A Little Does Much By Brenda Drake

            The Creator made a tree fit into a little seed.  There is a harvest with every seed of kindness we plant in His kingdom work. Words are seeds, and actions are seeds too. I marvel when I think of His Word planted in our hearts, and the work He accomplished in our behalf on the cross.  I am overjoyed at His victory over death.  I am humbled at the realization He is still at work in heaven praying for us each day. 

A Little Does Much

Just a ray of light helps the lost find,
The way out of darkness; leaving fear behind.
A word of encouragement makes the faint-hearted strong.
A smile of approval encourages someone along.
A reaching hand can pull from the miry clay.
All it takes is a little love and kindness to chase loneliness away.
A modest assistance can help the poor to lift his head.
A little hope offered can carry off someone’s dread
One life offered to do God’s work can accomplish much;
 Brokenness is made whole by their touch.
A planted seed brings great harvest in return.
Jesus is our harvest we did not earn
As a ray of sunshine your life can be.
Reach out and touch someone… be a light for Me

Romans 15:1-2
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

Matthew 5:14-16
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

There was a Small Child By Brenda Drake

Small excerpt from Waves of Comfort by Brenda Drake

I remember as a young child standing in my room at my grandmother’s house, looking up to the heavens and saying, “God if you are really there why don’t you talk to me?”  I listened but I did not hear a thing.
Many years later, after I had asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior and had invited Him into my heart, I heard God speak!  I was sound asleep and I heard “God is Love; Jesus is forgiveness.”  I woke up immediately.  I was so excited – I knew it was God!  I then woke my husband and repeated the wonderful message God spoke to me (my husband surely thought I had gone crazy).  I wrote it down in a little book.  I was so thrilled… not only could I talk to God but God would speak to me!
Much later after the Holy Spirit taught me to listen I received this poem.  It reminded me that when I was a child, I called out that I wanted to hear His voice.  God had heard me!  I just could not hear Him.

There was a small girl child with eyes open wide to see.
She called out to the heavens to a word from God receive.
She challenged me to listen and to speak to her clear,
However she did not have a heart able to hear.
Many years went by and I called out to her many times.
One fine day her heart with truth aligned,
It still took her a while to rest enough to hear my voice.
Now the little child can daily draw near so her heart can rejoice.

John 10’27
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Comforting Words By Brenda Drake

There is no place more comforting than in the presence of our most loving God.  Never have I been disappointed He is always able to restore my hope and faith. I love the Word of God and the still sweet voice within that assures me I am His, and all is well with my soul. 

Comforting Words

Are you lonely and need encouragement my Child?
Come and sit with me awhile.
Your heart is heavy; I feel it too
Although you don’t understand I know all you go through.
When you are afraid and something is wrong inside
Come and take rest; in my strength abide.
When eyes are unable to see, and ears strain to hear,
Reassurance for those that are to you most dear,
Be assured I know the fears that rise up to trouble the mind.
“Will they go on in faith with God, or will they be left behind?”
I know when life sometimes seems to pass you by.
I see your unfulfilled dreams, and I hear your sighs.
The things of the earth grow strangely dim;
When you allow your Lord to cause calm deep within.
My healing touch causes well-being you when you come.
Lift up thanks and praise for all that God has done.
When you are mine you need to know, of you I am a vital part,
Love reaches into even the darkest corner of your heart,
The past is gone – a bright future ahead of you lie.
You are a precious jewel; in my eyes
The Spirit speaks peace with comforting words.
When in His presence new hope and faith occurs.

2 Corinthians 1:2-4
Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

II Thessalonians 2:16-17
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

God’s Plan By Brenda Drake

God’s Plan

            God’s desire is for us to allow His work to be accomplished in our life.  It is a wonderful day when we desire His work to be accomplished in our life.  His plan is better than our grandest idea for He plans to prosper us in every way.

A masterpiece was designed at the start;
A project most dear in the Father’s heart.
Love took form as He breathed into man;
Formed to be intimately as one was God’s plan.
He made man an eternal soul;
Able to communicate; a good mind was bestowed.
He did not leave man fend for himself against the enemy,
He sent His Son Jesus to die to set them from sin free.
God did not make a puppet to do as asked,
Nor did He desire a servant to do all as a task.
He longs man to choose to draw close because they care,
Who trusts Him and all their struggles with Him shares.
They are a holy work; a sweet virgin prepared for God’s Son,
A bride without reservation giving all in thanks for all He has done.
God searches for yielded vessels, He will not force against the will.
From the beginning God’s plan was only to willing-vessels fill.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

John 3:16-18
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The Power of Praise By Brenda Drake

I heard a saying a long while ago that has stuck to me all these years.  It was “Praise the Lord anyway” I have and I do.  I have found that in the middle of a problem if I stop and make a concerted effort to lift up praise to the God that is in control when I am out of control, before I know it my heart has been strengthened to face whatever issue needing to be faced.

