Francis Drake, Privateer

A privateer was a private warship authorized by his country to attack foreign shipping




Disturb us Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us Lord, to dare more boldly. To venture on wider seas. Where storms will show your mastery; Where, losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future, in strength, courage, hope and love.                     (SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 1577)


Me a.k.a. Francis Drake. 2009

Very happily married, and in my fifties, but young at heart. Became a christian in my twenties, but had known the Lord and been born again since much earlier childhood. (Work that out).

Been running my own manufacturing business with the Lord as my boss for several decades. Thoroughly enjoy having God as my guide, mentor and inspiration in business as I would not really know what I am doing otherwise.   

Outside of church at present, but joyfully walking with God. I know that God wants his children liberated from the nursery/old peoples home that Church has become, and free to follow him wherever he leads

I live in the English countryside, which Francis Drake, followed by Nelson and Churchill, kept independant of foreign rulership. (That is until this recent evil bunch of  despots).



  1. Frank,

    Cool quote you have used here. Funny I have never seen it before, and in the last couple of months I have seen it twice.

    I appreciate your comments on my post. It seems we have a similar approach to things.

    I too am in my 50’s and have had my own business for over 30 years. I am becoming more and more atune to His business and ways that I might be used to build His kingdom instead of my own.

    I am pleased to meet you. I look forward to getting to know you a little better.

    All for now,


    Comment by Mike | October 19, 2009

  2. Hi Mike
    Thanks for visiting and the encouragement. Regarding business, I love working for the Lord, it gives me a chance to prove the veracity of the gospel beyond the shallow view of church.
    By this I refer to the fact that preachers see the gospel’s purpose as simply the means of getting sinners to heaven when they die. I see it as the means of getting salvation rooted into the lives of those who are believers.

    False doctrine has robbed believers of the inheritance which God has for them whilst still on earth. I am not repeating the prosperity gospel but talking about the reign of the King in a man’s heart, from which proceeds all sorts of victory, rather than the apologetic defeat we usually see amongst christians.

    Comment by Frank | October 19, 2009

  3. Frank,

    I came across your comments in another blog and I truly enjoyed your insights and share many of the same. Please stop by when you have time.


    Comment by Rachel | October 19, 2009

  4. Hi Rachel
    Thanks for visiting. And yes I have been looking at your blog, and it seems we are singing from the same hymn sheet for much of our thinking.
    As you can see, I have not been doing a good job at keeping this blog on the move with fresh postings. That’s because I like too much to cause trouble on other blogs!

    Comment by Frank | October 20, 2009

  5. I just thought I’d see who I’m talking to…. I remember this quote, and it is beautiful. Humbling. I too believe strongly that living out our Faith must also be done vocationally. It must be done day in, and day out… no matter how dirty it gets.

    I also have struggled moving my blog forward as of late. No reason, lack of inspiration… I think the last post actually sums it up… but perhaps it awaits behind the next horizon. Nice to meet you.

    Comment by Cindy Hanson | October 29, 2009

  6. Frank! When shall you be posting newer stuff? I came to your blog through Rachel at Stirring the Deep.

    Comment by projectmathetes | December 16, 2010

  7. Thanks Frank for the comments on my blog. Just looking for a way to reply. I didn’t post one of your last comments, that pastor you mentioned happens to live across my back lane and is ‘lead pastor’ of the community of believers we call family. Even though I’m not a fan of institutional church, we are in a state of limbo not wanting to loose fellowship with some of the family we have there.
    You said nothing wrong in that post. I just want to be extra careful and not make things personal with those brothers I’m disagreeing with. Not sure how long peace will last with the tension that is forming…. but trying not to add extra fuel.

    Thanks for your comments and encouragement that other heretics are doing fine on the outside. 🙂

    God bless!

    Comment by Jon | January 4, 2011

  8. Hilarious Jon.
    Don’t worry we are on the same hymn sheet.
    I passed that hurdle and managed to dig the last Christian spear out of my back long ago.
    Whatever you do, don’t turn back.

    Comment by francisdrakeprivateer | January 4, 2011

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