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.

Blinded by the Smoke of Our Own Fire By Brenda Drake

We can be doing the right thing and even move in the right direction and still be just a little off track.  How is this? When we make our own way, utilizing our own efforts and our own plans how to get there.  Then when something hinders our progress we become confused and fearful.  For, we are trying too hard to accomplish what God desires to help us do with His strength, His wisdom, and His help.  God clear away the smoke from our eyes.

Blinded by the Smoke of Our Own Fire

You have made your plans and set your face to do,
Perhaps even feeling God is leading you.
You push and shove things out of the way;
To on your purposed path stay.
But when things keep getting in the way perhaps,
It is God trying to help get back on track.
The wise will daily seek to see,
If where they go is where God leads.
You ask what does this word mean?
Is the direction I go not the way right I have seen?
Am I blinded by the smoke of my own fire?
Is my dream my dream and not as God desires?
How am I able to know if my way is right?
How am I able to discern I am clear of sight?
Does my walk of faith need some repair?
Father, will You a sure solution share?

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I tell you friend when your direction is true,
It is up to me not up to you.
You must be open to the way I have designed for you to go
Not blinded by the smoke of your own understanding but trusting God is in control.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Angry Seas By Brenda Drake

I am not as afraid of storms as I used to be.  But I still would not choose to be out in a little boat in a stormy sea.  When our life is in precarious position it is wise to place our trust and faith in the One that will either lift us out of danger, ride the waves with us, or will say to the storm “Peace be still.”  Be wise and be safe.

Angry Waves

Out in the waters dark and deep,
There is danger when the boat leaks.
In the icy waters it is hard to survive.
In its vastness it is hard to stay alive.
You are in a world of angry waves;
With power and ability to carry you away.
Out in the murky waters of sin,
Do not attempt to swim.
Stay in the safe place prepared for you.
For the world’s blackness will harm or destroy you.
Treacherous effects are lurking,
In places hard to see.
The wise will not travel into the stormy places if life.
They will rest in Jesus as He guards their life.
He is the One that calms the troubled sea for you.
If needed ….He will rescue you too.
Angry waves troubles the soul,
But Jesus will never let you go.
So as you face the winds in life
Place your faith and trust in Him -you are never out of His sight.

Psalms 107:28-29
Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

The Anchor of Our Soul By Brenda Drake

        What a large complicated world we live in.  I can easily get confounded with its unstable, violent, tossing’s and turnings.  Our God is not confused, or out of sorts.  He is completely capable, and in full control.  He that formed the earth and fills it spoke the first word and always has the last word.   Jesus is the Word of God and He is the Anchor of our soul.

The Anchor of Our Soul

Out in the world large and vast as the sea,
Sometimes I’m tossed about and the way is not clear to me.
I’ve learned that in the place of turmoil or stress,
The best thing is not to struggle but to in God rest.
You are the Anchor of my soul.
You are in full control.
Before long I am at peace within.
And the way is seen clear again.
The world’s sounds speak loud and clear,
But it’s God’s voice I desire to hear.
When I open up my heart and Scripture I find,
An anchor to my soul when with the Word aligned.
Before long I am at peace again.
The Word makes God’s voice clear within.
The lover of my soul says “Peace be still.”
With God what have I to fear?  I live to do His will.                                   
Kept safe in His love and care,
The truth of His goodness with others I will share.
Jesus is our Anchor; and He calms our troubled seas,
He is Savior that died to set us free.
He is the lifeline and the Light that shows the way.
He is refuge and high-tower and the Word to obey,
As the apple of His eye and His reborn,
What have we to fear in life’s storms?
As we remember God’s goodness we are set free.
Joy then overtakes the world’s threat and anxieties!

Hebrews 6:19
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,
and which entereth into that within the veil;