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.

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.

Direction for the Gentle Spirit By Brenda Drake

I never was a person to set out to hurt someone, but I also did not care enough to set out to help them either.  A great change has taken place in my life since Jesus saved my soul.  I not only care for others but I spend time thinking of ways to help them if I am able.  My prayers now are not just for my needs but are also for the need of salvation and the concerns of others.

Direction for the Gentle Spirit

Direction for the gentle spirit, yielded and still,
That hungers and thirsts after the Father’s will.
For the one who wants to see beauty in the most unlovable kind,
hat purposes to good in each person find.
Know your God will reveal the deep innermost part,
Of the valuable, empty space in their heart.
I will give you the ability to not only see,
But love enough to inside of them reach for me.
That hard, relentless, calculating person you know,
Has a great need within their soul.
The bitter, angry man uncompromising in his ways
Has great need within for God’s love to brighten his days.
The very sinful man that seems to wallow in the world’s mire,
Their heart too your God also desires.
If you allow me to show you we will gather more and more,
Into the holy presence of the love of your Lord.
I will bestow upon you more than you can contain,
You will over flow like a river in Jesus’ name.
Sweet and peaceful with a gentle warm embrace,
That honors the Father in the world’s last days.
Oh gentle spirit become more like the One you serve.
Learn from the Holy Spirits still voice as you read God’s Word.

John 16:13
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Bullied by The Accuser By Brenda Drake

            Before I knew the grossness and the penalty of sin I had very little guilty feelings, but after I truly desired to live right, I was harassed with feelings of inadequacy to measure up to God’s Word.   One day the Lord showed me the absurdity of this.  He loved and died for me before I loved Him. Why now when I love Him would He love me less?  He would never need the help of His enemy to tell me what I need to do. 

Bullied by the Accuser

The enemy points out small infractions and paints them,
Seemingly, into large, gross, unforgivable sins.
He lays condemnation as a burden to pack;
He keeps piling things heavy on your back.
He points out everything to cause shame,
He loves to accuse and enjoys casting blame.
Critical, unloving, and judgmental without any grace,
He brings forth anything to disgrace.
The accuser has no right to blame you anymore;
For your every transgression is covered by the Lord.
Your worth is not measured by what you do or do not do.
Your worth is measured by who dwells inside of you.
If your own heart convicts thee;
Take heed but do not be bullied by the enemy.
He does not point out sin to those that he easily tempts,
He accuses those who desire to obey and repent.
If he can persuade them they are still full of sin.
He causes great discouragement in them.
Walk each day doing the best you can.
Do the work of God the best you understand.
If you sin, quickly repent in prayer,
And know you are forgiven for your God truly cares.
When you hear a taunt that will not cease its noise in your ear,
Rebuke it and turn away from it and it will not stay near.
One day you will behold the one that caused your heart and mind so much strife.
You will see how pitiful and how weak he is in the presence of Christ.

Revelations 12:8
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

The Flower of Respect By Brenda Drake

Happy Mother’s day. Gifts are great but love and respect is of far more value.

The Flower of Respect

Consier the flower …it is a beautiful thing
It is a chosen gift for pauper or for a King
Lovely and sweet smelling….though often shared
They are fragile and must be treated with care
A flower has the ability to lift your spirit when you are sad
With the touch of God it inspires and makes a heart glad
Mothers are like a flower too
How many times has she bloomed for you?
She is there from your beginning and even till the end
She is your greatest fan, ….your greatest friend
Her love is powerful, with aroma of her own
She is truly the beauty of the godly, well run home
Her place of honor is well known in heaven’s realm above
For like the flower that blooms she also shows God’s love
What a wonder she is to see
When you show her love she is renewed right in front of thee
There is great value in a child’s words of praise
Like a flower of respect are the words “Happy Mother’s day” 

Ephesians 6:2-3
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Big Things Come in Small Packages By Brenda Drake

Christmas gifts are great fun.  I remember a time I was delivered a very large package but as I opened it up, inside was a smaller package, inside that was another and another, until it was a very small but greatly desired gift I did not really need.  Jesus the Creator of the Universe came wrapped in a tiny babe born to a virgin and lay in a straw lined manger. He was a most needed gift that now is my greatest desire.

