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.

We Do Not Battle Alone By Brenda Drake

Putting on the Armor of God

The world weighs heavy on the heart.  There is so much going on that I do not like.  When it is overwhelming and I begin to get depressed and discouraged, I know it is past the time I should have brought each troubling situation to the Lord in prayer.  When I pray I am strengthened to continue doing all I am able to do while I trust God to do what needs to be done in the very best way.

We Do Not Battle Alone

Things are sometimes hard to understand.
Some people are so tormented that walk the land.
They are surrounded with circumstances not good;
They are taken for granted and misunderstood.
Children are born in family’s evil in every way;
Who mistreat and misuse them each day.
There are some cruel and make life very hard to bear.
People suffer unspeakable things and feel no one cares.
Countless crimes are committed, so senseless in their attacks.
Fear and anxiety too many are everyday facts.
What can I do or to say in such a despairing times?
I need life-giving words to speak that are not mine.
Who is able to help their terrible plight escape?
Who will assist them before it is too late?
Does prayer help without a helping hand?
Father, allow me to know what to do when I can.
Give me Your wisdom to the battle fight.
Give me ability to make a difference in another’s life.
Jesus I need eyes to see and ears to hear their plea,
Then provide me courage to reach out for You to help in their need.
The main thing needed is to fully know.
We do not go into battle alone ….You are in control.

Ephesian 6:11-12
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Faith Filled Prayers By Brenda Drake

I give thanks for all your prayers. Seemingly impossible situations feel like a weight within.   Even when nothing has outwardly changed our hearts are relieved from heaviness when we lift them up in prayer.  Our faith is rewarded as we trust and give thanks.   It is impossible to please God without faith.

Faith Filled Prayers

When circumstances stand large in silent threat,
Do not despair, good from God expect.
In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, things can change,
It is not a hard thing for God to arrange.
Take one day at a time, do what you know to do.
Walk with steady step following the one leading you.
Myriads of activity surround your life,
In the spiritual realm there is a fight.
Pray for God’s will, but do not worry about it.
Trust and rely on God’s Word choose to never to doubt it.
Life is beautiful, simple things enjoy.
Seek ye first God’s kingdom and added is extra joy.
Your heart’s desire is as plain as day to God above.
He is the dream planter, He is God of love.
God is not by your circumstances caught unaware,
Believe His love, lift up faith-filled prayers.

Galatians 5:5
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Easy to the Point Prayers By Brenda Drake

            Prayer is a time of placing our needs and the needs of others before a loving God.  It is a time of singing the praises of our Lord and Savior.  It is a time to rest in the loving ministrations of a most loving God.  Sometimes I spend a long time in God’s presence, and other times it is a very quick time making my requests.  Always it is a time of speaking and listening.  It is good no matter how long or how short the prayers are.  In fact there are times I don’t speak at all, and God still hears all I do not say. The bible tell us to pray for our leaders, and our Country, Jesus told us to pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Repentance, forgiveness and genuine love and concern for others gives us lots to pray about. Prayer needs not be as a chore to get done, but instead a constant ;oving conversation between us and the God that never tires of hearing our voice,

Easy To the Point Prayers

When time is at essence brevity of prayer is best
There is no need to form long, complicated requests.
God sees the problem you asking to be solved,
Your prayer invites Him to be involved.
Life was meant to be a sharing between God and man;
With a free flow always was the plan.
Free and easy and fully comfortable to do,
With no great maze of things needed to go through.
Like a child and their loving father upon the earth would ask.
They would climb up and rest upon their daddy’s lap,
Knowing full well they had his attention,
Knowing they could trust in his good intentions.
They are sure of his love and know he will do his best.
So they ask and believe they will receive, and then they put it to rest.
Their hugs and kisses seal the deal made between them.
Then they run off to play with their friends.
The child of God that knows he is loved is not afraid.
They do not need to practice what they must do or say.
They do not approach the throne with fearful attempts.
They know their God is for them not against.
Long repetitious prayers are a waste to hear.
Causing dishonor to the God that desires you to draw near.
When in worship and in praise and thanksgiving you will find
Heaven kisses your spirit with assurance and gives you peace of mind. 

Matthew 6:7-8
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Philippians 4:6
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing

Come Soar With Me By Brenda Drake

We get so busy in our everyday life almost before we realize it we are piled high with the many things that cause heaviness within.   Jesus is always available to lift our load as we lift up our prayer requests. This poem invites us to share every concern with Him. He promises to not only listen to us but to answer with His assurance, comfort, and joy. 

Come Soar with Me

Soar with me over obstacles in the way.
You are lifted over them when you pray.
The dream that illusively seems out of reach,
The answer to the question you refuse to speak,
The doubt and even the fears,
That clouds thoughts with unshed tears;
Come let us examine these things.
Bring them one by one to Christ the King.
Your vision inspired by God above;
Are delivered on His wings of love.
The accusations that taunt sure failure within,
Bring them too; they are answered by Him.
With God on your side and with His rule within,
Is there a chance of failure my friend?
With joy, peace and salvations sure hold,
How is it possible you do not walk on streets of gold?
How could the bride of heaven with garments pure in Christ,
Not be comforted by the joy of God’s presence in their life.
Soar with the lover of your heart and soul;
Rest confident in His sure hold.

