Certain Hope

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” – (Hebrews 11:1)

Daily headaches have been a part of my existence for as long as I can remember.  Yesterday, as I had a check-up with a new neurologist, I thought it would be a simple in and out, as the migraines have been well-controlled with medication.  This mindful medical professional took the time to have an in depth conversation about not just migraines, but headaches as well.  She was horrified to hear that I have been living with daily headaches for so long.  As I described the nature of these headaches, she smiled confidently, and told me that she may have a simple and successful treatment that would bring an end to the daily clobbering in my cranium.  Immediately, I began to pray silently, as she described the procedure.  Rather than fear rising up, (which typically would be my response at the suggestion of a shot in the base of my skull), I heard myself telling her that I thought we should go ahead and give it a try.  His presence was tangible to me, and I knew that I could trust and believe that He is who he says, and that He would do what He promises He’ll do.

In His strength, I sat and waited for the procedure to begin.  Five times she cleansed the area hidden in my mass of hair, before she was ready to actually begin the injections.  What I thought would be just one, seemed to be a series, but He was with me and I did not panic.  Minor discomfort was the extent of the pain, and I didn’t begin to black out until she was nearly finished.  Thankfully, she was able to complete the procedure and have me lie down, so all ended well.

As I left the office, I felt a new sense of hope, knowing that God is doing something new.  Into the evening, the typical pressure the resides in my noggin, was somehow less.  This morning, I woke without the intensity of the typical ache.  He is my Healer, and for this and so much more, I give praise.

Believe in the One,Certain Hope

Who is ever true;

our heart in His hands,

He will see us through.

Always, He’s faithful,

steadfast to His word;

present as promised,

may praises be heard.

Be certain of Him,

through Him we’re secure;

in Him, we may hope,

our future assured.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we may place our faith in You, for You are who You say You are, and You do what You say You will do.  Though we do not see with our eyes, our hearts hold fast to the hope that is found in You.  Thank You that You are ever present, and that You never leave us nor forsake us.  Thank You that You strengthen and equip us for that which we are about to face, and You hold our heart and hand as we go.  Forgive us for allowing fear a foothold, and help our first response be to call on You, be it in times of trouble or times of peace.  May we walk by faith and not by sight, and may our lives lived in love shine brightly before all who are around us.  May many come to know You as their Savior this season, as they see the faithfulness of You, our Heavenly Father.  All glory and honor to You, our hope to which we hold.  Amen.

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

Let His Voice be Heard

image by John White

image by John White

A hardness of heart,

will come if we stray;

our greatest defense,

stay true to His way.

If left on our own,

we may get sucked in;

for a great resource,

each other, from sin.

Encourage others,

be true to His way;

keep heart so open,

hear His voice today.

Hold firm till the end,

lift each other up;

trust in the Father,

He’ll fill empty cups.

Let His voice be heard,

so hearts won’t rebel;

help one another,

fend off force of hell.

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” – (Hebrews 3:13)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we were created to be in relationship with You and with one another.  Thank You that You encourage and strengthen us, as we encourage and strengthen each other.  Forgive us for attempting to forge forward on our own, and help us to allow others to come along side and encourage us as we pursue You in all that we say and do.  Keep our hearts soft and sensitive to Your voice.  May our open obedience, as we live life in Your love, lead many to seek and find You.  Teach us to be united in purpose as we encourage one another in You.  All glory and honor to You, God.  Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present