The Healing Aroma By Brenda Drake

            The greatest day of my life was when I accepted Jesus.  The flowers looked and smelled sweeter and more colorful.  My heart felt free; soaring over every care of life.  I have had many encounters where God healed a hurt, a worry, and even bad attitudes.  I cannot imagine a world without the secret place of prayer where I am daily touched by His love.

The Healing Aroma

The healing aroma upon a life sore,
Delivers flowers of hope and peace from the Lord.
Where there was darkness and inner pain,
And accusations and heavy chains,
There is a now glimmer of light,
Free from torment and filled with inner delight.
The air smells like love and breath unrestrained,
Joyful anticipation has dulled life’s pain.
It is a beautiful place prepared for each soul;
 A lovely, healthy-place for the wise to go.
Angels strain to see how the change takes place;
How the strain of life’s problems are erased.
How faces shine and love words freely flow,
From very grateful, God-loving souls.
God’s healing touch is not just a onetime thing.
It is His gift He will daily bring.
So come and enjoy the place of health prepared for your soul;
Into the loving presence of the One that your heart holds.

Isaiah 57:18-19
I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.  I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.

The Light of His Glory By Brenda Drake

            Jesus is The Light. The Word and The Truth that brings peace, hope, and even joy in our world of conflict and uncertainties. We can and must to be an overcomer, bask in the Light of His Glory.

The Light of His Glory

In the light of His glory I am able to see,
The beauty of Salvation promised to me.
I see the sunshine above the clouds of today.
I see the love of tomorrow on display.
In the light of His glory I am able to feel,
The truth of a forever-love that is real.
It healing power reaches deep within,
With renewed faith and great desire again.
In the light of His glory darkness flees.
The world and its attraction lost its power over me.
The fears and troubles and its threats of death fade.
In the glory of His presence I am at rest and safe.
Love surrounds and fills and overflows my life.
I am One with Jesus He is love’s light.
As I contemplate His greatness and am built up within.
With His strength, His Word, and with Him.
As the day passes and a new day starts,
I carry the light of His glory inside my heart.
Ready again to reach out a helping hand to another.
So they too the Light of Jesus will discover.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

A Strange Thing Occurs By Brenda Drake

There are times when life and its complications cause a certain dread, especially when there seems to be no clear answers in sight. The best remedy is to go to the Word of God to be reminded God is not caught off guard and we can and must trust He loves us and is in complete control.

A Strange Thing Occurs

Father the world is talking loud threats,
Of sure difficulties that lies ahead.
My heart hurts at the loss I see on every side;
From financial strain and for families and for them who die.
Confusing, mind-blowing whistle-blowing words circle and attack.
It seems there are very little we can know are facts.
In my quiet times when I travel to God’s Word,
A very strange and wonderful thing occurs,
My heart is settled as in your care I rest.
Again I find the truth and it again I confess.
My God is able and on Him I depend;
All things on earth and in heaven bows down to Him.
I am firmly in His sight and on His mind.
My God loves to spend with me time.
Life’s complications are handled in the way best,
So the outcome of it all will turn for the best.
He is in control and it is already written what will come,
So in Jesus name I pray. Lord thy will be done.
In my life and in the world that seems to be in such chaos and whoa,
I will listen instead to the Spirit that brings peace and confidence to my soul.

Isaiah 26:3-4
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
 Trust ye in the Lord for ever:
for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

Psalms 3:3
But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me;
my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

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.”

Look Out, Look up, Listen and Look Within By Brenda Drake

I remember well the day of salvation and the way the colors of life became so much brighter. Now the beauty of God’s handiwork speaks louder of the love that always was whispering my name. Everywhere and in every situation there is a place to hear and see God’s affection and provisions for His redeemed.

Look Out, Look up, Listen and Look Within

Lakes, rivers, or streams invite to enjoy the view.
As you look out at the beauty shared with you.
Remember God that made and put it all on display.
Allow creation’s soothing peace to enhance your day.
As you take away its comfort and store it within,
Look up to the Living Water and give praise to Him.
The sky in its vastness calls to marvel at its space,
Allow it to draw you into its embrace.
Your God fills it with life:
Each breath you take is His delight.
Allow yourself to listen,
To creation’s whispered affection.
Hear the voice of God speak
In a songbird, a flower’s aroma, and in autumn’s leaves.
Gaze into the eyes of those that your lives touch.
Look deep and you may see the reflections of God’s love.
When you are filled with the wonder of His mercy and His grace;
Look deep inside and there you will also see God’s face.

Psalms 19:1-3
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
 Day unto day uttereth speech,
and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
 There is no speech nor language,
where their voice is not heard.

Ephesians 3:14-19
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Allow God to Lead By Brenda Drake

With all the advantages of our modern forms of information there is certain disadvantage of misinformation. We if not careful are led astray and leave even common sense behind.  The Word of God along with a personal relationship with God allows us to have a God perspective.  He will sometimes give us a heads up as to what to listen too, and will give us peace when we hear the things that brings unsettling to our soul.

Allow God to Lead

Allow God to help you, allow Him to teach.
Allow the Spirit to inside of you reach.
Take warning of the danger that lies ahead,
To not into a trap be led.
Heed the instructions given to help you
Listen and obey what God asks to do.
Be aware of the false words that lead you astray.
Follow the written Word of the Scripture each day.
Do not let circumstances rule your life.
Trust God to make seemingly wrong things right.
Allow not the negative of the world to bring you down.
Only pay attention to the words of faith that you have found.
Attend to the One that dwells deep within.
And an exciting journey you will begin.

Isaiah 30:21 
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

John 16:13-15 
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

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

Heart Talks By Brenda Drake

I enjoy my quiet times spent in prayer and worship. But some of my most intimate conversations with the Lord have been silent heart- rendering deeply personal, encounters that caused a positively satisfying change to my life. Many times I have no real plan to have a heart to heart with God but I am sure they are lovingly orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.

Heart Talks

Expressions of deep-waters flow,
To reveal the precious nuggets of the soul.
Sweet sounds of yearning burning desire,
Is brought to and comes from God’s loving fires.
Digging deep into the hidden places to find,
A selected sacrifice of praise at the appointed time.
Heart-talks speak in different dialects,
To the intended listener selected as best.
Love is the language all understand.
It is felt more than heard in all the lands.
Expressions, impressions, and confessions all the same;
Are personally-conveyed messages the heart proclaims.
Come, rest at the feet of the One you adore;
Heart-to-heart in touch with the loving Lord.
At worship, at work, in play and at rest,
Whole, happy and free, as His, you are truly blessed.
In trouble, in trial, in sickness and in pain,
Heart-talks with the Master breaks unneeded chains.
Jesus is the Word of God and He speaks clear.
With hearts in one-accord, loves- language the world can hear.

Psalms 141:1-2
Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me;
give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense;
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Ezekiel 36:26
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.