I Walk Toward What Already Surrounds Me By Brenda Drake

You are everywhere and are everything to me.

I Walk Toward What Surrounds Me

I walk toward what already surrounds me.
I am seeking what has already found me.
My darkened understanding is beginning to see,
The light of the truth that is revealed to me.
All of my thinking was upside down;
All my ways and motives and beliefs were unsound.
What mattered most I now count as less.
What I did not desire is now in my eyes the best.
The fleeting pleasures of self and its ways,
Is now to be sacrificed and cast away.
As I walk toward the One that I desire,
The coldness within is replaced with His fire.
As I dream of the eternal place ahead,
I can more appreciate the life He now gives.
I used to dream of life full of every worldly attraction;
But as I have tasted its wealth…less is the satisfaction.
For what I desire even more,
Are the love, fellowship, and presence of my Lord.
The world’s turmoil, stress, and unrest,
Is unsettling and in a terrible mess.
But I am finding any place my feet trod,
There is a wonderful refuge of peace in God.
For no matter where I go,
He is the comfort for my soul.
I continue to walk toward the One that surrounds me is true.
He is my world now and in the next world too.

Act 17:28
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own
poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Divine Guide By Brenda Drake

What a wonderful display of love that is shown to us in the plan of Salvation. We are blessed with the gift of life and the greater gift of eternal life because of the great sacrifice of our Lord Jesus.  Jesus then sent us Holy Spirit to lead, guide, teach, and comfort us till we get there or until He returns for us.

The Divine Guide

In the womb formed,
Before the day you were born,
You were known and seen clear,
Well-loved and held most dear.
Before the world began you were on God’s mind.
So precious is His love and so great is His design.
His plan was to draw you close and make you His bride.
Jesus knew he would for your sins die.
 His love calls to Him,
To save from the grasp of sin.
His everlasting love leads and guides the way.
His Spirit teaches to obey.
He is Divine guide, Teacher, Comforter and friend,
He is the Good Shepherd that leads you from within.
The guide of the soul leads to the cross of shame,
To show the “Way“….Jesus is His name.
He saves, restores, and makes new inside.
He will never leave you as within He abides.
As you seek first His kingdom and trust His work in you,
You will abide in Him and will bear His fruit.
His fruit are sweet and causes pleasure to the soul;
Full of healthy results that prove God is in control.

1John 4:9
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only
begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

A Sure, Rock-Solid Kind of Love By Brenda Drake

 So marvelous is the ways of my Lord, I bask in His love forever

A Sure, Rock-Solid Kind of Love+++

God’s kind of love is sure, steady, rock-solid and true.
His love is unshakable it does not depend on you.
You cannot earn it for His love is freely given;
But it cannot be received unless you are forgiven.
Jesus was the ransom for the sinful soul.
He paid sin’s penalty so God’s love you could know.
The redeemed man gets a taste of the God kind of love,
For he is born anew and one with God above.
When God’s word is heeded your heart and mind can see,
The love of God is opened up to thee.
Praise and prayer; practicing the presence of Christ,
Opens up the way for Him to live through your life.
More and more like the One you worship and adore;
Becoming more and more like your risen Lord.
Demonstrating to the lost world what they need to see;
The God kind of love that draws and sets them free.
Loving even the unlovely …loving sure and true;
With God kind of love no matter what they have done to you.
Sure, steady, rock-solid just like Christ;
Proving He is the new strength in your life.

Ephesians 3:8
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should
preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

 Ephesians 3:19
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled
with all the fulness of God.

The Story of a Heart By Brenda Drake

The Story of the Heart

When I think about Jesus …my heart begins to swell;
Almost bursting with desire to its story tell.
The corridors were dark and sad before.
There were no windows and very few doors.
Closed up tight with even more walls building up within,
For there was no real desire to allow anyone in.
A lonely place, empty, with confusion in the air;
For time had proven that no one really cared.
The childlike hopes and dreams were thrown away;
Rotting in the corners starting to decay.
Then says my heart…
The inner world became a new place,
Touched by God’s mercy and His sweet amazing grace.
Light and love entered through the opened door,
With the redeeming power might of the risen Lord.
Joy cleared the air with the aroma of Christ.
The walls began to crumple disappearing out of sight.
Sweet songs perfume the air with pleasing peace within;
Now that my heart is home to Him.
Precious new hope and faith shines out from me,
Now that from darkness I have been freed.
Oh heart, keep sending out praise to God above;
To tell of the mighty work of His incredible love.

Jerimiah 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.


	

When Little is More Than Enough By Brenda Drake

When Little is More than Enough

A little becomes more than enough,
When it is by God’s hand touched.
Whatever you have, offer it to God above,
To be multiplied by the touch of Love.
In the Word of God many times,
There are examples to testify God’s design.
God proved time and again,
That little becomes more when entrusted to Him.
A small lunch fed multitudes…a little fish the taxes paid.
A word of authority raised a dead man from the grave.
A heart touched by the truth no longer lost remains;
But is saved, and made new and freed from chains.
Prayer moves mountains out of paths every day.
An encouraging word can chase fear away,
A tiny child that speaks faith can be,
Like a beacon-light so a blind in heart can see.
A word of rhyme jotted down,
Becomes a wealth of wisdom good and sound.
A little bit of joy fills up your life so much;
It causes pleasure to those you touch.

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.

