Countless Expressions of Love

Many, Lord my God, are the wonders You have done, the things You planned for us. None can compare with You; were I to speak and tell of Your deeds, they would be too many to declare. – (Psalm 40:5, NIV)

Lord my God, You have done many amazing things! You have made great plans for us – too many to list. I could talk on and on about them, because there are too many to count. – (Psalm 40:5, ERV)

O Lord, our God, no one can compare with You. Such wonderful works and miracles are all found with You! And You think of us all the time with Your countless expressions of love – far exceeding our expectations! – (Psalm 40:5, TPT)

 

Whenever I pause to reflect on the wonders God has done, I stand in awe of the love and faithfulness He has shown me. As a visual learner, I have a tremendous appreciation for tangible reminders of God’s faithfulness – be it in writing, some sort of visual or the imagining of the altars of stone that were made so long ago to commemorate God faithfully seeing His people through a variety of challenges. Saturday, I had a tangible visual placed in my daily sight line, as a reminder of all that He has done. “The dragonfly has been a symbol of happiness, new beginnings and change for many centuries. The dragonfly means hope, change and love.” (- Why the Dragonfly) For me, in my life, this is the epitome of what God has done in my life. Knowing the symbolism behind the dragonfly, I have been gently reminded of His faithfulness to me at some incredibly pivotal times over the last few years. It seemed everywhere I went, I would see beautifully colorful dragonflies; overseas, out of state, and locally. After life took a turn that I had never imagined, God walked me through and brought me to a place of change, happiness and new beginnings. Where hope had been dashed, it was renewed. Where love had been lost, it has been gifted to me in ways I never thought possible. God works wonderful miracles in ways we would never think possible. His blessings far exceed what we would hope for when we trust in Him. May we ever seek the Lord and give thanks for the wonders He has done, for none can compare to the Lord.

 

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To none can compare;

Wherever we are,

God will meet us there.

In the deepest depths,

Or on mountain top;

His love, unfailing,

Grace that will not stop.

Beyond all His love,

His blessings abound;

Our Grantor of hope,

Where new life is found.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and grace and Your unending faithfulness throughout all our days. Thank You that no matter what comes, You are faithful to be with and see us through in ways far greater than we could have thought possible. Forgive us for losing sight of who You are and how You love, when we are in the heat of our own battles. Teach us to trust You more and continue to show us tangible reminders of Your goodness and faithfulness throughout all our days. Show us how to love those around us, according to Your good and perfect will. May we be a blessing that is an extension of Your hands and heart to those in need of Your touch. May many come into a lasting relationship with You.  Be glorified O God, as we give praise for who You are and how You love, and remember the new that You bring us into. Amen.

 

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

 

Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. – Psalm 25:5

Thankful for New Beginnings

As my pastor finished up a series about miracles yesterday, the final subtopic was The Miracle of New Beginnings. Much of the teaching tied into baptism and how as we choose to surrender our life to God, the submerging in the water is the representation of a dying to oneself, and then as we come up, there is an ushering in of a new beginning. This takes place beyond baptism. When we choose to surrender whatever it is that is creating a barrier between us and God, we are willingly allowing the former to die so that new life may burst forth in Him.

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” – (Revelation 21:5, NIV)

I am so thankful for His promise to make everything new. It is easy to get caught up in the struggle of where we are stuck, and forget that God is for us, and that He never stops moving on our behalf. As we choose to surrender each space of struggle unto Him, we create room for Him to come in and move miraculously on our behalf. Sometimes His movement is a slow and steady stream of small steps in a direction that is barely detectable until we stop and look back at our journey thus far. Other times, He comes in like a flood and flips our world upside down, in the most unexpected and beautiful of ways. Either way, He is trustworthy and true, and for who He is, let us give thanks. May we listen intently to all that He asks, so that we surrender all that is in the way of our walking with Him. Thanks be to God, who makes everything new!

Don’t stay in the stuck,grow

of where we once were;

for God is our help,

our safety assured.

When we surrender,

our stuff and our lives;

God makes all things new,

our hope He revives.

No matter what’s seen,

He’s moving for us;

choose death of the old,

and new in Jesus.

He cleanses our hearts,

He renews our minds;

He grants us all hope,

His glory divine.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the God of new beginnings. Thank You that You have made the way for us to surrender all unto You, and watch what You will do to make all things new. Thank You that You move miraculously on our behalf, even when we are unaware. Forgive us for our unwillingness to surrender our struggles or parts of ourselves to You. Teach us to trust You more, so that each time the need arises, we will willingly surrender all before You, trusting that You will bring life where there is none. Lead us to love others with Your loving kindness. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we give You thanks for the mighty miracles You do as You make everything new. Amen.

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

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. – 2 Corinthians 3:5