I Pray For… By Brenda Drake

            In the troubling times there is much to pray for.   Also there are many things to give thanks for. When we place our heart and mind on Jesus and His promises to His redeemed like the old song we used to sing; ( things of the world grows strangely dim.)

I Pray For…

I pray for wisdom and eyes open and willing to see,
The signs of the times, without fear as I follow close after Thee.
I pray for the resources I need in the tasks ahead,
With a good memory and good mind to remember all the Word says.
Give me joy and peace that is contagious so others gather strength too;
With joyfulness in the honor and privilege to follow after you.
As time marches on give the body I live in health,
Increase my ability to distribute the wealth,
 Of the many gifts bestowed on me.
Allow my life to count in souls brought to Thee.  
I pray for my family and for my friends to know,
The sure love and provisions Jesus provides for their soul.
I pray for our Country and its leaders, as Your will is done;
Will be counted as worthy when judgement day comes.
I pray for strength and endurance to run the race with success;
As in Your perfect will and plan I in confidence rest.

1Thesalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks:
 for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

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.

Accomplishments By Brenda Drake

You made the meal and cleaned up the mess-
You count these as accomplishments.
But the greatest gift delivered to God on this day,
Was when you refused discouragement or to anger display.
When the day is over and you lay down to rest,
Know God has noted these as your greatest accomplishments.

Accomplishment

Your accomplishments you may not fully know yet,
They are the results of time well spent.
Loving communication, with hands busy at task,
They are the best gifts offered in fact.
Seeds are planted in the garden of love,
By open hospitality you honor God above.
When disappointment is for peace-sake placed aside,
You have displayed an attitude of Christ’s bride.
Every accomplishment is noted by the Lover of your soul.
They are written down; one day to be shown.
You truly have progress made;
When even in discomfort Christ was displayed.

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him

Calm Your Troubled Sea By Brenda Drake

In tipsy-turvy-times, because of the churning in our spirit we sometimes feel we are unable to effectively pray.  It is simple to get back the peace previously enjoyed.  It takes a humble repented heart to admit self-assured ways and inability to go it alone.  When we trust God and pray in the name of Jesus, even if we still do not have all the answers, we are able to rest.

Calm Your Troubled Sea

A storm rages, there is a troubled sea,
Within, you are not calm or at peace,
Wrong emotions are bottled up within.
Thoughts are uncertain; blowing with the wind;
Tossed to one side, then to another,
Like in a rocking vessel but still seeking cover,
It is not a pleasant journey at all,
As you attempt to stand you stumble and fall.
This is not a word of rebuke as you might suppose,
It is a word to assure you, all things God knows.
What can be done about the trouble within?
Admit your attitude is indeed sin.
Admit your faith needs working on;
That you are weak – but God is strong.
As for the troubled waters about you;
Something can be done about that too.
He breaks the chains and bondages of sin,
Jesus’ love provides victorious restoration.
He deposits new authority to your new inner man.
He offers the use of His name to make your demands.
n Jesus name, declare troubled waters peace be still;
Perfectly fitting in the Father’s will.
The enemy surely continues to torment hearts that allow him too.
This need not be; heed the wisdom delivered to you.

John 16:23
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive,that your joy may be full.

Mark 4:39
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm

A Strange Thing Occurs By Brenda Drake

Stand of the plan of God at all times.

        My feelings have been like a roller coaster ride.  I really never like roller-coasters by the way.  Hope then fearful, beginning to think I understand and then complete confusion.  Light at the end of the tunnel and then it seemed to be blocked again.  Oh my, but for God and His sure touch on my life.

A Strange Thing Occurs

Father, the world is talking loud threats;
Of sure difficulty ahead, and even more death.
My heart hurts at the loss I see on every side;
From financial strain in families of those who died.
Confusing mind-blowing, whistle-blowing words, circle and attack.
It seems there is very little we can know are facts.
In my quiet times when I travel to God’s Word,
A very strange and wonderful thing occurs.
My heart is settled as in Your care I rest.
Again I find the truth and it again I confess.
My God is able and on Him I depend;
All things, on earth and in heaven, bows down to Him.
I am firmly in His sight and on His mind.
He loves me to spend with Him some time.
Life’s complications are calmly handled the best way.
The outcome of it all is already portrayed.
God is in control, it is already written what will come.
So in Jesus’ name I pray Lord, thy will be done;
In my life, and in the world that seems to be in such chaos and woe.
I will listen instead to the Spirit of God that brings peace and confidence again to my soul.

Proverbs 19:21
There are many devices in a man’s heart;
nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear thou not; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea,
I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.