Gone Fishing By Brenda Drake

 One day I heard the Lord ask me if I wanted to go fishing?  God knows I am not an outdoorsy girl so I know He meant fishing for souls.  The person that was heavy on my heart He showed me was a big fish I would one day catch.  This was a great comfort for my soul.  He still is out there but I believe he one day will be caught. Now I pray with confidence for him to be saved.

Gone Fishing

Many have gone fishing though they do not call it this.
They are casting out in the world’s sea for certain kind of fish.
Some seek to land a good job, or perhaps success is their game.
Some search for wealth and some for fame.
Certain individuals fish for complements as self is displayed.
Some are fishing for trouble each and every day.
Some seek excitement and toy with dangerous friends.
They cast their line and will be sorry the mess they find they are in.
There are fishers of lust and perversion, lies and deceit.
Where are the fishers that will fish the lost in life’s streams?
There is need for workers to follow after Christ,
To be fishers of men; they dedicate their life.
Come follow the example Jesus gave to thee,
Die to self-ambitions and follow after me.
I give you all things profitable to the soul.
You will be well fed, clean, sound, and whole.
Purpose in yourself to be as a sign for the world to behold;
A sign that says Gone Fishing in letters bright and bold.
A life that shouts, I am a fisherman in God’s employ,
My task is a pleasure and brings great joy.
It is time to go fishing; invite a friend to join you in your toil,
You will have a good catch that never spoils.

Matthew 14:19
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Under the Blood By Brenda Drake

I saw an illustration of the importance of the sacrifice of Jesus in our behalf that made it clear my great need for a Savior.  God the Father hates sin, and the penalty of sin is death.  When Jesus died and rose up from the grave He conquered the threat of death and its eternal promise of separation from our Creator. Jesus paid our sin-debt so we could live forever with them (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  When our heavenly Father looks at us under the covering of the blood of Jesus He sees Jesus not our sin. Under the blood we are One with God.

Under the Blood

Life under the blood of Christ,
Not only protects it promises new life.
New life has a fresh start;
The seed of rebirth enters the heart.
Just like a new baby born needs extra care;
Nourished with good food, love and prayer;
The loving Father in heaven carefully,
Watches our growth-progress and sees.
That each step takes to the place,
Destined by the One that has shown such grace.
Life under the blood of Christ,
When nourished by the Word that feeds you right.
The Holy Spirit, Comforter of heart, mind and soul,
Leads to safety, and helps to strong and healthy grow.
Multitudes of angels are close at hand,
To assist as the Father so commands.
Life under the blood covering of Christ is blessed,
Assurance, faith, and trust plans and expects for your best.
New strength is supplied in each day’s gift sent.
All that is needed is to praise, pray and sins repent.
Faith flows free in worship under loves flow,
Life new prospers forever when God is in control.

Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Romans 3:24-25
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

John 3:3
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Life is in the Blood By Brenda Drake

In crime stories it shows how people try to wash away the evidence of a murder but under certain light it is clearly revealed.  Jesus shed His blood to pay for our sin. It makes me feel very secure knowing God the Father sees us under the Holy blood of Jesus. There is power and new life in the blood of Jesus.

Life is in the Blood

Life is in the blood. Its mark over the door protects,
Its assurance assured life over death.
Life is in the blood; its cry is heard and seen clear.
Trust under the blood fear disappears.
Life is in the blood; under Jesus’ sacrifice placed,
Is promised new life provided by grace.
Christ’ blood covering is holy; all who believe,
Its life-saving strength receives.
Greater is the truth of blood than many understand.
The blood of the innocent soaks up the land.
It cries out to heaven for justice to come.
It too sounds loud in the ears of the Holy One.
God in His mercy sent Jesus to set free.
His sacrifice suffered greatly to rescue from death’s penalty.
Life is in the blood; come under its holy cover.
You will its eternal saving strength discover.

Exodus 12:13
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Hebrews 9:14-15
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Finished to Perfection By Brenda Drake

When you begin to feel shabby and of little consequence, remember who you are now in Christ.  Believe me, it is anything but shabby we are beautiful and of great value to our Lord.   As we study the Word we get a glimpse of the great commission to share the Good News with others.

Finished to Perfection

Finished to perfection,
Filled with the light of holy conviction,
Moved to royalty; to the most honored place,
All provided by God’s amazing grace.
Lovely to behold, bought at a great price,
Paid for by Jesus’ sacrifice.
The temple is readied; it is filled with great light,
Causing the Lord great pleasure and delight.
The days are numbered.  Heavens residents are prepared,
To welcome in joy to with them share.
There is a remnant positioned to cause a stir,
Spreading the good news; speaking forth God’s Word.
At war; with a prayer on the lips, armor in place, sword drawn,
And with eyes opened to follow the One they depend on.
Surely you will be in the number of the holy procession,
Of the army of the chosen finished to perfection.

