Faithful Goodness

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. – (Psalm 103:8, NIV)

The Lord is kind and merciful. He is patient and full of love. – (Psalm 103:8, ERV)

Lord, You’re so kind and tenderhearted and so patient with people who fail You! Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness. – (Psalm 103:8, TPT)

I don’t know about you, but I am so grateful for the Lord’s kindness and grace. This last year plus, I have been abundantly aware of His patience and faithful love as so much of what I have always known, has changed. In my career, I have had to completely change the way I teach, lost the opportunity to coach at my middle school, yet gained the chance to take on a head coaching position at my high school. Through it all, God’s grace, patience and love has been incredibly clear, despite my repeated failures as I learn so much new. Because I have been shown His compassion, grace, patience and love, I am compelled to do the same. Again, I fall short over and over again, but am picked up, dusted off, and encouraged to press on. May we ever seek the Lord and His loving kindness so that we too, may love like Him.

O Lord, I’m grateful,

For goodness and grace;

Your loving kindness,

With me in this space.

The space of the new,

Where failures go on;

Your faithful goodness,

Is what makes me strong.

Strong to choose to love,

In all that I do;

To honor Your Name,

And depend on You.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your compassion, grace, kindness and love that is poured out abundantly to all who seek Your face. Thank You that Your love does not waiver in our failures. Forgive us for each time we neglect to love like You. Teach us to turn to You to lead us and guide us in Your goodness and grace. Show us how to love those around us in the same way that You do. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You and seek to love others like You. Amen.

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

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12

Navigating the Unknown

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. – (Ecclesiastes 11:5, NIV)

You don’t know where the wind blows. And you don’t know how a baby grows in its mother’s womb. In the same way, you don’t know what God will do – and He makes everything happen. – (Ecclesiastes 11:5, ERV)

Just as you’ll never understand the mystery of life forming in a pregnant woman, so you’ll never understand the mystery at work in all that God does. – (Ecclesiastes 11:5, MSG)

God’s ways are not our ways, and His plans are not like ours. There are times that we cannot possibly see the purpose in what we go through, nor how the path we are on could lead to what He intended. Even so, God is good. His timing is not our own, and His ways are far higher. It is a matter of choosing to trust, even when we cannot see, for despite all things, He is good. The Lord cares about every detail of our lives. He knows how many hairs are on our heads, and the strengths and talents that He intentionally placed within us. Often, what we go through, provides the opportunity to discover strength we did not know was possible, and how to hold fast to hope. When I was young, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. As I grew up, some of the class requirements steered me in a different direction. The one in particular, was a speech class. Rather than dig deep and suck it up, I chose to become an art major with an English minor. Graphic design was a delight, and I learned and grew in a variety of mediums. Once I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree, I found my way to Montana as a YWAMer (Youth With A Mission), and ended up spending the next three years in and out of Asia. Ironically, (or as God designed) I ended up having to do much public speaking during that season. God called me back home to go back to school and fulfill my teaching credentials. Upon graduation from my Master’s program, I was hired to teach World Geography at my own former middle school. God had prepared my heart to have a passion for learning about new cultures, after I had experienced so much in the years prior. Additionally, I was granted the gift of coaching gymnastics, which I had done during high school and college, both as a job and joyful passion. Throughout my career thus far, I have had the opportunity to teach art and English as well. I know not where each new experience will lead, but I know that I can trust God to be with me. May we ever embrace each new path we are called to take and trust that God will lead us through. He is good, and He knows the desires of our hearts and the plan and purpose intended for each of us, individually.

No one truly knows,

Where the Lord will lead;

He grants us His strength,

As His will we heed.

Detours and trials,

And paths still unknown;

Each with a purpose,

As His grace is shown.

Even in heartache,

We grow and we learn;

He loves us through all,

To Him may we turn.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though we cannot possibly know or understand all of Your ways, You are faithful to lead us and grow us through all. Thank You that as we depend on You, You use every experience for good. Forgive us for our fears and doubts in the spaces that we never thought we would be. Teach us to trust You completely, for Your plans are perfect. Show us how to love those around us in ways that offer strength, hope and peace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust in Your unfailing love to lead us as we navigate each step that You bring us to take. Amen.

