Rise and Shine

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord shines over you. – (Isaiah 60:1, HCSB)

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. – (Isaiah 60:1, NIV)

Arise, shine, for your light has broken through! The Eternal One’s brilliance has dawned upon you. – (Isaiah 60:1, VOICE)

The glory of God lives in all who believe, and His light shines through those who are faithful in pursuing Him. His glory is made evident through our lives as we seek to follow after God and do His will. Just like the candle lighting at a Christmas Eve service, what begins as a single flame, soon can fill an entire space with lights burning bright. That single flame did not lessen, but rather it spread and shined all the brighter. The same is true with us. When we allow the Lord’s light to shine through us, it spreads, and the goodness of God is made visible to those around us. May we ever seek the Lord to shine His brilliant light both upon us and through us, as we rise up in the goodness of His grace and love.

O Lord, may Your light,

Shine bright upon me;

So goodness and grace,

Are made known clearly.

Let all that I do,

And all that I say;

Make love evident,

As I choose Your way.

Lead me and guide me,

With each step I take;

Flood me with goodness,

Each morning I wake.

Ever stay near me,

As I choose abide;

Show me each next step,

With arms open wide.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You shine Your lavish light upon us, and kindle the flame within us, so that we may shine brightly into the world. Forgive us for the times that we have kept the light of Your love hidden, or have withheld love when we were meant to shine. Teach us to trust in You to lead us well, for Your grace and goodness flood our hearts with Your light. Show us how to love those around us like You, so that many may come to understand the depth and breadth of Your overwhelming love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we ever seek You to shine upon us and through us as we navigate each new day. Amen.

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

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

Be Light

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – (Matthew 5:16, NIV)

In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. – (Matthew 5:16, ERV)

You are that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illuminate creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it. – (Matthew 5:16, VOICE)

What we do and say matters. When we choose to do all things in love, we are living out the light the Christ has placed within us. As we live and love well, the heart of Jesus is made known and His love is clearly shown. May we ever seek the Lord to lead us in His love so that His heart may be made evident through all that we say and do.

The light within us,

Has been made to shine;

So all that we do,

Points to the Divine.

Every good deed,

Should point back to God;

So others may see,

His love goes beyond.

Beyond what we know,

Abundance exceeds;

Imagination,

In Him we are free.

So, choose shine His light,

With each word and deed;

Make His goodness known,

For His love sets free.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to bring Your light into the world. Thank You that as we follow after You and depend on You, You provide opportunities for us to do things that make Your love evident. Forgive us for the things we have said and done that have hidden Your light where it was meant to shine. Show us how to live out Your love in all that we say and do. Teach us to love those around us with Your radiant light. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to show us how to be Your light wherever we go. Amen.

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

You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. – Matthew 5:14

So Love Shines Through

For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you showed for His name when you served the saints – and you continue to serve them. – (Hebrews 6:10, HCSB)

God is fair, and He will remember all the work you have done. He will remember that you showed your love to Him by helping His people and that you continue to help them. – (Hebrews 6:10, ERV)

Because God is not unjust or unfair, He won’t overlook the work you have done or the love you have carried to each other in His name while doing His work, as you are still doing. – (Hebrews 6:10, VOICE)

When we love and serve those around us like Jesus, He sees, knows and remembers. He is pleased when we love others as He has loved us. We do not do these things to get something, but rather it is out of the overflow of all that He has done for us that we are propelled to do likewise. May we ever be aware of the goodness of God and how He loves us, so that we may go forth and serve in love, helping those around us like Him.

The Lord is faithful,

He sees what we do;

Not for a reward,

But so love shines through.

Each time we choose love,

Show kindness and serve;

The Lord is well pleased,

For good is observed.

Not our own goodness,

But rather, it’s His;

To do what He’s done,

And give as He gives.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You show us Your goodness, kindness, mercy and love, over and over again. Thank You that it is from that place of knowing Your grace, that we are equipped and empowered to love and serve like You. Thank You that You see and remember and are pleased when we love others as You intended. Forgive us for the times that we have not. Teach us to seek You and trust You to lead us to love and serve well in every situation and circumstance. Show us how to love and serve each person we meet, so that they might gain glimpses of Your goodness. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek to love and serve out of the overflow of all that You continue to pour into us. Amen.

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

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

Meditate on What Matters

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“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” – Colossians 3:2

Our minds are meant to meditate on God and His ways, rather than on the wicked ways of the world.

Where our heart dwells, determines what will be displayed as we walk out our days, both before God and our brethren.  When our eyes, hearts and minds hold onto Him and His ways, there is a distinct difference that separates us from our sinful selves.  We are empowered and equipped to walk upright before Him, and shine His light brightly before everyone we encounter.

However, when our focus falters and we allow ourselves to get sucked into sin, or immerse ourselves into environments of darkness, our resolve to remain in our Redeemer becomes ruined.  Though we are in the world, we need not be of the world.

Our gaze, our focus, our very foundation is formed based on where we make our mind dwell.  When my morning begins before my Beloved, even my breathing reminds me of the blessings beheld in each brand new day.  If my day is chaotic, and I bypass beginning my day with my heart and mind before Him, it seems it is easier to succumb to the ways of the world.  Standing in the midst of unkind utterings, rather than either speaking out to stop it, or step away, I seem stuck.  I need Him – His thoughts, His ways, in the forefront of mind to stand firm and be a light before men (and women).

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the very One above on whom we are to focus our minds, as we move deeper in our faith in You.  Thank You that as we do, we find freedom from fruitless things, and are better able to walk away from wickedness, and wield the weapons of faith.  Forgive us for allowing our eyes, ears and hearts to behold anything other than that which is good and pleasing to You.  Keep us from becoming ensnared in earthly things, and allow our hearts and minds to hold only that which encompasses eternal value.  May our faithful obedience lead the lost to Your loving light.  Amen.

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

Live in the Light

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“But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” – John 3:21

When we live the life that God is calling us to, walking in truth and love, His mercy and grace are made evident so that He is what is seen in us, through all that we say and do.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

We are called to be genuine and transparent – not pretending to be perfect, nor ones who have it all together.  When we are really real in both our struggles and our successes, and give proper glory to God alone, His heart and help become evident, and His light is more clearly seen in and through our lives.

I want to walk living in His light, so that others too may be led to the light of His love, now and forever.  This is only possible if I am completely dependant on Christ.  On my own, the lens that allows His light to shine through me, becomes blocked.  Yet when I am surrendered solely to my Savior, it is the He in me, that others see.

Anything good that is visible in me, is only viewed because it has come from Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Source of strength, and that You alone supply what we need in order to shine Your light into dark spaces.  Lead us to live in Your light of truth, so that Your heart is heard in all that we say and do.  Teach us to walk transparently before You, and lead us to love like You.  May we be Your vessels that make plain the view to Your goodness and grace for all.  Great are You, God.  Amen.

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