There is a Place By Brenda Drake

Words are powerful; they when kind, true, and wise are kept in a special place within. The Word of God placed within is a foundation strong.  When Jesus ( The Word) is within we are strong. 

There is a Place

There is a place where love words are kept safe within;
To be enjoyed in remembrance again and again.
Remember the kind word that lifted you when you were sad?
It is in the special place you can visit when you feel bad.
Loving words are always a gift when they touch your ear:
But they speak much more effectively when your heart hears.
There is a place where you can hear love words every day;
The Holy Spirit encourages with wisdom that deep inside stays.
So they too can be drawn up from within,
To be shared to encourage or to help a friend.
The Word of God is a never ending supply.
Of life-giving utterances; like a river that never runs dry.
It is a peaceful, loving- place where you will hear,
God loved and died for you, and is always near.
Its teachings of promise you draw strength from,
Gladly is shared to encourage another one.
When you speak good words that with the Word of God agree,
You become the place the Spirit finds joy as He dwells in thee.

Psalms 19:14
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

The Taste Test By Brenda Drake

I have thrown food together and it may turn out pretty tasty, but most of the time it is impossible to do it the same again.  My family is sure to tell me if it not as good as they remembered it to be.  I have learned it is much better to use a recipe.  I know some that seem to just go with the flow of life and do not take the time it takes to learn how to be a pleasing taste to our Lord.  I know one thing God does not enjoy the lukewarm!

The Taste Test

Most follow a recipe when a meal is prepared to guide them.
Some just randomly choose as they toss things in.
But directions are needed for consistency in flavor and texture;
Great care is required to the correct ingredients measure.
The end results are judged by the test of taste.
Or your efforts could find disgrace and become a waste.
This is a true story even in God’s realm my friend.
When your life is finished you will be tested by Him.
There is a recipe…read it and you will see.
That Jesus provided all that you need.
With His help there is so way of disgrace;
For with Him within there is no mistake.
Wise cooks remember the directions so when it turns out right,
They can easily again cause others delight.
Read the Word …do as Jesus did.
When you obey the Word you are by the Spirit led.
You will become all that God desires you to be,
A joy to Him and an example to foe, friends, and family,
Come taste and see that God is good,
And you too turn out the way you should.

Psalms 119:103
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Fixed By Brenda Drake

I have always been a little strong willed; now I am strong willed for Jesus.  I set my face like flint to do the will of the One that is my help in every way. 

Fixed

Set your heart and fix your face,
Steadily walk ahead and its way embrace.
The hard path is not walked alone,
God leads the way home.
The easy way full of joy and love will be,
Well lighted and well-marked for thee.
Fixed: with a heart that continues to praise,
That will not allow life to pull you astray.
Keep on walking My friend.
You will be victorious in the end.
Will you fear defeat or will you proclaim,
Fixed for full healing in Jesus’ name?


I will fix my face, I will not stray.
I will heed God’s Word and its instructions obey.
I will not allow the poison of world opinion pull me down.
I watch for Your help to pull me to higher ground.
I fix my face to continue to do as ordained.
Indeed a conqueror, all praise and glory goes to Jesus’s name.

Psalms 57:7
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed:

Isaiah 50:7
I will sing and give praise. For the Lord God will help me;
therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint,
and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

A Love So Great By Brenda Drake

The more we learn the Word of God and discover His great love for us our love grows. Each day we follow after Jesus we become more and more able to greatly love others too. 

A Love So Great

Great love rejects defeat and will not listen to the enemies lies;
A love that sees good, but will evil recognize.
Love reaches out and seeks to show the way,
It will truly try to do good and will God’s Word obey.
This love is for the Master and from Him also comes;
A supernatural love bestowed by God’s Son.
His love within seeks to serve and to give.
It is proof that God inside of you lives.
This love desires peace and harmony and hates strife;
This too is proof that God rules in your life.
The dedicated life stands tall and is not of Christ ashamed.
There is no sweeter sound than the mention of His name.
This love is not weak, but instead it is strong;
For within you, holds the power to stand against wrong.
They do not cower in fear when encountered, no indeed,
For you are a warrior that knows the battle was won at Calvary.
Your love for God is so great you would die to say it is true;
For to love His kind of love successfully, to die daily is what you need to do

Deuteronomy 10:12-13
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

Psalms 18:1-3
I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

A Strange Thing Occurs By Brenda Drake

There are times when life and its complications cause a certain dread, especially when there seems to be no clear answers in sight. The best remedy is to go to the Word of God to be reminded God is not caught off guard and we can and must trust He loves us and is in complete control.

A Strange Thing Occurs

Father the world is talking loud threats,
Of sure difficulties that lies ahead.
My heart hurts at the loss I see on every side;
From financial strain and for families and for them who die.
Confusing, mind-blowing whistle-blowing words circle and attack.
It seems there are 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.
My God loves to spend with me time.
Life’s complications are handled in the way best,
So the outcome of it all will turn for the best.
He is in control and 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 whoa,
I will listen instead to the Spirit that brings peace and confidence to my soul.

Isaiah 26:3-4
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
 Trust ye in the Lord for ever:
for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

Psalms 3:3
But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me;
my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Eat the Scriptures By Brenda Drake

As the world hurls more and more hard, unpalatable things for us to consume, the more confused, sick and depressed we become.  Our life it seems is turned upside down and backwards; conflicting with all we have known and trusted as truth. Indeed we are discovering some things we thought were true are not.  There is one measure of truth that is true and right; the Word of God that many refer to both as Jesus and the bible.  Jesus is Truth, Life and The Way.  Jesus is the Word of God that spoke life from the cross to show the way to all who would hear. There is strength in the Word when it is ingested. In it we find sure knowledge of the sad condition of our sinful soul. It tells of the love of the Father who provided through the sacrifice of His Son our redemption, and it spells out the unimaginable love of Jesus that willingly took our sins on His back to bring us to restore our fellowship with a Holy God.  The sweet Holy Spirit makes the Word clear as He teaches, guides, and leads us to our eternal home to forever dwell in one accord with Father, Son and Spirit.

Eat the Scripture

To dine on My Word, is as I wish for you to do
Eat all the Scriptures you can put inside of you
Drink of the waters that quench the thirst you have inside
Never quench the Spirit by not eating right
As the body needs fuel to make it run
The spirit man needs the food that is prepared for him.
He cannot function properly if he does not eat.
He will be defeated and will become weak.
Some children are under-nourished because of lack of trust.
If they would just read the Word they can be and do as they must.
You have not, if you seek not, if you seek you shall find.
All needed armor in every battle of every kind.
You have the choice to be strong or weak.
The more wisdom consumed, the mightier your strength.

1 Peter 2:2
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Are You Grass or a Tree By Brenda Drake

            After we become Christians we desire to rush out and save the world but it’s wise to take time to grow-up. We are strengthened for service by spending time in prayer and by ingesting the Word of God.  The fruits of a well-nourished life will accomplish much for God’s kingdom.

Are You Grass or a Tree?

Seeds need to rest in the soil prepared,
Before they are able to their inner abundance share.
Some seeds sprout and grow up fast.
But like grass their profit does not long last.
When a sprout pokes its head for all to see,
It is still a long way from a promised tree.
When truth’s seed is sown by God above,
He nourishes it to grow tall, watered in His love.
This story is shared to ask, are you as grass or a tree?
Be patient with your progress; place your trust in me.
I have a divine plan for every kernel sown,
Every planting is by God well known.
Be patient with your growth and with others growth as well.
You will one day you all will have a great story to tell.|
God will do much with your fruit.
So your life will spread healthy seeds too,
With each days growth; fruit becomes ripe to touch.
One day because of you another fruitful tree has grown up+                                                                               
Come often to God’s table to sup on the Word.
Roots grow deeper still and even more growth occurs.

Jeremiah 17:7-8
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

The Word and Its Beauty By Brenda Drake

The Word of God is one of the greatest gifts received when its truth is opened up to the mind.  I hunger to hear the Spirit’s whisper in my heart, then when it is confirmed by the written promises in the Bible its wondrous love is cemented firmly in my heart.  No one can take its guarantee of God’s favor from me.

The Word and its Beauty

Valuable lessons written down,
Are seen as precious jewels found.
As you reach out to their beauty touch,
I urge you to pick them up.
Examine them closely to their full value perceive,
Do not carelessly lay them aside; treat them as a gift received.
Take them and place them in a safe place,
Where they are accessible to be later again embraced.
Keep precious truth in the vault of your heart under the Spirit’s care;
When its wisdom is needed He will remind you it is still there.
Devour the Word and taste its sweetness to make you fat.
You will have wisdom to share with others that find they have lack.
To those who also hunger and thirst after God’s Will;
You are like the mother that urges her family to be filled.
Your larder is well stocked; lessons of life are put to test,
Combined with the truth of the Scripture’s promises.
Eat more and more do not tire of its taste,
And you are filled with God’s love to show forth His amazing grace.
Read, study, and apply the truth of God’s Word to your life,
And you will indeed be in a dark world a bright shining light.

Deuteronomy 8:3
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man

The World of Words By Brenda Drake

I remember as a child saying sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.  It is not so.  I have been injured by words many times.  God’s Word heals.  Jesus the Word of God has healed my sin-sick soul.   

In a World of Words

In a world of words what do you hear?
Are they the kind of things that incite anger or fear?
Words that discourage or cause anxiety within,
Are not of value to be allowed in.
In a world of words one word true,
Causes faith to grow inside of you.
Rivers of peace and flowers of joy abound;
With sure direction leading to higher ground.
The word of truth stands tall and will not change direction;
Great is the Word of God’s provisions to prosper from them.
Jesus is the Word of God that spoke from the cross to man,
Directing the way to salvation the Father planned.
In the world of words of lie and deceit;
Where chaos and decisions increase;
Where the right way is painted wrong,
And what God says is evil now belongs.
Where hatred is hidden in cunning expressions,
And love is frivolously or fake in its confession,
Speak God’s Word, live the Word, love words kind and true.
Love Jesus the Word and He will shine through.
In the world of words the One who made all you see and do not see,
Becomes the world to you for all eternity.

Proverbs 15:4
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life:
but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

John 1:1-4
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

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?