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

Lord, You establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished You have done for us. – Isaiah 26:12

It’s About The Heart

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – (1 Samuel 16:7, NLT) 

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Eliab is tall and handsome, but don’t judge by things like that. God doesn’t look at what people see. People judge by what is on the outside, but the Lord looks at the heart. Eliab is not the right man.” – (1 Samuel 16:7, ERV) 

Eternal One (to Samuel): Take no notice of his looks or his height. He is not the one, for the Eternal One does not pay attention to what humans value. Humans only care about the external appearance, but the Eternal considers the inner character. – (1 Samuel 16:7, VOICE) 

I am so grateful that God does not judge us by appearance or height, but rather He looks at the heart. This particular passage is about when God chose David to be anointed king, despite him having several older brothers, who by appearance alone, seemed more likely candidates. David was a shepherd boy, where as his brothers were off serving on the front lines. God had been developing David’s heart in his lowly role, as a shepherd knows their sheep by name, and is willing to face and fight ferocious animals to protect their flock. This shepherd boy had the heart of a warrior and a worshipper. He knew how to care properly for what was under his charge. Though David likely did not even consider his life experiences to be training grounds for his future reign, God did. God takes people who are faithful to who, what and where they are, and uses their experiences to grow and strengthen them into who He calls each to become. It was true for David and many others back then, and it still remains true for us today. As we are faithful to wherever God has us, He utilizes our experiences to grow and raise us up to become who He says we are. I love David’s story because he was far from perfect, yet he loved God and not only became a great warrior and king, but he also was the father of Solomon, the wisest king who ever reigned. We never know why God has us where we are, yet we can trust that where we are and what we are doing can be used by God to do great things in His Name. May we ever be faithful to where we are, and trust the Lord to shape us into who He has created us to become. 

Wherever we are, 

It’s God’s training ground; 

Shaping and changing, 

Where purpose is found. 

Each experience, 

Both trial and grace; 

Is for a purpose, 

To show us His ways. 

Where we have started, 

Is not where we’ll end; 

Beauty from ashes, 

Is how the Lord mends. 

Lord, make us faithful, 

Help us to be strong; 

To do all You ask, 

Throughout our life long. 

No matter the path, 

You have set us on; 

As we are faithful, 

Your love makes us strong. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not judge us by appearances or height, but rather You look at our hearts and our willingness to follow Your leading. Forgive us for the limitations that we place on ourselves and others. Teach us to listen to Your leading about who we are and what we are called to do, no matter how far beyond us it seems. Show us how to trust and rely on You to provide all that we need to accomplish all that You ask. Lead us to love those around us with Your heart and vision. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we thank You that You see us through Your lens that looks at the heart, rather than how people initially view one another. Amen. 

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

But you must honor the Lord. You must serve Him sincerely with all your heart. Remember the wonderful things He has done for you. – 1 Samuel 12:24

Take Heart

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. – (Psalm 31:24, NIV)

Be strong and brave, all of you who are waiting for the Lord’s help. – (Psalm 31:24, ERV)

Be strong and live courageously, all of you who set your hope in the Eternal! – (Psalm 31:24, VOICE)


Whenever I am in a space of struggle, difficulty or challenge, there is something about the Psalms that offers comfort. David, the author of many of them, penned perfectly, both the struggle in difficulties and the encouragement to overcome. It leads me to wonder if Paul, who wrote many of the letters that became the New Testament from a prison cell, found comfort too, in the songs and sonnets and scores of words recorded in the Psalms. For many of us, the staying in place feels a bit torturous, as it is in no way natural nor normal. However, when I consider the time spent by Paul under house arrest and in Roman prison, I need to count my blessings and take heart. In strength and courage, Paul encouraged entire congregations of new believers, despite his circumstances. We are no different. Whatever we are tasked to do in this season, may we be strong and take heart, and place our hope in He who is our help. God is good, and He is faithful to answer when we call on Him to be our help and our hope.


Be strong in the Lord, Take Heart

Take courage, be brave;

The Lord will be near,

When asked to come stay.

As we place our hope,

In the Lord above;

He grants what we need,

To go forth in love.

Fear not in trials,

For God’s ever near;

He’s present to help,

Each request, He hears.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can find strength and courage in You as we seek You to be our help and our hope. Thank You that You are ever-present. Forgive us for our fears and frustrations with our circumstances. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may learn and grow through every trial. Show us how to love those around us best, so that we may encourage and strengthen one another in spaces where resolve is running low. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we find strength and courage as we look to You to be our help and hope forever. Amen.


