Torn Flower By Brenda Drake

I love this poem God gave me.  Its message is a beautiful glimpse of the love bestowed upon us by the Lover of our Soul.  When we practice loving like Jesus we will be aware of those that are used and abused or almost unseen in a busy, worldly, cruel world.

Torn Flower

In the rocky soil in the appointed place,
The little flower lifts up it face.
Perhaps no one ever notices but still it is there,
To offer its aroma to anyone that cares.
Now in this story you may begin to perceive,
That every bloom is important to Me.
Sometimes you get a glimpse of someone others pass by;
And you appreciate their touch upon your life.
Perhaps their aroma has sweetened the air you breathe;
And they have become very precious to thee.
What I want you to see is the one stepped upon;
The one that all their beauty is gone.
They are ragged from the cares of life and the world’s abuse.
They are forgotten and tossed aside like an old pair of shoes.
I desire for you to see the torn flowers, help them know,
That the God that so loved the world loves them so.
Put your arms out and gather them close and you will see,
They become a beautiful display: a bouquet for the King.
Love the unlovely, love the flowers torn;
For such are the ones in God’s kingdom and are the reborn.
Do you remember your condition before God came into your life?
How terrible was the condition of the soul before the touch of Christ.
You prove that torn flowers may be completely restored,
By the good work of love – to become a glory to the Lord.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Forgotten Gifts By Brenda Drake

            This the time of year when we search for gifts to show our love and appreciation for those on our shopping list.  With a world that is seemingly a little off kilter and for many financially tight, perhaps we need to get back to some homemade gifts, and quality time spent enjoying the real reason for our giving on this special day of the year. 

Forgotten Gifts

The gifts most appreciated – the ones that you most need,
Are not forgotten when received.
But these same gifts you may forget to give away,
Like a kind deed and loving words you say.
Another forgotten gift is respect,
When offered to others… their spirit lifts.
You will discover these things truly bless your life
For thoughtful deeds portray the love of Christ.
At Christmastime people scurry to find the perfect gift;
They spend time and money to find and purchase it.
But the things their loved one desires and needs most of all;
Sometimes is one of the forgotten gifts that by the wayside fall.
The elderly may desire extra attention; with old memories refreshed.
Teenagers hunger for some much needed respect.
Babies want to play games on the floor.
Young adults want what their parents rarely do anymore;
Just a hug or a peck on the cheek,
An encouraging word, some emotional strength.
These forgotten gifts are a year-round presents you can give,
That also proves Jesus lives.
These things are not expensive but they are not free;
For it takes a spirit that is sensitive and will from God receive.
He will remind you of overlooked gifts to touch another within,
With the love of Jesus that always these special gifts sends!

II Thessalonians 2:16-17
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.