Internal Investments Exceed External

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. – (Proverbs 31:30)

 

How we present ourselves, may or may not be the whole picture. We deceive even ourselves, if we do not look at our lives through the lens of Christ. The external, what is seen, grows weary and worn; yet in Christ, our minds and spirits may be refreshed and renewed, day by day. A woman who recognizes who the Lord is, and invites Him to be seated in His proper position in her life, operates as He is calling her to live. As we choose to allow Christ to reign in our lives, His gifts flow through us, and we bear fruit, as others too, may come to see and know who He is, and what He has done for us all. May we rise up in reverence for the Risen Lord, and invite Him to rule and reign in our every word and deed.

 

Be not deceived,Internal Investments Exceed External

by beauty nor charm;

false illusions,

that unchecked, bring harm.

Beauty, it fades,

and charm is deceit;

fearing the Lord,

is wise, praiseworthy.

Christ is our rock,

on Whom we must stand;

all other things,

are just sinking sand.

Rise up in faith,

in our Holy Lord;

all unto Him,

our shield and our sword.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though external things are fleeting, that which we invest in You, lasts forever. Thank You that as we grow in our understanding of who You are and how much You love us, You are pleased with our pursuit, and use us to turn and bless others. Forgive us for allowing the external voices to deceive our hearts into believing anything that would tie our value to what is seen on the outside, rather than what You are doing and have already done on the inside. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would make our priority the pursuit of You. Help us to love others well, just as You so completely love each of us. May many come into a saving relationship with You, Lord. Be exalted O God, as we see through deceit and beyond packaging, and grant us Your eyes to see and Your heart to love, as we walk in reverence of who You are and the splendor of all whom You have created. Amen.

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

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. – Job 8:21

Offered Unto You

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. – (Romans 12:1)

 

To offer our bodies as living sacrifices, is to set aside all of our own desires, to follow Christ. All of our energy, resources and trust, need be placed in His hands as we allow Him the proper position on His throne in our lives. Our decision to do so ought to be our response to God’s mercy; an act of awestruck worship unto Him. May we offer all that we are, in response to the magnificent mercy of our Maker.

 

God’s precious mercy,Offered Unto You

Jesus paid the price;

in thanks we offer,

living sacrifice.

We set aside self,

and give God our trust;

let go of desires,

and seek He who’s just.

May we be pleasing,

in all that we do;

our life as worship,

offered unto You.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are merciful and just, and that when we come before You, You receive us as we are. Thank You that You receive us as we come, as You view us through the lens of Your Son. Forgive us for not setting aside all of our own desires to follow Yours, and help us to submit all unto You. Teach us to trust You more, so that we give everything to You, and hold nothing back. Help us to put all that we are into following You, so that we don’t miss out on more of You. Lead us to love others as You so generously love each of us, and may many come to know You, personally, as a result. Be glorified, O God, as we give all unto You. Amen.

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

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. – 2 Corinthians 1:3