When the Heart Stops By Brenda Drake

            The joy of the Lord is my strength; my life is full, and holds promise and purpose.  However I remember clearly when I felt dead, dark, and weak.  I found little satisfaction in my life.  I still have difficult times but I am led by the Holy Spirit and my heart is able to soar with the hope of the promise of new life in each day’s start.

When the Heart Stops

When the heart stops there is certain death.
Life as you know it no longer can you expect.
Many have already given up in life;
Their heart still ticks but something just is not right.
The heart has no hope and joy has fled.
They cannot bear to look back and do not desire to look ahead.
Hearts throb with the dull beat of despair;
In a world dark with broken dreams and things unfair.
When the heart of hope stops…death makes its claim.
There is one remedy; it rests in Jesus’ name.
Jesus is Life, The Truth and The Way.
Place your hope in Him – He is the Word for your day.
Because of Jesus and all He has done,
There is victory ….the battle is already won!
Despair is very wretched and should never be.
Trust Jesus; depression’s dark existence will not overtake thee.
Then when the heart truly stops beating and you walk on the other side,
Joy continues for the “Heartbeat of Heaven” forever within you abides.

John 14:6;
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
 unto the Father, but by me.

John 5:25-26
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself

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.