Under Construction By Brenda Drake

            No one I know really has a great handle on patience.  It is a struggle always to not lose it!  But many times we do not try at all for we are self- centered and self- serving.  None of us are finished yet, we all have a need to learn to be patient with one another.

Isaiah 43:7
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Under Construction

Be prepared to stop – construction is ahead,
A work is in progress is what the sign has said.
Noise and confusion fills the air;
Showing the construction crew is there.
This illustration I show to you my friend,
To another message send.
The construction crew is busy in every life,
That has allowed the control of Jesus Christ.
There are angels at work on every side,
Assisting the progress of His bride.
Sometimes it truly looks like a terrible mess;
But be patient it isn’t finished yet.
You may even need to watch for danger signs.
Be patient, have faith – it turns out as it is designed.
Be prepared to stop and to wait a bit,
For the progress may also be to you a benefit.
If while you are waiting you begin to fret and stew,
Remember, you are under construction too.
And others may need to wait and see,
The work to be finished inside of thee.

Isaiah 64:8
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Great Love By Brenda Drake

I am a more loving person now that I know The God of Love. He is at work within me when I crucify the selfish desires of the flesh.

Great Love

A love that denies defeat, that does not listen to the enemy’s lies,
That sees good; but will evil recognize,
A love that reaches out and seeks to show the way,
To do good and to God’s Word obey.
This love is for the Master and from Him also comes
It is a supernatural love bestowed by God’s Son.
His love within seeks to serve and to give.
It is proof that God inside of you lives.
This love desires peace and harmony and hates strife;
This too is proof that God rules in your life.
The dedicated life stands tall and is not of Christ ashamed.
There is no sweeter sound than the mention of His name.
This love is not weak; instead it is strong,
For within, you hold the power to stand against wrong.
Your do not cower in fear when encountered, no indeed;
For you are a warrior that knows the battle was won at Calvary.
Your love for God is so great you would die to say it’s true;
For to love His love successfully, to die daily, is what you need to do

Deuteronomy 10:12-13
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

Psalms 18:1-3
I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

A Wedding Story By Brenda Drake

I am so looking forward to this wedding party ahead. I love to think of its beauty, knowing full well it is much more elaborate and wonderful than the most imaginitive imagination!

A WEDDING STORY

Before the bride enters flowers are strewn on her path
A flower girl walks ahead adorning her tracks
A pretty picture is this scene brought to mind
At weddings it is seen many times
Then to the music enters the bride
With the one that represents the father at her side
All eyes are drawn to her, she is the one all must see
She walks to the one she’s chosen to be
Her companion for the rest of her life
She knows he is to be her husband and she is to be his wife
Know the air is filled with the aroma of heaven coming down
There is a celebrations like none other to be found
The bride is preparing for her Groom to return for her
She has made her decision…she has given Him her word
He is so fully committed to her that she is engraved in His heart
He has sent His Spirit to help her to her journey start
Her eyes are so beautiful as she searches to see His face
So precious is her image in His sight it can never be erased
A love so eternal it will never end
Soon the wedding feast begins
If you take a deep breath perhaps you may the aroma smell
If you are still and listen you may hear the wedding bells
If you lift up your heart with anticipation you will feel
That your Groom has touched it with His seal
With a love so gentle and yet so, so strong
That you know that you know to Him you belong

Revelations 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.

He Gives me Strength and a Song By Brenda Drake

            I am amazed at the change God has brought to my life.  I was helpless and lost with little hope or joy in my life.  Now I can still say I am strong in the Lord with a heart full of Salvation’s songs.

He Gives me Strength and a Song


Once I was bound by the chains of sin,
They were impossible to break for they were deep within.
I tried and tried to do what was right and true;
But in the end it was a battle I would lose.
Words of condemnation would taunt and sneer,
Loud sounds of hopeless-despair in my ear.
But one day there was Light,
The Truth and The Way came into sight.
At His request I listened to and heard Salvation’s plan;
If I would trust Him He would change who I am.
I opened up my heart for Him to abide.
My Lord then moved deep inside.
I was born-again, a new creature in Christ.
He now rules and reigns in my life.
He gave me strength and a song to sing;
He is my Savior-King.
Now I am bound by chains of love for my Lord,
My heart willingly travels forward,
Ready and able to fight the good fight;
Declaring the mighty works of God in my life,
 Shining the light that now lives within.
When another finds the way. all glory I bring back to Him.

Psalms 28:6
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusted in him, and I am helped:
therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth;
and with my song will I praise him.

I Must By Brenda Drake

I know I must change some things in my life, but now I know it is really not me that does this. It is the love of God within that molds and shapes me to be like Jesus.  The one thing I really must do is to love the Lord with all my heart and trust His love for me has already made me beautiful, pure, and worthy to be called His child.

I Must

I must as I travel on earth
Make many changes since rebirth.
I must allow each opportunity to change the way I am,
Into the image God has planned.
The inside is the most important place to change.
Attitudes and intentions need to be rearranged.
Bitterness and fear must be cast aside,
And any other sin that attempts to hide.
Selfish motives must be cast away too,
As I seek always to God’s will do.
Harsh words and hard thoughts must be subject to right.
Everything is seen by my Father’s sight.
Bad habits one by one I must cast down.
Replaced with good habits to abound.
I must seek to see another’s need and to truly care,
Of their deeper needs be aware.
I must read the Word and its precepts learn,
Thus spending my time wisely; till my Lord Jesus returns.
I must travel the way to the throne each day;
Knowing the entrance is easily entered when I pray.
I must take the knowledge He gives to me to share,
So others of His goodness become aware.
Help me Jesus to walk in a good and upright manner;
Waving the flag of love as a banner.
Lord I need Your guiding hand,
So I will lead another into kingdom land.

