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:

Written in Stone by Brenda Drake

The Ten Commandments were written in stone.  No one could successfully obey them without sinning.  Now Jesus has written His will on the walls of our heart as we stand on the rock solid promise of the truth of salvation written in the Word of God. 

Written in Stone

You have heard “it is written in stone.”
Meaning its truth stands alone.
It will not change. What written down,
Is rock-solid truth that is sound.
The world may alter the Word to mean what they desire,
But it really has not changed what God requires.
The world may shun the Word stating it as untrue,
But it does not change the mind of the One who gave it to you.
The Word may be coined as old fashioned, outdated, or unnecessary,
But on the contrary they will always be.
When your name is written in the book of life,
There you stay because of the blood of Christ.
He is the Rock, He is the Law, He is the ransom paid,
So the one under the law’s penalty may be saved.
It is written in stone, and in the Father’s hand,
By the love of God; just as He has planned.
Written in stone… above every hearts door,
Marks the proof they are the possession and the work of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:7
But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

As a Flowing Stream By Brenda Drake

I know what it felt like when I was lost and thirsty for the truth. I was dry unfruitful and very unsatisfied with life.  Now that I am filled with God’s Word, it feels like rivers of living-water flowing within me. I love to share the good news of God’s Word with others.

As a Flowing Stream

Streams of water flow down a hill
To another waterway fill.
The river flows on to another place,
Soaking parched soil along the banks.
On and on it distributes its life giving flow;
So the grass, flowers, and trees are able to grow.
This also is true of God’s care from above.
He flows into your life a river of His love.
Come to the banks of His goodness and drink some more,
Of the sweet-waters provided by your Lord.
Just as rivers flows onward, so must you my friend.
Continue to show others the way to Him.
To be one with God and to flow His way;
Drink-in God’s Word and its precepts obey
The more you consume, your flowing stream overflows
To share with others the truths you know

John 7:38
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Proverbs 18:4
The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

Isaiah 58:11
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Blessed By Brenda Drake

        Sometimes we can get so caught up with the problems of the day: the bad news, the dire predictions, our financial situation, and our family and friends problems, we forget to count our blessings.  Really when we have Jesus, He is all we need.  We are indeed blessed,

Blessed

Blessed at my first glimpse of day,
Blessed as I bow my head to pray,
Blessed as I begin to unfold,
The Holy Scriptures that are more precious than gold.
I am filled with wonder at the beauty of such favor.
It is an eternal blessing that I savor.
My heart, mind, and emotion all come to rest,
At the holy place where I am blessed,
I take a deep breath of the peace supplied;|
Glad again that in Him I am alive.
My ears and eyes are opened for new direction to come;
With full assurance I am led by the Spirit to honor God’s Son.
I will rejoice and be glad at such favor in my life.
I will bring all praise and glory to the love of my life.
Jesus is the biggest blessing this heart could receive,
In Him, is all I crave for and all that I need.
Blessed in the morning, noon-day, and into the hours of night;
He is the biggest blessing in my life,
He is the light that enters and inside rests.
He has chased away all darkness and worry, this is why I am so blessed.

Hebrews 6:13-14
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

Love Never Takes a Vacation By Brenda Drake

Jesus is our example in every way.  He loved us so much He died to save us from the consequences of our sins, and eternal loss. We also need to learn to love….By dying to the selfish nature that places our own needs and desires above those of others that touch our lives. In our families we have ample opportunity to practice the Lord’s example set before us. The Holy Spirit will help us when we choose to do as our  God desires.  Lord, help us to choose to do the good, right thing even when it hurts and it feels so wrong!

Love Never Takes a Vacation

Love never takes a vacation; God displays His love on every side.
His creation shouts “It is good to be alive.”
Love extends itself in the sunshine and in the rain.
It is evident in every place; even in great pain.
Love offered His life to pay the debt of sin.
There was no greater pain than what was endured by Him.
Love said, “Forgive them they know not what they do”
His love is so generous; He still shares His love with you.
Love fills your life with His breath.
Love follows the faithful even unto death.
When you become weary, love will revive and give you strength.
When you are thirsty, love is the sweet water for you to drink.
When you are hungry and become thin,
He will place you at His table and will feed you again.
The world has a darkness that is very black it’s true;
But one act of love will light the way for you.
Evil and hatred is on every side,
But they flee when in love you abide.

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Let my Words Paint a Picture By Brenda Drake

I like to paint pictures of the beauty God’s creation. But my heart truely desires to paint a picture in words that show the utter beauty of all Jesus has done and what lies ahead for His children.

Let My Words Paint a Picture by Brenda Drake

One day I will walk on streets of gold and will watch the angels fly;
And I will behold all the colors used to paint sky.
The Jewel of heaven will before me stand,
And as I bow down low He will reach for my hand.
There is no emotion held in check,
My heart fills with a joy I have not felt yet.
Every hope has been surpassed,
 Every dream is fulfilled at last.
Until then my Lord like a child I wait to see,
All the wonderful gifts that the Word has promised me.
As I walk upon the rocky path of the earth I dwell,
As strange as it seems I walk also in heavens streets as well.
In tune with Holy Spirit perhaps I will recognize,
The wonderful gifts that are placed before my eyes.
Give me heart that sees the beauty in the place I am.
Help me recognize and find Your lost jewels in the land.
Give me Your loving touch Lord, as I reach out to them.
Let my words paint a picture of love that they can take within;
That administers a taste of the joy and the peace,
That lies ahead for Your redeemed.
I thank You Jesus for such a glorious future we can savor.
Thank You for such love and such abundant favor.

            Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Psalms 94:19
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul

He is Beautiful By Brenda Drake

Never were the colors of life as beautiful and bright as the day I confessed and repented my sins and asked Jesus to be my Savior. The more I behold the truth and begin to comprehend the majesty of God the more precious Jesus is to me. He is beautiful.

He is Beautiful

There are so many things in the world to see
Lovely colors displayed endlessly
The sky color is blue some would say
But I’ve seen countless color combinations on display
Mountains and hills tinted green, brown or white,
Or even blue, pink or purple cause observing eyes delight.
Rivers and streams sometimes look blue, brown and green.
The many shades of trees, grass and flowers are amazing
But when we get a glimpse to reveal,
The Treasure of Heaven and His touch we feel;
There is nothing that can compare to Him.
All life’s riches are found in Him
He is beautiful, so beautiful.. in wonder we become aware,
The amazingly marvelous gift He shares.
His love offered His life to give life to the lost.
He suffered greatly to pay our debt of sin on the cross.
He is beautiful, so beautiful is all my heart can say;
All I am and ever will be is invested in His name.
I am free to live with eyes able now to behold,
All the beauty that this new life can hold.
I am able to recognize the One who lights the way for me;
So His beauty is evident in all that I see.

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.

Enter the Rest By Brenda Drake

When mayhem seems to surround us, and conflicting reports confuse our mind and troubles our heart, it seems almost laughable to say we need to find the place where we are at rest.  But this is exactly what we can and must do.  This is a different kind of rest; it is a supernatural kind of rest.  God is very happy to assist us to do what He asks us to do.  He is our rest, He is our comfort, and He is our peace.  He is trustworthy and will do as He says He will do.  It takes a step of faith; standing on the Word of God, with an inner knowing God is for us and will never leave us to work it all out on our own power alone.

Enter the Rest

Precious love and pure joy the very best,
Are known by them that in God rest.
What causes to stumble and to fall,
Will be put to rest at your call.
What could be greater than what I can do?
Nothing is impossible; I will take care of you.
My hand is always ready to lead, my eyes never stray,
I will never leave you or turn from you away.
Relax and know I take you to the sacred place,
Jesus’ sacrifice provides; under the banner of grace.
I prove there is no one as strong,
Through each difficulty, I help you along.
Trust in your God, you can truly rest when you sleep,
I never close my eyes; on you them I keep.
All things I provide, but I call you trust me;
Happily at peace and restful then you will be.

Exodus 33:14
And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

Matthew 11:28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Come Soar with God By Brenda Drake

It sure feels good to soar with God, free from burdens at last.

We get so busy in our everyday life almost before we realize it we are piled high with the many things that cause heaviness within.   Jesus is always available to lift our load as we lift up our prayer requests. This poem encourages us to share every concern with Him. He promises to not only listen to us but to answer with His assurance, comfort, and joy. 

Come Soar with God

Come soar over obstacles in the way.
You are lifted over them when you pray.
The dream that illusively seems out of reach,
The answer to the question you refuse to speak,
The doubts and even the fears,
That clouds your thoughts with unshed tears,
Come let us examine these things;
Bring them one by one to Christ the King.
Your vision inspired by God above;
Will be delivered on wings of love.
With God on your side and with His rule within,
Is there a chance of failure with Him?
With joy, peace and salvations sure hold,
How is it possible you do not walk with Him on streets of gold?
How could the bride of heaven with garments pure in Christ,
Not be comforted by the joy of God’s presence in their life?
Come and soar with the lover of your heart and soul;
Rest confident in His sure, loving hold.

Psalms 27:5
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion:
in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me;
he shall set me up upon a rock.

Get Up, the Two Word Sermon By Brenda Drake

Sometimes life can just get us down.  The key is to not stay down. It may seem a little like tough-love, but the best advice sometimes is to just get up and keep going.  Of course we have God as our help.  He is ever ready to hear and to answer our prayers.  He lifts our heart and clears our mind; so we are able to get up and follow after Him.

Get Up, the Two-Word Sermon

When life gets you down, you need to do one thing;
Get up, and continue serving your King.
When you are tired and weary, there is no other choice,
Get up and pray, in thanksgiving lift your voice.
When anger or fear or even bitterness takes its toll,
Get up to change your viewpoint; God is in control.
Get up when you are lazy, do that good thing for another,
When hungry or thirsty, get up and read God’s Word, and you will discover,
Your hunger is satisfied, and the thirst is quenched.
When you are ashamed or guilty, get up and quickly repent.
When Jesus healed the lame man, He gave him a project to do;
He said, get up and remember what God has done for you.
Peter’s mother-in-law was very ill and sick in bed;
Jesus healed her and she in turn got up and the disciples fed.
The young girl was asleep, and was brought back to life;
She got up, to her parents delight.
Get up and get busy doing whatever needs to be done;
And you also will be a glory to Jesus God’s Son

Job 17:9
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.