Light in Darkness

Even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You. – (Psalm 139:12, NIV)

Even the darkness is not dark to You. The night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same. – (Psalm 139:12, ERV)

You can see in the dark, for it is not dark to Your eyes. For You the night is just as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to Your eyes. – (Psalm 139:12, VOICE)

 

There is such power in being reminded of the truth of God. It matters not what season we are in, be it one of joy or sorrow; God is present and He sees and knows our need. The people in my life are in a variety of spaces and seasons. For some, they are enjoying a time of blessing and peace, whereas others are in a space of struggle or sorrow or trial. Incredibly, the Lord is near for all, no matter the state we find ourselves in. He is faithful and kind, loving and full of grace. Peace is possible, even in the eye of the storm, and He light can illuminate the darkest of circumstances. May we ever seek the Lord and trust in His love to light the way.

For mom, the light that God is using to demonstrate His nearness, is the connection of her best friend in Wenatchee. She is so faithful to call and be intentional to contact mom, that every time mom mentions that she has spoken with June, her heart sounds lighter and more encouraged. I know there are others as well, she just happens to be the one that has been the most consistent and already had such a closely established friendship with mom.

 

Whatever season,

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More poster-making fun for my classroom.

We find ourselves in;

God will be present,

If we welcome Him.

Even our darkness,

Is not out of reach;

Of His loving light,

That provides peace.

So, turn to the Lord,

Whose love is complete;

In His perfect light,

We find safe retreat.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You see us the same, no matter what season we are in, and that darkness and light are the same to You. There is nothing nor any place too dark for You to see. Thank You that Your love illuminates dark spaces. Forgive us for forgetting that Your light dwells within us, even on our darkest days. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would seek You to strengthen and carry us through the storms. Show us how to love those around us, so that we may bring light and life to places that have become dark. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we love You and invest in our relationship with You, as that is what fuels our light within. 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

Challenged in the Waiting

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – (Psalm 27:14, NIV)

Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help. – (Psalm 27:14, ERV)

Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God. – (Psalm 27:14, MSG)

 

The last three months of my life have been a season of seeking the Lord for strength, and waiting. Even now, as I am away and enjoying a long-awaited escape with my husband for our anniversary, there is a sense of waiting for the Lord for what lies ahead. Because my life is not my own and I have committed to caring for my mom in this season, there is more waiting on God as we trust and seek and pursue His help, moving forward into the next step and season for mom. There are countless details that must fall into place in order to move mom from Washington to Oregon with my sister and her family, and His help is essential to orchestrate far more than we can do on our own. Though I did not actually have the opportunity to speak with my mom and sister yesterday, my heart and mind are never far from Wenatchee, and what is going on there. I am challenged to be intentional to be present here, right now, as I have not had this much time together with my spouse in three months. It is good, and exactly what we both need right now.

Yesterday was a light day for mom as far as therapies go, as I know her Friday calendar only held physical therapy in the morning. I know Nick’s plan was to continue to do some more work with the hemi-walker, but I imagine he did some training on exercises and the regular walker with Megan too. In fact, if memory serves me correctly, I anticipate that my sister was blown away by the progress she was able to witness yesterday with her own eyes, as the gains mom has made in walking in a few short weeks have been phenomenal. Mom is demonstrating in a very visible way, how to stay with God and not quit. Though challenged in the waiting, mom takes heart and trusts big.

May we all remember to wait on the Lord in strength, for He is strong and will provide all that we need as we wait and trust in Him.

 

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Stay strong in His might;

For we need not fear,

In His loving light.

No matter how far,

Nor impossible;

The Lord’s big enough,

To make possible.

Trust in His goodness,

And wait in His grace;

Seek the Lord always,

As He’ll make a way.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we wait on You, You give us strength and provide all that we need. Thank You that You supply rest and reprieve when we need it most. Thank You that You see and hear our hearts and love us in spite of our shortfalls. Forgive us for our fears and frustrations with the obstacles we see, rather than faith in what we cannot see. Show us how to place all in Your hands. Teach us to know what is our part to do and what we are meant to allow You room. Lead us to love those around us in a way that strengthens resolve and refreshes the weary. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we wait on You with the strength that You supply. Amen.

 

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

 

Lord, I wait for You; You will answer, Lord my God. – Psalm 38:15

Presenting the Path of Peace

Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness… and to guide us to the path of peace. – (Luke 1:78-79, NLT)

 

Christmas is our reminder of exactly this – that Christ, our morning light from heaven, was sent to us in our darkness to guide us to the path of peace. God did this not because we were worthy, but because of His tender mercy. This most holy season is a space where we are given a vehicle to spread His loving light to those entrenched in darkness. Acts of kindness and generosity are more readily received in the name of Christmas, than any other season. May we remember God’s tender mercy that was granted to us, as the morning light from heaven shone brightly upon our own darkness, and led us to His path of peace. In this space of remembering, let us go forth and extend His mercy, light and love to all whom we encounter, so that they too, may come to know His tender path of peace.

