All for Good

And we know that all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. – (Romans 8:28)

 

God works all things for our good, but it does not mean that all things that happen to us are good. Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good. Note that God is not working to make us happy, but to fulfill His purpose. (NIV footnotes for Romans 8:28) When we love God and are called by Him, His Holy Spirit empowers us to turn to trust in Him, not the circumstances that are seen. Ultimately, even through the most trying of times, we come to see and know His presence, provision, and often some positive that He has produced, in spite of the pain. May we learn to lean into the Lord in all things and at all times, as He will work ALL THINGS together for good, for those who love Him.

 

In trying times,Better is One Day

may we seek the Lord;

trust in His good,

the grace He’ll afford.

He works all things,

together for good;

for those He’s called,

where hope’s understood.

Faithful always,

His promises true;

trust in His plan,

His good will shine through.

Even when things,

are dismal and dark;

God is at work,

prepare to embark.

Look for His light,

on the darkest days;

He will be there,

both now and always.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You work ALL THINGS for the good of those who love You. Thank You that despite how dismal things may appear, You are present and working in the midst of us. Thank You that You can take the ugliest of circumstances and use them to accomplish something good for Your kingdom. Forgive us for our shortsightedness and our inability to see past our own discomfort. Help us to gain a kingdom perspective, even in our most pressing places of pain, so that we may completely trust in You and allow You to have Your way in us and through us. Teach us to be willing vessels, vulnerable and open to be used by You. Lead us to love and share with others, as You have so greatly given unto us. May many come into a saving relationship with You during this blessed season of remembering Your birth. Be exalted O God, as we trust in You to work all things together for our good. Amen.

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

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. – Job 8:21

Strength to the Seeking

Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. – (Psalm 105:4)

 

Strength is a funny thing; Jesus grants us what we need, as we need it, yet the sense of it rising up within us never seems to come until we set aside ourselves and seek to solely rely on Him. We are created to be relational. Not just relational with people, but with our Creator. In this fallen world, we need His wisdom, guidance and strength to navigate the ways in which we are meant to walk, daily. Be it in trial or in triumph, may we seek His face, and look to the Lord for His strength, so that we may honor Him all of our days.

 

Though we may have strength,Worry Versus Concern

of faith, might or heart;

without seeking God,

all will fall apart.

For we were designed,

purposed each to be;

in relationship,

with Jesus our King.

Let each day begin,

with seeking His face;

ask the Lord for strength,

and receive His grace.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can seek You and find You always. Thank You that You are our Source of strength, and that You grant us all we need as we choose to rely on You. Thank You that You created us to be in relationship with You, and that You made the way for us to enter into a relationship with You that remains forever. Forgive us for trying to rely on our own strength, or for not seeking You in all things and at all times. Teach us to make it a new normal in our operating throughout our days. May many come to know You as we love others as You love us. Be glorified as we live, love and serve in Your strength. Amen.

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

May God Almighty grant You mercy. – Genesis 43:14