Help Ever Near

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. – (Psalm 46:1, NIV)

God is our protection and source of strength. He is always ready to help us in times of trouble. – (Psalm 46:1, ERV)

God is our shelter and our strength. When troubles seem near, God is nearer, and He’s ready to help. – (Psalm 46:1, VOICE)

 

God is faithful to meet us wherever we are, no matter what we are facing. Yesterday, I wrote about my anxiousness over an upcoming oral surgery that I need to have done. Incredibly, it was not at the surgeon’s office that peace was made present, but rather through the sweet and encouraging words of both my sister-in-love and a sweet friend from work. As each mentioned their own experiences or that of another, my mind was eased of the fear that I had been holding. Often God’s nearness is made tangible through those whom He places around us. For me, learning from those who had witnessed or experienced what lies ahead, took the unknown element out that which was the root of my fear. Strength is provided in the safety of His hands when we choose to seek Him. May we ever remember our Source of strength and safety when trouble instills fear into our heart.

 

Space of protection, Pardon Brings Peace

Our Calmer of fear;

When troubles come close,

The Lord will be near.

Choose place in His hands,

All trouble that comes;

He will keep us safe,

Grant strength through His Son.

Thank You, Lord Jesus,

That You are our hope;

Faithful to meet us,

His grace helps us cope.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful to be near and answer us as we call on You for help. Thank You that You are our strength and our shelter in all things and at all times. Thank You for the people that You place in our lives to be Your voice and Your heart to us. Forgive us for our fears when troubles and trials come our way. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would seek You for strength and peace and safety. Show us how to love others well, so that they may come to know the strength and security that are found in You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we run to You as our Source of safety and strength, for You are always near. Amen.

 

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

 

But You, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. – Psalm 22:19

The Anchor for Our Soul

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. – (Hebrews 6:19)

 

Our hope in Christ is immovable, just as an anchor secures a ship at sea. When we earnestly seek the Lord and truly trust Him, we are granted unconditional acceptance and salvation. Where we once were not allowed access, we are now granted full access through Christ. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – (Hebrews 4:16) Christ is our ever-present help in time of need, and our reason to praise for all of the good things that we have been given. He is our hope, our help and our source of security in an world that is full of uncertainties. May we hold fast to our anchor of hope, as He is ever-present help and faithful forever.

 

Lord, You’re our anchor,

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set firm and secure;

no matter what comes,

hope in You is sure.

Because of Your love,

we approach Your throne;

with confidence in,

the grace You have shown.

Thank You that You are,

help when we’re in need;

merciful and kind,

true in word and deed.

May we move forward,

set firm and secure;

for You are enough,

for hope to be sure.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our hope and the anchor for our soul. Thank You that You are steadfast and secure, regardless of how life tosses us to and fro. Thank You that You made the way for us to come before You, directly, personally; no longer hindered by rituals and sacrifices. Jesus, thank You that You are our great High Priest forever. Forgive us for forgetting that You are the anchor for our soul – not anything or anyone that surrounds us. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will look to You in all things and at all times for direction and strength to do as You are calling us to do. Lead us to love others well, just as You so wonderfully love each of us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we place our hope in You, the anchor of our soul, firm and secure forever. Amen.

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

For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. – 1 Peter 2:19

Approach With Confidence

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – (Hebrews 4:16)

 

Christ came and endured all temptations and trials known to man, yet was without sin. He knows what we face. He knows when we fall. We are His and we are loved. Our path to approach the throne of grace is through prayer, and we may do so confidently, yet reverently, because He is both our loving Heavenly Father and Christ the King. Jesus is available as our Counselor and our Friend, and is our ever present help in our time of need. His mercy is made available to all who call on His Name. May we approach His throne with confidence, being supplied all that we need, as God is loving and merciful to those who call on Him.

 

Look to the throne,Risk to Reward

of God’s mercy seat;

where grace is shown,

a gift to receive.

With confidence,

go boldly before;

our help in need,

Holy Counselor.

