Encourage with His Sweet Songs

Encourage each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord. – (Ephesians 5:19, ERV)

Music is a miraculous gift that breaks down even the bulkiest of barriers. Though there is always music in my day while I travel from place to place in my car, it has been largely absent in my regular routine. About a week ago, on my way into Fred Meyer to buy groceries, something made me take pause at the small display outside of the electronics section. There before me, were small blue tooth speakers that were affordably priced. As I pondered the prices and products, the sales associate wandered my direction. He had helpful suggestions, and I decided to go ahead and make a reasonable purchase, as I had no other source to play music out loud in my home for myself, other than my phone.

Since that day, I have utilized this fantastic little speaker to blare worship music while I prepare for my day. It is remarkable how much better equipped I feel when I have been singing along with reckless abandon, and soaking in the sweet sound that floods my space as I ready myself for what lies ahead.

Interestingly enough, the first portion of the verse has also come to fruition over this week as well. A friend and I have been sending one another links back and forth for our favorite or most encouraging worship songs. It has been such a sweet exchange to be reminded of lyrics long forgotten, that speak truth that my heart needed to hear. My hope is that the same has held true for her. May we find ways to encourage one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs as we go about our day, and may we allow our hearts to sing and make music unto the Lord.

Encourage with songs,

Kari Jobe  - Click to listen to I Am Not Alone.

Kari Jobe – Click to listen to I Am Not Alone.

as the tunes give rise;

for spirits shall soar,

with truth, come alive.

Sing and make music,

from our hearts to His;

may we choose make known,

how worthy He is.

Share of psalms and hymns,

that speak what is true;

so hurting hearts hear,

Who will make them new.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You give us the gifts of Your word, music, and the ability to combine the two. Thank You for Your sweet presence that is made tangible when we choose to worship. Forgive us for neglecting the need within us to sing and make music in our hearts unto You, and the call to encourage others with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Thank You for showing me a new way that this can be done, practically. TeachJust Be Held us to trust You more, so that we would set aside the stuff that weighs us down and choose to allow our hearts to soar in song before You. Lead us to love and encourage others with Your words that meet them where they are and speak to their heart in a way that only You can do. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we encourage each other with songs that reflect Your truth, and as we sing and make music in our hearts unto You. Amen.

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

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; …my hope is in You all day long. – Psalm 25:4-5

A few more favorites:

Casting Crowns – Just Be Held

Amanda Cook & Bethel Music – You Make Me Brave

Mighty to Save

The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over You with singing. – (Zephaniah 3:17)

There are days when we just need to be reminded of how God is present, how much He loves us, and that He delights in us and saves us, as He sings over us.  That is some seriously loaded imagery.  First, remembering that God is with me, even when I am unaware. His presence is powerful, and He is able to do abundantly more than I could ever hope or imagine.  He is mighty to save, and He saves us from ourselves, our circumstances, and that which keeps our hearts from holding the truth of who He is and what He has done for each of us.  Just as a parent delights in their precious progeny, so too does the Lord delight in each of us.  His love can calm the most chaotic of hearts and minds, and bring peace to the weariest of souls.  Because we are His, He rejoices over us with singing.  We cannot do enough, nor be enough, but rather it is the Lord’s great love for His created, that propels His perfect love that He passes on to His people.  May we look to Him who is with us, delighting in us, quieting us with His love, and rejoicing over us with singing as He saves us with His might.
                                                                                                                                                                The Lord is with us,butterflies
He’s mighty to save;
He takes great delight,
in making us brave.
He quiets our hearts,
in His love, there’s peace;
as He sings to us,
we find sweet release.
May our hearts hold hope,
as we trust in Him;
for the Lord, He saves,
and starts from within.
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                         Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are with us, that You save us, and that You delight in us.  Thank You that You quiet us with Your love and rejoice over us with Your singing.  Thank You that You alone can settle our storm-ridden souls.  Forgive us for forgetting how very near You are, and not slowing down and simply sitting and soaking in Your sweet presence.  Teach us to trust You more, so that we will run to You, be it in times of blessing or chaos; for in You, there is always comfort and calm.  Lead us to love others so that they too may come to know the goodness and grace that is found in You alone.  May many choose to trust in You.  Be glorified O God, as we look to You in all things and at all times; for You are our mighty God who saves.  Amen.
He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25
 
 
 

Storm Be Still

Storm Be StillWhen sorrow rages,

much like a great storm;

and waves keep crashing,

heart heavy and torn.

Weariness has come,

as ache keeps raging;

the weight of the woes,

relentless, waging.

The flood keeps flowing,

desperate the need;

soul at last cries out,

“I’m done, Father lead.”

In but a moment,

all raging shall cease;

as tender His hands,

hold up and grant peace.

The storm shall subside,

and sweet calm will come;

reach out hands and heart,

to Comforting One.

For just as the sea,

couldn’t help but obey;

so too our sorrows,

each tear wiped away.

Wait in His presence,

in storm and in peace;

allow His great love,

wash over, increase.

(Responding to Luke 8:24)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Comfort and safe space, when the weather of the world wages war on our soul. Thank You that even in the moments of mourning, You are present, our place of peace. Thank You that when we cry out to You, You hear us and hold our heart and our hands. Forgive us for fearing we might feel too much, and help us to be aware of Your nearness when the weight seems unbearable. Thank You that You come and calm the storm in us, and allow us to be still in Your sweet presence. Teach us to trust You more, so that we are quick to surrender our sorrows to You. May our willingness to be transparent, allow many to see and come to know the holy hope that is held in You. Let many be moved into a lasting relationship with You, the Lover of our soul. Amen.

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

The Sovereign Shepherd

For when we are sheep,

Great Shepherd is ours;

defending our hearts,

from that which devours.

We are His people,

the work of His hands;

given safe pasture,

in dangerous lands.

Our God is sovereign,

He reigns over us;

meeting our great needs,

holy and righteous.

For none can compare,

to the great I Am;

Who forgives our sin,

grants us grace again.

May we place all hope,

in His mighty hands;

let our hearts rise up,

follow His commands.

For none can compare,

to our loving Lord;

Who heals the broken,

and makes lives restored.

“You My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, are people, and i am your God, declares the Sovereign Lord.” – (Ezekiel 34:31)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not leave us lost and looking for light; rather, You come close and draw us unto Yourself. Thank You that when we come to You and give You our trust, You shepherd us in the safe pasture of Your sweet presence. Thank You that no predator can penetrate Your protection when we allow You to guard our hearts and minds. Forgive us for allowing our hearts and minds to wander outside of Your safe space, and lead us back to the safety of Your embrace. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will follow wherever You lead and shine Your light in the dark spaces. Let the light of Your love in us, be a beacon for those ready to believe. May many come unto You, our great Shepherd. Amen.

Sassy Miss at the car show. :)

Sassy Miss at the car show. 🙂

Anne update: I am at a loss right now. Anne was exhausted after her long appointment and traffic-filled return trip home yesterday, so she needed to simply rest. My heart is torn, as I desperately wanted to see her, yet am thankful she was meant to rest, as I’m not sure how to hold seeing her far weaker still. Please pray for rest and refreshment for both Anne and those who are providing such loving care. May His peace and His presence be powerfully felt, and may her pain pass quickly. Thank you, wonderful warriors. Allowing His Light to shine in this darkness, Shannon

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

Majesty Moved from the Cradle to the Cross

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6

image by Diana Lovegrove

image by Diana Lovegrove

Faith is the foundation upon which the greatest gift exchange to ever occur, is built.  As we seek Him with faith, we are giving our heart, mind and soul to our Maker.  When we do, He rewards us with the incomparable gift of salvation and the permanent presence of His Holy Spirit.

This treasure who was entrusted to us, first as a baby, then as a mighty man (simultaneously being both spirit and flesh), who served and sacrificed for the sake of the seekers; went on to carry the cross to Calvary, and died our death, so that we might live.  As He ascended into heaven and took His place on the throne, He sent His Spirit to be our Counselor, our Conscience and our Comforter.  This holy exchange occurred so that we could one day dwell with Him forever.

Faith is found in the seeking, and the great exchange ensues as we surrender all to Him.  What a treasure too, that we, as broken and sinful souls, might come to please God, the Creator of the universe, as we are called clean through our believing and receiving of Him!  Our gift from Him, is far greater than anything we could ever give, yet He accepts what we offer, and is pleased.

May we each sit and soak in His sweet presence as we prepare our hearts for the remembrance of His most holy arrival.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we seek You, You grow our faith and grant us the greatest gift ever given – Yourself; the promise of Your presence now, and the hope held in heaven forever with You.  Forgive us for our busyness that bypasses the building of our faith.  Teach us to sit in sweet surrender unto You, as each day in You, is a glorious gift.  May our assurance in You, present peace to a world pressed by panic and pain.  Let our hearts lead the lost in love to a relationship with You that lasts forever.  Amen.

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