Love’s Light By Brenda Drake

          The world as we know it has been turned upside down.  What God said is dark is called light. What
God detests the world has declared good, Things once held dear are now cast aside as no longer valuable. Many churches are lukewarm, and fit in with the world system. The teachings and the presence of the power and authority of the Lord have been stripped from the lives of those who attend. Children of God need to stand and boldly profess the Word of God as they live a life that agrees with the Word of God. 

       The Church is at a cross-road; are we as Christians going to lay down our armor and give in to the pressures and the threats of evil control? Or are we going to get busy and pick up our armor? We need to be ready to follow our Lord to fight the forces that are taking our Country and our world into a place of no return. 

      I for one will say with God on my side what have I to lose?  I say I am not weak in God I am strong.  I stand and say I believe and will testify what the Word of God says is right is right.  What the Word of God says is wrong is wrong.  In my stand for right, I also admit God has given every man, woman, and child the free choice to do right or to choose the way of evil.  What is your choice?  If it is for God then stand for Him and boldly say so.  

Love’s Light

In the Light of Love darkness flees.
In His presence the heart receives.
Like a tree planted at the rivers side;
Full and filled vitally alive.
When rain clouds come and they still do,
God becomes a shelter too.
When you feel cold or in a storm,
God’s in control and your heart warms.
There is no place you go,
That your God does not know.
In the low times when you feel dry,
Your God becomes your supply.
As you lift up every problem, trial, and pain,
It is all covered in Jesus’ name.
Sadness, anxiety, worry or fear,
In Love’s Light has to disappear.
Love’s Light is health to heart, mind and soul.
It heals and in you overflows.
The wise abides in the Light of the Son,
As they are revived they also a light becomes.

John 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

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.

Prepare By Brenda Drake

I have started on a path I thought I was prepared to travel but when obstacles came I became confused if I was going in the right direction.   When we follow after God we need to be prepared to stop or continue on as we trust the leading of God. I am slowly learning not to be blown away by adverse circumstances.  As I spend time in God’s Word I know He is faithful to help me through whatever I need to face. 

Prepared

Be prepared, help comes from above.
Great is God’s provisions; watch for His love.
How are you to prepare you ask?
Look ahead and do not look back.
Set your face to reach your goal;
Know and trust God is of your life in control.
Forgive daily; every offence shed,
With a song of praise, forge on ahead.
Clear your heart and cleanse your mind.
Leave all preconceived ideas behind.
The air becomes foggy with the smoke of unfulfilled desire;
Throw them away into God’s eternal fire.
Allow new revelations to surface at each new days start.
With God’s assurance and proof He dwells in your heart.
Be prepared to hear the still voice within,
With full evidence the wisdom comes from Him.
Walk forward with purpose in your step.
Knowing with full confidence He is not finished with you yet.
Much lie ahead you are not yet able to see;
But to be fully prepared you must trust God is leading thee.

Ephesians 6:14-18
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

I AM is with You By Brenda Drake

            When we begin to feel alone, inadequate, or afraid of what lie ahead, we must remember just who it is that is our Lord and Savior.  He promises to never leave or forsake us.

I AM is With You

I am wherever your feet trod.
I am your world, you belong to God.
I am the One that saved you by grace.
I am the One that on the tree took your place.
I am walking before you, behind, and above.
I am your foundation, I am love.
You are loved by I AM,
You are walking in my plan.
You are walking with eyes that see,
The Spirit of God is leading thee.
Your eyes of faith see God is on your side.
Your faith knows your God also reigns inside.
Your life is precious in His sight.
You are indeed His delight.
So walk in faith with a knowing that whatever comes,
Is in the divine knowledge of God’s Son.
Jesus’ name on your lips holds power.
He is your total strength in the world’s last hours.
So go forth knowing I AM is in control.
If you are not stopped then in confidence go.
Love is with you in every trial and tribulation you face.
You are in His care and in His loving embrace.

Exodus 3:14
And God said unto Moses, I Am that I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto
the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God,
 he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Are You Grass or a Tree By Brenda Drake

            After we become Christians we desire to rush out and save the world but it’s wise to take time to grow-up. We are strengthened for service by spending time in prayer and by ingesting the Word of God.  The fruits of a well-nourished life will accomplish much for God’s kingdom.

Are You Grass or a Tree?

Seeds need to rest in the soil prepared,
Before they are able to their inner abundance share.
Some seeds sprout and grow up fast.
But like grass their profit does not long last.
When a sprout pokes its head for all to see,
It is still a long way from a promised tree.
When truth’s seed is sown by God above,
He nourishes it to grow tall, watered in His love.
This story is shared to ask, are you as grass or a tree?
Be patient with your progress; place your trust in me.
I have a divine plan for every kernel sown,
Every planting is by God well known.
Be patient with your growth and with others growth as well.
You will one day you all will have a great story to tell.|
God will do much with your fruit.
So your life will spread healthy seeds too,
With each days growth; fruit becomes ripe to touch.
One day because of you another fruitful tree has grown up+                                                                               
Come often to God’s table to sup on the Word.
Roots grow deeper still and even more growth occurs.

Jeremiah 17:7-8
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Run to God By Brenda Drake

It is crucial to trust God.   There are times when our world is seemingly turned upside down and out of control. When we settle in our heart that God loves us and that He is in control, we in confidence are able to rely on the promises in the Word. We will not run away from Him but will run to Him for help.

Run to God

Do not be afraid, when God is your friend.
Because of Jesus you can run to Him.
Jesus’ life paved the way,
So, on His path you are able to stay.
When distressed with all kinds of woe,
Run to Him; share with Him what He already knows.
When you are angry or bitter with another,
Run to God and you will discover,
The heart willing to forgive finds release.
Hearts fly free to rest in peace,
Are you feeling alone all by yourself?
God is always near and always willing to help.
Are you weary in your toil? Do you feel weak?
Turn to God and His assistance seek.
He is willing to carry you until strength returns again.
So, in the next issue faced you are able to again run to Him.
Come when you are happy and full of joy too.
For God rejoices as He runs with you.

Psalms 37:39-40
But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked,
and save them, because they trust in him.

Divine Shelter By Brenda Drake

I used to be petrified in storms.  But one day I discovered the One that is in control of the storm provides a safe place for those that place their trust in Him.  Place your trust in Jesus and the fear subsides and peace like a warm blanket will cover and protect your soul.

Divine Shelter

The storm rages ….the troubled sea tosses about;
The mind fills with fear, worry, and doubt.
Why?”  “Where are you?” “What can I do?”
Then…”I’m in trouble Lord I need help from you.”

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Your call is always heard ….when in distress,
Your God lifts you to in His hand rest.
The storm may still blow but you are secure again;
You are at peace deep within.
Divine shelter is never withheld – it is always there.
It is reached at times of prayer.
Just a call is all it takes;
And the harsh winds I break.
Divine protection provides rest to regain strength;
So with God’s power you are able to face the stormy sea.
Never are you asked to travel all alone my friend.
Remember, even if the storm rages… the sun shines soon again.

Isaiah 25:4
For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Easy to the Point Prayers By Brenda Drake

            Prayer is a time of placing our needs and the needs of others before a loving God.  It is a time of singing the praises of our Lord and Savior.  It is a time to rest in the loving ministrations of a most loving God.  Sometimes I spend a long time in God’s presence, and other times it is a very quick time making my requests.  Always it is a time of speaking and listening.  It is good no matter how long or how short the prayers are.  In fact there are times I don’t speak at all, and God still hears all I do not say. The bible tell us to pray for our leaders, and our Country, Jesus told us to pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Repentance, forgiveness and genuine love and concern for others gives us lots to pray about. Prayer needs not be as a chore to get done, but instead a constant ;oving conversation between us and the God that never tires of hearing our voice,

Easy To the Point Prayers

When time is at essence brevity of prayer is best
There is no need to form long, complicated requests.
God sees the problem you asking to be solved,
Your prayer invites Him to be involved.
Life was meant to be a sharing between God and man;
With a free flow always was the plan.
Free and easy and fully comfortable to do,
With no great maze of things needed to go through.
Like a child and their loving father upon the earth would ask.
They would climb up and rest upon their daddy’s lap,
Knowing full well they had his attention,
Knowing they could trust in his good intentions.
They are sure of his love and know he will do his best.
So they ask and believe they will receive, and then they put it to rest.
Their hugs and kisses seal the deal made between them.
Then they run off to play with their friends.
The child of God that knows he is loved is not afraid.
They do not need to practice what they must do or say.
They do not approach the throne with fearful attempts.
They know their God is for them not against.
Long repetitious prayers are a waste to hear.
Causing dishonor to the God that desires you to draw near.
When in worship and in praise and thanksgiving you will find
Heaven kisses your spirit with assurance and gives you peace of mind. 

Matthew 6:7-8
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Philippians 4:6
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing

Heart Throb of God By Brenda Drake

Have you more and more noticed a change in your thinking?  What was acceptable becomes detestable?  What was ignored is no longer able to be tolerated?  What seemed of utmost importance now is recognized of very little eternal value.  Now it is becoming very clear the things that are of most importance to our Heavenly Father.  If so you are feeling and becoming the heart throb of God.

Heart Throb of God

In the deepest place where the heart throbs;
In the essence of your being there is found God.
The very seed of existence; planted deep within,
All of you that exists belongs to Him.
Each breath has value; if but all men would know,
The high price paid for every soul.
Eternity measures each step in life’s path.
The all seeing eyes of God know right where you are at.
Love’s loving had reaches out each day,
To restore what evil has stolen away.
Look up, look about, search deep within,
Seek, learn, and listen; place all your hope in Him.
The Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, all three in One,
Work in perfect harmony to get the work done.
Nothing on earth exists without Christ.
Jesus is Truth, The Way, and Life.
On earth and in heaven is the same;
All life is found in Jesus’ name.
When you allow the work of the cross you will find,
Every part of your being is with God aligned.
With heart, mind and soul in accord,
Your whole being becomes a heart throb for the Lord.

Psalms 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me.

Proverbs 3:1-2
My son, forget not my law;
but let thine heart keep my commandments:
 For length of days, and long life,
and peace, shall they add to thee.

Armed with Wisdom and Prayer By Brenda Drake

       Do you feel confused and frustrated with our unsettling world circumstances?  A little out of place and out of touch with things?  Allow God to assure you He is in control and that He hears and answers prayer.  Look up in faith and place on the provided spiritual armor and stand ready for the battle is His and He will show up strong.

Armed with Wisdom and Prayer

You hear our prayers this I know,
For both my heart and the bible tells me so.
Evil has proudly and arrogantly made its stand;
But because of the prayers of the people You heal our land.
Wrong is said is right but also I know
I refuse to in its evil waters flow.
I will stand on and with what the Word teaches is right,
And I place on my armor with sword ready to fight.
The battle is won by the work of Your hand.
All we need to do is pray and for righteousness stand.
Joining one by one: shoulder to shoulder; many begin to see,
That together we are strong, in unity,
Our Lord paves the way to victory ahead,
And our inner strength and hope is restored as God’s Word says.
The army of God, armed with wisdom and prayer;
Rises to the occasion, to God’s victory-march share.

1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Ephesians 6:13-17
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.