Fear is a Liar

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. – (Proverbs 29:25, NIV)

Fear can be a trap, but if you trust in the Lord, you will be safe. – (Proverbs 29:25, ERV)

The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. – (Proverbs 29:25, MSG)

Fear is a liar. It creeps in and tells us that we are not enough, and that we will never accomplish what we have been called and created to do. When we choose to trust in the Lord, we discover peace, provision and safety. The things that once brought fear can become sources of joy. In Him, we need not be afraid, but rather we can move confidently forward in all that He calls us to do and become. May we choose to listen to the voice of truth, and allow Him to show us how to overcome fears and persevere.

Choose let not the fear,

Of people and things;

Keep us from doing,

What is our calling.

Instead trust the Lord,

Who arms and protects;

Equips success,

As He knows what’s best.

Rise up in freedom,

Choose His strength and song;

Keep pressing forward,

In Christ, carry on.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we need not fear people and their opinions, but rather we need to trust in You. Thank You that we have been created and called with purpose. Forgive us for allowing the opinions of others to give fear a foothold. Show us how to listen to Your voice and trust in the truth of Your word. Teach us to love those around us in a way that encourages trust and chases away fear so that all might persevere. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we recognize the truth of who You are and silence the fears that are not founded in truth. Amen.

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

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? – Psalm 118:6

Trusting the Treasures of Truth

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“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 & 2:51.

Both Luke 2:19 and 2:51 contain nearly the same words.  Mary, the mother of Jesus, took note of all that was spoken about her Son.  She thought about every word, and treasured each truth in the hollows of her heart.

As a mother, I do treasure encouraging words spoken about my sons.  However, it behooves me to begin to imagine the belief that was being built up in Mary’s heart, as she was given wondrous words from both angels and strangers, who were delivering prophesies about Jesus.  Imagine attempting to hold in your heart the very idea that you son would also become your Savior?  What an overwhelming responsibility and a remarkable reality Mary held.

I can only attempt to imagine just how intentional she must have been in all that she said and did with and to her Son.

Though I am not raising the Savior of my soul, I do have two terrific boys that have the capacity to become mighty men of God.  I too, must treasure words spoken over each of them, and trust the leading and guiding of the Lord, by His Spirit, to raise them right.  All that I say and do must be intentional with the intent to raise them in the way that they are meant to go.  This only begins to happen when my heart is holding fast to Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your every word is worthy of being held and treasured in our hearts.  Thank You that Your every truth is meant to lead and guide us in the way we are called to go.  Teach us to hear, to trust, to treasure, and to obey, every word that You’ve written or bothered to say.  May our intentional obedience raise up righteous children who will move mightily on Your behalf, all the days of their lives.  Lead us in Your love, so that we too, will love well.  Amen.

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

Belief in the Broken Bread

“For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” – John 6:33

Just as our bodies need nourishment to live, so do our souls need His Spirit to survive.  The sacrifice and suffering of our Savior provided the path for His Spirit to dwell in the hearts of all who believe.

To nourish my spirit with the Bread of Life, I must by faith, trust the truth and follow the instructions of my Father.  His word wields power and purpose, and His Spiritprovides clarity and guidance in the way in which we are to go.

If I am loving God, I am spending time in His presence. When I am purposeful in my pursuit, I am more aware of He who dwells within me, and the path that He has laid out before me.
May we each indulge daily, in the Bread of Life, so that our spirits are amply supplied to love God and love people, according to His perfect plan.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son, so that we might find the necessary nourishment to live in Your powerful presence forever, as our souls soak in the significance of the sacrifice of Your Son.  Lead us to love like You, and may we too, share the Bread of Life with our brethren.  Amen.

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