Refreshing Reign

Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for He has given you the autumn rains because He is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. – (Joel 2:23, NIV)

So be happy, people of Zion. Be joyful in the Lord your God. He is good and will give you rain. He will send the early rains and the late rains as before. – (Joel 2:23, ERV)

People of Zion, shout with joy and happiness in the Eternal, your God; the drought is over; He has sent the early autumn rain as a sign of His faithfulness. He has poured down heavy rain, autumn and spring, as before. – (Joel 2:23, VOICE)

 

This verse is a great reminder of not only the faithfulness of God, but of the heart we ought to have for His goodness. Autumn rains represent a refreshing for dry and weary land. God is faithful to do the same for us and in us, as He brings refreshment when we are weary and abundance where we are lacking. I am especially encouraged by this today, as yesterday was an extraordinarily long day, and discover I am feeling a bit weary as my fingers falter in finding keys as I type. He is faithful, and I know He will provide the refreshment needed to navigate today. May we ever rejoice in the Lord and His faithfulness, for He sends us refreshing rain in due season.

 

When weary and dry, No Matter What Comes

Refreshment shall come;

Our God is faithful,

As shown by His Son.

Let us give Him praise,

Choose ever rejoice;

For He sends His rain,

As we lift our voice.

All thanks be to God,

Who is ever near;

Brings His refreshing,

Makes His goodness clear.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and grace that sends refreshing rain down upon us to lift us up when we are weary and worn. Forgive us for forgetting where our strength truly lies. Teach us to trust and rejoice in You; always. Show us how to love those around us in a way that extends refreshment and strength in dry and weary spaces. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we recognize the remarkable faithfulness found as Your pour out Your refreshment upon us. Amen.

 

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

 

He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right path for His Name’s sake. – Psalm 23:3

Rejoice in the Rain

Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rain He sends demonstrates His faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come… – (Joel 2:23, NLT)

Be joyful in the Lord your God. He is good and will give you rain. He will send the early rains and the late rains as before. – (Joel 2:23, ERV)

…Shout with joy and happiness in the Eternal, your God; the drought is over; He has sent the early autumn rain as a sign of His faithfulness… – (Joel 2:23, VOICE)

 

It is always a bit bittersweet when the first rains of fall arrive. We have had a long and lovely summer, and I am an outdoor enthusiast. Because the Pacific Northwest is notorious for wet and rainy weather, I cannot help but feel a tug of loss when the rain arrives, as I know that the sweet summer days have come to a close. This verse in Joel is a great reminder for me to celebrate the rain with gratitude, as it has also been a terrible fire season for much of the region. The rain has already helped clear the air of the smoke that hung heavy, and I imagine it will provide much needed aid in ending the fires that have been raging across our corner of the country. In every season there is reason to rejoice in the faithfulness of God, and autumn rains and their cleansing nature are certainly one of them. May we rise up with joy and give thanks to God, for He is faithful in every season, and the autumn rains are another reminder of how He demonstrates His faithfulness to us.

 

Rejoice in the rain, No Matter What Comes

That God sends our way;

With joy, give Him thanks,

For each brand-new day.

The Lord’s faithfulness,

Comes in autumn rain;

It washes things clean,

Makes all new again.

And where there’s been drought,

He brings to an end;

As the Lord in love,

His rain He does send.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness in each new season. Thank You for the autumn rains that bring refreshing, cleansing and water that is much needed for so many. Forgive us for our lack of gratitude for Your provision. Teach us to see new seasons through Your eyes, so that we would recognize the blessing and faithfulness that You are bestowing upon us. Show us how to love those around us in a way that showers them with blessings to end the drought in their thirsty hearts. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we rejoice in Your faithful provision of the autumn rains, and recognize the refreshment and healing that they provide. 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

Overflowing With Thankfulness

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. – (Colossians 2:6-7)

 

As today marks the final day of the 2014-2015 school year, I cannot help but overflow with thankfulness. It has only been by His strength, that the past few months have been possible. Being rooted, established, built up, and strengthened in Him, has made all the difference. Despite the deep valley that I’ve been walking through, God has been faithful to supply what I have needed each new day to guide my way. This journey is far from over, yet today’s mile marker is a sign along the way that continues to provide promise that perseverance pays off. May we embrace what we have received in Christ Jesus, and continue to live in Him; rooted, built up, and strengthened in the faith as we allow our hearts to overflow with thankfulness.