Psalms 27:5
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion:
in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me;
he shall set me up upon a rock.

Confession is Good, Repentance Better By Brenda Drake

I always thought confession and repentance was the same thing.  Little did I know I was confessing my sins way before I ever really repented.  When I repented I changed my ways. This is true and wise with each individual , and for us collectively as a Nation.

Confession is Good, Repentance Better

Confession is good but it only a job half done.
It perhaps admits you have wronged someone.
Even with tears and feeling truly sorry for your wrongs,
You may continue walking the path you are on.
Take the next step repent and walk the other way.
Then you are choosing to God’s Word obey.
Many confess weakness and easily admit,
They have a temper and at times throw a fit.
They wear flaws like a trademark that self identifies;
But it is sinful before the Father’s eyes.
Some admit they are bitter with an added excuse;
For their continued sour attitudes.
Some say, I was born with this way; it is not my fault,
ts confession will not change things at all.
If you say you are a born worrier, remember you are now born anew.
Turn-about, and allow God’s way to rule.
Confession with repentance will change the course of your life.
Know you are given strength when you choose to follow after Christ.
I will lead and guide you to the place of victory.
Confess your sins and the in repentance you follow after me.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Act 3:19
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord

Come Soar with Me By Brenda Drake

We get so busy in our everyday life almost before we realize it we are piled high with the many things that cause heaviness within.   Jesus is always available to lift our load as we lift up our prayer requests. This poem invites us to share every concern with Him. He promises to not only listen to us but to answer with His assurance, comfort, and joy. 

Come Soar with Me

Soar with me over obstacles in the way.
You are lifted over them when you pray.
The dream that illusively seems out of reach,
The answer to the question you refuse to speak.
The doubt and even the fears,
That clouds thoughts with unshed tears.
Come let us examine these things;
Bring them one by one to Christ the King.
Your vision inspired by God above;
Will be delivered, on His wings of love.
The accusations that taunt sure failure within,
Bring them too, they are answered by Him.
With God on your side and with His rule within,
Is there a chance of failure my friend?
With joy, peace and salvations sure hold,
How is it possible you do not walk on streets of gold?
How could the bride of heaven with garments pure in Christ,
Not be comforted by the joy of God’s presence in their life.
Soar with the lover of your heart and soul;
Rest confident in His sure hold.

Psalms 27:5
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion:
in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me;
he shall set me up upon a rock.

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.

The Works of His Hand By Brenda Drake

        2020 has been quite a year… Soon starts the New Year I pray 2021 is happy and prosperous for all of you.  I truly believe God is good, and all the time I know God is good. 

The Works of His Hand

Watch and see the hand of the Lord in the days ahead.”
Remember and rejoice at all the prophets have said.
Know the One that rules the earth has the last say.
Soon you see His intervention displayed.
Watch the peoples that did not see,
Turn their face to me.
Watch hearts cold as ice,
Look in favor at Jesus’ sacrifice.
The lukewarm their choice makes too.
Some will with great power move.
Watch and see the enemies of the cross,
Wander in fear, completely at loss.
Eyes are blinded by the Light;
Some come in wonder and cease to fight.
Others will know defeat has come;
All seeing eyes know Gods will is done.
Watch and pray in faith lift your voice in prayer.
Be sure to your faith with others share.
Watch and see your heart open up wider still.
Complete in the knowledge you walk in God’s will.
Heaven rejoices at God’s plan;
They know His goodness and trust in the work of His hands.

Psalms 145:5-11
I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty,
and of thy wondrous works.
 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts:
and I will declare thy greatness.
 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness,
and shall sing of thy righteousness.
 The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion;
slow to anger, and of great mercy.
 The Lord is good to all:
and his tender mercies are over all his works.
 All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord;
and thy saints shall bless thee.
 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom,
and talk of thy power;

How is it? How Can it Be? By Brenda Drake

Amidst our Christmas celebrations there is certain sadness; all is not alright in our world. In fact, it seems things are just upside down.  I have so many questions.  How is it?  How can this be? Why? What can we do? Who can help us?  When?  Even in my asking I truly know the answer. Our help comes from the Lord.  

How is it?  How Can It Be?

How can it be that there are homeless in our streets?
And so many hopeless and helpless; fill with defeat?
How is it possible to say this is alright?
When our own people are neglected and abused in plain sight?
How can it be we would turn our own Nation aside,
To give other Nations a free ride?
Is now our whole perspective changed and upside down?
Are the weak and the poor cast aside the new way found?
Why is it what God says is wrong is now said is right?
Why is darkness and evil practices done now in plain sight?
Who is it that can answer my questions this day?
How is it things have so changed?  I pray,
Wake us up, open our eyes to see and know,
What needs to be done to things change. Lord Jesus, take control.
Soften our hearts and unstop our ears to the truth hear.
Help us Lord, to make evil ways disappear.

2 Chronicles 3:14
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.

Zephaniah 3:17-18
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;
he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy;
he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee,
to whom the reproach of it was a burden.