Restful Waters By Brenda Drake

I used to be afraid in times of storm; I would cower under a blanket until it was over.  Then I met Jesus and I now know who is in control.  The Word of God tells of the time Jesus demanded the storm to cease.  There are storms in the spirit where it feels I will be destroyed; but I keep my eyes on Jesus – He takes care of those storms too.

Restful Waters

Jesus calms my troubled sea,
And feeds me in the presence of my enemies.
I am favored and well blessed;
Beside peaceful waters I rest.
Love flows to me and through me the same.
All glory and honor is attributed to Jesus’ name.
His hand of protection covers me by grace,
I am one with Him and firmly set in place,
At His side and deep with within His plan,
I am able to abide in His presence as I am.
Not perfect but perfected by the blood that atones.
Never will I need to stand alone.
The love of God has claimed me to be His bride,
To rule and reign at Jesus’ side.
Fully fixed by the river eternally at rest in every way.
As life and light and joy flood my being I proclaim,
He leads me through the shadows of death;
He is preparing me a place better than I can expect.

Psalms 4:8
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

Psalms 107:28-29
Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Peace in the Gloom By Brenda Drake

I have a tendency to overthink, trying to fix or figure out everything on my own.  I am not that smart or that strong.  I will never be able to carry the burdens and trials of my life alone and I really do not want to; it is so much easier to lean on the Lord and to rest in His strength and ability.

Peace in the Gloom
by Brenda Drake

Sometimes my eyes are clouded; circumstances block the sun,
And I find I am full of doubt and fear become.
My heart is weighed down and depressed,
And negative seems to be what I confess.
Dark shadows loom, and evil taunts fill the air,
And of all life’s dangers I am so aware.
I cannot help another in this terrible state I know,
So Lord I ask for You to be in control.
I admit my sin of worry and anxiety,
I need and request help to Your way see.
The day may still be dark and overcast the same,
But I am able to envision things differently, my faith reclaimed.
When I lay down my burdens at the foot of the cross,
Fear and worry’s threats are lost.
I am visited with the sure wondrous provision of peace,
The sunshine within is increased.
I thank You Lord for allowing songs of praise to touch my lips,
And for giving me the strength to the enemy’s taunts of gloom resist.

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.

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 His 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,
The outcome of it all in God’s will rests.
He is in control and it is 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: