Flowers From a Hopeful Heart By Brenda Drake

I love flowers.  I am not a gardener.  My love of flowers does not come from my efforts.  God is the gardener of our soul.  He is the beauty that flowers from within us.  Oh how sweet is the love of God, He deserves all the praise and glory.

Flowers from a Hopeful Heart

Like the sweet aroma of a willing rose,
Is the praise of a heart that God’s Word knows.
Hopeful hearts see the sun shine ahead on a rainy day.
Though cloudy on the outside they are warmed by inner rays.
Another flower that comes from the heart of hope,
Is the sure knowledge God is in control.
The sweet assurance of His love and care,
Is another flower of hope with another to share.
Flowers from a hopeful heart walk at a steady pace,
Under the sure covering of God’s mercy and grace.
They live in His anointing and of His nourishment partakes.
Lights in the dark world all the difference makes.
An encouraging word, a loving timely rebuke,
A helping hand in time of need; are all flowers delivered too.
There is sweet aroma of a life whose hope is in God above.
They bloom in the land; seeds planted in the garden of love.

Ephesians 5:1-2
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Allow God to Love You By Brenda Drake

            I remember well the first day I allowed God to love me. After a hard day, alone with children tucked in bed, relaxed in recliner with no remote at hand, the evangelist came on television.  I was too lazy to get up and change the channel.  What a great day it turned out to be. For the first time I learned of the sad, hopeless condition of my soul. I became aware of the wonderful love of God and His provision in my behalf.  The amazingly beautiful gift of salvation through Jesus’ work on the cross becomes crystal clear each time I spend time in His presence in praise, worship, and prayer

Allow God to Love You

Allow God to love you, listen to this word of rhyme.
Give Him your attention, share with Him your time.
Rest your weary mind, enjoy the encouragement He gives.
Allow the Spirit to soothe your soul, so without fear you can live.
Take the peace of the Savior; let it sing to you its sweet song.
Let joy flow forth inside you to make you strong.
Tear down the walls of bitterness, and the towers of pride.
Allow the forgiving Spirit to reign inside.
Rest in the Holy Scriptures, learn it promises and believe in them.
Allow the love of Christ to warm you from within.
Bring the sins that the enemy piles high on your back,
And allow God to throw them in the sea intact.
Trust in the One that loves you more than words can say.
Give Him your life and your problems and fears dissolve away.

Acts 16:31
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

If you have never asked Jesus to be your Lord, this is the perfect time. It is so very simple, first, admit you are a sinner, and are in need of a Savior. Believe and accept what He did for you, and ask Jesus to enter your heart and to live His life in you. He is faithful; you will never be sorry for your decision!

In the Lap of Love By Brenda Drake

When we practice the presence of God the dark world and its problems, fade in the light of His love.  What a lovely, wonderful place, its value is more than all the worlds riches!

In the Lap of Love

When you struggle to your feet, and each step is slowed;
There is something that you need to know.
Your burden is too heavy, get on your knees within,
And I will lift you up into the lap of love again.
When you are hurting and your armor has been misplaced,
And you feel weak, come I’ll lift you into My embrace.
Confess yours sin of unforgiveness and you will be,
Lifted within as My strength you receive.
When drained and discouraged in your toil,
And your garments of praise have become soiled,
Come, I’ll refresh you with a new supply.
I’ll lift you up and fill you with fresh joy so you are not dry.
Perhaps you feel lonely and need a friend to speak to;
Come, I’ll lift you up in my lap of love – I will listen to you.
The love of God calls out “Come, I will fill you up”
“It is My desire to show you love”
“Just come and rest – come at any time”
“You do not need a reason when you are Mine”
When a small child appears and simply lays upon your chest,
There is great comfort to your soul as they rest.
Just so the Father’s heart yearns for you to draw near;
Come at any time child, never approach in fear.
When lifted to the lap of love peace will satisfy your soul.
For in this place of luxury, you know beyond a doubt who is in control!

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.

The Destination of Two Paths By Brenda Drake

The sad truth is we are always traveling the wrong way before we find Jesus, (The Way).  We often are ignorant of the terrible destination of our soul as we live our self-pleasing, self-satisfying, sinful life.  I will be forever grateful for the hard truth that moved me from the road of destruction and placed on the path of the Lord.

