What Can Be Done By Brenda Drake

            It feels like an onslaught of hard, confusing, threatening things have bombarded our world. What we want and what we believe is right is seemingly about to be torn out of our grasp.  We begin to feel pushed down and become angry, fearful or depressed. We wonder in such trying times what can be done and what can we do?

What Can be Done?

When dominated pushed down and overpowered
Enthusiasm is cooled down and desires are soured.
Dreams vanish in the cloud filled day.
Words hard to hear are too hard to process and cast away.
Like bullies on the playground terrorizes the terrified,
Constant is the onslaught to keep fears alive.
Like the cold breath of winter curls soft petals and they die,
In the new environment they are not encouraged to survive.
Troubling woes and predictions with convictions heavy stance,
Weight down the spirit so it will not sing or dance.
What can be done in the world’s hard times?
How can peace, joy, hope, and faith again surface in heart and mind?
With praise, prayer and the Word positive and true;
Lift them up and Gods lifts you to victoriously in your environment move.
Listen to the sweet sounds of assurance… God is in control.
Heed words of faith, and wisdom that uplifts your soul.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Deuteronomy 20:4
For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you,
to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Deuteronomy 3:22
Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you.

Isaiah 54:17
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;
and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

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

Lies, Lies, Lies By Brenda Drake

Have you felt lately a little out of touch with reality?  Almost as if we are living in the twilight-zone.  When I begin to feel like this there is one place that can and does get me grounded and back on track…I go to the Lord in prayer and delve into the Scriptures. A new hope and faith rises up by hearing and heeding the truth and setting aside the many untruths that bombard us in the world with its unbelieving, faithless ways.

Lies, Lies, Lies

Manufactured, mass-produced lies,
Full of deception, behind masks disguised.
Tall tales and tiny innuendoes under the same name,
They are called and marked as a lie just the same.
In the world voices are heard; many things untrue.
They if heeded are meant to pull away in deception or to confuse.
When you are confused and muddled in your thinking,
Then you are sure to make decisions that are stinking.
Train your heart and spirit to hear God’s voice.
It will co-inside with Scripture to help you make the right choice.
Lies, lies, lies everywhere you turn.
There will be even more lies uttered until Jesus returns.
Jesus is the truth, He will show you the way right.
He is the Word God sent to cause your heart delight.
When you obey the Word and heed its direction,
You have the mind of Christ and will not be led astray in deception.

John 14:5
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

James 3:14-17
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Heavenly Activity By Brenda Drake

Our times are truly in an uproar.  It is not a time of rest and ease.  Although our world is in a widespread pandemic, with wars and rumors of war, with distrust and heartache, prejudices, and divisions on seemingly every side; there is still hope. If we can get a glimpse of the future God has planned for us, and will rest and rely on Him to answer our prayers, we will have a certain, steadfast confidence He is in full control.  God asks us to pray for His will to be done on the earth as it is in heaven.  Pray and watch for your peace and joy and faith to return.  One day it will be revealed the activity in the heavens when we prayed. I pray you get a glimpse of it now, for we need to pray now earnestly for God’s will to be done for our Country and its leaders. 

Heavenly Activity

Praise and prayer cause heavenly activity.
Angels rush to minister and to set free.
When you are weak and need rest,
An angel may be sent to assist.
When you are surrounded, and feel trapped,
The lifted prayer alerts them, to your enemy attack.
When you are sad and have lost hope in life,
God sends someone to encourage and to give new insight.
Many times when the enemy attacks;
It is an angel that fights them back.
Angels are present in the gatherings to observe,
The teacher and the Comforter, as they administer God’s Word.
They marvel at the proceedings and they work in accord,
As they do the work ordained by the Lord.
If eyes are opened; so great are the numbers seen,
That encircles God’s redeemed.
Angel’s purpose is to glorify God, and to serve mankind.
They are always, and will always, with God’s Word align;
They are never to be worshiped or to their wisdom seek.
Never, is it proper for men to pursue to with them speak.
They are always near – but rarely are they perceived;
But in your behalf; they work continuously.

Luke 15:10
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Hebrews 1:14
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Hebrews 13:2
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Faith is Like By Brenda Drake

At times I feel I understand and have faith and at other times I have none because of unbelief.  Real faith is in God and His Word.  We do not always possess great faith but faith the size of a mustard seed is enough.

Faith is Like

Faith is like technology; it takes a while to grasp,
But when you do the world opens up, in fact,
You are able to do much more than you ever thought you could.
And you can accomplish much more than you ever thought you would.
Faith is like a light that illuminates the mind;
What was not comprehended is clearly defined.
Faith sees what is not seen by the eyes.
In confidence faith’s expectations will not be denied.
Faith is like the sleeping giant that does not know his might;
But when revived, is unstoppable, and ready to fight.
Faith in God and in His holy word,
Will speak forth the impossible and when it is heard,
Angels rush to greet it and the demons flee;
For the light of God’s power shakes the heavenly.
Faith is just a word that exclaims,
The truth the Father wills in Jesus’ name.

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

Romans 1:16-17
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Luke 17:6
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Run to God By Brenda Drake

It is crucial to trust God.   There are times when our world is seemingly turned upside down and out of control. When we settle in our heart that God loves us and that He is in control, we in confidence are able to rely on the promises in the Word. We will not run away from Him but will run to Him for help.

