Love is Truth in Action

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. – (1 John 3:18, NLT) 

My children, our love should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do. – (1 John 3:18, ERV) 

My little children, don’t just talk about love as an idea or a theory. Make it your true way of life, and live in the pattern of gracious love. – (1 John 3:18, VOICE) 

 

Love is so much more than words. Though words can build up and encourage, the tangible evidence of love in action tends to last far longer than something that is simply spoken. Despite the tremendous value I hold in both spoken and written words, I find myself overwhelmingly assured of the truth of love spoken when everyday actions align. It is in the small and simple faithful gestures done in love, that truth is demonstrated over time. We can say whatever we wish, but if our actions do not align, the words are meaningless. However, when we choose love, again and again, through the things that we say and do, the recipients of our words and deeds cannot help but begin to believe the truth that they are loved. May we reach out and love others with the things that we do, just as God so graciously and generously loves each of us, so that all may know that love is not just an idea, but rather a reality intended for us all. 

 

May the Lord’s great love,

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Photo by Dee Jones of Open Door Photography ❤

Lead all that we do; 

So that our actions, 

Display loving truth. 

Though our words matter, 

Our deeds speak much more; 

For our follow through, 

Shows love’s open door. 

Let us choose to act, 

In word and in deed; 

Do all things with love, 

So God’s love’s received. 

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to a life of love – not just with our words, but with everything that we do. Thank You that You have shown us what it is to live a life of love through Your Son. Forgive us for the times that we have chosen to do anything that was less than loving. Teach us to trust You more, so that our words and deeds would be an extension of Your heart and hands to those around us. Show us how to love those around us with our very lives, making Your love tangible to all. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we rely on Your love and grace to love others with our every word and deed. Amen.

 

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

 

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. – John 15:12

The Unlikely Chosen

Then he told me, “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and hear Him speak. For you are to be His witness, telling everyone what you have seen and heard.” – (Acts 22:14-15, NLT)

Ananias told me, “The God of our fathers chose you long ago to know His plan. He chose you to see the Righteous One and to hear words from Him. You will be His witness to all people. You will tell them what you have seen and heard.” – (Acts 22:14-15, ERV)

Then he said, “You have been chosen by the God of our ancestors to know His will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the voice of God. You will tell the story of what you have seen and heard to the whole world.” – (Acts 22:14-15, VOICE)

 

Paul, who was previously known as Saul, had a divine encounter with God on the road to Damascus. His experience interrupted his entire system of belief. Where Paul had been persecuting people who were claiming this new Way, rather than living by a strict code of rules and rituals, he now too, had a first-hand encounter with the living God, and could not go back to what he formerly had known. God chooses seemingly unlikely people to interrupt in their tracks and touch hearts and lives. The incredible thing is, no one can dispute our own personal experiences. I imagine that is what made Paul’s testimony so powerful. People knew who Paul had been, were seeing a man transformed, speaking of grace and forgiveness, where he had once likely spoken of following the law or else. The remainder of his life was used to do exactly that – to tell the whole world of what he had seen and heard. Paul traveled far and wide for the times, and recorded much of God’s faithfulness in the New Testament. May we walk out our days with hearts wide open, ever willing to share our own story of God’s faithfulness to us.

 

With eyes wide open, Chosen With Purpose

May we walk along;

Trusting our Savior,

As He makes us strong.

When chances arise,

Share His faithfulness;

So others may know,

There’s help in the mess.

Help us to love well,

Be Your heart and hands;

Extend hope to those,

Who need see Your plan.

For You are so good,

No matter what comes;

Let us rest in You,

’til each day is done.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not call the equipped, but You equip the called. Thank You that we do not have to measure up to serve and honor You, but rather You transform us from the inside out as we pursue a life in You. Forgive us for anything that gets in the way of walking out that which You are calling us to do. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would listen and obey. Show us how to love those around us in a way that points hearts to You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we tell our own stories of Your faithfulness in our lives so that people may know of Your goodness and grace. Amen.

 

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

 

Listen… be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. – Proverbs 23:19

Blessings Beyond What is Seen

Blessings Beyond What Is Seen
When answers don’t come,

as we think they should;

continue to pray,

the Lord is still good.

Each prayer that we pray,

is heard by the Lord;

His tender heart hears,

and good He’ll afford.

For Christ, He answers,

the very best way;

as His ways are not,

always how we pray.

In hindsight we see,

great proof of His hand;

loving provision,

just as He had planned.

Seasons of challenge,

times of great trial;

demonstration of,

hope that is worthwhile.

In life and in death,

our hope is assured;

His love will not end,

our future secured.

Sometimes our blessings,

are found through such pain;

peace is provided,

and His love remains.

