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.

Love Displayed By Brenda Drake

It is strange how after we are awakened to the truth of God’s Word we can clearly see His love portrayed in every direction.  He even paints the sky in love’s colors. 

Love Displayed

Love is displayed for all to behold;
From the first word to the last word God’s story is told.
Jesus is God’s Word spoken for all to hear.
His story is recorded and made perfectly clear.
Jesus is the Word, the Creator, and the Savior of man.
He that formed the earth chose to walk on land.
Jesus, God’s Word always knew,
When, and how He would rescue you.
Jesus the Word all men must seek.
Jesus is the name all with honor should speak.
The Father, Son, and Spirit; three but One;
Always knew one day the time would come,
When knowledge of truth would enter in;
So your words of praise and worship would begin.
Salvation’s songs of redemption tell of the work of the cross.
His love call is displayed to the world lost.
Love indeed speaks in every direction you turn.
The Truth, Life, and The Way’s soon return.

Revelation 1:8
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

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.

Woke By Brenda Drake

It feels like we are in a bad dream at times.  In our world what is up is declared as down. What is wrong is declared as right. Everything we have been taught is being nullified. However we are not fooled when we have found the Truth for He has woken us up to be aware of the enemy’s deception.

Woke

It is strange how meanings of words collide;
How their intents are on opposite sides.
God calls us to wake up to the truth receive.
So His soon return we can see.
He desires us to wake up to the call of love,
Born again to experience His touch.
Woke; the sleeping bride prepares for Jesus’ return;
Wise virgins with lamps tended with oil to burn.
To be “Woke” is an evil call as well;
With a very different story to tell.
These hear and are deceived to believe a lie.
They do not or they refuse to the truth recognize
Their life a different story shares,
Honoring their source of power unaware.
The evil-one marches forward with steps bold and rash,
Declaring a woke-generation, that does not rely on truth or facts.
Are you awake to God and His provision of love and care,
Able to the good news with others share,
Or woke to lying, seducing, killing spirits that promise things untrue
Your decision proves the Master you choose.

Romans 13:11-12
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

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!

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.

Wisps of Truth By Brenda Drake

The Holy Spirit starts His holy work long before we know or even desire to know God.  In times of quiet, and in times of trial we are touched with fascinating strands of truth. The salvation story enters into the hungry seeking heart.  I now have a great hunger for the Word.  God feeds me often all the wisdom I desire, and encourages me to even hunger for more!

Wisps of Truth

Wisps of truth, like delicate strands of gold
Deposited in the secret place the heart holds
Interwoven threads of goodness pure and undefiled
Bits of God’s wisdom that causes the heart to smile
Wondrous revelations that reveal God’s power and might
That floods the inner sanctuary with eternal lights
A supernatural breath of air that lifts up the heart to receive
That, that their faith believes
The truth of God’s love has a sweet taste
As God introduces the wonder of His grace
The captive is freed, like an eagle soars to great height
As God’s forgiveness fills the soul with unearthly delights
Great desire fills this place with the need to give praise
At the truth of unworthiness, the heart bows amazed
Beautifully adorned in worship as a living sacrifice
Filled and overflowing, one with Jesus Christ
A marvelous union so intricately designed
One with the Truth – perfectly aligned
Seek God and you will find peace
Seek His ability for He is your strength
Hunger for righteousness – He is the bread
Thirst for His wisdom, He is the head
Rest in His goodness, entrust your life to His care
He is the fullness you seek, He is always willing to share
Every trial you face, know He guides your step
Every battle formed against you He is prepared for it
Read God’s Word each and every day
And the delicate strands of His truth will show you His way

John 8:32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

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.

The Difference of Want and Need

I have desired some things so much I convinced myself it was God’s will for me.  It was not always a bad thing; in fact I thought I had some wonderful plans.  God did not always open the doors but I sure sometimes pushed very hard to open them to try to help Him.  God is good; but His plans are not always what we want.  The Word of God assures us He has good things planned for our best.

The Difference of Want and Need

Sometimes our needs and our wants are hard to define.
They become mixed up in our mind.
When we want something so much it feels like a need,
It is hard to recognize in its greed.
When desire becomes an obsession,
It dominates our thoughts and takes possession.
Does it belong more to the world, is it its treasure?
Determine its worth with God’s measure.
Or, is it something that will stay with you,
That will honor God when you are through?
Trust God’s provisions are with you shared,
He does not refuse to help because He truly cares.
If you still are unable to the difference between want and need,
Come in prayer so it will be revealed to thee.
Then you will be able to rest,
In God’s decision to give you what is best.
You can be confident He loves you so much,
That He bestows upon you more than your lifted cup.

Psalms 107:9
For he satisfieth the longing soul,
and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Get Us Back on Track By Brenda Drake

Once upon a time we as a Country were taught to honor and respect God. It is not only our duty but our privilege to delight in, and to adhere to the Holy Scriptures.  Lord, hear our prayers and heal our land.

Get Us Back on Track

We offer our lives to God above,
With words and actions that prove our love.
Lord we need to see,
Where we need to be.
When we have followed our own path,
We need Your help to get us back on track.
Show us when it is better not to insist we are right;
And when we to know when to stand up and fight.
Teach us to turn away from the world’s stress;
And how we need to confront an issue the way best.
Jesus, you see clearly what our heart cries to know;|
We trust it all in Your care; take full control.
Help us to choose to Your ways discover.
Jesus, help us to truly love one another.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Psalms 32:8
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye

Jesus is the Well-Marked Path By Brenda Drake

Jesus is the way.  His example shows the way.  Jesus is the Word.  His words reveals to us the way.  He said He will never leave or forsake us.  He is a high-tower in life’s storms.  He speaks to the wind that blows.  He calms our troubled sea.  I do not want to take one step without Him.  Because of His provision to send the Holy Spirit, my forever companion, I never need to find my own way again.

Jesus is the Well-Marked Path

There is a well ordered, well-marked path;
 With pitfalls plainly revealed on the track.
Danger is great, but there is a loving guide,
He makes a covering for you and He moves inside.
His provisions are sufficient, with pure water and fresh bread.
And He fully assures He knows the way ahead.
In Him is all knowledge, His wisdom mystifies.
He has full access anywhere, His authority is fully recognized.
No one is able to deny Him entrance, and only He closes doors.
He is the eternal light that shines forward.
He is truth, no lie touches upon His lips.
He is the Word that speaks many promises.
There is no mountain too high or water too wide or deep;
For in Him and with Him is mighty unlimited strength.
He is called Savior, Son of God, best friend,
He is Emmanuel; God with us, trust in Him.
His name is Jesus; there is no name higher than this.
He offered His life to your life assist.
He bought and paid for our safe destination with His blood.
He fully loves us, He is committed for our good.
Who would be so foolish to this great gift reject?
Only the foolish man; his decision he will surely regret.

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.