All Through Him

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. – (Romans 11:36, HCSB)

Yes, God made all things. And everything continues through Him and for Him. To God be the glory forever! Amen. – (Romans 11:36, ERV)

Everything comes from Him; everything happens through Him; everything ends up in Him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes. Yes. Yes. – (Romans 11:36, MSG)

As we draw ever closer to the close of what has been the most challenging school year yet, I cannot help but give God praise for all He has done throughout every day. He has provided strength in our weariness, and hope in spaces of despair. Today, we begin the twenty-day countdown. Twenty more school-day wakeups and the year will be done. I don’t know about you, but when the days remaining are countable on our fingers and toes, it seems far more manageable. This morning, as I prepare for my day, not only do I present my requests for strength and peace and patience and love, but also, I give God praise for all He has done, is doing, and will continue to do. May we rise with purpose and make the most of each day that we draw breath.

Twenty days remain,

Home stretch…

Until we are through;

Year never-ending,

Almost done, it’s true.

God has been faithful,

To provide our needs;

His grace, sufficient,

And His love exceeds.

On the darkest days, 

In Him, was still light;

The song in our hearts,

Hope, love and delight.

Let us choose rise up,

With purpose, go forth;

Love one another,

And bask in God’s warmth.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that all things are in You, from You, with You and through You; for You lead, guide, sustain and strengthen us to do more than we ever hoped or imagined. Forgive us for losing sight of the truth of who You are and how You carry us when our strength is gone. Teach us to trust and praise You in all things and at all times. Show us how to love, encourage and support those around us, so that they may know glimpses of Your goodness and grace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You forever for who You are and how You lovingly lead us through all things. Amen.

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

All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. – John 1:3

Mercy for Me

image by Lori Thomason

image by Lori Thomason

Christ came to save sinners,

of whom I am the worst;

showing me His mercy,

removing sinful curse.

His unending patience,

shown for those who believe;

our salvation promised,

and ready to receive.

Now to eternal King,

unending and unseen;

the one and only God,

what glory forever means.

All honor to the Lord,

now and forevermore;

hold onto blessed hope,

we have through heaven’s door.

(Responding to I Timothy 1:15-17)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to make the way for sinners to be saved.  Jesus, thank You for enduring what we deserve, in our place, providing the path that leads to permanent dwelling in Your presence.  Forgive us for not embracing the fullness of Your grace, and help us to walk boldly before You, as we seek You, hear You, and obey all that You ask.  May many come to know You, personally, as they see You in us.  All glory and honor to You forever.  Amen.

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

Presenting Our Praise

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image by Christian Music and Lyrics

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.” – I Timothy 1:17

As I began to study each word written in Paul’s exhortation to Timothy in verse seventeen, I am overjoyed to see that King, in an ordinary online dictionary source, recognizes and defines King as God or Christ!

Eternal, is without beginning or end; lasting forever.  This is clearly intentionally and perfectly paired with King.

Immortal is defined as: not subject to death.  God’s immortality was so clearly demonstrated when He sent His Son, Jesus, who despite being crucified on a cross, rose again to live and reign forever at the right hand of God.  Death cannot and will not destroy the deity of our mighty Deliverer.

Invisible is explained as: not perceptible by the eye; hidden.  Though He is not seen by our eyes, He is held, as we house His Holy Spirit in our hearts.

The only God, the one Supreme Being, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, speaks for itself.

Be honor, is to give credit or distinction; to give the highest respect and reverence unto Him.

Glory, is to give adoring praise or worshipful thanks; which is altogether an appropriate attitude and posture to hold toward our awesome and glorious God.

Forever and ever – is without ever ending; eternally.  That is our hope in Him, that we will one day dwell in His presence for all eternity.

Amen means: it is so(definitions provided by dictionary.com)

This is a most wonderful time of the year to indeed give all credit and worship to our Creator and King, who is without beginning or end, is beyond being subject to death, is known in our hearts rather than seen with our eyes; who is all things forever; IT IS SO!!!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are.  You are so much more than mere words might mention.  Forgive us for not giving proper praise and honor to You – both our Creator and our King.  Teach us to trust You with all that we are, as You alone are so much more than we can imagine.  May we spend our days living and loving to give You praise.  Let our delight this season be sought in You, and may our joy be evident to others as we live in the light of Your love.  Lead the lost to Your love, and use us as extensions of Your hands.  Amen.  May it be so!

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