Known with Purpose

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. – (Psalm 147:4, NIV)

He counts the stars and knows each of them by name. – (Psalm 147:4, ERV)

He sets His stars in place, calling them all by their names. – (Psalm 147:4, TPT)

 

If God, the Creator of the heavens and earth and all that is, knows each star and calls it by name, how much more does He know us, His created? God is aware of even the seemingly most insignificant details; “And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30) Love alone, drives such care and concern for who we are, and everything about us. He knows how we were knit together, and He has already called it “good”. Each one of us were born with a plan and a purpose – with gifts and talents to share with the world. Our charge is to seek Him to discover what we have been created for, and then to go forth, and do whatever it is, in love. As a teacher, especially as I wear my art teacher hat, I have the opportunity to help each student who enters my classroom discover that they are an artist. Some come in with a preconceived idea that they have zero artistic abilities, and I spend the entire semester working to help them discover that there are more mediums in art that drawing. Additionally, art is in the eye of the beholder. To one, Picasso is the most profound, whereas to another, Monet or Degas have been deemed the best. God set us all in place too, and He knows us each by name. His care goes far beyond the knowing; He loves so that we can become the very best version of ourselves. May we ever seek the Lord and His loving kindness, so that we can live life in our strengths and purpose with love.

On the way back from a grocery trip with one of my boys, I was able to reach mom on the phone. It was great to talk to her and hear her voice, and I know that it was a bonus for both she and Lucas to speak with one another. Eager to hear about the start of school, much of the conversation was spent answering questions posed by mom. She caught us up on her day, and was pleased to let us know that she had been working hard on walking and other therapy exercises. Her determination and strength are inspiring, and part of the gift of how she was intentionally designed. We continue to pray for the details to fall into place, as mom is still in limbo, waiting for in-home therapies with actual therapists.

 

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Who hung all the stars;

Made us with a plan,

Purpose that is ours.

Designed with intent,

Wonderfully made;

Fully we are known,

As His love’s displayed.

May we each go forth,

And pursue His plan;

Love with intention,

Each day as we can.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You know and love us so well. Thank You that all of creation has been designed intentionally, and is fully known by You. Forgive us for somehow forgetting just how vast the expanse of Your love and wisdom reaches. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would faithfully pursue You and all that You have for us. Show us how to love well, so that we may walk out our days with purpose in a way that lifts up and encourages those around us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to lead us to love and grow into all that You have for us. Amen.

 

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

 

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. – Philippians 2:13

 

* A song that comes to mind as a reminder of this truth, is Stars, by Skillet. ❤

 

 

Doing As We Were Designed to Do

For we are God’s masterpiece. He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do good things He planned for us long ago. – (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)

 

Every one of us has been intentionally designed. Our strengths, our dreams, our attributes, our personality and our determination are all part of the masterpiece constructed by our Maker. Even more, when we submit our lives to Christ, we are made new in Him. All of the weathering and damage that we have done to the Lord’s artwork up to that point, is wiped away – we are made new. As we choose to embrace this space of being a new creation, we are able in Him, to go forth and do the things that He designed us to do, before we had life and breath. May we rise up and go forth in the plans and purposes that we were designed to do, as we embrace His grace that has made us wonderfully new.

 

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We all were designed;

Planned with a purpose,

God’s goodness aligned.

Then there comes a day,

When we have to choose;

To receive the Lord,

So we are made new.

All of the wreckage,

The scars and the dirt;

The Lord wipes away,

And shows us our worth.

There is no measure,

But rather a call;

To love as He loves,

Great purpose for all.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are Your masterpiece – each and every one of us. Thank You that we are created anew in Christ when we choose to follow You. Thank You that as we are invested in You, You equip us to go forth and do the good that we were designed to do. Forgive us for our lack of gratitude for our lives and how You so specifically designed each of us. Teach us to have grateful hearts for the new that we have in You, and for Your strength and capacity to do what You designed us to do. Show us how to walk out our purpose, daily. Lead us to love others as You so lavishly love each of us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek to serve and honor You as we were designed to do. Amen.

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

Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. – James 5:13

Ask

Ask.  Ask big.  Ask bold.

Ask, and you will receive whatever you ask in prayer. (Mt 7:7) 

He is able to do immeasurably more than you are able to imagine.(Eph 3:20)

Ask Him.

These are the words ushering in my new year.  There are some things, obvious things, that I began asking, praying out loud with a renewed

image by Anne's Vintage Elegance

image by Anne’s Vintage Elegance

fervor and faith, as I drove home from our New Year’s Eve service where I was given this word, individually.  However, I find that there are hollows in my heart that hold dreams that I don’t know if I am to dare divulge aloud, and actually ask for them to come to pass.  Are they my dreams, or His?  Will they bring glory to God, or to Shannon?  Despite the natural desire to love and be loved, to know and be known, I don’t want what is not mine.  Everything I am or ever will be, is because of how I was intentionally designed by our great God; so whatever I do, is actually a reflection of Him.  That being said, whatever I do, I desperately want to bring Him glory, not glory to self.

He is, I am not.  I live in this shell and am fully aware of my shortcomings.  For Super Spouse, Adventurous and Cautious, they likely could share some as well.  That being said, I also know that He has given me good gifts to use for His glory, and it is my calling to do just that.  Am I honoring Him with what He has given me?  Do I daily honor Him with the woman He has made me to be?  Some days, I feel like perhaps I am approaching a yes, then others, maybe not quite.  Fortunately, each day we begin again, and have a fresh start to allow Him to work in and through us, as we seek to honor Him in all that we say and do.  He loves us the same, whether we get it “right” or not.  He loves us so much that He died in our place, overcame the grave, ascended into heaven, and is in a constant place of petition before the Father, on our behalf.  He is asking, so must we.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You delight in us, and You give us good gifts.  Thank You that You speak truth in our lives through Your Holy Spirit as He whispers to our hearts, through Your word, and often through words given to us by trusted, solid believers on Your behalf.  Thank You that when the words given are biblically based and resonate true in our spirit, we can trust that You are conveying Your heart to ours, in love.  Forgive me for fearing to ask, as if it would be a bother to You.  Grant me a new boldness in the asking, and wisdom to know what to ask and when.  Thank You that You, the Creator of the entire Universe, are more than capable of answering what we ask, when we ask with an upright heart, for that which is good in Your eyes.  Lead us Lord, to ask, and trust, and believe, so that we may ever praise You in the wait, and as we receive.  May many come to call You Christ and King in the coming year.  Amen.

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