The Destination of Two Paths

There is a wide path marked with excess along the way;
With easy access no hard rules to obey.
If there is a regulation, they swerve to the right,
Any infringement of self-satisfaction is grounds for a fight.
The road is not lonely for many on its lane move,
It becomes uncomfortable when asked to go another route.
This is not the way right, choose instead the way of Christ,
Follow the example He lived, follow after His life.
Accept His work in your behalf – renounce your sin,
And travel the straight and narrow road after Him.
There are rules, but He gives you the ability to stand,
Strong and accountable even through hostile land.
He will give you joy unspeakable as He walks by your side.
Filling with glory as you are formed as His bride.
Two paths: one filled with God’s grace,
And the other leads to terrible waste.
There are two paths: one wayward all the way through,
And the other devoted to in God’s Spirit move.

Psalms 119:133
Order my steps in thy word:
and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

Matthew 10:38
And he that taketh not his cross,
and followeth after me, is not worthy of me

Practical Love By Brenda Drake

child poverty

        It is nice to hear a word of encouragement in a time of need.  But it is much more memorable when there is a practical effort to help in the need along with the encouraging words. Our Lord will show us practical ways that prove we care for others.

Practical Love

There are many practical ways to bless another
Practical, down- to- earth- ways to serve others
A phone call, a card, or a letter;
To express you are praying for them to feel better.
Do you know someone that is stressed?
Out of sorts with little time to rest?
Show love and concern as a friend;
Treat them to dinner prepared for them.
 Do you know a child with shoes out-grown or overused?
Take them to a new pair choose.
Practical-love works; opportunities are endless.
The profit from involvement is you also are blessed.
With smiles, praises, and blessings, to many to count,
Along with a profit in your heavenly bank account.
Visit those that love you and call those who miss your voice.
When you do your hearts in tune with God will rejoice.
God touches in practical ways as He reaches out to save souls;
When you testify to the lost by your actions He is also made known.

Psalms 143:10
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

.  Lord, help us to be sensitive to another’s trials and to be
willing and able to assist, thus sharing Your love with them.

Loved by Every Drop of Blood By Brenda Drake

When I think of all Jesus endured in the days before and on the cross to pay for the debt of my sin there are no words to describe my gratitude, for such an unspeakable gift of grace.  The love of God for His creation is more than we can fully comprehend. 

Loved by Every Drop of Blood

We were loved by every drop of blood shed upon the tree.
Loved by the Holy Sacrifice offered to set captives free.
Loved by every heartfelt pain
Jesus endured to break our every chain.
Every stripe upon His back; opened wide and raw,
Was to heal every lash, caused by evil since the fall.
The heavy weight of the curse of death was felt by God’s Son.
Every sin’s penalty was paid when His work was done.
In agony He felt the final separation.
His very essence of life was given to free the Nations,
“My God, why have you forsaken me,” in His last breaths
“Father forgive them” He cried, “It is finished”
Evil celebrated for they killed God’s Son,
But, for them it was not finished; God was not done.
His weeping followers would weep no more.
With great joy they were astonished at the sight of their risen Lord.
Jesus is alive, and is seated at the Father’s side,
Soon to return, for His blood-washed, without spot or wrinkle bride.
We were loved by every drop of His precious blood that flowed,
So, He that formed all we see, could our life forever hold.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Workings of the Spirit By Brenda Drake

      The most important, most precious day of my life was the day I first discovered the love of the Lord.  The smartest thing I do is yield to the work of the Spirit each day for He makes me more and more like Jesus. The most satisfying thing is to rest in His comfort. The most rewarding thing is to share His love with others.

