s bloom fades and willingly falls to the ground,
When the autumn leaves joyfully blow around,
When the stars and the moon shares their glow,
When the angels sing at every new-born soul,
When the air sparkles with promised rain,
When a child of God is freed from their chains,
When the new-born baby cries,
When an earth-dweller warrior dies,
When the love of a father for son is revealed,
When a cancer-sick soul is healed,
When time has passed and new eternal life begins,
When there is a holy reunion of family and friends,
When the heavens and earth dance and rejoice it is done,
And there is new rule under the Son,
God never tires, all is known and felt, and on His mind.
He finds in it all great pleasure in His design.

Psalms 104:31
The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever:
the Lord shall rejoice in his works.

Heart’s Cry By Brenda Drake

Whisper: I hear every heart’s cry.

Luke 10:27
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

John 13:34
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another.

Heart’s Cry

I believe my heart’s cry is also God’s hearts cry.
He desires families and friends to get along and so do I.
Life is fragile and precious and I have found,
We are very fortunate to still be around.
It is strange Lord how easily we tend to forget,
What matters most; help us to hold unto it:
Such as respect for others, to deny selfish ways;
The great value of positive thoughts, and words of praise.
My heart cries at the pettiness of our sinful self;
When wrong attitudes and contrary personalities rise up or creeps out.
Forgive us and remind to desire God above all things;
To place others first and thus give honor to Christ our King.
Heavy hearts are sad when self makes a stand.
Help us practice joy and peace as we hold onto Your hand.
Songs of praise and joy causes hearts to rejoice in song.
Testify of God and His ways that proves to Him You belong.
My heart’s cry is to love as Jesus did for we see,
Jesus sacrificed Himself so our heart His joy and love could receive.

You turn our cry of desire into joyful love songs of faith.

Give My Heart Vision By Brenda Drake

In the days ahead we need to keep our eyes on Jesus.  With His help we will see His hand at work answering prayer. We are called in troubled times to trust and have faith in God’s promises in the Word.  If God be for us what have we to fear?  God is good and at work for good to prosper.  Give us faith’s eyes to perceive Your hand moving in our behalf.  Allow us to hear the loving sounds of sure victory ahead.

Give My Heart Vision

Give me eyes to see what You see and ears to hear,
What perhaps normally would not sound to me clear.
Set my feet on the path of Your will each day.
Help me follow after my Lord that leads the way.
Give my heart vision to see beyond circumstances that bind;
Past all preconceived conceptions, help me leave them behind.
Give me ability to speak out against wrong;
Instant in worship and in praise’s joyful song.
Give me opportunity to serve You in the gift of today.
Help me to enjoy life as I seek to obey.
Grant me strength to assist in another’s need.
Help me be generous and not filled with greed.
As I ask for these favors I offer my life to live,
As a willing sacrifice that to You all the glory I give.

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.

Something is Stirring By Brenda Drake

The Church as a whole has been asleep. I know I have been awakened to some hard truths of our lax and lukewarm ways. The power and authority of the Holy Spirit has been neglected and even in many instances ignored, denied, or and even restricted to move within the walls of congregations. Something is stirring… Our Lord is on the move, a change is coming.

Somethings Stirring

There’s something stirring … waters are beginning to part;
A bit of excitement is bubbling in the heart.
The sleeping giant is beginning to awake;
The cords that have bound will soon break.
The enemy has been ruining things much too long,
But his success story will be proved wrong.
For out of her slumber the bride hungers for her Lord.
She will be stronger than ever before.
Wake up My bride it’s been a while.
It is time to put on your victory smile.
Pick up your armor …it is time to fight.
With your garments of praise the enemy takes flight.
Put on your robe of righteousness,
God’s will for your life confess.
Speak the Word and you will see,
That indeed the enemy will flee.
The world has watched the church struggle in the past;
But now they see her strength at last.
Her strength is Jesus and all He has done.
Her holiness is the work of God’s Son.
Finally she sees her place,
Is only possible because of His grace.
Her light shines out His love now that she is refreshed.
Love’s light is causing the excitement as Jesus’ name is confessed.
Something’s stirring in the atmosphere.
The call comes. …Sleeping bride do you hear?