Big Things Come in Small Packages

Big things come in small packages – it is true
I will give some examples to you.
Great commitment is represented; most agree,
By the tiny box, that accompanies the one upon his knee.
All heaven and earth testifies
Even the smallest truth will never be denied.
Take the example, of a tiny seed;
Within its little package lives the start of a tree.
An encouraging, spoken word, may become
A huge directional – change for someone.
Many packages are placed under Christmas trees,
They are expressions of love, and kindness to be received.
But, the Greatest Gift ever bestowed is Jesus Christ.
Upon a rugged tree your largest gift was sacrificed. 
In the little town of Bethlehem, a child was to a virgin born.
In this tiny, little bundle the Creator was formed.
He that made the earth and all off a far too,
Was in this little package; delivered from the Father, to you.
Remember Him in your giving, as you celebrate the birth of God’s Son
By planting small, seeds of faith in the hearts of both old and young.
Big is the God of all that is and is to be,
But, He dwells within all that are His, for all eternity.

2 Corinthians  9:15
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

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:

Move On By Brenda Drake

            In our troubled world, with it contrary winds that blow against what we want, desire and believe as true we may become discouraged with our life and become weary in our well-doing.  We get side-tracked and lose sight of our kingdom-goals and purposes. We need to do three things; get back into the presence of our Lord and the Bible; then with His strength and new purpose move to get up
and carry on. 

Move On

When you have rested awhile in the presence of the Son,
And He has restored your inner smile in light of all He has done.
Then it is time to pick up your bed
To move on to the place the Spirit paves ahead.
When you have been freed from the heavy burden on your back,
And the light shines bright upon your path.
It’s time to walk on with purpose to your step.
Move on to the opened door; God is not finished with you yet.
Move on with confidence I lead the way.
Move on with assurance God plans your every day.
When the clouds cover the land with its discouraging sounds,
Rejoice in the knowledge you walk on Holy ground.
Angels watch over you and gives strength when you are weak.
They give muscle to the words you for God’s kingdom speaks.
You are ready and willing and God makes you able to do,
All He has ordained; all you need to do is move.

Proverbs 16:3
Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Philippians 4:10
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Love Displayed By Brenda Drake

It is strange how after we are awakened to the truth of God’s Word we can clearly see His love portrayed in every direction.  He even paints the sky in love’s colors. 

Love Displayed

Love is displayed for all to behold;
From the first word to the last word God’s story is told.
Jesus is God’s Word spoken for all to hear.
His story is recorded and made perfectly clear.
Jesus is the Word, the Creator, and the Savior of man.
He that formed the earth chose to walk on land.
Jesus, God’s Word always knew,
When, and how He would rescue you.
Jesus the Word all men must seek.
Jesus is the name all with honor should speak.
The Father, Son, and Spirit; three but One;
Always knew one day the time would come,
When knowledge of truth would enter in;
So your words of praise and worship would begin.
Salvation’s songs of redemption tell of the work of the cross.
His love call is displayed to the world lost.
Love indeed speaks in every direction you turn.
The Truth, Life, and The Way’s soon return.

Revelation 1:8
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

John 14:5
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Woke By Brenda Drake

It feels like we are in a bad dream at times.  In our world what is up is declared as down. What is wrong is declared as right. Everything we have been taught is being nullified. However we are not fooled when we have found the Truth for He has woken us up to be aware of the enemy’s deception.

Woke

It is strange how meanings of words collide;
How their intents are on opposite sides.
God calls us to wake up to the truth receive.
So His soon return we can see.
He desires us to wake up to the call of love,
Born again to experience His touch.
Woke; the sleeping bride prepares for Jesus’ return;
Wise virgins with lamps tended with oil to burn.
To be “Woke” is an evil call as well;
With a very different story to tell.
These hear and are deceived to believe a lie.
They do not or they refuse to the truth recognize
Their life a different story shares,
Honoring their source of power unaware.
The evil-one marches forward with steps bold and rash,
Declaring a woke-generation, that does not rely on truth or facts.
Are you awake to God and His provision of love and care,
Able to the good news with others share,
Or woke to lying, seducing, killing spirits that promise things untrue
Your decision proves the Master you choose.

