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.