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:
The threats of the world cause us a certain dread of the future of our world. If we are not careful we get caught up in its turmoil and worry and fear takes root in our heart. When we lose our peace and joy we begin to grumble and complain and become discontented with our life. If we are wise we will remember God is in control and we have so much to be thankful for.
Let Us Truly be Thankful
The truly thankful gives back To help in another’s lack. With all their heart they desire to serve, With such an attitude they obey God’s Word. Gratitude for salvation is an eternal joy that delights. The thankful one’s countenance shines bright Each day’s gift purpose is to glorify Christ. They know no matter what comes they are clearly in His sight. Tomorrow’s promise causes contentment in today. The world and its threats are chased away, Faith, hope, and love are necessary tools, Prayer, praise, and worship are what most desire to use. Thankfulness creates a place where peace can reign. In God’s presence thankful hearts seek to remain. Everything is provided by the Lover of our soul.; We dishonor His goodness when we are not thankful.
Psalms 92:1-2 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
I have a lot to be thankful for; So many blessings from the Lord. They are too many to count; So great is the amount. Some of the gifts delivered to my door, Are unexpected things I wasn’t looking for. They are over-the-top blessings that fill to overflow; That cause deep peace and joy in my heart and soul. I am thankful for the gift of salvation most of all. It never gets old….on heart’s knees I fall. I love the Word of God; how it speaks loud and clear, Of His everlasting love and how it chases away fear. I love the knowledge and the sure confidence within, That He is not only my Lord…. He is my friend. Food, shelter, health, family and friends; Are all more blessings I’ve received from Him. My cup runs over…. so great is my supply each day. I will sing out in adoration and will His name praise. Thank You, thank You…. let all of the earth rejoice; Let all that has breath, in thanksgiving raise their voice!
1 Chronicles 16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.
Psalms 118:29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
I did not know my biological father; and I had a dysfunctional relationship with my step-fathers. It was very difficult to imagine a loving, compassionate heavenly Father. I never thought I could relate to the intimate term “daddy,” let alone “Daddy-God.” One day it was revealed to my seeking heart a Father’s love so great that He sent to earth His Son to rescue all that would believe on the name of Jesus. Now I am thrilled to run to Him with my every need and concern.
Our Father in heaven, great and mighty your name. I desire Your will done on earth and in heaven the same. My prayers lift for provisions for my life, And for forgiveness when I do not do what is right. I need Your help Lord to forgive other’s too; And not to be tempted to disobey You. You are protector and deliverer of my soul. You are most holy and most high in full control. You are my daddy God that is always close by, And that comforts me when my heart cries. You kiss my aching soul and breathes in me new life. You are my daddy-God that my battles fight. You teach me with patient, loving-sounds. You present me with special treasures left to be found. You lavish me with blessing too many to count. A forever storehouse is filled; so great is the amount. My Daddy-God says I am the apple of His eye. I say He means so much to me my words cannot reach that high.
Galatians 4:6-7 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
I love gardens but do not enjoy gardening. But there is a garden that is so special, so wondrous; I never really desire to leave. Some call it their special place to meet with the Lover of our soul, some call it the place of perfect peace, some call it the intimate place of prayer; I call it all the above and countless other terms of tender endearments.
Take Me to the Garden
Take me to the garden Lord where, The flowers bloom and the aroma of love fills the air Where my heart’s whisper bursts in song, And my inner man rejoices it is where it belongs. Show me by Your presence what one day forever will be, A garden of paradise where my soul is set free. In this sweet place I can see farther and my heart is attune, To the truth of the promise, You are coming soon. Take me to the garden so I am made stronger still, So when I leave I will follow hard after Your will. Infuse me with the ability to carry the truth to another, So the loving place of rest and favor they too discover. Wrap Your loving Spirit around me so I am at peace within, So I can easily find my way back to the garden again. One day we will be gathered like flowers before You placed; A beautiful example of how Your mercy worked with grace.
Isaiah 51:3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
Song of Songs 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
I seldom felt secure as a child. And I never felt sheltered as a young adult. I almost always feel protected as a Christ follower. Now, in troubled times I remember; who dwells in me and watches over me. Jesus is my protector, Savior and closest friend. I run to Him like baby chicks run to safety under their mother’s wing.
The Safe Place
There is a place, Where we are completely safe. In the world you may ask, Is there really a place we can embrace without lack? Safe from the death sentence that destroys heart, body and soul? Safe from evil that desires take control? Safe from a life forever tainted and stained? Safe from terrible burden’s heavy chains? Is there a safe place where the angels sing? Where there waits the loving care of a loving King? Where the sun shines and there are no lines on the face? Where every sin and shame has been erased? Yes it is real and true. There is a safe place ahead for you. In this place the air is clean with not a threat in sight. In this place there is no darkness only light. Safe from the sin and heartache in the earthly atmosphere. In the care of Jesus your safe place is also here. As you come and go remember the safe place is in Christ. He is the safety you can claim for your life.
Psalms 15:8-9 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Luke 9:20 “But you,” He asked them, “who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah!”