 

Amidst the valleys,To Persist in Prayer

the Lord shows the way;

if we draw near Him,

beside us, He’ll stay.

Be rooted, built up,

in faith be made strong;

allow what He’s taught,

to carry us on.

As we keep moving,

where Christ Jesus calls;

let thankfulness flow,

as He tears down walls.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we receive You as Lord and live in You, we become rooted, established and strengthened in our faith as You instruct us, and our hearts cannot help but overflow with gratitude. Thank You that You are faithful always. Thank You that You provide people to make Your heart tangible to us, so that we may see You more clearly. Forgive us for taking our eyes off of You when we are walking through the valleys in seeming darkness, and help us to fix our eyes heavenward. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may hold fast to the hope that lasts forever in You. Lead us to love others well, so that they too, may come to be rooted, established and strengthened in faith in You, as they see You made tangible through us. Be glorified O God, as we draw near to You in all things and at all times, becoming further fortified in our faith in You. Amen.

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

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

Trust in the Asking

God often calls us to step out in areas where we feel the most ill-equipped. Moses was a man who claimed to be slow in speech, yet God called him to go and speak to Pharaoh to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. He was being asked to speak not only before the powerful ruler of a nation, but to gather and speak before those whom he was called to lead as well.

 

But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on the mountain.” – (Exodus 3:11-12)

 

Moses felt inadequate and afraid for the task to which he had been called. God understood his fears, and assured Moses that He would be with him and that there would be clear evidence of His presence when all was said and done. God still does the same for us today. Though He calls us to that which we often feel the most ill-equipped, His presence is promised and His help, assured. It is far better to be in a scary space of total dependence on God, than a fearless space that we try to traverse on our own. May we rise up and respond in faith to that which Christ calls us to do, trusting that Him who calls us will also provide all that we need to navigate in the new.

 

God calls us to go,Trust in the Asking

where we think we can’t;

and asks us to do,

what we think we shan’t.

Inadequacies,

our personal fears;

the true barriers,

that make paths unclear.

Lord help us to hear,

Your promises true;

that You will be near,

to see us each through.

May we each rise up,

take heart and obey;

Lord, grant us the strength,

to walk in Your way.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that if You call us to do something, You will provide what is needed to see us through. Thank You that Your calling us to the difficult teaches us to trust and rely on You. Forgive us for focusing on our own inadequacies rather than on how great You are, and help us to reset our focus. Teach us to trust You more, so that no matter what You ask, we are willing to say “YES” and trust You to provide what is needed to accomplish what You are asking. Help us to love others as You so willingly and wonderfully love each of us. May many come into a saving relationship with You, Jesus, as we move in obedience, even when we feel ill-equipped. Be glorified O God, as we trust You in all that You ask of us. Amen.

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

Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, You who have done great things.  Who, O God, is like You? – Psalm 71:19

Called to Choose

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe day is coming,

where we all must choose;

will we live for self,

or share the good news?

For all will be marked,

a sign of our choice;

will we join in song,

praise Him with our voice?

Only the redeemed,

shall sing the new song;

those He purified,

who’ve renounced their wrongs.

To follow the Lamb,

we must hear His voice;

our ears are opened,

when we make the choice.

He makes us blameless,

and keeps our hearts pure;

when we trust in Him,

our hope is secure.

Let roar of heaven,

may the mighty sound;

be held in our hearts,

for we have been found.

(Responding to Revelation 14:1-5)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we have chosen You, we have no need to fear. Thank You that our hope in Your promises, provide permanent reason to praise You. Thank You that in You, our future is secured. Forgive us Father, for fearing the fire that falls all around us. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may stand firm forever, in the foundation You’ve forged in our hearts. May our souls soar at the sound of heaven’s song, as it resonates in the hearts of all who believe. Let our love be contagious, as You have shown us what love looks like. May many come to call You King, and present all praise unto You. Be glorified in all things and at all times. Amen.

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Anne update: Anne was able to attend church yesterday for the first time in a few weeks. She went to lunch with friends, following the service. Her move has been postponed until at least Tuesday, and she continues to be held in His strong hands, and loved well where she is. Please continue to pray for healing to be hers, and for His peace and presence to permeate her every pore. Blessings to you all, beloved friends. Holding all hope in Him, Shannon

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