Transformed by Tenderness

Transformed by TendernessThe grace of the Lord,

a refiner’s fire;

disciplines in love,

removing the mire.

Choose to be earnest,

hold fast and repent;

for He’s at the door,

His grace won’t relent.

Faithfully listen,

for His loving knock;

the door of our hearts,

open to His talk.

When we let Him in,

He will dwell in us;

dining together,

in His righteousness.

To overcomers,

He’ll share holy throne;

seated beside Him,

joy beyond what’s known.

(Responding to Revelation 3:19-21)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You welcome us as we are, yet You love us too much to allow us to stay this way. thank You that You correct and refine us so that we may more clearly reflect Your loving kindness to all. Forgive us for closing doors that we fear lead to things that will withdraw Your love, and help us to sweetly surrender all to You. Thank You that there is nothing that You will not forgive, nor that repels You from us, when we earnestly seek You and repent. Teach us to be wholly devoted to You, allowing You access to every area of our lives. Grant us strength to trust You, and a willingness to heed Your correction and direction, as we passionately pursue You. Let Your love be evident in each of us, and may many come to know You as a result of how we follow You. Amen.

My favorite hiking friend.

My favorite hiking friend.

Anne update: Anne was released from the hospital yesterday evening and has returned home. She is far stronger than when she went into the hospital on Sunday, but still has a long way to go. Please continue to join me in praying for her healing and for quality care from those He appoints in the meantime. Thank you so much, treasured friends.

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

Refined to Reflect

image by Beverly & Pack

image by Beverly & Pack

The Lord is my refuge

from the fiery darts;

fired forth from the wicked,

aim taken at my heart.

Though the bows may be bent,

and arrows set to string,

God will ever remain,

my righteous, faithful King.

As the challenges come,

may my heart’s one desire,

be to stay ever true,

through the Refiner’s fire.

Let my heart be upright,

may I faithfully race,

at the end of my days,

so my eyes see His face.

(Responding to Psalm 11)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hold our hearts in Your hands.  When challenges come, when wickedness wields its ugliness, You are still God, and You never leave us, nor forsake us.  Father, it is a season of struggle for so many.  Please make Your presence known, and may Your strength and peace permeate each person at their point of need.  Forgive us for our fear of the fiery darts.  Help us to see You as our shield and safe haven.  May we ever seek You, and in You, find rest.  As we remain resilient in Your refuge, may we be refined to better reflect You, our remarkable Redeemer.  May many come to know You and Your goodness through our faithfulness in the fight.  All glory and honor to You.  Amen.

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