Show and Extend Grace By Brenda Drake

            Many forget God’s grace is a gift of undeserved favor and begin to rely on their own excellence. Then when they fail at their attempt in a walk of perfection they become discouraged and in need of a kind and understanding word of direction to redirect back into the arms of grace. .

Show and Extend Grace

Dejected and dismayed,
Forlorn  and unmade.
Hope is gone and faith has fled,
Recalling no more what God’s Word says.
He measures by the world’s scales his worth.
With opened eyes to his lack his heart hurts.
He has tried to do right in his own strength,
But the way ahead is harder than he thinks.
His companions within; boastfulness and pride,
Loudly speaks out like a blasting horn inside.
At life’s injustices anger seethes deep within,
Ready to emerge like a bomb lit in him.
He is a sad creature; few know the truth of his woe.
He is the one who tries to always be in control.
Pray for him for he needs to see and know his true worth,
It was measured when Christ came to earth.
Jesus paid a price large at Calvary.
On the cross He died to set him free.
When you see him, show and extend grace;
So the God that so loved him can again show him His face.

Titus 2:11
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Direction for the Gentle Spirit By Brenda Drake

I never was a person to set out to hurt someone, but I also did not care enough to set out to help them either.  A great change has taken place in my life since Jesus saved my soul.  I not only care for others but I spend time thinking of ways to help them if I am able.  My prayers now are not just for my needs but are also for the need of salvation and the concerns of others.

Direction for the Gentle Spirit

Direction for the gentle spirit, yielded and still,
That hungers and thirsts after the Father’s will.
For the one who wants to see beauty in the most unlovable kind,
hat purposes to good in each person find.
Know your God will reveal the deep innermost part,
Of the valuable, empty space in their heart.
I will give you the ability to not only see,
But love enough to inside of them reach for me.
That hard, relentless, calculating person you know,
Has a great need within their soul.
The bitter, angry man uncompromising in his ways
Has great need within for God’s love to brighten his days.
The very sinful man that seems to wallow in the world’s mire,
Their heart too your God also desires.
If you allow me to show you we will gather more and more,
Into the holy presence of the love of your Lord.
I will bestow upon you more than you can contain,
You will over flow like a river in Jesus’ name.
Sweet and peaceful with a gentle warm embrace,
That honors the Father in the world’s last days.
Oh gentle spirit become more like the One you serve.
Learn from the Holy Spirits still voice as you read God’s Word.

John 16:13
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.

Cry of the Weak By Brenda Drake

God loves us so much.  He died to save our soul and He equips us to reach out and lead another to the cross of Christ.   Every person has opportunity to draw another to the truth that set them free; by our testimony declaring the works of God in our life.  Every person has need of salvation; some know they have a need of help, and others may feel they have no need of help in any way.    

Cry of the Weak

Pick up the pieces, look around,
Make sure the weak and lost are found.
Search in places you would hardly believe,
To find precious jewels that belongs to me.
In dark corners under the cover of sin;
They are not recognizable in the shape they are in.
If you are not careful you may pass them by;
So weak is the sound of their cry.
Those who gather souls must have a listening ear,
They the frail sound will hear.
Come, all who are willing to do as I ask;
Those that seek to bring the backslidden back.
Pray that your declarations give hope.
And your words of wisdom will help them cope.
Be kind to the stranger and truly listen when they speak,
And you will be well armed and able to help the weak.

Mark 16:15
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Psalms 61:2
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:
lead me to the rock that is higher than

Bullied by The Accuser By Brenda Drake

            Before I knew the grossness and the penalty of sin I had very little guilty feelings, but after I truly desired to live right, I was harassed with feelings of inadequacy to measure up to God’s Word.   One day the Lord showed me the absurdity of this.  He loved and died for me before I loved Him. Why now when I love Him would He love me less?  He would never need the help of His enemy to tell me what I need to do. 

Bullied by the Accuser

The enemy points out small infractions and paints them,
Seemingly, into large, gross, unforgivable sins.
He lays condemnation as a burden to pack;
He keeps piling things heavy on your back.
He points out everything to cause shame,
He loves to accuse and enjoys casting blame.
Critical, unloving, and judgmental without any grace,
He brings forth anything to disgrace.
The accuser has no right to blame you anymore;
For your every transgression is covered by the Lord.
Your worth is not measured by what you do or do not do.
Your worth is measured by who dwells inside of you.
If your own heart convicts thee;
Take heed but do not be bullied by the enemy.
He does not point out sin to those that he easily tempts,
He accuses those who desire to obey and repent.
If he can persuade them they are still full of sin.
He causes great discouragement in them.
Walk each day doing the best you can.
Do the work of God the best you understand.
If you sin, quickly repent in prayer,
And know you are forgiven for your God truly cares.
When you hear a taunt that will not cease its noise in your ear,
Rebuke it and turn away from it and it will not stay near.
One day you will behold the one that caused your heart and mind so much strife.
You will see how pitiful and how weak he is in the presence of Christ.

Revelations 12:8
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

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.

Taste of Freedom By Brenda Drake

I love, enjoy and appreciate the liberties we experience in our Nation.  At times it feels as if they are rapidly slipping through our fingers.  My prayer is that God heals our land.  But there is a freedom to be enjoyed that tastes sweeter by far!  .

2 Timothy  1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Taste of Freedom

The sweet taste of freedom many yearn to savor;
Where there is harmony and peace and God’s favor.
Then there are those have unknowingly let it go;
Little by little: painlessly, acceptably slow.
Some are blinded by the process and cannot see;
 Until it is too late to be reprieved.
Come into the place
Where freedom lives under God’s hand of grace.
You are set free from the debt of sin.
It has been taken care of by Him.
You are free to worship and set free to sing,
Songs of salvation to honor Christ the King.
You are free in spirit; even in the world of woes,
For you are free indeed in heart, mind and soul.
Set free to fully express and to share,
With a world in bondage the truth that God truly cares.
The sweet taste of freedom is greater when God heals the land.
All glory comes from and is delivered back to the God I AM.

John 8:36
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

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.

Forever Decision By Brenda Drake

Jesus is the greatest decision I ever made.  I am forever grateful for the prayers of my sister in my behalf.  I was not looking for a Savior for I did not know I needed one.  My Lord’s love reached into my dark soul and turned on the light of the truth of the dilemma of my soul.  It is a decision that it will take eternity to thank God for calling me to Him.

Forever Decision

Forever; a word that holds no real meaning for man,
It is a concept; a truth too hard to fully understand.
Forever, never to end,
There is no time limit once it begins.
Man’s choice upon the earth is important, if they will but see.
Their decision will last for eternity.
So foolish, not a speck of intelligence, is the choice that denies,
The acceptance of Jesus’ work left unrecognized.
It is a forever decision that can never turn about;
How is it they choose to doubt?
What is gained by their stand?  What value are a few years of self-control,
When you talk about the forever rest for your soul?
The foolish man hears the Word and still ignores its plea,
He will be tormented by his decision through eternity;
Forever sorry to his shame,
In eternal torment he remains.
The wise man will see that it is too great a price,
To reject the One that came to give eternal life.
He willingly offers his life to the One that saved his soul,
Choosing to spend eternity, with the One that makes him whole.
Jesus promises peace and joy with love that will their life embrace.
The wise will accept the truth of His amazing grace.
There is yet time oh foolish man; choose life instead of death.
Decide to give your life now to Jesus and a great future you can expect.

Joel 3:14
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision:
for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.