The Power of Praise


Your words of praise are like a whip,
It lashes the enemy plans to bits.
The power of praise is great.
It breaks down walls of fear, strife, and hate.
True praise and worship is like a mighty wind;
It blows away the debris my friend.
When life has you hemmed in and you feel trapped,
And when all you see is black,
Take your Bible in your hand,
Find a scripture-promise as God has planned.
Then in faith raise your voice in song.
Allow the Spirit to make you strong.
Watch the heavy clouds lift off of you,
And feel God’s joy within to move,
The Word along with praise to God above,
Is a double portion of love.
God loved enough to give His Word to you,
And when you love enough you to give it back to Him too.
The enemies cower, frightened by its strength;
They are unable to stand in its presence; they wither and shrink.
Use my gift (the Word) in your praise,
Place it also in your prayers in Jesus’ name.

2 Chronicles 20:22
And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

Lost in His Love By Brenda Drake

            The love of God for us is so great that at times it almost boggles the mind.  It is difficult at times to take the time to explore the presence of God; by praying, praising, worshiping, or by studying the Word.  I have found that when I do make the effort the time flies by, I get lost in His love, and I do not want to leave.

Lost in His Love

Love embraced the lost so they could be,
Lost in His embrace eternally.
Completely enamored in this place,
Lost in the wonder of His amazing grace,
In the inexpressible realm of forever with God as one;
Marveling in the endless love of Father, Spirit, and Son.
Great treasures are revealed and truth rules and reigns;
All the lost are found and with Him remain.
The angels marvel at love’s grand display;
Showered upon the chosen who are in opulent array.
Every heart has a love song for their Savior-King.
In harmony and in accord with God every heart sings.
In great swelling waves of desire they are swept off their feet,
Lost in Love’s embrace, exactly where always they were meant to be.

1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Ephesians 3:18-19
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God

When Your Heart is Troubled By Brenda Drake

        There is trouble on all sides … John 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  He has already won our battle…we just need to believe and have trust and faith that He is our help in time of trouble.

When Your Heart is Troubled

When your heart is troubled and the cares of life are high;
There is a need for prayer, do not let opportunity slip by.
When the body stresses nerves taut, and the tongue is sharp to the ear;
Faith diminishes, and then enters even more anxiety and fear.
The sad thing about worry is only the circumstances you see;
They wrap chains around your mind; from it you will need to be freed.
Prayer is communication, talk to your God above,
By His sacrifice in your behalf He proved His enduring love.
If you trust Him for salvation… trust Him for the rest.
When you are His, He is always looking for your best.
Prayer is effectual when you believe
That your words are heard, and that good you receive.
Faith is a tool of prayer; it does not depend on your words as much,
As your confidence in the One you pray to; in whom you trust.
When you become overburdened why hesitate?
God’s Word assures He answers the prayer of faith.
Give thanks for your answered prayer, this by faith do.
When it is all over you will see God has seen you through

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Philippians 4:6
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.

Psalms 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

That Kind of Love By Brenda Drake

Jesus died for us all, but not everyone desires to accept His provision for their soul.  I am amazed at such love that would sink down into the dark world of sin to lift us up to the place we could never expect to go.  His love is so spectacular, and so undeserving.  It can only be described as an unsurpassable gift.  How could we not desire to be one day just like Him?

That Kind of Love

When the Spirit whispers I want to hear.
When I feel His nudge I want to draw near.
If I walk on a path not good in His sight,
I desire to instead to turn to the way right.
In my service to Him my heart wants to sing,
An anthem of praise to my Savior-King.
The love of Jesus is far above any and all love on earth.
His love for us was so intense it hurt.
He loved the sin out and loved holiness in,
His love died a terrible death to rise up again.
He is love that speaks into us life,
He is the Word, He is Light.
God so loved the world He sent His Son,
To heal the sin-sick soul and bids them to come.
The Father watches for the prodigal to take their rightful place;
Provided by His mercy and His amazing grace.
What kind of love is this; beautiful, in freely given sacrifice?
I seek daily to practice that kind of love in my life.

1 Peter 2:21
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should

1 John 3:1
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. aollow his steps:

Are You Light? By Brenda Drake

Lord forgive us when are not a light for You in the dark world.  Forgive us also as a Nation for all the ways we have turned away from the Light of the Word of God.  Jesus You are the Light of the World.  I pray for this Nation and pray 2 Chronicles 7:14  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.

