One Gift By Brenda Drake

 

 

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One Gift

If you were to have one gift under the tree
And that gift was a gift God would receive
I wonder what it would consist of.
How would it communicate your love?
Who would open it?  Where would it go?
If it was a gift for God I would truly want to know?
Could it be for the neighbor that has had a hard year?
Or perhaps it is for the one lonely with a heart full of unshed tears?
Or for the one that warms a bench always in plain sight
That has a blank stare whose eyes have lost their light?
If you were to deliver it would you just lay it down?
Or would you show honor as you place it on holy ground?
Would you make known your giving so others see,
What you bestow as an offering to your Lord and King?
Instead, would you greedily keep it ….no doubt,
As an offering to your god of self?
This word of rhyme desires to show in this special season
Christ is the gift delivered and He is the reason
He is love, peace, joy and goodwill
Share with the one special with needs to be filledWhen you give to them and in their thanks. By faith hear your Lord say,
“I am glorified by the gift you gave to me today.”

Mattew 25:34-36
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

When there’s too Much Merry in your Christmas By Brenda Drake

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Have a Merry Christ, but not too merry!

When there’s too Much Merry in your Christmas

You spent way too much money and consumed a little too much wine,
You have run out energy and patience at the same time.
The Christmas decorations are lovely to see,
And you have overdone yourself on the Christmas tree.
The big day is fast approaching; dinner planned, and gifts wrapped tight.
Yes your great efforts will surely cause delight.
But you are feeling a bit dragged and a little amiss.
Perhaps you packed a little too much merry in your Christmas.
Take a rest and bask in love’s light awhile.
Think of real the reason for Christmas; allow your heart to smile.
Offer all your hard work and your life as a gift to Him.
He will give you some more merry to pack into Christmas again.

Keeping Christ in Christmas By Brenda Drake

 

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Keeping Christ in Christmas

Bright lighted trees line the streets with good cheer;
Signs of good tidings, with festive music to hear.
Both child and adult clearly are able to see,
That the joy of Christmas day is fast approaching.
There are songs about Santa, reindeer and sleds in the snow,
And some lively tunes of the joys of mistletoe.
You may hear a song every once and awhile,
About  the Christmas story of the virgin mother and holy child.
You may see an image of babe in a manger- frozen in time past,
To remind of Christmas’ real reason as you in wonder look back.
Sweet little children will only learn of the Holy virgin birth,
And about the Savior that left heaven to be born on earth,
From caring parents and others that faithfully Christ testify.
Christmas-times real reason is only then kept alive!

Deuteronomy 6:7
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

 

When the Merry has Left your Christmas By Brenda Drake

 

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This poem is dedicated to my many friends who have a heavy heart at this time of year.

 

When the Merry has left your Christmas

When the merry has left your Christmas the lights do not shine as bright.
The songs of snow and mistletoe do not spark inner delight.
Hearts grieve remembering sweet Christmas’ past; gone is one most dear.
If you sing a love song you know they would hear,
Perhaps you could catch a melody returning to you,
Assuring they are celebrating Christ’s birth too.
As you see the Savior in a manger born to be lifted on a tree,
They are beholding the glory with the risen King that set you free.
As you look up to the stars, they see the stars that bow low
Like the one that led the way to the Christ child long ago.
As you pass out gifts to one another
They are beholding the face of Jesus, the world’s greatest gift to be discovered.
If you can envision the triumphant glory that now rests their face.
Then perhaps some joy will return as you feel their sweet embrace.

Revelation 21:4-5
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

The Greatest Miracle Ever Fortold By Brenda Drake

 

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Christmastime is a celebration of more than the birth of our Savior.  It celebrates the reason He came to earth.  It celebrates His birth within us.  It celebrates the love, joy and peace He promises one day on the earth.  Some celebrate Christmas but leave out the Christ; how can this be?

The Greatest Miracle Ever Foretold

The birth of Jesus is the greatest miracle ever foretold.
The young mother in her arms the Creator would hold.
The earth that was formed by His hand,
Would feel the footsteps of the Son of man.
His appearance caused the star to shine its light.
The angels rejoiced at the entrance of the Christ.
Mankind celebrates by offering gifts to one another.
Songs of joy and goodwill are by many discovered.
But so many do not truly perceive the miracle of love at work;
Or the miracle of His life on the earth.
Many do not experience the gift bestowed upon them;
For He gives all the chance to be reborn in Him.
To truly appreciate the Christmas story,
His birth should be celebrated in two ways to give Him glory.
One of course is the way most can see,
When in a stable the virgin God’s great gift received.
But the most important Christmas miracle is when He is born within you.
Then and only then will you hold the Creator too.

