Praise Even When

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. – (Romans 5:3-5, NLT)

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary – we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! – (Romans 5:3-5, MSG)

 

I am certain that I have read this passage at least a dozen times before, but for some reason, this morning, it is sinking in a bit differently. Perhaps it is through reading The Message translation, as it speaks of praising “even when we’re hemmed in with troubles” rather than “rejoicing when we run into problems and trials”. Personally, my mind can conceive the even so concept, as God is good even when our circumstances are not, and I know that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Each trial that we traverse, every struggle He grants us strength to navigate, further grow our faith and help our hope the next time we face difficulties. When we look back on where He has brought us from, we can see the overwhelming faithfulness of God and the generous outpouring of love lavished upon us by His Holy Spirit. May we ever give praise to He who is always worthy, as He is the one who supplies the strength and endurance needed to navigate each challenge, as He pours into our lives, His love.

 

In midst of trial,

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Photo by Dee Jones of Open Door Photography ❤

We can, even so;

Give praise unto God,

For His love we know.

He’s faithful to help,

Grants strength as we go;

Our reason for hope,

Sure truth that we know.

Troubles grow patience,

That helps us endure;

Confidence in hope,

As His love’s secure.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we have reason to praise You no matter what troubles or trials we face because You are good and You will use all things to grow us in You. Thank You that troubles develop endurance and strength of character so that we may more clearly reflect Your heart to the world. Forgive us for fleeing the fire before us, rather than facing the fight in Your strength as You hold us in Your hands. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would receive all that You generously give as we go through the highs and lows of life. Show us how to love well all those whom we encounter, so that they may see glimpses of Your heart for them. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You on every step of our path as You provide Your presence and Your peace. Amen.

 

 

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

 

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23

Our Place of Peace

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen all seems dark,

and hope feels lost;

look to the Lord,

He’s paid the cost.

He conquered death,

defeated grave;

provides all hope,

and makes us brave.

In Him, there’s peace,

true safety there;

in death or life,

He is our prayer.

When storms they rage,

He is our calm;

when ache is great,

He’s healing balm.

He will equip,

us each to do;

all He has asked,

He’ll see us through.

Do not give up,

on Him who’s here;

all in His hands,

release the fear.

“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – (Romans 8:39)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that our perception of what is, is not Your reality. Thank You that even when the night is darkest, You are orchestrating the dawning of a new day. Thank You that in the midst of life’s storms, there is peace found in You. Forgive us Father, for taking our eyes off of You, and allowing the waves to overwhelm us. Thank You that You remain with us, ready to hold our heart and hand, the moment we reach back toward You. Thank You that all that You ask is not meant to be accomplished in our strength, but rather, it is only in Your strength, that we are able to do exceedingly more than we could ever imagine. May many come to know You, as we trust You to provide all that we lack, and move mightily wherever You ask. Let Your love be what people see in me. Amen.

Anne

Anne


Anne update: Anne’s appointment yesterday was exhausting for her. As I sat with her in the late afternoon, I was in awe of the peace that was present, despite the devastating pain she was in. Let’s give glory to God for His generous outpouring of the people whom He has prepared, and may we all continue to contend for Anne’s complete healing. God bless you all!
Embraced by His grace, Shannon

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