Set Your Mind to Victory By Brenda Drake

There are times I am victorious even when I do not feel victorious; perhaps the answer to my prayer does not happen the way I want but the problem is solved in a whole different way.  Jesus is in control.  We are victorious when we trust He is working things out the way best.  Our mind is victorious when we keep it on Jesus and not on our problem. He is the One that fights all our battles, and He is our strength within.

Set Your Mind to Victory

Set your mind to victory in whatever you face.
Victory comes when God’s Word is embraced.
It may look a bit different when the time comes,
But it unmistakably is a victorious answer done.
Victory has endurance in its grasp.
Victory looks ahead in faith and refuses to look back.
Victory is not always carrying a prize at the end,
But victory is a banner that is carried within.
Jesus is the strength that girds you up strong.
Jesus is the reason and the tune of your love song.
He is the goal to reach and the prize at the end.
You are victorious if you completely rely on Him.
Set your mind to victory; allow God’s promise to reign supreme.
All is well when victory reigns in your being.
God is stronger than any enemy you may behold.
He hears your prayers and draws into His fold.
Your heart is readied and steadied sure and true.
Not only is your mind set to win the winner lives in you.
Set your trust in the hands of the One you adore.
Remember victory belongs to the Lord.

1John 5:4
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

I Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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.

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

In the Lap of Love By Brenda Drake

When we practice the presence of God the dark world and its problems, fade in the light of His love.  What a lovely, wonderful place, its value is more than all the worlds riches!

In the Lap of Love

When you struggle to your feet, and each step is slowed;
There is something that you need to know.
Your burden is too heavy, get on your knees within,
And I will lift you up into the lap of love again.
When you are hurting and your armor has been misplaced,
And you feel weak, come I’ll lift you into My embrace.
Confess yours sin of unforgiveness and you will be,
Lifted within as My strength you receive.
When drained and discouraged in your toil,
And your garments of praise have become soiled,
Come, I’ll refresh you with a new supply.
I’ll lift you up and fill you with fresh joy so you are not dry.
Perhaps you feel lonely and need a friend to speak to;
Come, I’ll lift you up in my lap of love – I will listen to you.
The love of God calls out “Come, I will fill you up”
“It is My desire to show you love”
“Just come and rest – come at any time”
“You do not need a reason when you are Mine”
When a small child appears and simply lays upon your chest,
There is great comfort to your soul as they rest.
Just so the Father’s heart yearns for you to draw near;
Come at any time child, never approach in fear.
When lifted to the lap of love peace will satisfy your soul.
For in this place of luxury, you know beyond a doubt who is in control!

Matthew 11:28-30
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Planted for the Lord By Brenda Drake

I was a sad and bitter person before I was born again in Christ and became a new creature.   But there are still times when I begin to resemble the old man again. When this happens I know I need to again repent and allow my Lord to rule within me.  I trust Him to finish the good work He started in me.  All the glory goes to Him.  He is the good seed within me.

Planted for God

An apple is just an apple until it yields its seed.
Then it becomes an orchard that multitudes feed.
Apples that are firm, tastes sweet and good,
They yield good healthy seeds as they should.
A profitable planting one day is its boast.
A successful crop consumed the most.
Who desires a bitter, mushy apple, shriveled up?
Who would gather its seeds to raise an orchard up?
An apple may look good and yet does not taste well,
From a distance it is very hard to tell.
But under close inspection its worth,
Is determined before it’s used to replenish the earth.
In this apple story the truth you can see.
Your life like the apple can be planted for the King.
But, if you are bitter, you cannot glorify Jesus’ name.
If you are soft and mushy with testimony the same,
Your influence will rise up more of the same kind.
Come I will heal you to be as I have designed.
Sweet because of Jesus; firm as the Word’s foundation too,
A wealth of good seeds I will plant through you.

John 15:4-5
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Measure My Words By Brenda Drake

I used to say whatever came to mind.  It certainly was not all good.  After salvation it has been a constant struggle to speak according to the Word.  Now I desire my thoughts and my words to honor God.  My language is a lot better…but there is still much room for improvement.

Measure My Words

Measure my words to cause change.
Let it be a profit in the exchange.
Take away added things that are insincere.
Make my plans and intentions perfectly clear.
When self begins to throw about,
Words of fear or words of doubt,
Quickly bring back to mind
Things that bring honor and with the Word align.
Father my thoughts are loud in Your ear,
I pray negative, harmful thinking disappears.
Draw me closer; teach me Your ways,
Fill me up with thanks and praise.
Measure my words; sweet abiding God I serve,
So You are the message I speak. You are the Word.
Join me Lord in word and in song.
Loving, and serving and made strong.
Flavor my life with Your loving touch;
That in encouragement lifts another soul up,
Hear my prayer and all I cannot know to pray.
So tomorrow I better speak and think Your way.

1 Peter 4:11
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

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.

What You Give You Receive By Brenda Drake

I marvel at the thought of seeds. What a miracle, inside a seed was a tree;
That had the honor to become the cross that Jesus died on to set us free.
He gave His all to give us new life.
What an honor it is to become a seed to glorify Christ.

What You Give You Receive

You have heard that it is more blessed to give than to receive;
But in God’s kingdom – you will get what you give; for it is a seed.
Many think giving only applies to wealth shared with others;
But this law encompasses much more you will discover.
As you learn to give kindness – you will kinder become.
When you show respect, you will receive respect from someone.
As you give a smile to your brother you will see,
That you will feel the smile of God shining on thee.
Give good words – speak things that edify,
And the Word of God will bring you a fresh supply.
Give good directions – give good advice.
Give to benefit another as self is sacrificed.
When trouble comes give to God your requests;
Then give God time to work things out for your best.
Give God thanks and praise everyday.
Watch very carefully the words that you say;
For your words also return, so speak words of faith and hope.
And you will be strengthened by them when you need them most.
Give abundantly – in all areas and you will agree,
That though it is more blessed to give, it is also great to receive.

Luke 6:38
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

The Greatest Love Story By Brenda Drake

As a young woman, I loved to read love stories.  I dreamed of a knight in shiny armor rescuing me, or of prince- charming making me his princess.  Then one fine day I heard the most amazing love story that not only my Prince came to rescue me, He died to make me able to be His eternal bride.

The Greatest Story

The greatest love story ever told is about God’s plan.
How He would save His creation called man.
It tells how He took upon Himself their sin and shame,
So they could be without blame.
He loves so much He gives man choice of their own will;
To love Him, or to their own destiny fulfill.
He has paid the price to give life eternally.
He died a shameful death so they could be free.
He was raised up from the pits of the grave.
Man chooses to believe and receive His gift or to their own debt pay.
His desire is for all to come to be One with Him.
But most do not see the way to enter in.
The greatest love story many will never understand.
They are blinded by the world; only hearing the stories of man.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalms 119:30-35
I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.
I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. 
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

Fragrance of Life or Death By Brenda Drake

I love the smell of flowers but dead flowers do not inspire my heart to sing.  God loves all of His creation, but He hates the stench of sin.  He made it possible for us to smell good again.  It is our choice to keep our life alive by obeying the Word and by repenting and by turning from our wicked ways.

Fragrance of Life or Death

There is no mistaking the difference, everyone can tell;
Life and death has different smells.
Look around at what you hear, taste, and see;
Are they life-giving things or do they stink?
Gossip may seem a tasty morsel but it brings death.
It has no life-giving promise to expect.
Hurtful words that hang heavy in heart and mind,
Have a terrible scent that is hard to take sometimes.
To God there is an aroma sweet to hear, taste, and see.
His affection is constant for those who His help receives.
Obedience along with honor and respect for others,
Is the perfume of Jesus, your soul-lover.
Jesus is life.  He gives life to the lost,
He draws from death to new life at the cross.
There is no mistaking the difference when you come,
The stench of death is replaced by the fragrance of God’s Son.

2 Corinthians 2:14-15
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

Ephesians 5:2
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.