John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

I Set My Face By Brenda Drake

 

 

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There was a day I made up my mind there was no turning back.  I indeed set my face and my heart to follow in the footsteps of the one I loved more than my life.  My heart is His and His heart is mine.

I Set My Face

With quiet determination I set my face,
As God’s promises are embraced.
My desire is to serve Him, all I am I give,
With all my heart I offer this life I live.
My thoughts I offer for Him to inspect,
As evil desires I willingly reject.
I know my motives are not always good or true,
But even them I open up to You.
The deep hurts and wounds within,
That causes bitterness to settle in.
I bring them to the Great Physician above,
To be revealed and healed by His love.
What have I to fear? My God is on my side.
I set my face, preparing to be His bride.
Faithful with robes white without stain.
I stand in confidence with Him safe I remain.
I purpose at this time to die to self-rule again,
As I set my face to live each moment for Him.

 Isaiah 50:7
For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded:
therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

Practical Love By Brenda Drake

 

 

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It is nice to hear a word of encouragement in a time of need.  But it is much more memorable when there is a practical effort to help in the need along with the encouraging words.  Our Lord will show us the practical ways to prove we care for others.  Lord help us to be sensitive to another’s trials and to be willing and able to assist, thus sharing Your love with them.

Practical Love

There are many practical ways to bless another
Practical, down to earth ways to serve others
When is the last time you have sent a card or a letter,
To express that you are praying for them to feel better?
Do you know someone that is much stressed,
Out of sorts with little time to rest?
Why not treat them to a dinner prepared for them,
To show your love and concern as their friend?
A child’s shoes out-gown or overused?
Lead them to a new pair choose.
Practical-love works; the ways are endless.
The profit from your labor is you too are blessed;
With smiles, praises, and blessings, too many to count,
Along with an addition to your heavenly bank account.
Visit those that love you and call those who miss your voice.
Make a social call the brethren so your hearts in tune rejoice.
Tell the lost about Jesus and also by your actions show,
The way God also touches in practical ways as He reaches out to save souls

Psalms 143:10
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

When Love Visits By Brenda Drake

 

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Creation shouts God’s love.  Lord give us  eyes to see, ears to hear and
to be able to feel your love.

When Love Visits

When Love visits… the blind can see
Colors are brighter and life is fuller than it used to be
At the presence of Love even the atmosphere testifies it is near
The sour, bitter, and foul seems to almost disappear
Love visits in a kind word, it sinks deep within
The sound of love has power for healing to begin
Its echo will whisper loud reminders inside
In the place where pleasant memories abide
When love visits  in a touch
Songs of joy are lifted up
Remember the time when you were so alone and sad
When the kind touch was felt it did not seem quite as bad?
Remember the warmth that was felt?  How it reached down deep?
It was so wonderful[- the memory safe you keep
Love visits in countless ways if you will become aware
So many times to prove your God cares
Enjoy the flowers aroma, let it prove
That love visits and inside of you moves
A smile genuine, a song to inspire
The cozy feeling when warmed by the fire
The flight of the butterfly, the hum of the honey bee
The sparkle in the eyes of the young or in the elderly
A word of wisdom, a word of correction that’s kind
A word of encouragement that “All will be fine”
When love visits and you its presence see and hear
It will stay longer and longer – One day Love will never disappear
God is Love and He loves you so
He sends this word of rhyme so His love touches your soul

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

What Do We Thank God For By Brenda Drake

 

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What Do we Thank God For?

What do we thank God for on this day set aside?
I thank Him that I am alive.
He is Life and the Way,
How could I not thank Him on this day?
I have a family and close friends,
I am counted as His and He is my greatest friend within.
We give thanks when a roof is over our head when the day is done,
When there is food on the table enough for everyone,
That we live in a Country still free to express
Our love for God and can His provisions confess.
Our arms raise in praise, with feet willing to follow after God’s Son,
When in thanks our eyes and ears are open to see and hear all He has done.
When we know Jesus and are able to comprehend His Word
We freely are able to express all we’ve heard.
We have a bright shining future promised for us to see.
We soon reside with a love that endures through eternity
I will give thanks to my Lord on this special day;
But I must remember on every day to sing His praise.
What have I to thank God for?
I could add to a forever list much, much more!

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