 

Let tender mercy,Truth and Light

direct all our steps;

may we choose to love,

through our thankfulness.

As Love came to us,

from heaven to Earth;

light came to darkness,

through sweet infant birth.

The Christ who shows us,

the path to His peace;

our Mighty Savior,

from whom light’s released.

May we each embrace,

the love of our Lord;

and go give away,

the peace He affords.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the tender mercy that You have for us. Thank You that You sent Your Son from heaven to Earth, so that we who were stuck in darkness, could come to know Your glorious light. Thank You that in You, we come to know Your guidance, as You lead us to the path of Your peace. Forgive us for hiding in our darkness, or for not reaching out to those who are stuck in spaces where there is no light. Teach us to trust You more for our protection and direction, and lead us to love others with Your tender mercy in a way that shines light into darkness and points people to Your path of peace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be exalted O God, as we embrace Your grace and go forth to give as we have been given. Amen.

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

They will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness. – Psalm 145:7

 

 

You are Chosen

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. – (1 Peter 2:9, NIV)

 

But you are His chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people belonging to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things He has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into His wonderful light. – (1 Peter 2:9, ERV)

 

All of us who have committed our lives to Christ, are counted among His chosen people, His royal priesthood. We have the privilege of not only belonging to God, but being granted the charge of sharing all that He has done to set us free from the darkness of our own sin as He has led us into His loving light. May we go forth and declare His praises, as He alone is worthy of all of our worship and praise.

 

To each who has come,Lose the Law Grab the Grace

and bowed at His throne;

a holy nation,

the Lord’s very own.

Called chosen people,

created to praise;

sent forth with the task,

to speak of His ways.

Let His love light shine,

wherever we go;

declaring His praise,

so all come to know.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the privilege of being called Your chosen people. Thank You that when we come to You and trust, You receive us, and we belong to You. Thank You that You allow us to share our stories of how You brought us out of the darkness and into Your light, to encourage others to seek You. Forgive us for staying silent when we are meant to speak, or for discounting Your ability to utilize us for Your good. Teach us to trust You more, and to recognize that it has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with You and who You are. Lead us to love and share Your light wherever we go, and may many come into a lasting relationship with You in the process. Be exalted O God, as we let Your love light shine. Amen.

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

You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence. – Acts 2:28

Live in Light

lighted pathOur God is the light,

the Light of the world;

no darkness in Him,

all sin shall be hurled.

If we claim the Lord,

yet live not in light;

our life is a lie,

our ways are not right.

If we are in light,

the shadows will fall;

together we’ll live,

His blood cleansing all.

If we don’t admit,

our failures, our sin;

we deceive ourselves,

granting hell the win.

Yet when we confess,

He’s faithful and just;

forgiving us all,

purifying us.

If we claim no sin,

we call Him liar;

His word not in us,

refining fire.

(Responding to 1 John 1:5-9)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are light, and that there is no darkness in You. Forgive us for flirting with darkness – be it in word, thought or deed. Help us to remember our desperate need to confess our unrighteousness, so that the barrier of sin between us, will be removed. Teach us to walk upright before You, fully immersed in Your loving light. Let Your light shine through us, so many may come to know the forgiveness and faithfulness that is forever found in Your love. May we live in Your light, and allow You to shine on our shadows. Amen.

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

Live in Light

image by MamaOwlPhoto

image by MamaOwlPhoto

We were once lost in darkness,

now are lavished in His light;

therefore live as His children,

steer clear of the deeds of night.

Focus on the fruit of day,

full of good and truth and right;

expose the deeds of darkness,

get caught not in evil’s plight.

Everything that is hidden,

will be visible one day;

so we need be wise in life,

and use care with what we say.

Make the most of each new day,

and understand the Lord’s will;

don’t give in to drunkenness,

instead, seek His Spirit’s fill.

Speak to each other, sweet words,

that encourage weary hearts;

sing and make music to God,

for our everyday fresh start.

(Responding to Ephesians 5:8-20)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your loving light comes and dwells in us, not when we are “good enough”, but whenever we choose to invite You in.  Thank You that You do not call the “qualified”, but You qualify the called. (all who trust in You!)  Forgive us for allowing our focus anywhere other than You, and help us to expose anything hidden in our hearts so that You may bring healing.  Help us to heed the wisdom and warnings You provide, and may we make the most of each moment we are given.  May our words and deeds demonstrate Your great love to those who are lacking, and may many come to live in Your light as a result.  All glory and honor to You, God.  Amen.

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

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Setting Free

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image by LaKeisha Rainey-Collins

Bent over and bound

for eighteen long years,

crippled by spirit,

forced low by fears.

Synagogue on Sabbath;

Why was she there?

Hoping for help?

Offering prayer?

Regardless of reason,

her moment begun.

Jesus, He saw her,

and told her to “come.”

She made her way forward,

likely painfully so,

then He laid on His hands,

and told infirmity to GO.