Revelation 19:7
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come,
and his wife hath made herself ready.

By Faith I See By Brenda Drake

This poem is an example of a new upcoming book Whispers of the Heart.

Whisper: By faith you behold great things.

1 Peter 1:8-9
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

By Faith I See

By faith I see Jesus walking by my side,
Encouraging to remember I am His bride.
 He faithfully prepares my steps;
To trust in His care and to good things expect,
To keep my heart full and His promises treasure.
And to not fear, worry or become anxious beyond measure,
By faith I watch for His soon return,
Carefully I check my lamp so His fire burns.
By faith my garments are white and clean not stained,
For I ask to be shown sin so they do not remain.
I go to the water and take a deep drought of its flow.
By faith I offer my heart, body, mind and soul.
I rejoice and sing songs of love I by faith believe;
My God accepts and in delight receives.
By faith I see my Lord whispering to my listening ear,
Come, my faithful servant thy Bridegroom is near.
My heart rises in expectation when I see with faith’s eyes,
The day when the faithful and the dead in Christ rise.
My faith sometimes seems weak but at times raises to great heights;
Like an eagle it climbs when it is renewed by new insight.

Father give me eyes of faith to always see the goodness of the Lord.

The Light By Brenda Drake

We need the Light of the Lord as the world it seems to getting darker and darker each day.
As we draw close to Jesus we are able to see He is also the way to eternal peace and safety.

The Light

Jesus is the Light of the world, but what I want to say,
He is the light in my world each and every day.
Jesus is Life and the way to the Father above,
But to me the truth is His life paved the way to love.
Jesus is Master, Creator, Savior, Lord of Lords and King of Kings,
But He is to me everything that makes my heart sing.
Jesus, the name above all names; at His name all will bow.
But my choice is I choose to honor and praise Him now.
He is provider, and lover of our souls.
He is the love that through us overflows.
He is bread for the hungry and drink for those who thirst.
He satisfies the heart-hunger to those that place Him first.
Jesus is The Song of Salvation that will forever play;
He is the joy of salvation that forever stays.
He carries all our burdens and answers prayer.
Because of who He is of all things He is aware.
He is the flower of heaven and He seeks His bride;
To walk eternally with Him at His side.
The light shines in the darkness to gather all who come.
For all who search for answers in life: He is the One.
He is the One who is everything you ever will need.
He is the increase and He is the seed.
Jesus is the Light of the world it is true,
The only question you need to ask, is He the light in you?

John 14:1-4
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.

Believe to See it By Brenda Drake

I see ahead so many things by faith. I believe God hears and answers prayer.  I believe the Word of God; because I believe the Word I not only see it I receive it!  Do you believe God has blessed you and your family? Do you believe God has blessed our Nation?  Do you believe He has heard our collective repentance and answers our prayers for His will to be done? Can you or do you see by faith the great revival that is going to sweep over our world?  I do. I believe and now I see it on the horizon ahead.   

Believe To See it

Some say “To see it is to believe it”
But you truly must believe to see it.
Many with eyes open stumble through life,
And refuse to see or believe in Jesus Christ.
Their heart’s eyes are blind and other senses dulled.
Darkness and sin against the truth pulls.
Prayer and a steady example set will find,
That truth faithfully spoken may sink-in with time.
When you believe you will truly see,
The treasures that you are to receive.
Salvation is the greatest gift bestowed;
For new life is the treasure God foretold.
Believe and you will see so many things;
All health, wealth, and strength come from the King.
Believe and you will see darkness flee before your eyes;
The dull senses are refreshed and revived.
You will hear the heart-cry of another.
You will speak words-wise to help them discover.
You will pray with new fervor and expectation,
And speak the truth with conviction without hesitation.
When you believe you indeed will see.
Your God’s hand working for and through thee,

John 11:40
Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe,
thou shouldest see the glory of God?