Ezekiel 36:26-27
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Holy, Holy, Holy by Brenda Drake

Holy, Holy, Holy

Sometimes there is nothing more to say than Holy, Holy, Holy,

Holy is the Lamb of God; Holy is His name.
Holy, Holy, Holy, around God’s throne remains.
Precious is the Lamb of God; His love more precious than gold.
Most valuable are the Scriptures that God’s plans foretold.
Beautiful is the Lamb of God, and lovely are the feet of them,
Who spreads the Good News Jesus comes again.
Magnificent is the Son of God, He reigns with power and might.
He is strong and great in our sight.
Holy is my Lord, His wisdom vast and sure.
Holy is the blood shed to make us clean and pure.
All I can say as His glory I now see;
Holy, Holy, Holy – priceless Jesus, that now resides in me.

Psalms 30:4
Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at
the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalms 99:3
Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.

Revelations 4:8
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Resting Time by Brenda Drake

I think the world is much too busy.  Work, work, work, then…play, play, play.  Work hard and play harder still.  The time we need to spend refreshing ourselves in God’s presence is neglected to either fill our pockets or to feed our selfish appetites.  We do what we like to do instead of what we need to do.

Resting Time

After a day’s work you must take time to rest,
For your body to function at its best.
To yield to the Spirit is to rest in His care,
Relinquishing your own will in requests of prayer.
The work of Holy Spirit is busy deep inside.
His mission is to guide, shape and revive.
When the Word of God is taken inside to keep safe,
It can be drawn up to help at a later date.
It is never outdated, never out of touch;
Its work in you, you can surely trust.
When God says it…believe it and you will clearly see
When you rest in His promise; the promise works in thee.
Rest in assurance you are taken care of.
Rest in expectation God always proves His love.
Find comfort in the living Word each day,
And you will find solutions to the problem prayed.
Stand on the answer you have been shown
Honor His love, and give thanks He never leaves you alone.
As you rest in praise and worship you may find,
The work is already done… so you can enjoy even more resting time.

Psalms 16:8-9
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.

Another Step I Take by Brenda Drake

Psalms 37:23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way

Prayer
Lord lead and guide my life.  Show me the ways that I can better serve, and lead, to glorify You; one step, and one day at a time.

            Oh how fast the years fly by, before we know it another year is almost over and a new year begins.  I will make all the familiar resolutions to change, but I know that I can only change what God helps me change.  Each day I make the decision to continue in my quest to glorify my Lord.

Another Step I Take

  • Today, is another step, knowing not where I go.
  • Today I take another step to a place only my Lord knows.
  • My prayer is, I will His direction see,
  • For this day is another step closer to eternity.
  • There is no guarantee that I will live yet another day;
  • So I step toward my God and refuse to turn the other way.
  • I know my Lord is kind, and my motives see,
  • As I watch for the right way and search the Word carefully,
  • I seek to keep in close communication with Him as He walks ahead.
  • I do not need to worry nor do I need to my future dread.
  • If I take each step in faith; I am able to call for others to come;
  • So together we can take another step drawing ever closer to the Son.

Psalms 23:6
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever

Whispered Prayer by Brenda Drake

I was sitting in my recliner watching an evangelist when I heard and recognized the terrible condition of my soul.  I whispered my desire to be saved from the wages of my sin.  God heard me and I knew something was different.  It took a while for me to know the difference was he was now living in my heart. I am now aware he also hears my every thought too.

Whispered Prayer

The whispered prayer when no one is near,
Sounds loud in the Father’s ear.
The change of direction within,
When the heart first desires to follow him,
Even before you say your first silent prayer,
Your God is already there.
Ready, willing and able to your life change,
As deep within things are completely rearranged.
At the first invitation from lips of clay.
The God of heaven moves in prepared to stay.
The body houses royalty, it will one day shine like the Son.
Because of repented prayer you are now with him as one.
Every need is known but I love to hear your voice when you pray.
I hear the songs within and your thoughts when they stray.
But you need to remember God’s love differs from the love of man.
My love is eternal because that is who I am.
I AM Father, that loved you enough to send,
My Son Jesus to pay the price of your sin.
So come whisper to me your request
Know and count on I give you the best.

Jeremiah 29:12-13
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.

A Little Love Goes a Long Way By Brenda Drake

Deeds are seeds. Seeds have within them much increase.  When planted in good soil we expect a harvest.   God sees every seed planted in his name.   Do everything with God’s kingdom harvest in mind. 

A Little Love Goes a Long Way

A little love goes a long way;
A smile or a kind word you say,
A helping hand at just the right place,
Shows God’s love to others through your face,
An offered shoulder to another’s grief bear
Is also tender love shared.
Prayers uttered to help foe and friend,
Is love showing itself again.
A cutting word held inside,
Shows God’s strength in you abides.
To speak of things that is good and fine;
Is practicing the kind of love that God designed.
A little love goes a long way,
Give it out each and every day.
It grows to more than you can yet see.
You bring to God a soul-harvest of increase.

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.

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: