En Route

We began our journey last evening at 7pm, as we passed through security and waited to board. Our flight departed at 9:15 pm, and we arrived in Orlando at about 5:30 this morning. Little sleep was had, but our joy and anticipation remains as we await our shuttle departure at 10 am. It will be an adventure to explore the port as we await our embarkation appointment time. 😁

May He bless you and keep you today and always, and may we know His grace in tangible ways.

Conveyors of Calm

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. – (Colossians 3:15, NIV) 

Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking. It is for peace that you were chosen to be together in one body. And always be thankful. – (Colossians 3:15, ERV) 

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. – (Colossians 3:15, MSG) 

 

We need God and we need each other. Humans are not created to take on the trials that life brings on our own. God grants us His peace as we seek Him and provides people to walk beside us if we choose to invest in community as we are called. Additionally, one of the greatest conveyors of calm in the midst of chaos is to begin to express our gratitude for the good in our lives. Suddenly, even in the middle of a storm, we find our hearts holding peace. As we set our sight on that which is secure and He who endures, the temporary trials become less overwhelming. May we seek the Lord and His peace as we walk in gratitude together with the people He has purposefully placed in our lives. 

 

O Lord let Your peace, 

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Photo by Dee Jones of Open Door Photography ❤

Come reign in our hearts; 

Lead us side-by-side, 

As strength You impart. 

Help us to give thanks, 

Despite what we see; 

For true gratitude, 

Sets anxiousness free. 

Help us to trust You, 

On Your strength depend; 

Walk with each other, 

And Your peace extend. 

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You rule in the hearts of all who seek You. Thank You that You call us to peace together as one body. Thank You that we were created for community. Thank You that gratitude combats fear and anxiousness and sets our hearts on what truly matters. Forgive us for allowing what we see to dictate how we respond, rather than trusting You and what we know to be true. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would walk together in gratitude, ever pursuing Your peace. Show us how to love those around us well, so that peace and thankfulness become contagious. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we give You thanks that You are the God of peace who rules in our hearts and provides us with community and reason to give You praise for all of our days. Amen. 

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

They will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness. – Psalm 145:7

In Quiet Hope

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. – (Psalm 62:5, NLT)

I must calm down and turn to God; He is my only hope. – (Psalm 62:5, ERV)

God, the One and only – I’ll wait as long as He says. Everything I need comes from Him, so why not? – (Psalm 62:5, MSG)

My soul quietly waits for the True God alone because I hope only in Him. – (Psalm 62:5, VOICE)

 

In the quiet of Saturday morning, while much of the world still sleeps, I am reminded again, where my hope comes from. It is in the quiet waiting that gentle whispers of His love flood my heart and mind, reminding me that all that I need comes from God. He is my hope, my source and my supply, and in Him, I need not fear. The Lord brings comfort when chaos seems to reign, and grants His peace and strength when the hectic pace of the wearying week has stolen the last ounce of resolve within me. May we wait quietly before our God, and allow Him to fill us with His hope anew.

 

Let all that’s within, Quiet Hope

Wait upon the Lord;

In quiet stillness,

As hope He affords.

It is in silence,

That our God will speak;

Bring peace to chaos,

And strength where we’re weak.

May we take the time,

In silence, to seek;

The presence of God,

So we hear Him speak.

Speak to the weary,

Those in need of peace;

Our God is faithful,

As love is released.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we quietly wait before You, You are faithful to meet us where we are, and fill us again with hope and peace and rest. Thank You that we can come to You in our weariness, and You will be our strength. Forgive us for attempting to run on empty, rather than slowing down and seeking You for strength. Teach us to trust You to be our Source and Supply, as You are faithful to meet us whenever we earnestly seek You. Show us how to love those around us in a way that offers help and hope and peace in a chaotic world. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You in the quiet spaces and hold fast to the hope that is found in You alone. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him! – Psalm 34:8

Riding Out the Storm

Yesterday evening, we saw and felt the storm building. 

  
There were flashes and cracks and a bit of rain last evening before we went to bed, but at about 12:30 this morning, the real light show and booms began. 

We lost power until 9am, and soon after left for our medical outreach with the Red Cross. Our current post is at the Belmopan Day Festival. 

   

  

  

 Here’s to our final day in Belmopan, and the last full day in Belize for three of us. Please pray for safe travels as the team continues to Silk Grass, three of us travel home, and two more members travel to Belize to join the team. 

Blessings to all. 

