The True Look of Love

For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. – (John 3:16, NLT)

Yes, God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him would not be lost but have eternal life. – (John 3:16, ERV)

For this is how much God loved the world – He gave His one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in Him will never perish but experience everlasting life. – (John 3:16, TPT)

 

There is no love that has ever been nor that will ever be, that compares to the love God has for each of us. Many of us would give up tangible things that we care about for those whom we love, but I imagine none of us would willingly send our sons or daughters to those whom were against us, knowing that they would die. God gave all so that we would have all in Him. We have a free will that grants us the choice to either believe and receive the glorious gift that He has given, or to reject our redemption and run our own race. Even in that, I envision the vastness of the Father’s heart. He waits patiently for those who wander and welcomes each into His loving arms when we are ready to receive all that He has for us. May we fix our eyes on He who is love rather than on what the world attempts to define as love.

 

The true look of love, The True Look of Love

Is not from a store;

But comes from above,

And means so much more.

The greatest love known,

Is that which God gives;

Because of His Son,

We gain life to live.

As we choose believe,

Receive His great grace;

We’re set on the path,

To run well His race.

The glorious end,

Our true finish line;

Heaven forever,

Most Holy Divine.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You loved the world better than any of us could begin to fully comprehend. Thank You that everyone who believes in You gains life with You forever. Forgive us for allowing the world to define love for us, rather than looking to You for the truth. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would receive and believe all that You offer, so that we may go and love as we are called to love. Show us how to love others in a way that reflects Your goodness and grace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we receive and believe the greatest love ever given, as You sent Your Son to us to show us what love truly is. Amen.

 

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

 

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6

So Long, Sweet Aine

Sweet Aine

Sweet Aine

The faithful fight,

now knows its close;

no more in pain,

nor torments throes.

Such blessed rest,

yours to behold;

He takes your hand,

on streets of gold.

He waited near,

arms open wide;

for you to run,

unto His side.

Into His arms,

loving embrace;

you hear His heart,

and feel His grace.

You know each beat,

of His heart true;

as He holds close,

the perfect you.

Your hand He takes,

as you two walk;

He shows you all,

with loving talk.

All pain that was,

is now long gone;

in heaven, home –

where you belong.

So long sweet warrior, until again we one day meet…

The long and valiant fight of my dear friend, Anne, has come to a close. Last evening, I had the joy of holding her hand as she struggled to breathe her last breaths. She went from suffering struggle to perfect peace, in but a moment.

As I was praying for her during the day, seated by her side, God showed me such a sweet picture, and I was actually able to share it with Aine (On-ya), while she was still able to respond. I saw Jesus with outstretched arms, and Aine ran to Him, as a carefree child. He scooped her up and they twirled around and around. When they stopped, Aine rested her head over His heart and He held her close. He spoke and told Aine, “each heartbeat you hear, is just for you.” When she was ready, He set her down, took her hand, and led her along the streets of gold, showing her all that He had prepared for her.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are loving and merciful and so very kind. Thank You that You hate to see Your children suffer, even more than we do. Thank You for the amazing grace You give, and for the people and provision You grant us, O God, our great Provider. Thank You that all hope is held in You. Forgive us for our fear, and help us to embrace all that You offer, so that we may come boldly before You and rest in Your grace. May many continue to be moved toward You through the way we live our lives. Thank You that Aine was such a faithful example of how to place all hope in You. All thanks and praise to You, our perfect Prince of Peace. Amen.

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

Cherished in Beauty and Strength

Cherished by Amy Tyler

Cherished by Amy Tyler

Three things I desire,

from the Lord I must seek;

from anywhere else,

the outcome is bleak.

To be a beauty,

from the inside out;

drawing others near,

with heart that’s devout.

Peace, patience and love,

kindness, goodness too;

self-control and joy;

the spiritual fruit.

Next, to be cherished,

to be held so dear;

only our Savior,

forever is near.

For He holds our heart,

and knows us so well;

the hairs on our head,

the dreams we don’t tell…

Strength is another,

that must come from Him;

for when it’s our own,

it will soon grow dim.

Yet His strength endures,

the mightiest storms;

He will empower,

show us His true form.

(Scriptures referenced include: Galatians 5:22-23, Psalm 139:13-16, Psalm 28:8)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for wonderful reminders of what matters.  Thank You that You cherish each of us as Your children, and have created us with the capacity to bear the sort of beauty that draws others unto You – that which comes form the inside and produces fruit that lasts: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  May we be people who embrace spiritual beauty, rather than that which is fleeting.  Thank You for Your Spirit, who grants us the strength to bear good fruit and to endure every challenge that comes our way.  Forgive us for making comparisons and for our doubts, and please equip us with Your strength that sustains forever.  May we bear fruit that leads those who are looking, into Your loving arms, so they too may come to know the treasure they are to You.  Amen.

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

Two-Year Trial

When seated on trial

image by David Warkentin

image by David Warkentin

the false witness did fly.

Such slanderous speaking,

their story, falsified.

In power, Paul’s response,

uncovered every lie.

All heard the truth he spoke,

his words they’d not deny.

Felix, who knew the Way,

adjourned ’til later meet.

Paul ordered under guard,

so friends could meet his needs.

Felix came to visit,

with hope of gaining bribe.

Instead, he heard the truth,

required for new life.

When two years had passed by,

Festus succeeded him.

Felix wanted favor,

and left Paul in prison.

(Responding to Acts 24)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the examples of patience and faithful endurance that are presented again and again in Your word.  Here, Paul, who had done nothing wrong, was stuck under guard and in prison for two years.  What is more remarkable still, is despite his seemingly “stuck” space, Paul shared of Your goodness and truth, even with those who were imprisoning him.  Forgive us for whining or wallowing when we have to wait, or when things don’t seem to go our way.  Please teach us to trust and be patient in the process, and protect our hearts and minds from grumbling.  Lead us to live in love in all things and at all times.  May Your light shine brightly through us, whether we are in the darkest night or in the light of day.  Use us Lord, to lead the lost to Your loving arms of grace.  Amen.

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

Give Thanks In All Things

image by Megan/Brassy Apple

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus.” – I Thessalonians 5:18

This does not mean that we need to be thankful FOR all circumstances, rather, we are to be thankful IN all circumstances, for God is still our God – be it in blessing or in battle.  His love and presence remain, and for that, we ought to give Him thanks and praise.

Every evil attack against us is NOT from God.  He who is good and is love, has nothing to do with that which comes against us.  God, in His infinite wisdom, continuous kindness and lavish love for us, His kids, will keep close – as near as our next breath – through both the presence of pain and of plenty.  God’s very nature, His nearness, these are our reasons to be grateful and to give Him praise at all times.

There are times when the suffering or the struggle are making it seemingly impossible to stand, yet in Him, there is strength.  In Him, there is hope.  In Him, there is reason to reflect upon His goodness and grace.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our reason to give thanks.  Thank You that no matter what surrounds us or comes against us, You alone, remain with us, holding our hands and our hearts.  Forgive us for losing sight of You in our storms, and help our hearts to hold onto our hope in You, no matter what comes near – as You are our beacon that shows the way through the storm to the safety of Your loving arms.  Teach us to trust in You; Your strength, Your mercy, Your grace, Your great love for each of us that always stays the same.  May we give thanks IN all things and at all times, not FOR our circumstances, but for Your faithfulness to us in them.  May many come to know Your nearness through our lives lived in gratitude, despite our circumstances.  Amen.

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