Calm Your Troubled Sea By Brenda Drake

In tipsy-turvy-times, because of the churning in our spirit we sometimes feel we are unable to effectively pray.  It is simple to get back the peace previously enjoyed.  It takes a humble repented heart to admit self-assured ways and inability to go it alone.  When we trust God and pray in the name of Jesus, even if we still do not have all the answers, we are able to rest.

Calm Your Troubled Sea

A storm rages, there is a troubled sea,
Within, you are not calm or at peace,
Wrong emotions are bottled up within.
Thoughts are uncertain; blowing with the wind;
Tossed to one side, then to another,
Like in a rocking vessel but still seeking cover,
It is not a pleasant journey at all,
As you attempt to stand you stumble and fall.
This is not a word of rebuke as you might suppose,
It is a word to assure you, all things God knows.
What can be done about the trouble within?
Admit your attitude is indeed sin.
Admit your faith needs working on;
That you are weak – but God is strong.
As for the troubled waters about you;
Something can be done about that too.
He breaks the chains and bondages of sin,
Jesus’ love provides victorious restoration.
He deposits new authority to your new inner man.
He offers the use of His name to make your demands.
n Jesus name, declare troubled waters peace be still;
Perfectly fitting in the Father’s will.
The enemy surely continues to torment hearts that allow him too.
This need not be; heed the wisdom delivered to you.

John 16:23
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive,that your joy may be full.

Mark 4:39
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm

Far Reach into Tomorrow By Brenda Drake

Our dreams are like seeds. We need to look ahead in faith to see the fruit of our planted seed of hope.  At times I clearly see ahead but when I get impatient my vision of harvest disappears from my sight. Lord help me to dream Your dreams for me.

Far Reach into Tomorrow

A far reach into my future by faith I see,
The reality of what now is only a dream to me.
I see the results of hard work and prayers have paid well.
I see all the future potential successful stories I can tell.
As I gaze ahead looking through eyes faith filled,
I see a profit of new souls who walk in God’s will.
Each move that I make
Is known by God and each step of the way.
Finds a certain progress I cannot see.
Moving toward the exalted future prepared for me.
I love my Lord and how I marvel in His ways;
At His faithfulness I will sing His praise.
A far reach into tomorrow by faith I see,
All that is now only a dream to me.
My God is with me now and He walks ahead too,
So I will enjoy today and watch to see my dreams come true.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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.

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.