The Nourishing Word

But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” – (Matthew 4:4, HCSB)

Jesus answered him, “The Scriptures say, ‘It is not just bread that keeps people alive. Their lives depend on what God says.” – (Matthew 4:4, ERV)

Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” – (Matthew 4:4, MSG)

The thing about the word of God is that we must consume it regularly to have it securely planted in our hearts. I cannot count the number of times that His words have come to mind exactly when I needed them most. Yes, it is the whispers of the Holy Spirit that bring His words to light, yet it is my responsibility to be in the word so that there are promises and reminders available. Additionally, it is our filter to recognize what is and is not okay for us. He illuminates His words in our hearts and minds when we are facing decisions, difficulties and more. Yes, we need food, water, shelter and clothing to live, but we need His word to live life abundant in Him. The word of God is full of instruction, insight, praise, exhortation, correction, redirection and the incredible evidence of His everlasting love, goodness and grace for all who seek Him. I have always been exposed to the word of God, as I was raised in a household that valued attending church and being a part of said community. However, exposure is not what truly provides lasting nourishment for the soul. It has been well over a decade since I began making time in His word a part of my daily practice faithfully. I have had seasons where I would invest in a particular study, but this has now become part of my lifestyle. This blog is actually a way to remain accountable to continue to do so. Each post that is published comes from what God is showing me as I read and study His word. Some days I invest in long passages, whereas other days, I focus on the verse of the day. No matter which I do, God is faithful to show me how what I am reading applies to my life, a situation that is before me, or a reminder for me or someone that I care about. In all things, God is good and His word is essential to navigate this crazy, wonderful life. May we ever seek the Lord and spend time in His word, for He is faithful to reveal to us more and more as we invest in Him.

The word of the Lord,

Nourishes the soul;

It grants instruction,

Direction, and more.

For God is faithful,

As we choose seek Him;

He shows us what’s good,

And love enters in.

The Lord’s word delights,

Those who choose to seek;

Revelations come,

Give strength when we’re weak.

When we’re discouraged,

His word lifts our head;

Hope made tangible,

Through what can be read.

So, seek the Savior,

Spend time in His word;

For here life is found,

Love and hope are heard.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your word. Thank You that it is nourishment for the heart, mind and soul as we seek You. Thank You that there is so much more life made known when we consume Your word. Forgive us for the times that we have neglected to invest in knowing You more through Your word, or have hurried through what we were meant to chew. Teach us how to be intentional in our time in Your word, and reveal more and more of who You are and how You love as we do. Show us how to love those around us well, as You lead and guide us in Your love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we nourish our souls with the wonder of Your word. Amen.

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

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

Remember to Rest

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his(her) own work, just as God did from His.  Let us therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” – (Hebrews 4:9-11)

The whole Sabbath concept has always been a point of confusion for me in today’s fast-paced society.  During the week, I must rise extra early to spend intentional time seeking our Savior, and I rarely slow down until I am ready to go to bed at the day’s end.  Weekends are no better, as they are often booked, before they have even begun.  So, how am I meant to rest?

God’s rest, does not necessarily mean taking a nap or sitting in stillness.  Sometimes, rest in Him is found through fun family time, or a drive around town.  For me, rest comes more as my focus is found in Him, rather than by my body being still.  Yes, slowing down for some stillness is a good thing too, but being intentional with where my mind and heart wander, provide just as much peace, as the other.  Taking a break from the “have to’s”, and spending time on that which nourishes the soul, is another source of His rest.  Time spent writing, drawing or creating, also provide place for me to be abundantly aware of His presence.

May we find His rest,Remember to Rest 1

and each enter in;

refuge from busy,

protection from sin.

Let our heart’s intent,

be to seek the Lord;

in all that we do,

with Him, in accord.

Be it in stillness,

or drive around town;

may we seek His rest,

and His peace be found.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are no longer under the weight of the law, where we must do this or that in order to be acceptable unto You.  Thank You that You love us and receive us as we come, and You take us as we are.  Thank You that You want good things for us, including rest.  Forgive us for getting so caught up in the chaos of life that we forget to slow down and be intentional about our time in that which matters most.  Teach us how to prioritize, and where You would have us go to find rest in You.  Thank You that You are a creative God, and that rest for one, is not necessarily the same as rest for another.  May we each hear Your voice, and obey what You are asking, so that we might benefit from the rest that You provide.  May we be refreshed and ready to go forth in love, so that many may come to know Your goodness and grace, and enter into a personal relationship with You.  Be exalted, our perfect Prince of Peace.  Amen.

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