Confident that He Hears

And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. – (1 John 5:14, NLT)

We can come to God with no doubts. This means that when we ask God for things (and these things agree with what God wants for us), God cares about what we say. – (1 John 5:14, ERV)

We live in bold confidence that God hears our voices when we ask for things that fit His plan. – (1 John 5:14, VOICE)

 

This truth is seemingly both a blessing and a curse. God is not a star to wish upon, nor a fairy godmother that grants our every whim; however, He is the One who sees and knows our hearts, and hears our prayers as we seek Him. We can be confident that our requests are heard when our hearts are turned toward His. That being said, there is always the struggle when we pray without ceasing for help or healing for someone who is ill or in need, and do not see the results that we hope He will bring. This is where faith in His unconditional love for us has to fill in, when the seeming lack of an answer leaves our hearts heavy and hurting. Yes, His ways are higher than our ways, and He knows each heartache before it happens. He does not cause our pain, but I believe that He uses those places where answers seem to have been silent, to strengthen our faith as He pours out His grace. Often, it is days, months, years or even decades later, that God brings beauty from our ashes where it seemed answers were absent. May we be ever confident in our God who hears, and trust in His unfailing love for us all.

 

We have this great hope, Rediscovering Dreams

In our God above;

He hears each request,

And listens in love.

Though often answers,

Don’t look as we’d like;

He knows what is best,

And will make things right.

On the darkest days,

His glory still shines;

His purpose and plans,

Are loving; divine.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can be confident that You hear our every prayer as we seek You with a heart after that which is good and pleasing in Your sight. Thank You that Your love is not dependent on whether or not our prayers are answered according to what we want to see. Forgive us for our doubts and disappointments when prayers seem to go unanswered. Teach us to trust You more, even in the most painful and difficult of circumstances. Show us how to love and support those who are in the midst of the wait, or who feel as if their prayers have fallen on deaf ears. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we are confident that You heart us, and trust Your will, regardless of what we see before us. Amen.

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

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; …write them on the tablet of your heart. – Proverbs 3:3

Accept Each Other With Love

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. – (Ephesians 4:2, NLT)

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love. – (Ephesians 4:2, ERV)

 

God calls us to walk in humility and gentleness. We are meant to have patience with one another, and accept each other, despite one another’s faults. The only way to love as He has called us to love, is if we are dependent on Him. Patience, acceptance, humility and gentleness are all modeled by Christ and given as we seek and trust in Him. All that is needed, He will supply, if we depend on God to be our Source. Often it is a matter of asking to view others through His eyes, before we are able to find patience and acceptance to love as He loves us. May we seek the Lord and His heart for all, as we pursue His plan to walk in humility and gentleness, having patience with one another, accepting each other with love.

 

Each of us are called,Faith and Hope in Action

With humility;

To choose gentleness,

As how we should be.

Then there is patience,

We’re called to extend;

Accept each other,

With love that won’t end.

Don’t seek to find fault,

But rather forgive;

Do as God has done,

Love well as we live.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus showed us what it is to be humble and gentle. Thank You Jesus that You modeled patience with people, regardless of their faults, because of Your love. Thank You that You do not call us to anything that You are not also willing to equip and empower us to do. Forgive us for not being humble or patient, or for our lack of gentleness or acceptance of others in love. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would view others through Your eyes, rather than our own. Flood our hearts with Your love and compassion for all whom we encounter. Show us how to love well, everyone with whom we interact. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we walk in humility and gentleness, extending Your patience and acceptance of one another in love. Amen.

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

Because of the tender mercy of our God, …the rising sun will come to us from heaven. – Luke 1:78

Away from Worthless Things

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to Your word. – (Psalm 119: 37)

 

In this fast-paced, media-blitzed, over-commercialized time of year, this particular verse is especially powerful as a point of prayer. All of the so-called “gotta haves” that are out there, are temporal things. Christ is the reason for the season. He is eternal, and as we fix our eyes on Him, and seek to live according to His word, His plan, and His way, our life is preserved in His promises and His peace is present. The frenzy that fights for footing is fought off when our focus is where it belongs. May we fix our eyes on the eternal, rather than the worthless things that do not last.

 

Let not the sparkle,

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of the worthless things;

steal my attention,

from where freedom rings.

Jesus, fix my eyes,

on You and Your word;

preserve well my life,

in promises heard.

May Your peace be near,

as we come to You;

teach us what matters,

what’s righteous and true.

May all of our hope,

be held in Your hands;

as we seek to live,

in line with Your plans.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have given us the greatest gift the world has ever known, and that though we do not deserve it, freely You gave. Thank You Jesus, that You willingly came and laid down Your life for ours, so that we could come to know life everlasting in You. Forgive us for fixing our eyes on worthless things, things that we covet or make more important than You. Teach us to fix our eyes on You, Your word, and being obedient to all that You ask, so that we may be a fragrant offering before You. Lead us to live and love according to Your will, and may many come into a saving relationship with You as a result. Be glorified O God, as we turn away from worthless things, and fix our eyes on You. Amen.

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

As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. – James 5:11

Give Thanks to the Lord

Give Thanks to the LordGive thanks to the Lord,

for He is so good;

His love will always

remain as it should.

A love unfailing,

great deeds for His own;

He satisfies thirst,

feeds hunger that’s known.

For those in darkness,

who call out to Him;

He breaks away chains,

brings light to what’s grim.

Give thanks to the Lord,

for His gracious deeds;

for the freedom brought

to captives in need.

Those in rebellion,

who’re suffering so;

cry out to the Lord,

afflictions will go.

Give thanks to the Lord,

for His healing hand;

with songs of great joy,

praise Him for His plans.

For those in the storm,

where peril surrounds;

cry out to the Lord,

so lost may be found.

Give thanks to the Lord,

for He calms the storms;

with a single word,

new hope shall be born.

The afflicted are healed,

the needy are saved;

the upright see God,

and give Him all praise.

(Responding to Psalm 107)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your love for us is unfailing and unfathomable. While we were Your enemies in darkness, You chose to love us and send Your only Son to be our light, our hope, and our salvation. Thank You that though we deserve it not, You lavish us with Your love. Forgive us Father, for our rebellious hearts, and please help us to firmly fix our eyes on You. Let us live out our days in the light of Your love, and may many be led unto You as a result of our obedience. All praise and thanks to You, Lord. Amen.

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