I quake with a fear that is hard to explain when I think of the years I had no real idea who Jesus is. I perhaps felt He was someone of great importance, but the magnitude of His being was unknown to me. But even though I now know Jesus is Messiah, I am very sure the magnitude of His revelation still lies ahead.
Who Do You Say I Am?
There are many theories of who I am. Some call me the Son of God; some say I was just a man. Some say I was a peacemaker and others say, I cause division and they turn away. Some call me Jesus, some Emmanuel, Some call me friend they know me so well. Some inquire daily, who am I in their life? Some seek to know all the names of Christ. I have been labeled Beelzebub, and called a fraud, But who am I to you? Am I your God? I am the Alpha and Omega; beginning and the end. I am the Savior who soon comes again I am the Bridegroom, I am the increase, I am Bread I am New Wine; the Living Water, I am the Church head. I am Light, the narrow path; the only Way. I am the Word of God that has been conveyed. I am the Son of David, I am the vine. I am love, I am Truth, I am the treasure the seeking soul finds. I am Lily of the Valley, the Rose, and the Son of man. But what I want to identify is who do you say I am?
Prayer You are my Lord, my Savior, and my best friend. You are the reason I live, You are the air I breathe; You are King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
There is certain reverence deep within at the thought of a love as tender and as respectful as when Holy Spirit touches a life. There is nothing as beautiful, or more enlightening or as satisfying. One day we will have knowledge of the full picture of all the Holy Comforter has done to build and to enrich our lives.
There is One that dwells near that you cannot see He is the One that dries the tears for those set free. He walks where Angels cannot tread; He hears every word ever said. This One is always kind and gentle to the aching heart. He is the One that kindles loves fires to start. He builds up and makes strong the damaged or weak. He gives comfort to the soul that seeks. This One comes at the whispered prayer; And He truly cares. His healing touch raises the dead. He nourishes the starving underfed. The Comforter is sent to you as a gift from above; To prove and to show the Father’s love. He speaks of Salvation and He lifts up Jesus’ name. When Holy Spirit enters; a life is never again the same. Sweet words of wisdom fill the mouth with praise; Great is the thanks of a soul that has been saved. For they are greatly assured of the work of the cross, So great is the peace – no longer are they lost. The Light of the Universe lives within, For the Comforter has made residence in him. You too are able to reach and give comfort to another lost soul. God’s love from within now overflows. The Comforter even now gives this word of rhyme to touch the ear With some more comforting words for you to hear
John 14:6 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Revelations 2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
This is one of the poems in my book Waves of Comfortby Brenda Drake
Once in a vision, the Lord showed me a little car that drove only a few miles, stopped, and put in just a few cents worth of gas. It continued a little further and did the same. It kept doing this – its progress was very slow. I asked what did this mean. He said that this was how many of His children asked for blessings. They will only accept a few at a time. Some do not feel they deserve to receive, or are afraid to ask too much because of the many people that have greater needs. God does not have lack. He is not worried that we will use up His supply.
No Downsizing in God’s Kingdom
Downsizing, cutting back, you have heard of this before. In the world it is very common, but not in the Kingdom of the Lord. Usually it is because of cost in the market place The price becomes so high, that production cost must be faced. In God’s Kingdom all is provided for. All that is needed is paid for by Jesus Christ, the Lord. He gave of His precious life’s blood To completely buy back the lost, to make new and good. He does not cut back and eliminate the cost. He lifts up and abundantly gives to the redeemed, by way of the cross. He gives sight to the blind man and opens the deaf ears. He fills up hearts with joy, and wipes away the tears. He gives extra benefits; and keeps the lines open day and night. He keeps an army of Angels on duty to put the enemy to flight. He fills up the storehouse with treasures left untold. He even paves Heaven’s streets with purest gold. He does not worry that the economy may fall or inflate. He never worries; He never rushes; nor is He too late. He has no limit or quota nor will He run low and need to wait. In fact, God’s Kingdom grows more and more each day, While the world grows weaker in its downsizing ways.
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The greatest day of my life was when I accepted Jesus. The flowers looked and smelled sweeter and more colorful. My heart felt free; soaring over every care of life. I have had many encounters where God healed a hurt, a worry, and even bad attitudes. I cannot imagine a world without the secret place of prayer where I am daily touched by His love.
The Healing Aroma
The healing aroma upon a life sore, Delivers flowers of hope and peace from the Lord. Where there was darkness and inner pain, And accusations and heavy chains, There is a now glimmer of light, Free from torment and filled with inner delight. The air smells like love and breath unrestrained, Joyful anticipation has dulled life’s pain. It is a beautiful place prepared for each soul; A lovely, healthy-place for the wise to go. Angels strain to see how the change takes place; How the strain of life’s problems are erased. How faces shine and love words freely flow, From very grateful, God-loving souls. God’s healing touch is not just a onetime thing. It is His gift He will daily bring. So come and enjoy the place of health prepared for your soul; Into the loving presence of the One that your heart holds.
Isaiah 57:18-19 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.