Ready at all Times By Brenda Drake

I am so thankful someone took time to pray for me, and for every time someone took time to tell my about Jesus.  Every time we speak truth it is like a seed that grows. I have no idea how many times different people took time to pray for me or how long it took for me to come to my senses but there was a perfect time when I heard and understood the condition of my soul and grasped unto the wonderful Good News of what Jesus did for me on the cross.  It was a divine appointment; I became His, forgiven and made new.  Now it is my mission to be ready when it is time for another to hear the Salvation story.

Ready At All Times

Be ready at all times to spread the Good News of Christ,
For there is an appointed time to enrich another’s life.
With a heart filled with truth another’s life without plan,
Or effort, at the time right is touched on demand.
Be ready when the sun shines and in the rain;
Be ready in times of joy or in time of pain.
Be ready when fully awake and when weary and weak.
The obedient, grateful heart is always willing to the truth speak.
In the time of trouble amongst hard regulated days.
The heart loving sounds of Salvation sings whispered praise,
Be ready early in the day and late at night,
The truly worshipful heart in God delights.
The young need to hear it and the old just the same;
Do not hesitate at any time to lift up Jesus’ name.
The rich need to hear it as do the poor;
Every man, woman, and child needs the Lord.
At every birth or death celebration, every other occasion too,
Be obedient; ready to take advantage of the opportunity given you.

1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

The Whispered Prayer By Brenda Drake

         I was relaxing in my recliner watching an evangelist when I recognized the terrible condition of my soul.  I whispered my desire to be saved from the wages of my sin.  God heard me and I felt something was different.  It took a while for me to know the difference was I was born again, a new creation.  Jesus now dwells in my heart; and I am now eternally one with Jesus, the Lover of my soul.  

The Whispered Prayer

The whispered prayer when no one is near,
Sounds loud in the Father’s ear.
The change of direction within,
When the heart first desires to follow Him,
Even before your first silent prayer,
Your God is already there.
Ready, willing and able to your life change,
As deep within things are completely rearranged.
At the first invitation from lips of clay,
The God of heaven moves in prepared to stay.
The body houses royalty, it will one day shine like the Son.
Because of repented prayer you are now with Him as one.

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Every need is known but I love to hear your voice when you pray.
I hear the songs within and your thoughts when they stray.
But remember, God’s love differs from the love of man.
My love is eternal because that is who I am.
I AM Father, that loved you enough to send,
My Son Jesus to pay the price of your sin.
So come whisper to all your requests
Know and count on I give you what is  best.

Jeremiah 29:12-13
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

The Flower Arrives By Brenda Drake

            True awakening was the day when the truth revealed I had no way to pay my debt of sin and my eternal destination was hell. At the lowest place of my life The Flower arrived; Jesus died so I could forever live with Him. All I needed to do was to confess my need of a Savior and to repent my sin.  Since that great day flowers of His love are delivered to me daily.

The Flower Arrives

The flower arrives at a heart’s door,
With an invitation to come into the presence of the Lord.
Come as you are; holy apparel is supplied;
Holy, pure, and righteous garments ready for the bride.
Come, says the Bridegroom, My heart aches for you to see,
The beautiful future I have prepared for thee.
Leave all fear and worry behind,
Revel in joy that you are forever Mine.
Sweet peace settles inside deep,
With everlasting assurance to keep.
Tell Me all the hopes and dreams, I already know.
I love to hear your voice and l love to affection show.
One day I will call you and you will never go away.
It will also be your choice to stay.
All the little glimpses become real and true,
As heaven’s open-arm embrace you.
Until then, remain in tune to Love’s call to come.
Spend quality time in the presence of Jesus, God’s Son.
Keep heart open wide to receive and to bow low,
In worship and praise in the Spirit’s flow.
In love’s sweet aroma with God as one;
The flower arrives to invite another to in God’s presence come.

Matthew 11:28-29
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.

The Song all will Sing By Brenda Drake

Jesus, there is something about that name. It sounds like music to my heart.  I will sing His praises now and forever.  He is the song all will sing. 

The Song all will Sing

Who gave you ears to hear and a song to sing,
And a heart, mind, soul and everything?
As the hearts fills with thanks, worship, and praise to God above,
Who fills your being with His love?
Who fills to overflow with joy and peace,
And by His Word causes great increase?
Who watches over you night and day?
Who by a prayer chases fear away?
What heart when touched with mercy and grace.
Does not yearn to see His face?
Jesus is the tune the grateful heart sings.
He is Lord of Lords and King of all kings.
He is the Melody that heaven sent to man;
To visit the earth to show God’s plan.
He is the Word of God, the Truth, when heard;
New life, new sight, and new purpose occurs.
A new destiny calls to put Salvation on display.
Jesus is the tune of Heaven and the Song all will sing one day.

Psalms 40:3
And he hath put a new song in my mouth,even praise unto our God: many shall see it,
and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

I Met a Stranger By Brenda Drake

Lord give me the heart and eyes to see.

I Met a Stranger

There was one walking on a dark lonely street;
He was a stranger that soon I would meet.
We are as opposite as two people can get,
And to the world of no real value if we met.
But God has a master plan,
That neither of us could yet understand.
Our worlds collide like a fast moving train;
Never again will our lives be the same.
There are many times on the earth we dwell,
Lives are thrown together as well.
Times, when a stranger becomes vital part,
Of our very-own, very private heart.
Strangers that become vitally connected,
With a divine touch that is unexpected.

I met one special stranger that completely changed my life.
Who became my Savior, and my Lord; Jesus Christ.
He made my heart willing and able to see,
How the heart of God draws even closer to me.
As I begin to open my eyes;
His face in other strangers is recognized,
Help me Jesus to search for  and value souls more,
So when we are escorted through heaven’s door.
We will greet as brothers our Lord and our friend,
Where the life of true family begins.

Matthew 25:35
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
 I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

How Far Could He See By Brenda Drake

The greatest day is the day You revealed Yourself to me.

How Far Could He See

Sorely beaten; upon his head a thorny crown roughly placed;
Great spikes pierced His flesh, His beard torn from His face;
Nailed on a cross with a sign above clearly seen.
A sea of faces: some crying, some mocking; evil, and mean.
Raised up with thieves, one on each side,
As a mass of people waited for them to die.
On His back, every sin of every man was known.
The perfect Son of God called each one His own.
How far could He see?” is the question asked.
He saw exactly where you are at.
He saw far into the future and as far back as sin’s start.
He accepted the penalty of each one so He could reign in your heart.
Every sin, every shame, every inability,
He saw and paid for at Calvary.
But great is the day when man’s opened eyes know,
Jesus raised so His new life in and through them could overflow.

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

1 Corinthians 6:20
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him.

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.

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!

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

A New Creation By Brenda Drake

What was perfectly normal and acceptable before salvation is not only unacceptable but so out of character it is hard to believe I am the same person.  Well, when I read the scripture I find I really am not that person.  I am born again and made new!  Thank you, Jesus for such a wonderful gift.

A New Creation

Those that learn God’s ways
Change the image they portray.
They desire to emulate God’s dear Son,
For with Him they are joined as one.
Their habits will change, bad ones replaced
With new ones that glorify Him and will not disgrace.
Their lives will be like an arrow pointing,
With a good light so others can the truth see.
Their hearts lift to be cleansed,
From all dirtiness and sin within.
Hopes aim higher than the earth;
After they have spiritual rebirth.
 You are more willing to do your destiny fulfill;
For now you love good and hate evil.
You testify of the freedom you have found,
And you will not allow anyone turn you around.
When you have decided to follow the Jesus as King,
Your thanks, praise, and worship continue to ring.
 Power grows inside as your roots sink in.
You drink living water, and are called God’s friend.
I AM – gives us new life;
A new creation all because of Jesus’ sacrifice

Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.