Are You Light?

Are you a light? Let us see.
A few questions will reveal the answer to thee.
When you wake in the morning what comes to mind?
Is it words of complaint most of the time?
When you behold the sinner doing his sin,
Are you repulsed or entertained by him?
Is his soul’s jeopardy in your sight?
Or are you unaware or uncaring at his plight?
Have you become conditioned to compromise?
Do you within begin to God’s way despise?
Are you outspoken against wicked ways?
Do you earnestly for your Country pray?
Are your steps leading to or away from the cross?
Again are you a light to show the way to the lost?
There’s ample evidence multitudes are not living as God planned.
Are you also guilty? If so repent and turn around while you still can.
Read and heed God’s Word; live it, and speak it out clear,
So the aching, dying world can see and can the Good News hear

Mathew 5:16 
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In Service to the Son By Brenda Drake

            The call of God is shunned many times for fear of losing freedom in our lives. In truth when we accept His invitation we are set free.  The world’s standards and God’s ways are completely opposite. To serve is the highest honor in God’s kingdom.  Those humbled are exulted to the highest place; forever to be in the presence of the Lord.

In Service to the Son

When you accept the call to service you align with God’s plan,
You are entering the Kingdom of God’s blessed holy land.
When self humbles to do God’s will,
 It is in service to His mission fulfill.
Willingly becoming a servant of God above;
Agreeing to be directed in the labor of love.
God places you in turn at His side,
So when the battle is over forever with Him you will abide.
God’s love is forever; when your earthly service is put to rest,
The Father shares all to with Him possess.
Angels rejoice at what they see done;
When the servant is raised up to be with God as one.
All creation strains to share in the rejoicing as they see man,
In the honorable place the Father has always planned.
They are marked as His and are plain to see.
Though they come in service, God declares “They are Son to me.”

Isaiah 1:19
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

John 1:12
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

I John 3:1-3
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not

Free or Not? By Brenda Drake

        In our world’s sad condition: with pandemic threat, civil unrest, our economic and personal woes; it is difficult to not feel apprehensive at the prospect of our future.  The key to our peace is to bring each of our concerns to the Lord in prayer and then to leave them in His care.  It is wise to get into the Word of God and begin to pray God’s promises.   What does the Bible say? The Word states we need to seek first the Kingdom of God.  It asserts we are just pilgrims passing through, and teaches us to love and care for others. We are instructed to go into the world and preach the Good News of Salvation.  Jesus showed us how to pray; for God’s Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  We learn from the Scriptures we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.  God’s Word assures He will never leave or forsake those that trust and have faith in Him. I agree that life can get a little messy but the Word says God is a very present help in time of trouble.  Are you free or not?  That is the question asked.

Free or Not?

When you worry and continuously experience bouts of fear
Are you free or not?….Will you this wisdom hear?
When you become angry and it stays and inside moves
Free or not is the question asked of you?
Are you easily discouraged and prone to depression?
Free or not is your confession?
Jesus sets the captive free;
These things should not be.
When you pray and place petitions before God’s Son
Do you believe your answer comes?
Or do you still walk with heavy burden on your back?
Free or not is again the question asked?
The earth displays turmoil’s and strife,
Do you live and stay upset with stresses in your life?
Do you speak only of the evils and give much thought to them?
Or do you speak the Word in the situations and rely on Him?
Are you free or not free from the heaviness of life?
You are free indeed when you have faith in the authority of Jesus Christ.

John 8:36
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Joshua 1:5
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Allow God’s Comfort Within By Brenda Drake

       

What a world we live in, there are many opportunities to get upset, worried and stressed, but what a God we have, He is well able to help us through whatever comes into our day. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to bring comfort to our soul. 

Allow God’s Comfort Within

It is a choice made each day,
To rush about and do things your own way,
Or to allow God’s comfort within,
As you do your best and rest in Him.
It starts with a simple prayer request,
That asks for God’s strength for you to do your best.
You will know when you have neglected this,
When you feel frazzled, upset, and stressed;
Do not worry it is never too late
Stop what you are doing do not hesitate,
The Lord is willing and able to help my friend.
He is close as a prayer; when you call to Him,
He is your comfort, hope, and strength,
He is the needed wisdom to help the way you think.
Think on things good, kind, and true.
Think on His promise to help you through.
Pray about the future that He holds
Remember He never leaves you and is in control.
Allow the comfort of God to rule your Day.
So you will have lilt in your step as He leads the way.

Psalms 4:8
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:
for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.