The Hand that Steadies

I cling to You; Your strong right hand holds me securely. – (Psalm 63:8, NLT)

I stay close to You, and You hold me with Your powerful arm. – (Psalm 63:8, ERV)

My soul clings to You; Your right hand reaches down and holds me up. – (Psalm 63:8, VOICE)

 

Much like a small child who has not quite yet learned to walk on their own, who reaches for the strong hand of a loved one to help steady them and hold them up, we too ought to do likewise with the Lord. Though we no longer need the help of a hand to walk, His nearness and His strength are necessary to navigate the obstacles that rise up before us. Just as a toddler has absolute trust in the hand that holds them, we too need to cling to Christ and trust that He has us in His outstretched hands. His arms are far greater than our adversaries and obstacles. As we stay close to Christ, we become acutely aware of His presence and His provision to persevere in all things and at all times. May we have faith like little children, as we trust completely in the nearness and greatness of our God to whom we cling.

 

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For Your strength is great;

Your hand holds me up,

Hope to celebrate.

His mighty right hand,

Reaches where we are;

Holds our heaviness,

Grants strength to go far.

No matter what comes,

Have hope and believe;

The depth of His love,

Too much to conceive.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we cling to You, You hold us up with Your mighty hands. Thank You that we can seek You in all things, and trust You to be our strength, our help and our hope. Forgive us for not coming to You in trust. Teach us to know in our hearts the truth of Your promises for ourselves. Show us how to love others well, just as we are loved by You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we cling to You and become aware of Your hands holding us secure. Amen.

 

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

 

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. – Psalm 34:8

Consistent Character Communicates Christ Without a Word

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. – (I Thessalonians 4:11-12)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Part of loving God and loving people, is living our lives responsibly. If we model a life that is rooted in Christ, working to honor Him in every area of our life, we will be witnessing to those around us, without a single word. His light shines through us, operating consistently as He calls us to do. People who do not yet know the Lord, will be much more receptive to hear truth from those they trust, because they have observed a consistent committed character that remains steadfast, regardless of what arena we are in. Our ambition ought to be to reflect His radiance in even the most mundane of tasks, as we do all things as unto the Lord. The joy, perseverance and hope that we hold, will not go unnoticed. May He be glorified in all that is done today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Let our ambition,Consistent Character Communicates
be a place of peace;
where we choose hard work,
and our cares release.
May we allow God,
in all that we do;
so all people see,
that His word is true.
For His light shall shine,
as we live for Him;
people will notice,
and want what’s within.
So, let us work hard,
in all that we do;
God be glorified,
may many seek You.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You want our whole heart. Thank You that You can utilize each one of us, wherever we are planted, regardless of what we do, if we simply choose to do all as unto You. Thank You that people who do not yet know You, notice a difference when You are in what we do. Thank You that You provide openings and opportunities to share Your love and truth with those who are looking. Forgive us for the times that we have not exemplified Your heart or Your character in what we say or do, and help us to move forward in Your grace, strength and love. May many who have not yet come to know You as King, find forever faith in You, as we live to honor You. Be glorified in all that we say and do, and help us be ever aware of Your direction for our lives. Amen.

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

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23

Love Always…

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“It (love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – I Corinthians 13:7

In our own strength, we cannot even begin to fathom always for anything.  It is only as we grow in His grace, that we can begin to imagine what that would be like.  God Himself is love, and He always…  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  He alone, always.

He is our protector and strong tower, our mighty fortress who will hide us in the shadow of His wings.  God is always worthy of our trust, because He is for us and not against us.  He is hope, for He provides the promise of the place He has prepared for us in His presence forever.  God never stops being God.  Jesus pressed on through the trials and the pain, to provide the way for us to enter relationship, and ultimately, eternity, with Him.

As a mom, I have gained a glimpse of what God must go through to protect His people.  For my boys, from the moment I was aware of their conception, I have done, and will do everything possible in my power to protect them and keep them safe from all that might try to come against them.  I can only begin to fathom the kind of fierce and protective passion that our Papa has for us, as His beloved children.

The always trusts, is a work in progress.  I trust, I doubt, I learn and I grow.  Each time I gain a deeper understanding of just how trustworthy He is.  Humans are flawed and broken, but He is not.  He alone is ALWAYS worthy of our trust.

Hope is the very thing that we have to hold onto this side of heaven.  There are no promises for a pain-free path.  In fact, we will surely face trials in this life, however, He has promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us, granting us hope from now until heaven with Him.

Perseverance comes as we are provided practice to press on.  If we never had trials, we would not grow and gain the gumption necessary, given by God’s grace, to persevere.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are love.  Thank You that Your love is perfect and presents us with a picture of what love really is.  Forgive us for our failures, where we have not loved as You have loved us.  Teach us to trust in Your protection so that we might hold hope and persevere.  Lead us to love like You, with a protective, trusting, hopeful and persistent love for all whom we encounter.  May people see You reflected in our love.  Amen.

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

Opportunity to Overlook Offense

“A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” – Proverbs 19:11

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When we submit and trust our trials to God, He grants wisdom so that we might extend patience, grace really; for He grants goodness as we overlook offenses.  (Not ignore, rather forgive and release to Him who is best suited to handle the offender)

This very verse has come to life in a new way for me this past week or so.  Last year, I had a student who pushed and pressed, causing me daily to draw deep breaths and depend on Daddy God to do the right thing.  Day in and day out, I was quick to recognize and encourage what he was doing well (when he chose to tune in), and tried with everything that is within me to convince him that he had to show what he knows for his brilliance to be made known.  Most days, it felt futile, yet I continued, convinced that it would somehow connect eventually.  By year’s end, I was just thankful for the close to the year, and ready to recover in the “rest” that comes in the summer months.

Fast forward to the first day of classes this year.  Whom did I see on my class list?  You guessed it, the same young man.  Once again I was reminded to repeat my daily regime of extending patience, regardless of the offense.  The first month of school felt very similar to the previous year, yet I was propelled (clearly by my Provider) to press on.  On a particularly perilous day, I recruited a dear ally to see if she might be able to get through to him with a one-on-one conversation.  At the start of the new week that followed, I encouraged this young man and his classmates to simply “buy in” to all of the activities we were to do throughout the week, and I assured them that they would see the benefit by Friday, as they each take a weekly comprehension test.

Imagine my awe as we walked through the week, no longer trudging, but steadily stepping, as this cherub had decided to be invested.  On Friday, as I graded their tests while they waited, my heart hoped for the results I knew they were capable of earning.  This young man, the very one whom for an entire school year I struggled, was my only student to earn 100% on this test!  My eyes must have shone with threatening mist, as I had the privilege of telling this beloved creation of our Great King, just how very proud of him I am.  Not only did I tell him, but I was honored to call home and brag to his mom about the wonderful week we had, and that her baby boy was my ONLY student to earn 100% on this particular test!

This week, the marvelous momentum has continued, and I am again in awe of how He so generously supplies not only grace and wisdom, but at times, provides proof that persistent obedience pays off!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You grant wisdom and grace where we need it most, and that at times, we are even blessed with the benefit of beholding before us the bounty that comes from obedience over time.  Forgive me for my moments of frustration, and lead me to continue to learn how I am to live and love like You.  May we all be equipped to overlook offenses and extend Your grace to those in desperate need of the great gifts found in You.  All glory and honor and praise to You! Amen.

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