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;

The Sacrifice of Praise By Brenda Drake

Although it is difficult when our life is turned upside down; when we become disappointed, discouraged, we need to set our face, minds and heart to trust and to have faith God is good and He is in control.  He deserves our steadfast thanks, praise and worship no matter what we are going through.
This too is the sacrifice of praise.

The Sacrifice of Praise

The flower blooms even in the rainy day
They allow their life to be on display
And the birds continue to sing
Their sacrifice of praise to the Creator King
When the sun has hidden its warmth and the cool winds blow
Does this mean that man is forgotten in the land below?
Does his face need to be sad and his heart dark and glum?
Does he forget the goodness of God and all he has done?
The flowers and the trees and the birds are aware,
Life is a gift of love that the Creator shares.
Life has its moments when the sun shines bright,
And times of darkness where it’s easy to lose sight.
There are times of gladness and times of pain,
But the wise know God’s love and care for them remains
The angels marvel in delight
When one overcomes the obstacles and puts the enemy to flight
When they stand up tall and with authority proclaim
They’re God’s chosen and renounce despair in Jesus’ name
When they push back their shoulders and lift up their face
And bloom where they’re planted under the banner of grace
They too lift up their voices and like the birds they sing
An anthem of praise as they worship their Savior… Creator King!

Hebrews 13:15
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
 that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

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What a day comes when there is no harsh rain again;
When the joy overflows and it never ends.

By Faith I Pray By Brenda Drake

What we think prayer is; is different than what God considers our prayer. 

There are times when I am so frustrated, angry, and confused that when I bow my head I do not even have words to pray.  In these trying times I have experience all of the emotions I have listed almost at the same time.  All I truly know is that our God cares.  He is trustworthy, and He sees and understands what we are feeling and hears even the silent words that are weeping and are screaming in our hearts.

By Faith I Pray

By faith I pray.
I know You hear what I say.
By faith I in Your strength stand,
As You chase the enemy from my land.
I proclaim by faith victory,
As I fulfill my destiny.
Way down deep inside,
I know God’s Word abides.
As I walk the paths of life
I know I’m led by Jesus Christ.
His stripes I am healed…by faith I see,
That He has already done His work for me.
His Word is sure …His promises true,
In assurance ahead I will move.
Under the blood I am pure and white;
By faith I see I am His delight.
Under His watchful, jealous eye,
My faith is restored and daily supplied.
He that loved me loves me still.
By faith I will His purpose fulfill
I rejoice to seek His face each day.
And I wholeheartedly His instructions obey;
But if I fail, falter, or fall,
I will in faith shout out a repenting call.
I know He forgives me and again
Draws me to again to have faith in Him.

Psalms 112:7
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

In Your Darkest Place By Brenda Drake

My brothers and sisters, friends and family I am giving you this poem to encourage if you are feeling a bit lost and confused over our world and its dilemmas.  Emmanuel God is with us. Continue taking the stance of prayer.  Continue to seek God’s face.  He is our strength, He is our Hightower.   Jesus is Lord.  He is in control.

 Sing like…
Acts 16:25-26  
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

In Your Darkest Place

In the saddest place…in the place where terror strikes,
In the darkest place where there seems to be no light,
In a place of mass destruction… where confusion fills the air;
Where nothing seems right and nothing seems fair,
In the greatest valley where the sun does not seem to shine,
Or is the loneliest place that you could ever find,
In the place of hard decision where there is agony of the soul,
When it seems it is easier to of sanity let go,
The place of heartbreak where life is no longer fun.
When the future looks dark and bleak and nowhere to run,
In this place or any other …no matter what you feel is true,
Your God has not forsaken or abandoned you.
I AM will take the terrible pain away.
There will again be sunshine in your day.
Love surrounds and fills you and will deliver … victory is ahead.
Be assured of the great future prepared as you are by the Spirit led.

Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 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.

Move into Position By Brenda Drake

So many people I have spoken to have been unable to sleep a whole night without waking up to pray for our Nation.  God is in control and He hears our prayers and when they align with His will and His Word His answer is yes and Amen.

By the way, in response to the silliness of the recent prayer ending of amen and a women.

Revelation 3:14
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Move into Position 

Move into the place prepared;
Into the victorious stance of prayer.
Who do you trust in? Is it God or man?
Do you speak words of defeat or the Word of I AM?
God is not thwarted; He is not pushed off His throne.
When you stand with Him you are not alone.
God sees everything; you as in a dark glass see.
The wise will yield to God’s way and trust where He leads.
Move into position ready to fight,
The battle set before you as in God’s strength you delight.
The weapons of your warfare are not carnal; they are mighty indeed.
In your warfare you pull down the strongholds of the enemy.
Are you ready? Get set and to go,
To the run the race in the Spirit’s flow?
Prayer is the position. The Word of God the weapon best,
Praying the Word over the Nation as in Jesus’ name you confess.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

1 Corinthians 13:11-12
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

2 Samuel 7:24-25
For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God.  And now, O Lord God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.

Faith is Like… By Brenda Drake

At times I feel I understand and have faith and at other times I have none because of unbelief.  Real faith is in God and His Word.  We do not always possess great faith but faith the size of a mustard seed is enough. Hold unto your faith, God is in control.

Faith is Like

Faith is like technology; it takes a while to grasp,
But when you do the world opens up, in fact,
You are able to do much more than you ever thought you could.
And you can accomplish much more than you ever thought you would.
Faith is like a light that illuminates the mind;
What was not comprehended is clearly defined.
Faith sees what is not seen by the eyes.
In confidence faith’s expectations will not be denied.
Faith is like the sleeping giant that does not know his might;
But when revived, is unstoppable, and ready to fight.
Faith in God and in His holy word,
Will speak forth the impossible and when it is heard,
Angels rush to greet it and the demons flee;
For the light of God’s power shakes the heavenly.
Faith is just a word that exclaims,
The truth the Father wills in Jesus’ name.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

Romans 1:16-17
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Luke 17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea;