A Powerful and Purposeful Life

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)


The gifts God gives are abundant and beneficial. That which He deposits within us, by His Holy Spirit, provide all that we need to live a powerful and purposeful life in Christ. Some of the above mentioned gifts are a bit easier to embrace than others. As one who has grown up as an athlete, the self-discipline portion makes sense and translates well to my spiritual life. Creating time each day to spend in God’s word is as natural as knowing the need to run regularly prior to a big race. Life is an ongoing race, so the daily training is essential to successfully navigate each new twist and turn as it comes.


Love too, seems to flow freely, as it has been poured abundantly into me. Having a godly and gracious grandmother and mother, who model what it means to love with all that they are, has set the standard for how I am meant to love my own children, and all those whom I encounter. Additionally, I am blessed with a circle of church family and friends that demonstrate the love of Christ, tangibly, to one another and to the community in which we reside.


To set aside timidity is to stretch the borders in which this introvert dwells. It is only by His power, that anything of worth can be accomplished, and I have to constantly remind myself that “greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world.” It is only through self-discipline and love, that I am able to receive His power and say “yes“, when He asks anything of me that requires me to be bold. Ironically, this occurs daily, as the mere act of pressing the publish button is one of obedience, rather than of a desire to display my devotional life. By His Spirit, we can do abundantly more than we would ever imagine possible. May we go forth in His power, setting aside our fears and embracing His love, as we seek to submit to the Lord and live a disciplined life according to His good and perfect will.


For God does not give,Faith in the Fight

a spirit of fear;

but one of power,

as we choose draw near.

His Spirit is love,

and self-discipline;

to show us the way,

and keep us from sin.

Each time we choose love,

and set aside fear;

we show those in need,

how the Lord is near.

Lord, make us each bold,

strong in Your great might;

so we may run well,

and fight the good fight.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You did not give us a spirit of timidity, but rather You give us a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. Thank You that as we embrace Your Spirit within us, You accomplish amazing things both in us and through us. Thank You that we have the privilege of joining with You on our journey, and that it is Your joy to help us grow. Forgive us for our fearfulness and lack of love or self-discipline. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may be bold in Your power, and consistent in our faithful investment in You and Your created. Lead us to love others as You intend us to love. May many come into a saving relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we let go of our fears and embrace Your power and love through consistent time spent with You. 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

Accessing and Accepting the Gifts He Gives

With two ten-year-olds in our house, Christmas is always cluttered with a collection of new toys.  These treasures are the latest and greatest of the season (according to our delightful duo).  For the first few days that follow the unwrapping, all Adventurous and Cautious want to do, is play with said treasures.  However, when the excitement from all that is new wears off, these toys lie discarded and abandoned in the playroom, or become buried in a bin.  Once the gifts are out of sight, they seem to soon escape the minds also.

image by Sascha Neufeld

image by Sascha Neufeld

As Christians, we also have been given gifts that we have set aside and have all but forgotten.  Father God gives not the gifts of the tangible kind (though His blessings are abundant), but rather He grants our hearts and minds access to the things that matter most to aid us in remaining upright on this road – our journey called life, in which we hope to cling to Christ and one day claim our place in our heavenly home that He has prepared for each of us who believe.

“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

These gifts, or characteristics, are available to all of us by the Holy Spirit in us.  If we are to lead lives as He asks us to, we must embrace these treasures that He has already entrusted to us.

Though He has not given me a spirit of timidity, it is easy to find myself reverting to that silent space.  He has given each of us access to His power, and it requires faith to press in and be aware that it is already present.

His Spirit of love envelopes us, and allows us to see others through His eyes.  Though trying at times, I have discovered that the sooner I learn someone’s story, the more readily supplied I feel to love as I am loved.

Self-discipline is another gift that we ought to access daily.  It is a gift that grants us the grace to train our hearts, minds, and bodies, so that we may be best equipped to go and do all that He asks.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have great gifts for us that are always ready to be received, and are meant to be utilized daily, until our ultimate distance is done and we are standing before You face-to-face.  Forgive us for setting aside the treasures You have entrusted to us, and teach us how to access and accept all that You have for us.  May we use the gifts that You have given well, so that many may come to call You King.  Amen.

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