Rise and Press On

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – (Psalm 73:26, NIV)

Maybe my mind and body will become weak, but God is my Source of strength. He is mine forever. – (Psalm 73:26, ERV)

I admit how broken I am in body and spirit, but God is my strength, and He will be mine forever. – (Psalm 73:26, VOICE)

 

Learning something new can be the most exhilarating and frustrating thing on the planet. I know from experience that everything worthwhile, requires hard work. Currently, I am in a space where the learning curve is a bit overwhelming, as my mind attempts to grasp all the new and I commit my body to conform to the physical demands that are unlike anything I have ever done before. Nagging aches and strains are challenging my resolve, and my mind’s capacity to recall play after play as it is called seems to be compromised. Despite my feelings of lack, weakness and brokenness, the strength He provides within me, drives me to press on. Each day is new, and He refreshes and rebuilds us in our spaces of lack and leads us forward in His strength. May we ever seek God in our areas of weakness, trusting Him to empower us to move forward forever in His goodness and grace.

 

On days that we fail, You Make Me Strong

Feel broken and weak;

Let’s trust in the One,

Provides those who seek.

For strength from within,

Is from God alone;

Forever He gives,

And makes His heart known.

Power presented,

To rise and press on;

Strengthening of heart,

Resolve is made strong.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we feel broken and weak, You are strong and You are our Source of strength to press forward in You. Thank You that You are our portion forever. Forgive us for our frustration with our own humanity, as we fall short and fail. Teach us to turn to You to be our Source of strength in our every weakness. Show us how to love and encourage those around us when they feel broken or weak. May many rise up and come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust You to be our strength where we are weak and give You all praise for Your faithful provision. Amen.

 

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

 

Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. – James 5:13

Security in the Storms

Praise HimIn the midst of the storm,

when wind and waves tossed;

the ship to and fro,

seemed all hope was lost.

Men stood in terror,

of each pounding wave;

exception of one,

faithful Paul, the brave.

Not in his own strength,

but through faith in God;

Who’d sent an angel,

told the path they’d trod.

He had assurance,

what God spoke was true;

Paul said, “Do not fear,

God will see us through.”

Do I rest assured,

when mighty storms rage?

Is my hope secure,

whenever wars wage?

He who can silence,

tumultuous sea;

is the still small voice,

dwelling inside me.

I need never fear,

for He is far more;

loves us through the storms,

rebuilds and restores.

(Responding to Acts 27:13-26)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You never leave us nor forsake us. Thank You that when we are in the eye of the storm, there You are, holding us in Your arms. Forgive us for forgetting how very near You are, regardless of what we feel, and help us to be acutely aware of Your presence, always. Teach us to trust in the throes of the storm and in the presence of peace. At all times, help us to be grateful for Your presence and Your power, which equip us to walk through whatever lies before us. May our trust in You lead us to love others like You, and may many in turn, come to know You as their Savior and safe space. Amen.

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

As I was writing, the song Praise You in this Storm, by Casting Crowns kept going through my head. Click the title to enjoy the song too. 🙂