Approach and Accept – for He is Good

image by Britt @ Encouragement for Everyday Struggles

image by Britt @ Encouragement for Everyday Struggles

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16

“Prayer is our approach to God, and we are to come ‘with confidence’.  Some Christians approach God meekly with heads hung low, afraid to ask Him to meet their needs.  Others pray flippantly, giving little thought to what they say.  Come with reverence because He is our King.  But also come with bold assurance because He is our Friend and Counselor.” – (NIV Study Bible footnotes)

One of our many blessings to behold this Christmas, (and always!) is our invitation to confidently approach His throne of grace, where we will receive NOT, the condemnation we deserve, but rather we will be met with the mercy of our Maker, and granted grace to guide us through our every need.  Because He dwells in the hearts of all who believe, we don’t have to go somewhere special to seek Him.  He hears every word whispered from the hollows of our hearts, and is permanently prepared to present us with His mercy and grace as we allow our hearts to ask Him.

He who came as a blessed baby boy, seemingly ordinary to the untrained eye, lived among us, grew mightily, lived, loved, led the lost, died, and defeated the grave so that the way would be made for each of us to come to know Him and His hope and help, that is held in open hands to all who come to believe.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You made the way so that we can come confidently before You for forgiveness, help, hope and healing.  Thank You that You know our needs individually, and that You are with us in all things and at all times.  Forgive us for our fears and for our flippancy, and fuel our faith so that we might come confidently and reverently before You, trusting in the truth that You are always good.  Teach us to be willing to both ask and receive all that You have for us.  Allow our hearts to hold all hope in You, and may it overflow to all who are around us.  May every heart hear Your hymn of hope this blessed Christmas season.  Amen.

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

Thanks Be to God

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

image by St. Gerard’s Choir

The worries of the world weigh heavily, when we do not willingly yield our cares and concerns upon Christ.  He who conquered sin and death, can carry the cares and concerns of His kids.  He longs to grant us rest.  He is humble and gentle, despite His dominion and deity over all.  He is never invasive, yet ever waiting, patiently, for us to place our trust in Him.  As we trust, we will find rest.  His yoke is not laden with the laments of the world, rather it is lavish in love and lends light to the lost.

Today, as we give thanks for all the good that has been granted in our lives, may we embrace the grace He has given through His promises, His presence, His peace and His protection.

A tradition found in the church of my youth, was the corporate declaration of thanks to God for the various gifts of grace that He had given.  As I have been enjoying the numerous declarations of gratitude that have been poured out this month on  various social media, my mind has been mulling over the many blessings that I have been bestowed.  The following is but a brief beginning of the blessings that are far too numerous to name:

For life and love, for God’s great grace;

thanks be to God.

For family and friends, and even foe;

thanks be to God.

For health and hope, for thwarted harm;

thanks be to God.

For faith and freedom, and future secure;

thanks be to God.

For home and hearth, for more than enough;

thanks be to God.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that even in this season of busyness and chaos, we can come to You, and find true rest.  Thank You that You restore our spaces of ruin and love us back to life.  Forgive us for not giving proper praise, where all of our worship, thanks, adoration and gratitude ought to have been given.  May we come to You and exchange our heaviness for Your hopefulness, and our hurts for health and healing in You.  Use our yielding to Your yoke to lead the lost to Your loving arms.  Amen.

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