 2 Corinthians 5: 17-18
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

Written in Stone By Brenda Drake

      The Ten Commandments were written in stone.  Now Jesus has written His will on the walls of our heart as we stand on the rock solid promise of the truth of salvation written in the Word of God. 

Written in Stone

You have heard “it is written in stone.”
Meaning its truth stands alone.
It will not change. What written down,
Is rock-solid truth that is sound.
The world may alter the Word to mean what they desire,
But it really has not changed what God requires.
The world may shun the Word as untrue,
But it does not change the mind of the One who gave it to you.
It may be coined as old fashioned, outdated, or unnecessary,
But on the contrary they will always be.
When your name is written in the book of life,
There you stay because of the blood of Christ.
He is the Rock, He is the law and the ransom paid;
So the one under the law’s penalty may be saved.
It is written in stone, and in the Father’s hand,
By the love of God; just as He has planned.
Written in stone… the blood above every hearts door,
Marks the proof they are the possession and the work of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:7
But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

Christmas Shoes By Brenda Drake

There are many at Christmastime that do not wish for things large or expensive but are hoping for and will be very thankful for a needed item such as a pair of shoes. The greatest gift I ever received was salvation.  It never gets old.  It is the gift I desire to share with everyone I meet.  Jesus is the gift the Father bestowed upon a sin-sick world. We will spend eternity singing praise for a gift such as this.

Christmas Shoes

Christmas shoes were delivered to the door,
With Santa’s name attached, but they were from the Lord.
They are not fancy or flimsily made in fact;
They are sturdily made to last.
They fit perfectly…oh how he now runs.
His heart is full, he feels free to join in on the fun.
This was a Christmas gift needed, not a toy to be thrown aside;
To yet another story bring alive.

The babe in the manger grew to be delivered to your heart’s door.
With the gift of salvation presented from the Lord.
It also was needed; not flimsy or to be thrown aside.
In His strength you are able to run free and alive.
If you have the sweet assurance that your feet are shod,
With the holy gospel-truth the provision of God,
Rejoice and give thanks for the gift of God’s Son.
If not, prepare yourself to receive your running shoes to come.

Ephesians 6:15
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Hebrews 12:1-2
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

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.

The Wonder of it All By Brenda Drake

Is there a greater story to tell?  Is there a more beautiful love story?  Is there a greater goal to reach?  When we stop to think about it there is nothing as important… The wonder of it all!

The Wonder of it All

The wonder of it all is more than we can know;
The One that made the world knows every soul.
He loves with a never-ending desire,
To warm every heart with His love’s fire.
His love is respectful; it will not force us to serve.
He lovingly directs us with the wooing of the Word.
This love leads and guides us to Salvation’s plan.
Then, makes us new and writes our name on His hand.
Angels are assigned to each child born anew,
As the Holy Spirit inside them moves.
Love jealously watches over those that are in Jesus alive;
Those who are prepared to be His bride.
Just like their Savior, they die to self-will,
To the Heavenly Father’s plan fulfill.
They are ready, willing and able, because of His ability within,
To carry forth the Good News; to draw others to Him.
There are givers and takers, God is glorified each day.
The wonder of it all is Love planned it all that way.

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.

1 John 3:1-3
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Not Like Flowers on a Page By Brenda Drake

I love flowers and always am amazed at their beauty.  I love to take pictures of them but I would not think it would be a gift to hand someone a picture rather than the flower.  We make our outside look as pleasing as we can for others to see, but the real gift we can give is the flower of God’s love He has planted within. 

Not Like Flowers on a Page

Flowers on a page may be pretty it’s true,
But they are unable to be picked and given by you.
They smell like musty old paper or resembling ink;
With not a hint, of aroma of blossoms red or pink.
An artist can capture a flowers beauty to pleasure the eye;
They can look very real and alive.
But they are just an image of the real thing,
A small amount of pleasure they can bring.
There are some people that are seen as good;
Attractive but their presence is misunderstood.
They are flat and lifeless too;
Unable to be selected; by God used.
The redeemed life is new, alive and whole;
With fresh aroma that proves a forgiven soul;
A fresh breath of air in a harsh dry land;
Picked and chosen to be sent by the Creator’s hand.
A great example of the One that died in their place,
At the foot of the Father because of His mercy and grace.
They are real, true believers in God’s Son;
Fully dedicated to get God’s Work done.

Matthew 5:20
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.


Come Soar with the Lover of Your Soul By Brenda Drake

Come Soar with the Lover of Your Soul

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 encourages 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 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 doubts and even the fears,
That clouds your thoughts with unshed tears,
Come let us examine these things;
Bring them one by one to Christ the King.
New vision inspired by God above;
Will be delivered on wings of love.
With God on your side and with His rule within,
Is there a chance of failure with Him?
With joy, peace and salvations sure hold,
How is it possible you do not walk with Him 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?
Come and soar with the lover of your heart and soul;
Rest confident in His sure, loving 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.