2 Corinthians 8:15
As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

The Fire Touched Life By Brenda Drake

            This poem tells of clay being molded and shaped by the Potters hand.  I have felt His work in the forming and I have felt the heat of the fire applied to make me strong; and it is not always a pleasant feeling. I trust Him and I trust I will be made a vessel better to serve Him.

The Fire Touched Life

The fiery touch of Heaven upon a life,
Strengthens and conditions for service for Christ
Clay is formed; molded and shaped,
Into the vessel the potter desire to make.
When a flaw is evident it is started anew.
The same clay reformed is made a masterpiece into.
After its forming, it is placed into the fiery furnace,
So it will strengthen to endure at later service.
Love is at work within you. His work is intricate, sure and precise.
His full attention is in the formation of your life,
He has great plans for you, which only He is able to see.
It is a life of purpose, that brings profit for eternity,
So remember in yourself and others; the process is slow.
However there is great progress in the fire-touched soul.
The Holy Spirit never tires of His work inside,
So the outside like diamonds shine; proving Jesus within abides.

Isaiah 64:8
But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter;
and we all are the work of thy hand

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Unfailing Love By Brenda Drake

Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Unfailing Love

His unfailing love fills the earth; it is displayed for all to see.
From the mountains to the plains reveal His majesty.
His sunrises and sunsets beautifully paint the sky;
Causing pleasures to the watchful eye.
The bird’s song, gentle breezes that caress the brow,
The flight of the eagle, the waving palms that bow,
The mighty cedars, the tiny seed that grows,
The cross of Calvary provided to save sinful souls.
His gentle prodding’s encourage all to come,
With fierce intense flooding soulS with His love is overcome.
His love fills the earth and enters and surrounds.
The receptive heart that has opened, self will lay down.
His joy, His praise, His strength and His power becomes,
All a part of the life of His chosen one.
Opened eyes begin to see His glory on every side;
And His unfailing love without measure for His bride.

I will give thanks to the God of heaven.  His love endures forever.

Wisps of Truth By Brenda Drake

      The Holy Spirit starts His holy work long before we know or even desire to know God.  In times of quiet, and of trial we are touched with fascinating strands of truth. The salvation story enters into the hungry seeking heart.  I now have a great hunger for the Word.  God feeds me often all the wisdom I desire, and encourages me to even eat more!

Wisps of Truth

Wisps of truth, like delicate strands of gold,
Deposited in the secret place the heart holds.
Interwoven threads of goodness pure and undefiled;
Bits of God’s wisdom that causes the heart to smile.
Wondrous revelations that reveal God’s power and might;
That floods the inner sanctuary with eternal lights.
A supernatural breath of air that lifts up the heart to receive,
That, that their faith believes.
The truth of God’s love has a sweet taste,
As God introduces the wonder of His grace.
The captive is freed, like an eagle soars to great height,
As God’s forgiveness fills the soul with unearthly delights.
Great desire fills this place with the need to give praise;
At the truth of unworthiness, the heart bows amazed.
Beautifully adorned in worship as a living sacrifice;
Filled and overflowing, one with Jesus Christ.
A marvelous union so intricately designed;
One with the Truth – perfectly aligned.
Seek God and you will find peace.
Seek His ability for He is your strength.
Hunger for righteousness – He is the bread.
Thirst for His wisdom, He is the head.
Rest in His goodness, entrust your life to His care;
He is the fullness you seek; He is always willing to share.
Every trial you face, know He guides your step.
Every battle formed against you He is prepared for it.
Read God’s Word each and every day,
And the delicate strands of His truth will show you His way.

John 8:32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

Stand on the Word By Brenda Drake

I had a refrigerator magnet that had the best advice.  It said if God said it, believe it!  This poem adds even more to its great message.

Stand on the Word

Put your finger on it; claim it for your life.
Underline it and watch it shed on you a new light.
Place your feet upon it; stand boldly on its worth.
There is no power that can defeat it on the earth.
Set your eyes ahead on the Truth that you see in faith;
Put your heart to rest and with patience wait.
Stake all you have and will acquire on the value of the Word.
It will not fade away, dissolve, or be deterred.
Show it to others, proclaim its truth to them.
Never fear it will fail you, it will prove true till the end.
There is no power that can cause God’s Word to fail or fall.
Study daily the wisdom that will help you through it all.

Psalms 18:30
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Psalms 119:140
Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

Flower of Eternal Life By Brenda Drake

            I love flowers for their beauty and for their fragrance; and I am disappointed when they wilt and die.  I surround myself with artificial flower arrangements for their lasting beauty but would much more appreciate the real ones.  God makes us all beautiful and a forever bloom in His kingdom. 

Flower of Eternal Life

On earth a flower’s beauty fades
On the vine it does not forever stay.
Its promise of pleasure is no more,
Its lovely attributes fall to the earth’s floor.
Flowers on earth are presented as gifts.
The aroma of some, are hard to resist.
Lovely to look at and lovely to smell,
Each bloom has its own story to tell.
Just so are the children in the land.
The flower of youth proudly stands.
But beauty fades and droops down,
With or without sweet aroma also fall to the ground.
But there is a Flower that forever blooms.
He is, was and is coming soon.
He lived, loved, and died for man;
So His life and His love you could understand.
Because you are His and He is in You,
You are now a flower in full bloom.
A forever flower, eternal life lives within.
Because He is life, and You are one with Him,
You are the flower I send to grace the table of the lost;
Full of good fruits that show the way to God’s love on the cross.

1 John 2:17
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will
of God abideth for ever.