Embracing Our Thorns

image by Alphonse Karr

image by Alphonse Karr

If I look at a thorn,

with the mere eyes of man,

I will tend to panic,

beg removal again.

But if I can slow down,

and allow myself weak,

then my true Source of strength,

is the One whom I’ll seek.

Of my mighty Savior,

in weakness, I need more,

of His strength and power,

all that I’m searching for.

So, I pray I delight,

in the trials that come,

knowing that He’s alone,

the victorious One.

His grace is sufficient,

He is all that we need;

to conquer our trials,

we come on bended knees.

(Responding to 2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your strength is made perfect in our weakness. Thank You for the thorns that keep us humble and dependant on You.  Forgive us for trying to stand in our own strength, and help us to remember that Your strength is far greater than ours.  May we embrace our trials and difficulties as opportunities to learn how to draw closer still, to You, our Strength and our Comforter.  May others see the greatness of Your grace that is granted in our lives, and may that be what draws them unto You.  May Your power be made perfect in our weaknesses, so that Your glory may be seen more clearly.  Amen.

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

What Shall I Bring?

image by His Heart Scribe

image by His Heart Scribe

All praise to Him,

shall we declare.

Burden Bearer,

comfort and care.

Daily we bring,

cares to lay down;

and in exchange –

the victor’s crown.

Our God who saves,

preserves our life.

Defeated death,

conquered all strife.

Loving Father,

and reigning King,

What can I offer?

What might I bring?

All that He wants,

is my whole heart.

To gain and give love,

each day a new start.

Psalm 68:19-20 – “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.  Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.”

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that it is not about us doing certain things just so, to be deemed worthy to come before You; but rather, You want a heart that is seeking You, our Savior, despite the brokenness and ugliness that we bear.  Teach us to passionately pursue You with our whole heart, and forgive us for holding back.  Lead us to live lives that are an ongoing act of worshipping You in spirit and truth.  Let our lives be a song that resonates in the hearts of all those who might hear, so that many may be guided in grace unto Your loving embrace.  Be glorified through all that we say and do.  Amen.

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