Boldly approach,

in prayer, we shall come;

before the Lord,

most merciful One.

He is our help,

in our time of need;

our Source of strength,

when we’re feeling weak.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son, Jesus, to come live, die and rise again, experiencing every temptation and trial that He did, so that He could be the perfect High Priest for us. Jesus, thank You for all that You endured on our behalf, and for remaining seated at the right hand of the Father, listening to our every prayer and receiving us as we come. Thank You that because of Your sacrifice, we are considered acceptable before You – not because of anything that we have or have not done, but because of You dwelling within us. Forgive us for approaching Your throne either meekly or flippantly. Teach us to have a proper perspective as we come before You in prayer. May we do so with both confidence and reverence, giving all glory and honor unto You. Lead us to love people as You so generously love each of us, and may many come into a saving relationship with You as a result. Be glorified Lord God, as we approach Your throne of grace with confidence and reverence. Amen.

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

Because of the tender mercy of our God, …the rising sun will come to us from heaven. – Luke 1:78

Wisdom’s Wooing

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image by Bob Jones

Now unto us all,

each are called to hear;

listen and be wise,

grant God heart and ear.

For those who listen,

and follow His word;

wisdom is granted,

His blessings are heard.

Keep watch at the door,

be daily at wait;

to answer His call,

do not hesitate.

Whomever finds God,

finds favor and life;

yet to deny Him,

leads to harm and strife.

Rejoice in Presence,

may we find delight,

as we pursue Him,

and choose what is right.

(Responding to Proverbs 8:31-36)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we seek You, we find You, and when we ask, You answer.  Lead us in love, to ask for wisdom, so that we may better understand Your word and walk more boldly in Your way.  Forgive us for hesitating, and help us to both ask and answer as we are prompted by Your Spirit, who is our ever-present help.  Teach us to be watching and waiting expectantly for You always, and may we choose to rejoice, regardless of our circumstances.  May many come to know Your favor and the fullness of life found in You, as we live and love, reflecting Your light to all whom we encounter.  Amen.

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

He Provides As We Abide

“And he said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” – Job 28:28

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As a lover of words (especially His word), this passage provides a wealth of insight and instruction.

First, “the fear of the Lord” is to maintain reverence and awe for He alone who belongs on the throne.  When we do allow the Lord to lead, and remember to return the reigns and grant He alone the right to rule in our hearts and lives, this, this is where wisdom begins.  Wisdom too, is a wonderful word as it represents far more than intellect.  Wisdom comes through instruction and insight, provided by our Prince of Peace.

Next, “to shun evil” is a very vivid visual to me.  Shunning is a physical action to pair with an intellectual decision.  To shun is to keep away from and take pains to avoid.  Evil is that which is morally wrong, harmful or injurious.  As we avoid such things, God opens our eyes and hearts to understand that which had been previously hidden in plain sight.

Our charge is to place God properly as Lord and leader of our lives, and avoid that which is wrong – according to His word and His way, so that He may open our understanding and grant us wisdom.  As we grow in wisdom and insight, we are better equipped as believers to share the love and light that comes from our closeness to Christ.

He provides as we abide.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You give us simple and clear instruction.  Thank You too, that we are not left to our own devices to follow what You ask.  Thank You for the great gift You have given by granting us grace and guidance through Your Holy Spirit, who dwells in every heart that invites You in.  Forgive us Father for not fearing You, and for drawing near to evil rather than shunning it.  Instruct each of us as to how to properly place You on the throne in our lives, and lead us to shun the stuff that sinks our soul and tempts us to submit to sin.  Grant us wisdom and understanding so that Your word would be deeply rooted in our hearts and minds, and that our lives would bear the sort of fruit that clearly conveys the love and call of Christ to the lost.  Amen.

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

Invited to Stay

“At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.  The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was, they tried to keep Him from leaving them.” – Luke 4:42

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As I read through the passage found in Luke four, verse forty-two seemed to shed some new light on the character of Jesus, and the desire of people.

Every time scripture speaks of Jesus going off to a solitary place, His purpose is to pray – to spend intentional time with God the Father.