Shannon 

More Lessons from Belize – Competence Comes from Him

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. – (2 Corinthians 3:5)


Capability and fear are foes. We are all created and equipped to do far more than we realize, yet fear so often hinders us. When we place our trust in Him, in spite of our fears, we see our Source supply what is needed to navigate the new. Yesterday, as a team, we went cave tubing. To most, that may sound like a grand adventure to try. To me, a claustrophobic, the idea was a bit terrifying. I kept my fears fairly quiet and kept moving forward with my friends, but as we descended deeper and deeper into the depths of the dark and narrowing cave, there was some serious prayer and dependence on God to get me through without completely freaking out. By His grace, I was actually able to relax and enjoy the ride, as we floated along in our tubes, looking at limestone and stalagmite formations with bats swooping high overhead. Incredibly, I was even able to enjoy swimming in the deep area at the end of the cave before we turned to hike back out. On my own, I was not able, yet with Him, the journey was enjoyable beyond what I would have hoped or imagined. May we ever remember that our competence comes from Him, as He is our Source and Supply. 

All that we now have, 

 And ever shall be;

Is thanks to the Lord,

Who sets us all free. 

As we choose depend,

On Him for our strength;

We soon discover,

His hand’s endless length. 

So seek Him for all,

Competent in Him;

For He is our Source,

Our Light from within. 



Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that our competence comes from You. Thank You that You do far more than we could ever hope or imagine when we place our trust in You. Forgive us for attempting to go in our own strength rather than Yours. Teach us to seek You first in all things. Show us how to love and encourage those around us in a way that points them to You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we find our competence in You for all that we do. Amen. 

Lessons in Belize

He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. – (Proverbs 11:25)
It is amazing what God does when we choose to serve; not with the heart to get, but rather to bless and honor Him. Coming to Belize with a medical team was an act of obedience. I am not a medical person, so the role I feel called to is to help with practical things wherever and however I can. The first day, travel day, it was in the form of carrying luggage and promoting positivity despite serious sleep deprivation. Yesterday, it was help with lifting – flat tires, medical supplies, and an elderly man in need of transport to the hospital. I also learned how to make tortillas/tortas as I helped with meal prep. The second part of the verse has proven to be very true. After only about an hour of sleep on our first travel day, I was given the strength and energy needed to sustain me, followed by a full night’s rest. Again, last night, I slept through the night, despite my disdain for critters that creep (and fly) in the dark of night. Our accommodations are comfortable and spacious, Belizian food is compatible with my normal diet, and I am beyond blessed to watch God move through the gifts He has given to some of my dearest friends as they faithfully move where they are called to go. 


When we choose to go, 

 Where we have been called;

The Lord opens doors,

And tears down great walls. 

Let’s refresh others,

Lift each other up;

It’s awesome to see,

How He fills our cup. 

He’s faithful to be,

Wherever we are;

There’s no place we’ll go,

Too near or too far. 


Dear Heavenly Farher, thank You that as we go forth in obedience,You  meet us and provide what we need. Thank You that as we seek to refresh, support and encourage those around us, You do the same for us. Forgive us for neglecting to look for need beyond ourselves, and show us how we can serve one another in love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek to serve You and those around us as You call us to do. Amen. 

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you.” – Exodus 33:19


Home Again

  
Ragnar relay ended early yesterday evening with smiles and sunshine. 

  
We were blessed by the generosity of my Aunt, who fed us and had space for us to stay the night and actually sleep. 

  
The journey home is part of the joy, as the scenery cannot be beat. The three of us heading south were all smiles. 

  
At last, home. 

Thank you all for your prayers! All were safe and well, and each of us are eagerly anticipating next year’s race. 😊

Along the Road

  
These ladies are my teammates for this Ragnar adventure. Most of us did not know more than one other participant, and now, after 24 hours together, we laugh together, support each other, and cheer each other on like family. 

  
Leg 1 yesterday afternoon was brutal for van 2, as temperatures hung in the high eighties and low nineties. Incredibly, despite the heat, personal bests were happening. I know for myself, the final two miles were the toughest, and what kept going through my mind is “…you will run and not grow weary, you will walk and not grow faint.” He sustained me all the way to the finish. 

  
After very little sleep and odd eating, it was onto leg 2. Though my second leg is considered the most brutal in the race (an extra medal is awarded upon completion) it is the leg I most look forward to. It reminds me how much strength can be supplied when we are in need, and the view as I ran across Deception Pass was worth all of the hard work. 

Today, we are sleep deprived and weary, with one leg each still to run. This is the day where our resolve is tested, and being a team is critical. 

If you think of us, please pray for safety, strength and for all that we need to be supplied. (Perhaps cooler temperatures too. 😊)

  
Just as we see this sign when there is only one mile to go in each leg, today is the figurative one mile to go in this grand adventure.