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


“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

Trust We Can Claim

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. – (Hebrews 10:23, NIV)

Let us hold strong to the confession of our hope, never wavering, since the One who promised it to us is faithful. – (Hebrews 10:23, VOICE)

So now we must cling tightly to the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps His promises! – (Hebrews 10:23, TPT)


There is something so sweet about “special” days that pop up on social media. Yesterday, apparently, was National Daughter Day. The beautiful thing about such an event, is that people took pause from the political ugliness, random rants, and whatever other copy and paste promotion that was out there, and showed a piece of their hearts in photos of their daughters. Our children are spaces where promises and faithfulness and hope come together, as we trust and pray and love, ever wanting the very best for our kids. Though I do not have daughters, (for I am blessed with brilliant and loving boys), I loved viewing the images and professions of love that demonstrated God’s faithfulness in the lives of so many. The hope we hold is found in Christ alone. As we cling closely to Him, we discover His faithfulness to fulfill what He has promised. Additionally, I am reminded that though I do not have daughters, I am a daughter – both my mother’s daughter, and the daughter of the King. May we ever hold fast to our hope in Him, for He is faithful to keep His promises.


Let’s hold fast to hope,


We are our mother’s daughters. Photo by Dee Jones of Open Door Photography. ❤

This trust we can claim;

Faithfulness promised,

In our Savior’s Name.

Evidence of love,

Goodness we declare;

Show the hope we hold,

Through grace that is shared.

In all that we say,

And in all that we do;

May our hope be clear,

As we trust God’s truth.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the unwavering hope we have in You. Thank You that You are faithful to all of Your promises. Forgive us for our frustrations and doubts when we cannot see answers as quickly as we would like. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would recognize that Your timing is perfect, and that You will never leave us nor forsake us. Show us how to love those around us in a way that shares the hope that we know. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we cling tightly to our hope in You. Amen.


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


Those who know Your Name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You. – Psalm 9:10


Blessed First Year

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. – (Psalm 34:8, NIV)
Give the Lord a chance to show you how good He is. Great blessings belong to those who depend on Him! – (Psalm 34:8, ERV)
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see – how good God is. Blessed are you who run to Him. – (Psalm 34:8, MSG)

Yesterday was the first day in nearly a year, that I simply took a day to just be. I slept in (for me), then Mark and I spent our anniversary enjoying the day together to the fullest. First, we hopped in the car to drive out to Red Rock Canyon to do a bit of exploring before the temperatures climbed to unbearable levels. After driving to the perfect spot, we pulled off, parked and decided to hike around. To my surprise, my Viking was determined to traverse the terrain to reach a spot down in the rocks that required some rock climbing and trail blazing. I happily followed his lead, and wandered along the path and scaled the red rocks along the trail. We found a great spot with a cutout in the rock that I could actually climb into and perch. After a few photos of our surroundings and the sweet spot in the rock, we were on our way to escape the increasing heat. After a nice breakfast a bit of a rest, we met up with Mark’s brother and beautiful girl, as well as Mark and my besties, and wandered around downtown and enjoyed a light lunch together. After we all parted ways, we returned to our room to rest a bit before preparing for a fantastic evening of a show and a late meet up dinner to follow with our friends. Cirque du Soleil did not disappoint, and we were mesmerized by the aeronautical acts and the sheer strength and athleticism displayed by the incredible talent who performed in the show, Mystère. Dinner was not as much of the taste and see blessing, yet the company, was as always, the gift that God has given. This morning, I was amazed, as I woke and realized that for the first time since March 31st, I got a full eight hours of sleep. Yes, you read that correctly, eight full hours. Amazing!
As for mom, yesterday was a good day for her too. She and Meg enjoyed a visit with mom’s best friend, June, and ended up going out to lunch together. They had a wonderful time, and it was great for all of them to get out and be together. Mom is continuing to make excellent progress, be it slow and steady. The biggest challenge right now, however, is that she seems to be struggling with sleep again. Meg let me know that she has woken at least four times each night, which is detrimental for her and her healing, and not so great for my sister either, as she is attempting to keep up with her workload and mom, simultaneously. God is good and He is faithful, so we are trusting in Him as we press forward, seeking to see and know the His goodness and faithfulness in all things – rest included.