My second observation is that the people were looking for Him.  This alone, presents plainly that people longed to be in His presence.  It goes on to say, “they tried to keep Him from leaving them.”  In other words, they desperately desired that the Divine stay near.  I imagine that they were well aware of their own desperate need, and had become cognizant of the care and concern that Christ offered.  They did not want to miss a minute of this man, Jesus, and likely pleaded with our Provider to stay present.

Don’t we all do this at one time or another?  When we are at long last in the company of a close companion and the time nears for parting, do we immediately stand up and say goodbye, or do we stay seated, keep speaking, and secretly hope that we can somehow stretch out our time together?

I am so thankful that with our Savior, we no longer have to say goodbye and part ways.  For through His death and resurrection, Jesus provided a way for His Presence to always remain not only with us, but in us, by His Holy Spirit.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus modeled how we are meant to seek solitude with You so that life’s distractions will not disrupt the words You want us to hear.  Thank You too, for Your glorious gift of Your Son and of Your Holy Spirit.  Teach us to be intentional with our time as we turn to You, and help us to clearly hear Your heart as we listen.  May we always remember that we don’t have to convince You to stay.  Once You have been invited in, You remain forever faithfully with us.  Supply our spirits with Your strength and grace, so that we may do all that You ask of us.  Amen.

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

Morning Meetings

“Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You.  Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.” – Psalm 143:8

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“If You wake me each morning with the sound of Your loving voice, I’ll go to sleep each night trusting You.  Point out the road I must travel; I’m all ears, all eyes before You.” – (The Message)

I have a choice each day that lies before me.  If I rise early to seek Him, the sweet sound of His voice sings softly to me through scripture.  The better I know Him and His voice, the more thorough my trust and deeper my love for the Lord.  His love never fails, therefore, He alone is worthy of all my trust.  As I ask, He is faithful to show me the way that I am to go, and He encourages and empowers my soul to keep seeking Him and His will for my life.

He is my lifeline, and daily, I must keep clear the opportunity for communication.  He is ever-present and always ready to speak – it is I who must silence myself, seek Him, and listen; for He is faithful to speak to a heart that is still before Him.  It is His joy and delight to dwell in His children.  He is not pushy nor invasive; rather He lovingly waits to be invited in.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You meet me fresh every morning, granting me grace so that I might hear Your heart and more deeply place my trust in You.  Thank You that Your love never fails; not even when I falter.  May I again surrender my soul unto You, as You are faithful to lead me lovingly in the way I am meant to go.  Allow my obedience to be a fragrant offering to You and the sweet scent of salvation to a world in need.  Amen.

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

Laying Hold of Our Lifeline

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“We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.  It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up His permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.” – Hebrews 6:18-20 (The Message)

When we commit our lives to Christ and give everything to God, we are laying hold of our Eternal Lifeline.  Jesus, who has gone before us as our Redeemer and High Priest, is seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding on our behalf.  His Spirit is our ever-present help in our time of need; our Source of wisdom and strength – all that we need to be all that He has created us to be.
Our commitment to Christ provides our reason to run this race.  He goes before us, walks beside us, and dwells within us, all of our days.  When storms come, He remains steadfast, ever supplying security and strength.  When we stumble or seem to lose sight of Him, He is swift to provide a path to the cross, so that we again are reminded that as we ask, it has already been done – once and for all of eternity.
As if His mercy and grace were not already so much more than enough, He has gone before us to prepare a place where we may remain in the glory of His eternal presence forever!  In Him, we have joy and peace, hope and help, even when we walk through the worst of our days.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to save us from our sin and Your Spirit to lead and guide us to a life everlasting in You.  Forgive us for the times we forget to cling to the cross, and have allowed heartache or regret to weigh us down.  Teach us to trust in Truth, so that we may take hold, and never let go.  Thank You that You lead us in love, so that we in turn, may love others as representatives of Your heart and hands, so all may find the opportunity to come and cling to our eternal hope in You.  Amen.

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