Come to the River By Brenda Drake

Although I am unable to swim I love to be near water.  There is a certain undefinable peace that brings comfort to the soul. There is no greater peace than the day we go to the River of Life, for then the Living water flows from within.

Come to the River

Come to the River; take a drink from its sweet flow.
It will renew and refresh your soul
Replace the cup of bitterness for the gift of grace,
Dip into its healing waters that heal in its embrace.
Allow the the air of perfection to surround you like a cloud.
Permit the joy of a saved soul to in praise cry aloud.
Allow the heartbeat of God to beat deep inside.
Come to the clear waters to reside.
Travel with the Most High offer your life to Him.
Return often to the healing waters again and again.
Keep eyes open for another that needs strength of soul.
Lead them to the One that makes new and whole.
God’s love is constant, so great is the supply.
It flows forever and is always nearby.
In Jesus is the River, as you live your life for Him;
You will never thirst in your soul for the River flows within.

Psalms 36:8-9
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light

John 7:37-38
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Allow God to Love You By Brenda Drake

            I remember well the first day I allowed God to love me. After a hard day, alone with children tucked in bed, relaxed in recliner with no remote at hand, the evangelist came on television.  I was too lazy to get up and change the channel.  What a great day it turned out to be. For the first time I learned of the sad, hopeless condition of my soul. I became aware of the wonderful love of God and His provision in my behalf.  The amazingly beautiful gift of salvation through Jesus’ work on the cross becomes crystal clear each time I spend time in His presence in praise, worship, and prayer

Allow God to Love You

Allow God to love you, listen to this word of rhyme.
Give Him your attention, share with Him your time.
Rest your weary mind, enjoy the encouragement He gives.
Allow the Spirit to soothe your soul, so without fear you can live.
Take the peace of the Savior; let it sing to you its sweet song.
Let joy flow forth inside you to make you strong.
Tear down the walls of bitterness, and the towers of pride.
Allow the forgiving Spirit to reign inside.
Rest in the Holy Scriptures, learn it promises and believe in them.
Allow the love of Christ to warm you from within.
Bring the sins that the enemy piles high on your back,
And allow God to throw them in the sea intact.
Trust in the One that loves you more than words can say.
Give Him your life and your problems and fears dissolve away.

Acts 16:31
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

If you have never asked Jesus to be your Lord, this is the perfect time. It is so very simple, first, admit you are a sinner, and are in need of a Savior. Believe and accept what He did for you, and ask Jesus to enter your heart and to live His life in you. He is faithful; you will never be sorry for your decision!

Sometimes I Fail By Brenda Drake

            I use to beat myself up for not acting the way I felt was acceptable to glorify God, and would help others recognize the Good News of Salvation.  Little by little it has sunk in I will never be a perfect example of what a Christ-follower should be. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus and a perfect example of God’s love and provision of salvation and grace.    

Sometimes I Fail

Sometimes I fail and fall short of what I should be.
And many flaws in my character I see.
My shortcomings are so clear,
If I dwell on them I begin to fear
I know at times my light shines dim.
And I need it seems to start all over again.
But when I begin to feel low,
Lord Your love again begins to flow.
You show me my value in Your eyes.
And remind me of Your sacrifice.
When You administer Your sweet touch,
It heals the brokenness and fills me up.
When I am weakest, You are my strength.
When my soul thirsts, You give me drink.
When I am overburdened You carry my part.
When lonely You remind me, You are in my heart.
When I fall You still do not cast me aside.
In my dark failures You see  my heart’s cry.
In my circumstances, and the flaws that disgrace;
You see perfection, filtered through grace.
Help me Lord to not be discouraged, but to strive to overcome.
So I am a glory to Jesus when my life is done

Psalms 32:5-7
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah

A New Creation By Brenda Drake

What was perfectly normal and acceptable before salvation is not only unacceptable but so out of character it is hard to believe I am the same person.  Well, when I read the scripture I find I really am not that person.  I am born again and made new!  Thank you, Jesus for such a wonderful gift.

A New Creation

Those that learn God’s ways
Change the image they portray.
They desire to emulate God’s dear Son,
For with Him they are joined as one.
Their habits will change, bad ones replaced
With new ones that glorify Him and will not disgrace.
Their lives will be like an arrow pointing,
With a good light so others can the truth see.
Their hearts lift to be cleansed,
From all dirtiness and sin within.
Hopes aim higher than the earth;
After they have spiritual rebirth.
 You are more willing to do your destiny fulfill;
For now you love good and hate evil.
You testify of the freedom you have found,
And you will not allow anyone turn you around.
When you have decided to follow the Jesus as King,
Your thanks, praise, and worship continue to ring.
 Power grows inside as your roots sink in.
You drink living water, and are called God’s friend.
I AM – gives us new life;
A new creation all because of Jesus’ sacrifice

Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

You Healed Me Like By Brenda Drake

Insecurities plagued me I could easily see all that was wrong with me, but I was learning all that Jesus did for me on the cross.  The holy Scriptures were teaching me some beautiful truths of His wondrous love and kindness toward those that He died for.

You Healed Me Like

Just like the man in the bible was touched so he could see;
Jesus did the same thing for me.
My eyes were opened …so I could recognize,
The provision of His sacrifice.
Like the deaf man was healed back then;
My ears were opened so .the truth could enter in
The truth about Jesus I understood;
Thank You Lord that now my hearing is good.
Like in the Scriptures the man dumb,
My mouth is now able to sing the praise of God’s Son.
Like the lame man, I can walk on God’s path,
No longer bound…. flat on his back.
My God leads me now step by step.
I’m learning fast but I’m not running yet.
Like the once crippled man picked up his bed long ago,
I pick up my cross to follow the way I need to go.
All the examples of healing done back then,
Are also accomplished in every one that is born again.
I marvel when Lazarus raised from the dead,
That received new life when darkness fled.
I can almost picture it was me;
All bound – but now I’m free.
I am alive…. the old me is no more,
For I am born again and I abide in my Lord.
I am now a seeing, hearing, achild of the King;
Walking forward loving to His praises sing!

Psalms 146:8
The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind:
the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down:
the Lord loveth the righteous: