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.

In the Care of the Lord By Brenda Drake

            The Lord once showed me a vision of me looking at was seemingly a mountain impossible to get around.   I fearfully worried, and strategized how I could solve the problem; then in frustration I began to wonder what I could have or should have done to have avoided the situation I was in. Then He revealed it was like an apple very close right in front of my face.  My perspective was not God’s perspective.  I then picked up the apple (problem) and lifted it up to the One that could successfully take care of it for me. Every once and a while He reminds me of the silliness of letting an apple upset me.

In the Care of the Lord

God walks with you through every situation you face.
In difficulty, His presence embrace.
The high, rough-road traveled, or the place deep, dark, and low;
God is with you to light the way and to strengthen the soul.
Hopelessness and despair is pushed aside,
When hearts are awaken to God’s promise that abides.
Joy and peace rush in to restore to heal the broken place;
All is provided by God’s mercy, love and grace.
Train to purpose thoughts and emotions to God’s Word in troubling times.
Dedicate your circumstances to at His feet recline.
Allow the One you love and serve to your burdens bear.
His love and dedication will carry the largest share.
Lean unto the sovereign had of the One you adore.
Rest your thoughts and emotions in the care of Jesus; Lord of Lords.

1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Matthew 11:28-30
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.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Peace Settles Deep By Brenda Drake

In the troubled times perceived ahead; in Christ we still can experience a peace that settles deep within our heart, mind and soul.  Circumstances may not change as rapidly as the change undergone within.  Instead of fear of the future we can have faith to face the future.  Instead of hoping and praying for things to change we are given the ability to make a change. Instead of being a victim we become in Christ a victor.  Rather than looking for outward sources to help in trying times we stand on and testify God is our help in times of trouble.   God equips us with ability and knowledge to successfully face the giant knowing He will for us and through us destroy our enemy and chase fear from our land.

Peace Settles Deep

Lovely and quiet moments; when turmoil is stilled;
When, your heart is raised in prayer ready to be filled.
In the strange silence……peace settles deep,
And even more strange it seems you are filled with new strength.
The problems are laid down and are firmly placed,
In the care of the One you trust; to be by joy replaced.
The circumstances may not yet be changed, but somehow you know,
The One you love and serve is in full control.
The air has been cleared of the stench within,
The atmosphere is filled with the sweet aroma of your Lord again.
Lovely, quiet ….sometimes when not a word is said,
You’ve been freed from every worry and every fear of dread.
You are emptied and filled almost in one breath it seems;
So great is this place prepared for the redeemed!

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth,
give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid

Time is Measured By Brenda Drake

            It seems when young we have so much time to accomplish all we desire to do.  Then it seems there is never enough time to do as we must do.  God is in control of the amount of my days.  All I can do is live each day loving and serving Him knowing He has good things planned ahead for me now and in the hereafter.

Time is Measured

Time is measured, each person that lives,
Has an allotted time marked as his.
In its minutes, hours, and days
Time measures their ways.
Do you wonder why time goes slow,
And then at times you wonder where it goes?
Do you think God is slow too?
Wondering why it takes so long for dreams to come true?
It is all perspectives issue my friend.
You see what you feel, God knows beginning to end.
Your instruction in the Word is to keep God in mind.
Obey the Word; thus redeeming the time.
Time is measured for you.
The time is near when dreams come true.
Soon you will know, see, hear, and taste;
The full benefit and promises of God’s grace.
A new day; a new time under Christ’s rule on earth,
As bride, as friend, to assist in His work.
God’s timing is perfect; it is all in His plan.
Rejoice holding faith close in heart while holding unto His hand.

Palms 90:12
So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Whisper to the Heart By Brenda Drake

In our troubled times I believe seeking hearts will hear God’s whispering sounds of love. I do not know how we listen to God without hearing a sound, but I know without a doubt I have heard loud what another does not hear right next to me.  I do not know how out of the blue I know without a doubt what direction I need to take, but I do. How do I feel confident and full of faith when just moments before I was unsure and doubtful?  I just know it is my Lord speaking loud within me.

Whisper to the Heart

Whispers to the heart sound loud and clear;  
Even louder sometimes, than when spoken in the ear.
The voice may sound like the wind,
But somehow you know the whisper comes from Him.
The slight nod of disapproval when you purposely disobey;
The inner conviction that shows the right way,
The calm nudge of assurance that has peace in its touch,
Agreeing with your decision confidence fills your cup,
The indescribable delight that bubbles up deep inside,
That promises satisfaction as in Him you abide.
Whispers of the heart are not mundane or dull,
They have an attraction that the heart-strings pull.
They draw into repentance, worship, and praise.
They add flavor to your life and life to your days.
Do you hear loving sounds even in this rhyme?
Perhaps you will recognize the whisper God designs.

Psalms 32:8
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye.

Faith’s Test By Brenda Drake

We are hard on ourselves sometimes.  We have distorted ideas of our worth, if we do not act in the way we perceive as right we feel we have failed. I am happy our Lord knows all our weaknesses and does not measure our success by our actions but by His work in our behalf.

Faith’s Test

You may feel your faith has faltered and your pace has slowed,
But in truth you are walking forward on streets of gold.
Your love you wonder is it as strong as before?
Is it as strong and true for your Lord?
When life throws darts and hits hard inside,
You know where to run to hide.
Faith is not always showy in its display.
It does not always know exactly what to say.
It does not always run wild and free;
Sometimes faith crawls on heart’s knees.
Faith’s test- Are you God’s child? On Him do you depend?
If a negative word is said against His name do you defend?
When trouble and trials come do you believe for God’s best?
If yes to all these questions you pass faith’s test.
Love, faith, and hope join together from time to time.
When they do joy, peace and assurance are also close by.

Hebrews 11:4
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.