A Longing Fulfilled

After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days He has shown His favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.” – (Luke 1:24-25, NIV) 

Later, Zechariah’s wife Elizabeth became pregnant. So, she did not go out of her house for five months. She said, “Look what the Lord has done for me! He decided to help me. Now people will stop thinking there is something wrong with me.” – (Luke 1:24-25, ERV) 

Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for the next five months. She said with joy, “See how kind it is of God to gaze upon me and take away the disgrace of my barrenness!” – (Luke 1:24-25, VOICE)

 

God’s miracle for Elizabeth and Zechariah, through granting them a son after many years of being barren, was a magnificent prelude to the miracle arrival of the soon-to-follow birth of Jesus. Elizabeth had gone from years of longing and hoping and waiting, to a space of hope fulfilled, when she likely no longer thought it possible. Though I have not experienced the heartache of infertility personally, I have had several friends walk through a similar season of waiting and hoping and longing. Like Elizabeth, some received their own miraculous blessing through conception, others discovered their miracle through adoption, whereas others, still remain in a space of waiting. My heart cannot help but celebrate at the thought of Elizabeth’s joy, at such a longing fulfilled. May we give thanks for the gifts all around us, and for those that are yet to come.  

 

A longing fulfilled, The Mirror of the Heart

Such wonder indeed; 

A hope that’s answered, 

God’s grace meeting needs. 

Needs birthed within us, 

Desires of the heart; 

Treasured reflections, 

Of where His grace starts. 

Seek Him in longing, 

Place hope in His Name; 

Wait and choose trust Him, 

He does what He claims. 

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the examples of real-life heartache and hope that You give us in Your word. Thank You that You are the same yesterday, today and forever. Thank You that You are the same God who has done countless miracles throughout the ages, and are present to make the impossible possible still. Forgive us for our frustration and lack of faith based on what we see. Teach us to trust You more, knowing that You are moving, even when we are unaware. Show us how to love those around us in a way that encourages hope, despite the way that things may appear. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for Your faithfulness, grace and presence that remains the same forever. Amen.

 

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

 

Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. – Joshua 21:45

Give Thanks Forever

You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give You thanks forever! – (Psalm 30:11-12, NLT)

Whether in a season of mourning or one of celebration, God’s grace remains present. His promises are steadfast and trustworthy, and no matter what we see, the joy always comes again. God does not want us to stay stuck in our sorrow. We all have hard stuff that we must navigate, however, He is faithful to walk beside us and supply the strength that we need to pass through the long and lonely legs of our journey. Incredibly, though the season seems long and arduous, when we look back, we cannot help but hold a heart full of gratitude for how far God has brought us from where we began. Joy rises is the recognition of His faithfulness, and our thanks and praise cannot help but be given a voice. May we lift our hearts and voices in songs of praise with thanksgiving, because He is good and He turns our mourning into great joy.

Despite what I feel,

Away with Anxietys Hold

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I’ll sing praise to You;

all that is sorrow,

You will get me through.

You’ll take my mourning,

and turn it to joy;

light in my darkness,

all hope to employ.

I’ll not be silent,

to You I will praise;

all thanks forever,

Keeper of my days.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You turn our mourning into joy. Thank You that You are our reason to sing praise and not be silent. Thank You that You stay beside us, be it in times of sorrow or celebration – for You are near. Forgive us for allowing our circumstances to dictate our heart toward You. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would give You thanks and praise in all things and at all times, for You are our reason to sing praise and not be silent. Lead us to love others as You love us, so that they too would find reason to sing and be grateful. May many choose to live their lives for You. Be glorified O God, as we sing praises of thanks to You in all things and at all times. Amen.

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

He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25