The Workings of the Spirit

Precious are the ones that witness God in their midst,
And that the move of the Spirit does not resist.
They join ranks with Him when they join Him in prayer.
Of His workings in their lives they are aware.
They fill their minds with words of love,
And concentrate on good as they serve God above.
Precious are the ones that feel the Spirit’s touch;
That recognizes their emptiness as they lift their cup.
Conviction is not shrugged away they will instead repent.
They will accept the provision of God that was sent.
They flow in unison…. by God’s loving touch they are freed.
They’re filled to overflowing as from God they receive.
It is sad but there are some that will not respond.
They harden their heart; then the Spirit’s presence is gone.
They desire to keep their sin and anger at its release,
So they shun the move of the Spirit of peace.
They will stay in turmoil, and walk away with their sin,
But they cannot find peace or true joy without Him
They walk a dangerous path, and are placed in jeopardy;
They’ve opened up their lives to the enemy.
He will not be gentl.  He will destroy …take care to hear;
For all are precious to God.  He so desires to draw near.

John 16:7-8
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Am I Living in the Light? By Brenda Drake

We live in a dark world with so many things that can and will pull us astray.  There are times when we wonder are we going the right direction?  Perhaps we begin to question ourselves in our confusing times.  Are we walking in the light?   The walk of faith trusts God to lead and guide us.  He is also the light within that shows the way of right is Jesus. When we follow Him we prove we are Christians by our love for one another.

Am I Living in the Light?

When choice comes for flesh to show its face,
Is it rejected to instead reveal grace?
If you fail do you quickly repent and direction change?
Or do you find it too difficult to your life rearrange?
To answer your question, Are you living in the light?
Do you walk ahead in faith or only by what is in sight?
To faith-walk you need God’s light within.
He shows the way as you follow after Him.
To walk in the light you need to in the Spirit rest.
In belief and trust that God’s way is best.
Living in the light will reveal inner stain.
When living in the light God breaks away the chains.
Self and selfish ways are put aside,
So in the light you are able to abide.
The light of love will take its rightful place,
So another will successfully find the way of grace.

Ephesians 5:8
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

All Things are Possible By Brenda Drake


It is well to remember Jesus is Lord of all.  He has the last word, because He is the Word of God.  He is able to do whatever it is we need to have done.   He hears our every sigh; He sees our need before we know we have a need.  With Him all things are indeed possible.  He is Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end.

All Things are Possible

All things were made by the same loving hands
All was and is under the watchful care of I AM
All things are possible with God above
All…each and every sin is covered by the blood
When life begins to push us down
All we need to do is pray and God places us on higher ground
As you can see there is no partial list
There is no limit to God’s ability to assist
All…a tiny word that holds the world, the universe and more
Put your trust and faith in your risen Lord
Death could not hold Him for He is Life
Darkness can’t stop him for He is Light
Lies can’t hurt Him for He is Truth displayed
He is all you need…He gave His all He is the Way.
All praise and glory to His name forever more
All turns for the best for those that love and serve the Lord

Mark 9:23 
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

John 3:35 
The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

Prayer
Lord we pray for our world, and our country . We trust all in Your hands.  Help us to speak the promises in the Word of God over our lives. To You belongs all the praise and glory.

The Plan By Brenda Drake

My new life was on the sweet path of prayer, and then I became aware of the terrible struggle of the flesh.  What a fight was on the path ahead.  My battle of flesh is not yet won; but  I have grown in many areas.  I am not finished yet!  The Lord continues to help me every day as I study the Word, listen to wise teachers, and heed the council of the Holy Spirit within. 

The Plan

The plan is not difficult and yet you will find,
You will have difficulty keeping it in mind;
For old habits are hard to break.
Some extra effort it will take.
The plan is simple as one, two, three.
It is liberating to the soul and sets from worry free.
Number one – Ask God to guide your day,
And believe He hears the words you pray.
Leave it alone – let it rest,
And know He turns it out for your best.
This step will bring peace to your life;
So you can enjoy the life offered to Christ.
Number two –Become as a living sacrifice to Him you love so much;
Because of His sacrifice you are able to perceive His love.
You are a well-pleasing sacrifice offered to die for the King
This step causes your heart to sing.
Number Three – Offer yourself that died to now live to glorify Him;
His work through you shall now begin.
This step will fulfill and cause joy to flow;
Not only to you but through you… from soul to soul.
I said it is easy but you must struggle against flesh,
To enter in God’s way to rest
 You are able if you ask for God’s help; this too
Is the last step – Know your God answers you!

I John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.