Empowered to Love

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV)

The Spirit of God does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control. – (2 Timothy 1:7, ERV)

For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them. – (2 Timothy 1:7, TLB)

 

This morning, though earlier than my summer schedule, I woke feeling rested and refreshed. Normally, the night before the first day of school is a bit restless, and I struggle to sleep through the night. Perhaps sweet sleep came as a result of long hours invested in preparing my classroom over the last several weeks, with the final push to finish yesterday. Though I do not yet have chairs (hopefully stools) in my classroom, I walked away from school yesterday afternoon, feeling ready to pour into the lives of the kids who come into my class, just as I had poured into preparing the room. Additionally, I feel supported more than I ever have before. Not only do I still have an incredible community – through colleagues, friends, family and church, but I have a husband who is willing to jump in and do the difficult work and provide whatever support I may need. God loves me well, and makes His love tangible through my community. As I am loved, so I am empowered to do the same. May this be a year where each of us are empowered to love and enjoy those whom we are given to teach, fearlessly.

 

We’ve not been given,

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My classroom and favorite painting partner. ❤

A spirit of fear;

For God, in His strength,

Loves as He stays near.

He provides power,

Strength, wisdom and love;

Discipline, passion,

All grace from above.

Lead us in power,

Fearless to love well;

May joy be present,

As doubts He’ll dispel.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You equip us for all that You call us to do. Thank You that You empower us with strength, love and self-discipline to walk in Your way. Forgive us for our fearfulness and doubts, as You are our Source and our Supply. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would love fearlessly and listen carefully as You lead. Show us how to love those who seem less loveable, as we know You are especially fond of the hard and the hurting. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we love and enjoy each one whom You bring into our care. Amen.

 

 

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

Never tire of loyalty and kindness. Hold these virtues tightly. Write them deep within your heart. – Proverbs 3:3

He Has Given

image by Melody @ everydaywithgrace.com

image by Melody @ everydaywithgrace.com


God does not give us

a spirit of fear;

He fans into flames,

the truth that we hear.

His Spirit’s power,

to boldly proclaim,

the truth of His word,

without any shame.

With sincerest faith,

share of His great love,

for He gave His life,

His thoughts high above.

Be self-disciplined,

and follow His ways;

walk boldly in truth,

for all of our days.

As we have been saved,

willing may we give;

share of His great hope,

so others may live.

Grace be upon us,

as we follow Christ;

keep us from trouble,

let not sin entice.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” – (2 Timothy 1:7)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we choose to follow You, You equip us with Your Spirit, so that we may be bold as we grow in You. Teach us to walk in Your power, love and self-discipline, so that Your word is heard by all who long to hear. Forgive us for our fearfulness, and help us to grow in confidence in You. Thank You that You are always faithful, regardless of our faithfulness. Empower us to walk in truth all of our days, and may many come to know You and be saved. May we firmly hold the hope we have in You. Amen.

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