In that very instant,

her body was healed,

indignant the rulers,

as Christ was revealed.

They argued for rest,

though they, even they,

would unbind their livestock,

to water on this day.

Jesus replied,

“If the donkey, why not she?”

“For what Satan has bound,

I am now setting free.”

(response to Luke 13:10-17)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for yet another great example and reminder of how and when You heal is in Your time, not ours. You are not limited by our understanding, nor do You even need for us to come before You in a certain way. Thank You that regardless of the timing or the circumstance, You are our Healer. Lord Jesus, we continue to stand in faith, asking, trusting and believing for Your perfect and complete healing to happen for those for which we are asking. (I personally am lifting up Anne, Cara of This Little Light, Unshakable Hope, Martha of In Love With the Lord, and many others, for whom I cannot recall the blog titles at the moment. Thank You Jesus, that You know! Please feel free to add your personal prayer requests in the comment section, so that we can stand in agreement together) Be our peace and our strength as we wait, and may powerful praise be ever present on our lips. May our heart that is ever being transformed by You, clearly reflect Your loving light to those lost in darkness. Amen

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

Forgiven

Uninvited, public scornForgiven

entered in, letter worn.

Jar in hand, plan in place

redemption hope, despite disgrace.

Kneeling at the Savior’s feet,

scornful eyes, rising heat.

She wet His feet with all her tears,

released regret for all her years.

With her hair, she wiped them dry,

face downcast, would He reply?

She then poured out the fragrant scent,

while Jesus told them what this meant.

For the greater the debt that’s been erased,

the more deeply one may feel embraced.

The forgiveness of the woman scorned,

was the blessing of a life reborn.

(my response to Luke 7:36-50)

Dear Heavenly Father,  Thank You that throughout Your word, You give us countless examples of sinners saved by grace.  Thank You that if we come to You with a heart that desires change, You meet us wherever we are at, and are faithful to walk us through the darkness, and into Your loving light.  Forgive us for forgetting just how much it cost You, so that we can have complete access to You – to Your love, Your mercy, Your grace, Your forgiveness and Your ongoing goodness.  Help us to embrace what we have been freely given, so that we might walk victoriously wherever You call us to go.  Lead us Lord, and we will follow.  May many come to know Your full forgiveness and lavish love.  Amen.

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

The Light of the World

“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” – I John 1:5

image by Martha Orlando

image by Martha Orlando

God sent His only Son, Jesus, to be the light of the world. “Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable.  Darkness represents what is sinful and evil.  The statement ‘God is light’ means that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin.” – (NIV Study Bible footnotes)

Before the birth of Jesus, the light of God had to be pursued through perfect adherence to the letter of the law, accompanied by various sacrifices for shortcomings.  To live such a life was nearly impossible, and few found way into God’s favor.

Nearly two millennium ago, everything changed.  God out there, became God right here – Emmanuel, God with us.  His loving light entered earth as an infant, who grew into a man who instructed and taught us how we too, might live in His light.  In our sinful state, instruction was not nearly enough.  Without atonement and ongoing help, our own darkness would surely destroy us.  Not wanting even one of us to be destroyed by darkness, Jesus lovingly and willingly decided to die in our place.  Death could not defeat His deity, and on the third day, He rose again.  When He returned to the right hand of His Father in heaven, He sent us a helper through His Holy Spirit – to be our Counselor and Comforter.

Today, we have great reason to rejoice, as we celebrate the coming of Christ – the Light of life unto the world!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for sending Your Son to be the Light of the world.  Thank You for the life and death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the hope and help provided to all who believe by Your Holy Spirit.  May our love reflect Your holy light to one and all always, and on this Christmas night.  Amen.

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

Upheld as Upright Under God

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“The Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.” – Psalm 146:8

God grants grace and wisdom to see and understand His word and His way.  He heals, He holds up; He places people in positions to accomplish all that He asks.  Our Heavenly Father loves when we walk upright before Him, for His heart is to hold and help all of His created.  Because we have been granted the favor of free will, the choice is ours alone.  Seek God and be saved, or continue on our own and sink?

As we are faithful to follow Him, accepting the abundant blessings He bestows upon us through the sending of His Spirit to reside in all who ask, He empowers us to see, understand, and do, far more than we might have otherwise imagined.

His love is a flood that fuels our faith and finds way to ignite our internal flame; which is the very light within us that is meant to shine brightly before (wo)men.

When we bow down before Him, posturing ourselves in the proper place of submission to our Savior, He lifts our heads and hearts, and leads us in love to breathe life to the lost.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You open our understanding and give us eyes to see, not through our own tainted lenses, but through Your lens of love.  Thank You that You lift our hearts and heads, so that we might see the space You have set before us.  Forgive us for all that we say and do that does not bring glory to You.  Lead us, Lord, so that we may stay in the surrendered space that is always abundant in grace, and fan the flames that bring the brightness to the light within.  Teach us to trust, to faithfully go where we must, so that Your light will lead the lost to the promised paradise found in Your permanent presence.  Amen.

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