As we choose depend,


On God’s loving grace;
We see His blessings,
Granted each new day.
For as we choose look,
Open eyes to see;
The goodness of God,
His love is unleashed.
In tangible ways,
His love is made known;
As we taste and see,
All grace God has shown.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and grace that is tangible. Thank You for allowing us to taste and see how truly good You are. Thank You for loving us where and how we are, and showing us, individually, that we are known and loved. Forgive us for our frustration when life is hard. Teach us to seek and trust in You. Show us how to love those around us in ways that make Your love tangible. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we taste and see how incredibly good You are. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 -present

Persevering Pursuit

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – (James 1:4, NIV)

If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be. – (James 1:4, ERV)

So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete. – (James 1:4, TLB)


We are ever a work in progress. It is through the deadlines, difficulties and distress, that we mature and grow in patience and perseverance provided by the Lord. Through dependence on Him, our character is strengthened, lacking nothing, so that we may be mature and complete, becoming the person that God calls us to be. Our part is to stick with it; to not grow weary in trusting the Lord. Patience produces the good that God intended in us and through us. May we ever persevere as we press on in all that we are called to do. God provides all that is needed as we lean into Him.


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In faithful pursuit;

Real perseverance,

As we trust what’s true.

Patience produces,

Our growth in the Lord;

And He grants us strength,

Each need He’ll reward.

What He has started,

The Lord will see through;

As we follow Him,

His word’s proven true.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to persevere. Thank You that each time we press in, You grow and refine us to more clearly reflect Your heart to the world. Forgive us for our lack of follow through when things grow difficult. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would ever persevere in pursuing the path to which we are called. Show us how to love those around us in a way that further grows us in character, full and complete in You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we persevere in the power that You provide. Amen.


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


You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. – Hebrews 10:36


Far Greater

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” – (Isaiah 55:8-9, NLT)

The Lord says, “My thoughts are not like yours. Your ways are not like mine. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” – (Isaiah 55:8-9, ERV)

This plan of mine is not what you would work out, neither are My thoughts the same as yours! For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than yours, and My thoughts than yours. – (Isaiah 55:8-9, TLB)


I am so thankful that the Lord’s thoughts, plans and ways are far greater than my own. So often in my life, I have thought things ought to go in a certain direction or were on a predictable path, and have found myself frustrated or confused as to why things took a turn that led an entirely different direction. However, hindsight is a remarkable revealer of the goodness of God. In the spaces that I assumed things would unfold in certain way, I can look back and see the hand of God in every step, and recognize the blessings and benefit of His plans, as the outcome has been far greater than I would have hoped or imagined. Often, there is a season of struggle prior the beautiful outcome. It is in the time of trials that He shows us more of Himself and strengthens and equips us for the more that He has in store. Without loss, we might never fully know the fullness of His love. Without need, we’d not truly know the Lord’s plentiful provision. In all things, He is good and His way is to lead to the ultimate outcome of an eternity with Him. May we ever trust in the Lord and His ways, for His ways and thoughts hold hope that lasts forever.


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And thoughts just the same;

Not one can compare,

To what God has claimed.

For the Lord’s great ways,

Are higher than ours;

We reach for the moon,

He gives us the stars.

In goodness and grace,

His ways lead to more;

Things so much greater,

Than ever before.

So, trust in the Lord,

For His plans are good;

Despite what we see,

Or think that we should.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and Your ways, far greater than our own. Thank You that so often we think things ought to go a particular direction, yet Your way always turns out far better than what we could hope or imagine. Forgive us for not trusting the process when things are painful or unpredictable. Teach us to trust You, even when we cannot see how Your hand is moving on our behalf. Show us how to love those around us in a way that encourages hope and trust, even when it is not seen. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust You in the process, as Your ways are always for our very best. Amen.


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


Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. – Psalm 63:3

Let Freedom Ring

May we continue to pray and seek equality for all. ❤

Revelations In Writing

No so many years ago,
generations before us, a few;
civil rights were not so right –
justice did not really ring so true.
Our nation boldly bragged of freedom,
yet separated by tone of skin;
ignorant disillusionment,
passed on to next of kin.
There then came a generation,
that recognized the wrong;
they spoke through peaceful protest,
faith-filled freedom was their song.
For Dr. King and others,
fought for freedoms we now know;
their bravery and persistence,
daily still does show.
Wise words so boldly spoken,
declaring a dream to come;
for hand in hand our nation’s rising,
and works to get things done.
This is a generation,
that has not known such strife;
for the content of one’s character,
deems the value of each life.
From the mountains to the valleys,
to the sea may hearts choose sing;
may his dream live on forever,
and forever freedom ring.

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