Romans 13:11-12
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

The Wise Know Where Their Strength Comes By Brenda Drake

I have many time been able to do something I thought I never would be able to do after I prayed for God’s help.

The Wise Know Where Their Strength Comes

David faced Goliath with stone in hand and faith within.
He faced the giant because He knew God was with Him.
Samson was strong with power,
But He became foolish and His victory was soured.
Both teach a story all need to see.
Both from God their strength received.
From King to pauper both the same,
Needs the favor of God to remain.
From small nation to large nation they too,
Needs God’s favor to carry through.
Wise are those that know from where their strength comes.
Wise are those who pray God’s will be done.
Just like David stood against the enemy tall;
Just like Samson pulled down one the enemy the wall;
Just like Jesus that stood against wron and stands for right.
You too have the strength and can stand ready to evil fight.
Just like Ester, Bride of the King,
You too will see the enemy fall and your heart will sing.
Just like Mary you are ready to pour,
All that you are out in worship to your Lord.

Matthew 26:7
There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

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..

Look Out, Look up, Listen and Look Within By Brenda Drake

I remember well the day of salvation and the way the colors of life became so much brighter. Now the beauty of God’s handiwork speaks louder of the love that always was whispering my name. Everywhere and in every situation there is a place to hear and see God’s affection and provisions for His redeemed.

Look Out, Look up, Listen and Look Within

Lakes, rivers, or streams invite to enjoy the view.
As you look out at the beauty shared with you.
Remember God that made and put it all on display.
Allow creation’s soothing peace to enhance your day.
As you take away its comfort and store it within,
Look up to the Living Water and give praise to Him.
The sky in its vastness calls to marvel at its space,
Allow it to draw you into its embrace.
Your God fills it with life:
Each breath you take is His delight.
Allow yourself to listen,
To creation’s whispered affection.
Hear the voice of God speak
In a songbird, a flower’s aroma, and in autumn’s leaves.
Gaze into the eyes of those that your lives touch.
Look deep and you may see the reflections of God’s love.
When you are filled with the wonder of His mercy and His grace;
Look deep inside and there you will also see God’s face.

Psalms 19:1-3
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
 Day unto day uttereth speech,
and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
 There is no speech nor language,
where their voice is not heard.

Ephesians 3:14-19
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 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.

Come to the River By Brenda Drake

Although I am unable to swim I love to be near water.  There is a certain undefinable peace that brings comfort to the soul. There is no greater peace than the day we go to the River of Life, for then the Living water flows from within.

Come to the River

Come to the River; take a drink from its sweet flow.
It will renew and refresh your soul
Replace the cup of bitterness for the gift of grace,
Dip into its healing waters that heal in its embrace.
Allow the the air of perfection to surround you like a cloud.
Permit the joy of a saved soul to in praise cry aloud.
Allow the heartbeat of God to beat deep inside.
Come to the clear waters to reside.
Travel with the Most High offer your life to Him.
Return often to the healing waters again and again.
Keep eyes open for another that needs strength of soul.
Lead them to the One that makes new and whole.
God’s love is constant, so great is the supply.
It flows forever and is always nearby.
In Jesus is the River, as you live your life for Him;
You will never thirst in your soul for the River flows within.

Psalms 36:8-9
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light

John 7:37-38
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Cause Yourself By Brenda Drake

            We pray, “Lord make me more like You.”  However we need to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and purpose our life to be more like Him.  We need to follow the example Jesus set before us.  When we determine to obey God’s Word He is able to use our life to help others.  He is able show His great presence in our everyday circumstances.