A Prayer for Us and Our Nation By Brenda Drake

Only God can heal us or a Nation.  He hears and answers prayer. We in turn need to believe to receive.
If and when we truly have repented our sin we need to look up in faith for the answer to come. At times we are all guilty of leaning to our own understanding and get into the murky waters of depression, worry and fear. Our answer is to pray for God’s help again!

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A Prayer for Us and Our Nation

Pick us up out of the murky place.
Clean our dirty garments of worry that disgrace.
Fear and anxiety have muddied our mind;
Lord with Your help we can leave them behind.
Heaviness of heart has dimmed our vision too;
Fill us with the joy that only comes from You.
Improve our outlook deep inside;
Fan our faith’s fires; keep our dreams alive.
Chase away the clouds of darkness with the light of Your favor,
For, depression must flee when God’s presence is savored.
Dig us out of the pit of self-pities trap.
Set our face to purpose that keeps us on track.
Lord with You we are able to soar to great heights.
In You we are able to cause and to be a delight.
Our life is as a living sacrifice offered for Christ our King.
As You rescue us again, only You cause our hearts to sing.

2 Chronicles 7:14-15
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.  Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place

He Rides the Waves with Me By Brenda Drake

Life is a gift, although sometimes it feels like a troublesome gift.  When we realize we do not need to go it alone, there is a certain joy and assurance our Lord is at our side.  He is also our strength inside.  It is very possible with the Holy Spirit’s help to give thanks and sing His praises no matter what we face.

He Rides the Waves with Me

I walk with God in the light of the living,
Ever on the forever path; singing, loving and forgiving.
Each day has been prepared as a gift bestowed;
A time to share life, with the One that my life holds.
As we travel, when trouble and trials comes,
I entrust each moment in the hands of the most trustworthy One.
He is stronger than the wind that blows its icy breath.
He has already conquered the dreaded threat of death.
My God is able to calm the troubled sea,
Or He is willing to ride the waves with me.
With His Word He speaks to the enemy of my soul.
With His Word on my lips He is in control.
I walk with God toward the place I call home.
He assures all who believes need never walk alone.
We walk so close sometimes we use the same steps.
He will carry me through heaven’s door as His bride the closer we get.

Joshua 1:9
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Love’s Light By Brenda Drake

          The world as we know it has been turned upside down.  What God said is dark is called light. What
God detests the world has declared good, Things once held dear are now cast aside as no longer valuable. Many churches are lukewarm, and fit in with the world system. The teachings and the presence of the power and authority of the Lord have been stripped from the lives of those who attend. Children of God need to stand and boldly profess the Word of God as they live a life that agrees with the Word of God. 

       The Church is at a cross-road; are we as Christians going to lay down our armor and give in to the pressures and the threats of evil control? Or are we going to get busy and pick up our armor? We need to be ready to follow our Lord to fight the forces that are taking our Country and our world into a place of no return. 

      I for one will say with God on my side what have I to lose?  I say I am not weak in God I am strong.  I stand and say I believe and will testify what the Word of God says is right is right.  What the Word of God says is wrong is wrong.  In my stand for right, I also admit God has given every man, woman, and child the free choice to do right or to choose the way of evil.  What is your choice?  If it is for God then stand for Him and boldly say so.  

Love’s Light

In the Light of Love darkness flees.
In His presence the heart receives.
Like a tree planted at the rivers side;
Full and filled vitally alive.
When rain clouds come and they still do,
God becomes a shelter too.
When you feel cold or in a storm,
God’s in control and your heart warms.
There is no place you go,
That your God does not know.
In the low times when you feel dry,
Your God becomes your supply.
As you lift up every problem, trial, and pain,
It is all covered in Jesus’ name.
Sadness, anxiety, worry or fear,
In Love’s Light has to disappear.
Love’s Light is health to heart, mind and soul.
It heals and in you overflows.
The wise abides in the Light of the Son,
As they are revived they also a light becomes.

John 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.