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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

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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 

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. 

Ragnar Ready…

  
Yesterday our adventure began with a drive up north to meet up with our team. For many of us, it was a first meeting and still for others, the first introduction to the Ragnar Relay. 

After dinner and van decorating together, it was time to retire for the night. 

  
This morning, van 1 sent our first runner off at 6:30am. We in van 2 had a bit more time to get to the first major exchange and prepare for the handoff from van 1 to van 2. 

  
A little safety briefing for van 2 before we venture out. 😊

More to come as we go…

Blessings to all as we trust in His strength and protection on this wonderful adventure!

Show me Your unfailing love in wonderful ways. – (Psalm 17:7a, NLT)

Show Your amazing kindness and rescue those who depend on You. – (Psalm 17:7a, ERV)

 

When we seek the Lord and ask Him to make Himself known to us, He shows us more than we could hope or imagine in the most wonderful of ways. His love never fails, and His kindness rescues us from our stuck spaces as we turn to Him in trust. Often He uses those around us to be His hands, heart and voice, so that we grasp tangible glimpses of His goodness toward us. May we ever seek the Lord and His unfailing love, as He is faithful to make Himself known in wonderful ways.

 

Show us Your great love,Believe Instead of Striving

In wonderful ways;

As we choose depend,

On You all our days.

Your love and kindness,

Know not of an end;

Your love shall rescue,

All who choose depend.

What glorious love,

And amazing grace;

You bestow on all,

With welcome embrace.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You show Your unfailing love in wonderful ways, and that You demonstrate Your amazing kindness and rescue to those who depend on You. Forgive us for not seeking You in spaces where we need Your love, help and rescue, and teach us to trust You more, so that we would come to You in all things and at all times. Show us how to give the same love and kindness to those around us, that You so generously give to us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we ask You to show us who You are and how You love so that we may do likewise. Amen.

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

He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25

Be wise in the way you act with those who are not believers. Use your time in the best way you can. When you talk, you should always be kind and wise. Then you will be able to answer everyone in the way you should. – (Colossians 4:5-6, ERV)

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversations be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. – (Colossians 4:5-6, NLT)

 

The things that we say and do matter. In some circles, the only Jesus people have ever seen is that which we display through our words and deeds. If we show love and kindness and wisdom with our words and actions, the grace of God within us will draw others unto Himself. This is not something that just flows out of us at will, but rather is a capacity within us that is nurtured and grown as we seek and spend time with our Savior. The more we know Him, the more we reflect His heart through our words and way of being. May we ever seek the Lord and His grace, so that our lives are a clear reflection of His goodness and grace as we respond according to the Lord’s leading.

 

Be wise with actions,choose-love1

Wherever you go;

For our words and deeds,

Are how God’s made known.

Help every word,

Be gracious and kind;

So we always speak,

With Your heart in mind.

If we seek the Lord,

For wisdom and grace;

He’ll help us respond,

And walk in His ways.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You will give us wisdom to act according to Your will and use our time wisely, if we seek You for help. Thank You that You do the same for how we speak with others, as You grant us Your grace to extend kindness and wisdom in how we answer everyone. Forgive us for acting according to our own will, rather than Yours, or for attempting to be kind without seeking You and Your grace. Teach us to trust You more, as You are our Source and Supply in all things. Show us how to love with kindness, wisdom and grace, so that people see You through how we love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek Your wisdom to act according to Your will wherever we go. Amen.

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

Shout aloud and sing for joy. – Isaiah 12:6

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. – (2 Corinthians 9:8, NLT)

And God can give you more blessings than you need, and you will always have plenty of everything. You will have enough to give to every good work. – (2 Corinthians 9:8, ERV)

 

God’s economy is not logical by the world’s standards. When we give, we end up gaining more. Sometimes, we feel compelled to give of our time, talents or resources when it appears that we have nothing to offer. However, I find that each time I extend myself from this very space where I have to trust, God comes in and multiplies my little to more. If it is time, I somehow find I have more than I thought I had; if it is offering something of myself – He meets me in the moment and does more than I ever could. When the gift is monetary, my budget always works out – even when it logically should not. A reimbursement check here, a random refund there, a gift, an error in billing… The overwhelming ways in which He works to provide are so inspiring, that I find I am quicker to obey when He asks that I give. May we remember Who is ultimately our Provider, and trust that He is true to His word. Let generosity be our mode of operation, as Jesus modeled a life of generously giving of Himself wherever He went.

 

And God shall provide,Tether Our Hearts

For each of our needs;

At times we’ll be called,

To generous deeds.

For we all have gifts,

That we’re meant to share;

Time, talent, resource,

To show that God cares.

As we choose to give,

Obediently;

The Lord blesses us,

Most abundantly.

To see a need met,

Know God’s faithfulness;

Brings confident joy,

His love is expressed.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You generously and abundantly provide all that we need, so that we may share with those around us. Thank You that You ask us to give of ourselves, not because You need us to, but because You desire to bless us with the benefit of seeing Your faithfulness for both the recipient and ourselves when we watch how mightily You move. Forgive us for the times that we have hesitated or avoided giving where You asked us to give because in our own minds we could not figure out how to make it work. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would say yes to You, whenever You ask us to give of ourselves. Help us to hear You clearly. Show us how to love those around us well, with our time, talent and resources. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we share with others, that which You have so lovingly provided unto us. Amen.

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

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy. – Hebrews 4:16

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