The Vessel By Brenda Drake

Life is a precious gift.  We are each known to God; the Word says He knew us in our mother’s womb.  When we are born-again Jesus is in our hearts and we are one with the heart of God.  We are a vessel that now causes to the Father great delight.

The Vessel

The Creator beheld the lump of clay but saw the vessel within.
It wasn’t just any vessel; it was to be made for Him.
Before it was He knew exactly how it would be.
For He already had a plan that only He could see.
In fact He saw it even before it was the lump of clay;
For the idea was always in His heart tucked away.
This vessel became tarnished and was taken from His grasp;
But the One that created all things paid the price He asked.
The vessel is made new and formed from within.
The reborn soul is molded and shaped by Him.
Oh what a beautiful vessel that is made because of Christ.
He is the One that gave for man His own life.
When man allows God full control,
He is made into the most precious vessel,
That will carry the Word of God for another to hear;
That gives to His God all that is to him most dear.
This is the vessel chosen to hold Heaven’s wine.
This is the vessel that the Creator designed.
Beautiful, precious, valued so high that the Angels strain to see,
All that the Creator plans to pour through thee.
Great things are destined for every newborn life;
For they become the vessel that causes to the Father great delight!

2 Timothy 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Joy Needs Never to Flee By Brenda Drake

The joy of the Lord is my strength.  My God is strong in me even when I am puny. When I feel ineffective and useless I need to get my eyes back on the One that hears every prayer and provides for everything I need.  I am strengthened when I remember the wonderful promises in God’s Word concerning those that belong to Christ. 

Joy Needs Never to Flee

There never needs to be a time, when joy flees out of sight.
Keep God in mind, and in Him you find delight.
Troubles come and trials are faced, but when you remember God’s there;
Fear, doubts, and worry are replaced with the joy that He with you shares.
The day may be dark all around, but in the light of love.
You walk on higher ground, with and in the joyful presence of God above.
With your eyes on the goal ahead, with a joyful step make your way.
For when you are by the Spirit led, there is sunshine in your day.
Joy walks with and ahead of you; with strength that overflows.
Joy leads and guides you through, wherever you need to go.
Rejoice in the Lord all the time, again I say rejoice.
Lift up Jesus name and find, joy is shared by the sound of your voice/

Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Long for Good News? By Brenda Drake

            Christmas-time for many; is filled with joy, peace and hope as we remember our Savior’s
birth and reminded of the great gift of His sacrifice in our behalf.  But soon we are painfully assaulted with the daily news and again we shake our heads at the craziness of our times. 

Long Good News?

Do you long for good news instead of bad?
Have you nearly lost all the faith you thought you had?
Does the promise of tomorrow mar your today?
Do you wish peace would return and evil chased away?
If so there is some Good New you may have heard before,
The future is in the hands of the Lord.
He has conquered evil although the world does not show it,
The day comes soon when everyone knows it.
Pray for peace in the land.
Pray eyes will see and ears will hear God’s plan.
Until the earth’s harvest is done,
Your job is to pray, and to watch for the return of God’s Son.
He that lived and died and lives forever more;
Is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
He who rose to sit at the Father’s side,
Soon returns to collect His Bride.
 Do you long for peace and joy to touch the earth I ask?
Then steadfastly look for the good and do not turn back.

John 14:27-29
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.

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.

Desperate for Your Touch By Brenda Drake

            I can hardly wait to spend my morning time with my Lord.  I get my cup of coffee, by bible and notepad ready to get into the presence of God.  When my routine is interrupted and I am unable a few days to do as accustomed I find I am almost desperate to get back on track.

Desperate for Your Touch

My soul is desperate for Your touch,
It seems I can never get enough.
I fill up to overflow
With the nourishment of my soul,
But still I have a great desire within.
With all I am I yearn for more of Him.
When my thoughts stray to mundane things,
I am jealous of the time spent away from my King.
When worry and the troubling sounds of life,
Pull my attention away from Jesus Christ;
Again I am desperate to get back on track,
And from the world’s clamor I turn my back.
My heart reaches up frantic for Him,
Only to remember He also dwells deep within.
I settle in to my secret place,
Ready to receive His loving embrace.
Here I am Lord use me today.
Be with me in my attitudes in all I do and say.
And when I get tired and weary from my toil,
And in my desperation I again seek Your anointing oil,
Allow me to return in repentance like the prodigal son.
I know by faith my Heavenly Father toward me runs.

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Psalms 143:6
I stretch forth my hands unto thee:
my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.

Handled With God By Brenda Drake

            I wonder how I handled life without God’s help.  I now know I do not carry life’s burdens all by myself.  Whatever I face God is on my side and He is always as close as a prayer.  He is my strength and a very present help in time of trouble.

Handled With God

Climbing a mountain or riding waves hard and high;
That both takes great effort cannot be denied.
In your life both are true;
But the secret to success is who is traveling with you.
With God’s strength, faith, and peace reigning within;
The journey goes much better with Him.
The mountain of circumstances; with the walls of depression and fear,
With faith in God’s help the mountain may just disappear.
Those terrible waves of life; with things seemingly out of control,
With its turmoil and chaos that overtakes the soul;
All are handled with more grace with God at your side.
In fact upon His Word you can safely ride.
Then when the storms rage and you seek God’s face,
When He says “Peace be still” the raging’s threat is erased..
Do your best in any situation. Rejoice you do not travel life alone.
Trust your God and Savior to safely bring you home.

Exodus 33:14
And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Matthew 17:20
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”