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” – (Romans 5:3-5)

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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 8:37-39)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though answers may not come in the way in which we hope, You hear our every heart cry, and answer in the way that is best. Thank You that in the times of our toughest trials, You are present, holding our heart and hands. Forgive us for missing the moments that matter, even in the struggle, and help us to clearly see how Your hand is holding us up. Thank You that our hope is not held here, but rather in our forever with You. Thank You that You are our strength and our song, even when we are weary and weak. May we honor You in all our ways, and may Your love shine through us in such a way, that many are drawn unto You. Amen.

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

Love Endures Always

One DayYour kingdom, everlasting,

Your dominion will endure;

through all the generations,

our hope in You is secure.

For You, O Lord, are faithful,

Your promises all are true;

Your love You pour out upon,

lift fallen that trust in You.

For when we choose to bow down,

before Him on heaven’s throne;

He provides and loves and leads,

each of us He calls His own.

The Lord is truly righteous,

and loving to all He’s made;

near to the broken-hearted,

from all darkness we’ll be saved.

Let every heart cry out,

and call upon Him in truth;

He fulfills righteous desires,

salvation is our great news.

(Responding to Psalm 145:13-19)

Dear Heavenly Father, Your faithfulness never ceases to amaze me, and Your provision is never late. Thank You that Your goodness and kindness are without end, and that Your promises do not change. Father we bow before You and place all our cares in crook of Your hand, and trust that You are more than strong enough to carry the weight of the world. Forgive us for thinking it is ours to carry, and help us to let Your love lighten our load. Thank You that Your yoke is easy, and Your burden is light. Thank You that salvation is available to all who believe and place their trust in You. May we model a trust that moves mountains through You, and may many come to embrace Your grace, as we extend Your love through our heart and hands. Lead us and guide us we pray, Amen.

Aine 4Anne update: Anne has grown far weaker still, and the pain continues to be amplified. Dear friends have traveled up from California to spend time with her, and the doctor has prescribed stronger pain medication that can be given more often. Our hope and prayer is for Him to provide relief. The sorrow is so heavy as I look at her once strong hands, now so frail and fragile when held in my own. Please pray that the Lord will walk her home quickly, rather than having her hold on in such anguish. Praise Him for His ongoing provision fore her care, and for the kindness and compassion poured out upon her as she lies in wait for the transition from this life to the eternal. God bless every faithful heart, for your prayers are sustaining Anne and all who gather ’round her.

Holding the hope for her homecoming in heaven, Shannon

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

Directions for Discernment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWalk in obedience,

to the Lord’s commands;

that’s love one another,

serve Him with heart and hands.

As from the beginning,

and still now it is heard;

love well one another,

to be true to His word.

His heart is for people,

and so ours should be too;

let us love with our lives,

may our hearts become new.

For when we are in Him,

we recognize what’s true;

He shows us what is false,

lest we’d be deceived too.

Keep eyes on Christ Jesus,

invest time in His word;

for He bestows wisdom,

to know what should be heard.

Steer clear of false teachers,

do not welcome them in;

such ugly deception,

will lead many to sin.

(Responding to 2 John 6-11)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your word that teaches us how we are to live and more of who You are. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who clarifies and solidifies what is truth from You. Forgive us for not always being tuned in to what Your Spirit is saying, and teach us how to hear You well. May our time spent with You – in Your word, in worship and in prayer – provide wisdom and propel passion for truth. Help us to hear Your still small voice, so that we can be quick to decipher what is from You, and what is not. Protect our hearts from pride and ignorance, and deepen our wisdom in Your word and Your ways. May many turn to You as we are faithful to walk in truth. Amen.

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

Healed By His Hands

“But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.” – Mark 9:27

This verse is what follows the record of Jesus healing a boy from an evil spirit.  As the spirit left the boy, it made him convulse so violently that he appeared to be dead.  As He had done so many times before, Jesus reached out His hand.  As Jesus took the boy by the hand, the decidedly dead rose up to his feet.  From death to life with the touch of His hands.

How often does God still use an extended heart and hand to heal?

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– The phone call in the middle of a struggle that supplies strength

– A hug that offers hope in the midst of heartache

– That friend that comes and sits beside us in the face of fear, and fuels our fortitude to fight

These are but a few examples of His faithfulness to us, made tangible.  His touch extended through the voice, heart and hand of another.  Though He whispers to our own hearts, He sees our need to be known, and supplies His help and heart through His kids.

I know the reverse to be true as well.  There are times when I feel compelled, seemingly out of the blue, to call another, or send a message of encouragement.  Still other times, though I am not naturally a “hugger”, I am moved to draw near to another, extending arms and heart.  In those moments, He will use our willingness to walk where He has asked, to make tangible His heart and hands to the hurting.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to show the way and make a way for each of us to know You, and in turn, honor You with our actions.  Forgive us for the times that we shrug off a prompting presented by Your Spirit, and help us to hear and obey, on time.  Teach us to trust You and Your timing, and lead us to love as You are calling us to.  May our hands, hearts and words extend hope and healing to the hurting.  Let Your light and love be bright in us.  Amen.

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