Cause Yourself

Cause your heart to help carry another’s load, that you see,
Is heavy burdened; help set them free.
Cause your lips to say the prayer that will help them through.
Ask and you will receive as the Scriptures teach to speak the truth.
Cause your hands to reach out to one in distress.
Pull them out of danger, as in God’s strength you rest.
Cause your feet to walk with them a little way;
As they learn to go forward, and to on the right path stay.
Cause your eyes to warm them with the fires of love.
Allow your arms to hold them for your God above.
Cause yourself to be the one that does as Jesus would do;
If you do, He will reveal Himself to others through you.

Psalms 143:8
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Job 5:8
I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Allow God to Love You By Brenda Drake

            I remember well the first day I allowed God to love me. After a hard day, alone with children tucked in bed, relaxed in recliner with no remote at hand, the evangelist came on television.  I was too lazy to get up and change the channel.  What a great day it turned out to be. For the first time I learned of the sad, hopeless condition of my soul. I became aware of the wonderful love of God and His provision in my behalf.  The amazingly beautiful gift of salvation through Jesus’ work on the cross becomes crystal clear each time I spend time in His presence in praise, worship, and prayer

Allow God to Love You

Allow God to love you, listen to this word of rhyme.
Give Him your attention, share with Him your time.
Rest your weary mind, enjoy the encouragement He gives.
Allow the Spirit to soothe your soul, so without fear you can live.
Take the peace of the Savior; let it sing to you its sweet song.
Let joy flow forth inside you to make you strong.
Tear down the walls of bitterness, and the towers of pride.
Allow the forgiving Spirit to reign inside.
Rest in the Holy Scriptures, learn it promises and believe in them.
Allow the love of Christ to warm you from within.
Bring the sins that the enemy piles high on your back,
And allow God to throw them in the sea intact.
Trust in the One that loves you more than words can say.
Give Him your life and your problems and fears dissolve away.

Acts 16:31
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

If you have never asked Jesus to be your Lord, this is the perfect time. It is so very simple, first, admit you are a sinner, and are in need of a Savior. Believe and accept what He did for you, and ask Jesus to enter your heart and to live His life in you. He is faithful; you will never be sorry for your decision!

Allow God to Lead By Brenda Drake

With all the advantages of our modern forms of information there is certain disadvantage of misinformation. We if not careful are led astray and leave even common sense behind.  The Word of God along with a personal relationship with God allows us to have a God perspective.  He will sometimes give us a heads up as to what to listen too, and will give us peace when we hear the things that brings unsettling to our soul.

Allow God to Lead

Allow God to help you, allow Him to teach.
Allow the Spirit to inside of you reach.
Take warning of the danger that lies ahead,
To not into a trap be led.
Heed the instructions given to help you
Listen and obey what God asks to do.
Be aware of the false words that lead you astray.
Follow the written Word of the Scripture each day.
Do not let circumstances rule your life.
Trust God to make seemingly wrong things right.
Allow not the negative of the world to bring you down.
Only pay attention to the words of faith that you have found.
Attend to the One that dwells deep within.
And an exciting journey you will begin.

Isaiah 30:21 
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

John 16:13-15 
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Sometimes I Fail By Brenda Drake

            I use to beat myself up for not acting the way I felt was acceptable to glorify God, and would help others recognize the Good News of Salvation.  Little by little it has sunk in I will never be a perfect example of what a Christ-follower should be. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus and a perfect example of God’s love and provision of salvation and grace.    

Sometimes I Fail

Sometimes I fail and fall short of what I should be.
And many flaws in my character I see.
My shortcomings are so clear,
If I dwell on them I begin to fear
I know at times my light shines dim.
And I need it seems to start all over again.
But when I begin to feel low,
Lord Your love again begins to flow.
You show me my value in Your eyes.
And remind me of Your sacrifice.
When You administer Your sweet touch,
It heals the brokenness and fills me up.
When I am weakest, You are my strength.
When my soul thirsts, You give me drink.
When I am overburdened You carry my part.
When lonely You remind me, You are in my heart.
When I fall You still do not cast me aside.
In my dark failures You see  my heart’s cry.
In my circumstances, and the flaws that disgrace;
You see perfection, filtered through grace.
Help me Lord to not be discouraged, but to strive to overcome.
So I am a glory to Jesus when my life is done

Psalms 32:5-7
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah