Walking in Love

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. – (2 Corinthians 13:4-5, NIV)

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. – (2 Corinthians 13:4-5, ERV)

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love; it’s never rude, crude, or indecent – it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs. – (2 Corinthians 13:4-5, VOICE)

 

Love is a choice that we have to make, day in and day out. It is not dependent on feelings or actions done for or against us, but rather a decision to love others as we are loved by God. He is patient and kind with us. God is not easily angered by our short-comings, and He does not keep a record of our wrongs. When we ask for forgiveness, it is done. If we are to act in the same way, we must have an “otherly” outlook. Choosing to be patient and kind, even when we aren’t feeling it, is being intentional to love. We are not meant to envy others, but rather to celebrate their blessings beside them. Everything good that comes our way is a blessing bestowed upon us, not something to boast about. If we keep score when others hurt us, we are not walking in forgiveness. Yes, we must be wise and not remain in circumstances where there is intentional repeated offense against us, but neither are we to keep stewing on hurts. Our charge is to love and forgive, in the same way we are loved and forgiven by Christ. May we ever look to the Lord to lift us up, so that we may choose to love others in the same way that we are loved by Him.

 

Keep not a record,

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Of others offense;

Instead choose to love,

When love makes no sense.

For the love of God,

Is patient and kind;

We are not worthy,

Of His love defined.

Love’s not dependent,

On what we choose do;

A beautiful gift,

Where He makes us new.

Called to do likewise,

To love anyway;

Forgive grievances,

Choose love each new day.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are a work in progress. Thank You that You love us through our highs and lows, good and bad, and You teach us to do the same. Forgive us for the times that we have been rude or proud, impatient or unkind, or held onto an offense against us that You intended for us to release. Show us how to walk in love, in all things and at all times. Grant us wisdom to know when to stay and when to walk away. Teach us to trust You more, as You are love defined. Lead us to love those around us with kindness, faithfulness and forgiveness. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to love others in the same way that You so faithfully love each of us. Amen.

 

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

 

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. – Psalm 36:7

Love Leads to Safety

He led me to a place of safety; He rescued me because He delights in me. – (2 Samuel 22:20, NLT)
God is gracious and He longs to lead us to spaces of security and safety. He rescues us from our chaos and brings order, because He delights in us. It does not always mean that He removes us from the mess we are in, but He does calm the storm within. However, when where we are is a place that is unsafe and unfit for our well-being, He will provide a way out, and lead us to a place of safety. Because we are His children in whom He delights, it is His joy to rescue us and keep us safe. It is never His desire to see us stuck in circumstances that are destructive, and He will lead us to safety if we are willing to listen to His voice. May we open our ears and hearts to all that He has for us, so that we do not remain in the spaces where we were never meant to stay.

When we find ourselves,Compassion in Confrontations

where we should not be;

we have to listen,

for God sets us free.

Christ shows us the way,

where safety is found;

He rescues in love,

from where we are bound.

We are His delight,

which is why He saves;

each of us hand made,

in Him, we’re made brave.

Rise up and be bold,

fear not as He leads;

for His ways are good,

and He meets our needs.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You lead us to places of safety, and that You rescue us because You delight in us. Thank You that though we find ourselves in destructive circumstances, You don’t leave us there to suffer in silence. Thank You that You desire to bring us out of such spaces and into the shadow of Your wings. Forgive us for turning a deaf ear to what You are calling us to do, or for being too fearful to move where You are leading us to go. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will rise up and follow wherever You call, knowing that You lead us to places of safety and that You give good gifts to Your children in whom You delight. Lead us to love others well, so that they may feel You kindness and grace through us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust You to lead us to places of safety because we are Your delight. Amen.

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

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6

Sing Out, O My Soul

Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings. – (Psalm 63:7)

 

It never ceases to amaze me when, despite chaos or struggles surrounding me, if I feel safe, songs rise up in my heart. The very space of safety that our hearts are able to hold, even when security does not make sense, is Christ’s presence so close, that we are in the shadow of His wings. It is here that we find rest, release the raw and the real that we are in, and discover His help, giving our hearts reason to rejoice. As we discover Christ’s help and how very near He is, we cannot help but sing praise for who He is and all that He has done. May we recognize His help, and sing praise to Him in the sweet shadow of His protective wings.

 

Sing out, O my soul,Gifts Given to Glorify

for safety is here;

in Christ’s sweet shadow,

He calls us, draw near.

His wings wrap around,

protecting us all;

our help and our hope,

He’ll not let us fall.

Sing out, O my soul,

may songs ever rise;

of Christ’s faithfulness,

and hope realized.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our help, and our safety. Thank You that You keep us close in the shadow of Your wings. Thank You that in that safe space, we can release all of our burdens and fix our eyes and hearts entirely on You, giving You the proper praise that You deserve. Forgive us for not recognizing You nearness, and for not singing out the songs that are ready for release. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will recognize the security we have in Your hands, and know how Your help is available and at the ready when we call on Your Name. May songs of praise be ever on our lips, as we choose to sing of Your faithfulness, even through the difficult. Lead us to love others well, just as You so wonderfully love each of us. May many come into a saving relationship with You, Lord. Be exalted O God, as we sing out to You from the shadow of Your wings, remembering always that You are our help and our hope. 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

Rest in the Rock

Rest in the RockFind rest, O my soul,

it comes from God alone;

for He is my Rock,

the true foundation stone.

He is my fortress,

in Him I will not shake;

my own salvation,

and honor He does make.

He’s my mighty Rock,

my refuge through the storm;

the place of safety,

my soul kept safe and warm.

Trust in Him always,

O people of the Lord;

He’s our Protector,

powerful shield and sword.

One thing He’s spoken,

and two things I have heard;

You, O God, are strong,

and Your love is a verb.

For our great reward,

bestowed from the Son;

is eternal hope,

for life’s race that we run.

(Responding to Psalm 62:5-8, 11-12)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Rock and our Refuge. Thank You that we may take shelter in the shadow of Your wings. Thank You that when we place our trust in You, we will not be shaken – even in the strength of the storm’s full fury. Forgive us for not fully trusting You in all things and at all times, and teach us to trust, as You alone deserve all of our trust. May we walk out our days trusting in Your strength, not our own; and may we live lives of love, just as You love us. Let those who are looking, see Your light shining through our love. In Your mighty Name, amen.

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

Priceless is His Provision

The reach of Your love

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image by Phangan Bookings

to the heavens on high.

Your great faithfulness,

holds the hand of the sky.

Your true righteousness,

is mighty like mountains.

And Your justice flows,

through eternal fountains.

Oh Lord, You preserve,

man, woman, child and beast.

Your set Your table,

and invite us to feast.

Priceless is Your love,

for Your love never fails.

You calm our rough seas,

and set wind in our sails.

You welcome us all,

to safe refuge You bring,

as You let us in,

the shadow of Your wings.

You grant us entry

to Your glorious light,

to sit beside You,

and partake in delight.

(Responding/paraphrasing Psalm 36:5-9)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Strong Tower and safe place, and that You welcome us to take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.  Thank You that You preserve Your people, and that You love and protect us and bless us.  Forgive us for forgetting just how great Your love truly is, and help us to each make time to sit and soak in Your sweet presence today.  Thank You that though our love may fail at times, Yours never does.  Lead us to walk in Your light, so that we may love others well.  As we do, may many come to know the hope we hold in You.  Amen.

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

The Compassion of Christ

“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.” – John 11:33  It goes on to say in verse 35, “Jesus wept.”

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In the earlier verses of John 11, Jesus told His disciples that Lazarus had died, but that He would give them even greater reason to believe that He was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God.  Despite His divine knowledge of Lazarus’s death, Jesus was still troubled and moved to tears when He faced the friends and family of Lazarus in the midst of their grief.  His compassion provided action.  First tears, then the touch at the tomb.  It took but three words, “Lazarus, come out!” to raise a man four days dead, back to life.

Healing and help does not always come when we think it should, nor does it look like we might imagine it ought to be.  The disciples likely thought He would speak the words, and Lazarus would be healed, rather than raised from the dead four days later.  Martha, on the other hand, thought that Lazarus’ healing would come when he would be resurrected at the last day, not then and there, only four days freshly laid in the tomb.

Regardless of whether healing happens during our earthly existence or in the eternal, God is compassionate, and cares for His kids.  He who created all the Universe with the touch of His hand, cares when we cry, when we sit, when we stand…

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are loving and compassionate, and that You come alongside us in the grip of grief or struggle, and grant us grace and wipe away our tears.  Thank You that You are not simply “God out there”, but You are God with us, right now, right here.  Lead us and guide us, teach us and hide us, so that we may know Your way and the safety in the shadow of Your wings.  Grant us compassion, so that we may better come to know the covering we have in Christ, and allow it to be our comfort as adversity arrives.  Amen.

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