Run to God

Do not be afraid, when God is your friend.
Because of Jesus you can run to Him.
Jesus’ life paved the way,
So, on His path you are able to stay.
When distressed with all kinds of woe,
Run to Him; share with Him what He already knows.
When you are angry or bitter with another,
Run to God and you will discover,
The heart willing to forgive finds release.
Hearts fly free to rest in peace,
Are you feeling alone all by yourself?
God is always near and always willing to help.
Are you weary in your toil? Do you feel weak?
Turn to God and His assistance seek.
He is willing to carry you until strength returns again.
So, in the next issue faced you are able to again run to Him.
Come when you are happy and full of joy too.
For God rejoices as He runs with you.

Psalms 37:39-40
But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked,
and save them, because they trust in him.

No Turning Back By Brenda Drake

I remember well the day I cemented my commitment to the Lord.  I made up my mind I will not turn back.  I have never regretted my decision.  When times get hard I rely on His help to keep me true to my pledge.  The Word of God reminds me of my place in Him and the promises of His provisions.

No Turning Back

No turning back, no looking back, onward I go.
Nothing or anyone will stop me I am headed for the goal.
My mind and heart is set, my eyes seek to see,
The plan Father-God has planned for me.
It is His Word I listen to, it is His wisdom I crave.
It is His strength I rely on as He guides the way.
Jesus is my example, I follow hard after Him.
He is my Lord, Savior and very best friend.
With His authority I tell mountains to depart.
Demons flee when Jesus rules in my heart.
It is His voice they hear when I proclaim,
Victory, in Jesus’ name.
My treasure is in heaven, but I still sing as I go,
For the earth’s treasures I seek are souls.
Souls that are brought to the cross of Christ,
That also will set their heart and life,
On the path of no return to the better place,
Where heaven and earth touches under grace.
The embrace of God satisfies heart, mind and soul;
Fully and completely in His loving control.

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

Look Up as You Climb By Brenda Drake

About the time we think all is smooth going along comes a mountain.  When we keep our eyes on our problem we do not get anywhere.  When wise we will take our eyes off the issue at hand and on the Word of God.  Instead of struggling by ourselves we have the privilege of asking assistance from our Lord. He is our help in times of trouble.  Instead looking down in discouragement we need to look up in faith as we continue on.

Look Up as You Climb

Look up as you God’s promises seek,
In confidence God’s Word speak.
When facing a mountain do not turn to look around.
Keep your focus on Jesus till you reach higher ground.
What is the mountain? It can be many things,
That attempt to hamper your way to the King,
Worry, fear, sadness, or despair,
It can be a thought of depression of life unfair.
Your mountain may be a person or a habit hard to break.
It can be the remembrance of a dire mistake.
Mountains are only a mountain to you.
They are not hard to the One that helps you through.
Mountains are removed when faith speaks.
Jesus, The Word, faced your largest mountain at Calvary.
Look up in your hard struggle and with faith pray.
God gives strength to climb or He moves the mountain out of your way.

Psalms 121:1-2
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

Faith Filled Prayers By Brenda Drake

I give thanks for all your prayers. Seemingly impossible situations feel like a weight within.   Even when nothing has outwardly changed our hearts are relieved from heaviness when we lift them up in prayer.  Our faith is rewarded as we trust and give thanks.   It is impossible to please God without faith.

Faith Filled Prayers

When circumstances stand large in silent threat,
Do not despair, good from God expect.
In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, things can change,
It is not a hard thing for God to arrange.
Take one day at a time, do what you know to do.
Walk with steady step following the one leading you.
Myriads of activity surround your life,
In the spiritual realm there is a fight.
Pray for God’s will, but do not worry about it.
Trust and rely on God’s Word choose to never to doubt it.
Life is beautiful, simple things enjoy.
Seek ye first God’s kingdom and added is extra joy.
Your heart’s desire is as plain as day to God above.
He is the dream planter, He is God of love.
God is not by your circumstances caught unaware,
Believe His love, lift up faith-filled prayers.

Galatians 5:5
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  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.

Drop Into My Heart By Brenda Drake

It took a while for me to realize I am unable to do anything of value without the Lord’s help.  I count on His help in everything for now I know my limitations;   I am weak, selfish, and not all that smart; but I also recognize He is shown strong in my weakness. 

Drop into my Heart

Drop into my heart all the wisdom I need for this day.
Give me ability to reach and for another pray.
Live loud in me as I proclaim,
The power and majesty of Jesus’ name.
Let it be your light that shines;
To assure and help another as they seek to the treasure find.
Speak loud through me your life-giving word,
So it is truly a message from heaven heard.
Steady my step, pave ahead my path,
Give me authority to conquer every foe where I am at.
As I draw near this day for my daily supply,
Fill me up with your goodness on high.
With your love, your kindness, your understanding deep,
Your joy, your strength and abiding peace.
Every morsel that you share with this vessel of clay,
I will attempt to give away.
As you drop wisdom in my heart I am able to flow,
Successfully with you from soul to soul.
This request is huge and I almost wonder at my plea.
But this I know, it is your passion that I seek.
It is your love, your touch, and words I crave,
So I will just believe I receive the requests I have made.

Psalms 28:7
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.