Tender Thoughts By Brenda Drake

There is value in our words and actions but perhaps we need to start with our thought life.  The Word of God instructs us to think on things good and true.

Philippians 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Tender Thoughts

Tender thoughts flow through the heart as a soothing embrace
And the words formed are sweet to taste,
Gentle, flowering, sacrifices offered up in prayer.
Love shows its face to the God that cares.
The sweet perfume of sacrifice fills the atmosphere,
In the holy anointing that proves your God is near.
Deep sighs of peace in God’s comfort rests,
With satisfied heart convinced to watch for God’s best.
Hope filled eyes search for any sign,
To know and to follow as God designs.
The face lifts for heaven’s kiss,
As the coal is placed on unholy lips.
Praise and worship and wisdom will depart,
From the one that has a yielded and a still heart.
Tender thoughts, with words kind and full of respect,
Can a great harvest expect.
Practice makes perfect – with God’s help within,
Vessels are made as pure as God already sees them.
Follow the example of Jesus for He loved man so much,
He thought tender thoughts toward all as on the cross He touched.

Jeremiah 31:3
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

You Fill My Day By Brenda Drake

            I used to feel very empty; I had little purpose and I had fears of every kind.  Then I found the Lord and He completely filled every part of me; heart, mind, body and soul. Each day is a new day I get to live with Him, in Him, and with Him within me. Oh yes Jesus now fills my day.

You Fill My Day

You fill my day with sunshine even in the rain.
You are a comfort to my soul that in trouble remains.
You take away fear that tries to overtake,
With Your strength within it all the difference makes.
Faith grows and flourishes when I plant Your Word within.
It covers like a shield to protect darts from entering in.
You provide my every need; all I need to do is ask.
Under Your covering in rest I bask.
My heart sings a tune that continues night and day,
A love song that changes in each prayer prayed.
I am led by Holy Spirit, who is steadfast and true,
Guiding me with persistent care to the right way choose.
Jesus You are the Way, the one way to love’s eternal touch.
I am overwhelmed with the prospect of such love.
You are all I need, everything else falls behind.
You are True-Love and I am thrilled You are mine.

Psalms 73:25-26
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Darling of My Heart By Brenda Drake

One day  I was teasing my small grand-daughter and she said Gramma don’t  call me that, and I asked her what she wanted me to call her.  In her sweet voice she answered “Darling.” She indeed was and is my little darling but Jesus holds the forever endearment in my heart.

Darling in My Heart
by Brenda Drake

There is no one more special to me;
The most valuable, most important for eternity.
I will praise Him with words and songs new;
Reaching higher and wider to express all my heart wants too.
My Lord is high and lifted in my sight,
He is Savior, King, and my heart’s delight.
I marvel at the love He shared with man;
That chose to die so He could forever hold our hand.
He is beautiful and more precious than all the world’s gold.
He is the treasure within with value left untold.
He is the softest spot within my heart, soul, and mind.
I desire to  honor Him in my life as I fit into His design.
He is my soul’s lover and the Groom that soon returns for His bride;
He is the Darling of heaven, and He is resident inside.
Jesus You are most precious, holy, and set apart.
You are the Master and the One called Darling in my heart.

Song of Songs 4:7
Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.

Love Story By Brenda Drake

            I have never felt more loved than at the place of the revelation of the jeopardy of my soul, for my Lord rushed in to assure me of His provision to cleanse me of all unrighteousness. The beauty of His plan proved a love much greater than I could ever imagine.  Oh how I love Him who first loved me.

Love Story
By Brenda Drake

I was poor, so poor; I had filthy rags upon my back.
I lived in the gutters of life, I had great lack.
My eyes were blind and unseeing.
My ears were stopped; I was a hopeless and unbelieving.
The future was dark; there was bitter cold within me.
All was futile I had no one to befriend me.
My past was sad, the present a farce.
Negative would rule over any positive in my heart.
I was fully aware of my stain,
I barely could lift up my heart in the shame.
But along came the most wondrous expression of love and grace;
That reached out and invited me into His embrace.
My every sin He knew and He showed me the great price,
He paid for my salvation when He gave His life.
He reached out and lifted me to beside Him stand,
And He declared I was new and whole as He had always planned.
He gave me His robe of righteousness, pure, clean and white.
And introduce me to His Father as His bride.
He bestowed upon me gifts; promises good and true,
Of things He has planned ahead for us to do.
He sent His love to dwell within to bring comfort my soul.
And He promised He would of my life take full control.
He said He goes ahead to prepare a place and will return again.
There is no greater love than between God and those He calls friends.

Ephesians 3:17-19
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.

Deepest Love By Brenda Drake

            One day I was contemplating the greatness of God and truly it almost blew my mind. The more I thought of His magnitude the smaller and smaller I felt, until I almost disappeared in my sight. I exclaimed, God how big You are!  Then I heard clearly, but child look how small I am I live in your heart.  Such love is hard to understand but we will spend eternity exploring the deepness of such passion.

Deepest Love

A love so profound, the ocean is like a puddle when compared.
A love so grand, the universe cannot have room to spare
A joy that’s explanation has never known words to teach;
Eons of times ahead and past cannot its limit reach.
A heart so big, a plan so marvelous and grand,
No one ever was, is, or is to be, can fully understand.
What is man, that God would place upon him the gift of His love?
Why would the Father look upon him with such favor from above?
It is too marvelous; He makes sinful man as pure as His own Son,
 With desire to join us forever with Him as one.
It’s almost too much for me to comprehend;
The Creator of all there is calls me His friend.
A masterplan so wondrous, He allows me to be of it a part.
Such a deep love, He decided to reside within my heart.
A marvel so majestic I cannot fully understand
But I offer my life to become all He has planned.

Jeremiah 31:3
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

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.

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.

Love with Your Life By Brenda Drake

Many times I have wanted to give more, and to do more than I could.  I would begin to feel nothing I did or said was ever enough. But one day in frustration I cried Lord I don’t have anything to give but my life.  That was the one thing that honors and pleased Him the most. We love Him with our life.

Love with Your Life

Even if we don’t have anything of great value to bestow,
In the wealth of silver or gold;
What we value and have we can bring.
Offer your Lord everything.
Our heart Lord, our home, and our family
All we are now and all we ever will be,
We only have this day Lord to offer to You;
All we say and all we will do
In obedience we prove our love for our King.
We offer to Him every song we sing
Each breath is a gift of life You give to set us free.
We will love You with our life eternally
We are seeped in Your favor from every side,
For You bless, lead and guide and call us Your bride.
We love You with our life …it is true
For in Your sweet Spirit we breathe and continuously move.

Matthew 13:44
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Acts 17:28
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.