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To Fight the Good Fight

Last summer, much of my free time was spent driving back and forth to Seattle to spend time with my dear friend, Anne, and to take her to various medical appointments. Anne had been bravely battling stage four cancer for nearly nine years. Many of those years had been extremely victorious. However, the unpredictable and ugly disease had spread its corrosive cells throughout her entire body. Though Anne presented a valiant fight, the cancer was finding a foothold that nothing could seem to stop. By summer’s end, she needed a place to stay where she would not be left alone for long stretches of time, but rather where there would continually be a person present in the home. God provided the perfect place – a home with a loving Christian couple and their eldest daughter, who happened to be an in-home care medical person. Additionally, the new location was a mere fifteen minutes from my home, rather than forty.

 

One of the many things that Anne loved about their home, is that they would talk with her and spend time reading the Bible aloud to her, as she requested. There was a verse that came to be very significant to Anne as she became increasingly frail, and barring a miracle, it was apparent that her end was near. This morning as I read through the passages in my daily reading plan, there was a hitch in my heart as I came upon that particular verse. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – (2 Timothy 4:7) Anne, although her days were far shorter than any of us would have liked, she fought the good fight, she never wavered in her faith, and she finished her race strong, even unto her final breath. It is my prayer that I would learn from her example, and that no matter what comes my way, that I would continue to fight the good fight and keep the faith. When my days are done, I want to know that I have finished the race He has set before me, with no regrets.

 

Whatever we do,To Fight the Good Fight

may it give God praise;

with all of our heart,

for all of our days.

To fight the good fight,

means stay in the game;

trust that He is good,

have faith in His Name.

We must run the race,

that He’s called us to;

for He’s qualified,

and equipped to do.

View not the struggle,

nor look to the task;

instead to the Source,

our Strength as we ask.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have given us numerous examples of those who have gone before us and have fought the good fight, have finished the race, and have kept the faith. Thank You that this is not something that we are meant to do in our own strength, but rather in Yours. Thank You that You supply all that we need to stand strong and stay in the fight for as long as we are meant to run our race. Forgive us for allowing weariness to let our hearts wander off course, and help faith to rise up as we grow in our understanding of who You are, and just how much You love us. Thank You that Your mercy is new every morning, and that Your grace is enough. May we stand strong in faith in the fight, and run our race as You call us to run. Let Your love be what people see in us, and may many come to know You as their Lord and Savior, as our path points people to You. Be glorified through how we are running our race. Amen.

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

For the Lord your God will bless you, … and your joy will be complete. – Deuteronomy 16:15

 

 

 

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His Love Endures Forever

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever. – Psalm 136:1

 

The entire 136th Psalm is a series of thanks and praise for God’s faithfulness, followed by the phrase, His love endures forever. In the midst of the chaos of the coming close of the school year, accompanied by various other challenges, my heart is stirred to simply create my own list of thanks for His faithfulness, acknowledging how His love, does indeed, endure forever. Perhaps you too, might take a moment to reflect upon His faithfulness, and how His love endures forever.

 

To Him who grants me light and life on earth,His Love Endures Forever

His love endures forever.

Protected my babies before their birth,

His love endures forever.

Who provided a house that is our home,

His love endures forever.

Placed us in a loving church of our own,

His love endures forever.

Whom we can fully trust and call upon,

His love endures forever.

Who provides a place to teach and grow strong,

His love endures forever.

Supplies faithful colleagues, whom I call friends,

His love endures forever.

Granted family, Faithful knows no end,

His love endures forever.

To Him who lifts me each time that I fall,

His love endures forever.

And to the Holy, whom hears every call,

His love endures forever.

To the One who sees every tear that’s shed,

His love endures forever.

And to Him who’s leading this life I’ve led,

His love endures forever.

To the One who forgives my every wrong,

His love endures forever.

And to Him who deserves my every song,

His love endures forever.

All praise unto You, Mighty, Righteous One,

Your love endures forever.

To the blessed Savior, Jesus, the Son,

Your love endures forever.

To His Spirit, who shows what need be done,

Your love endures forever.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You thank Your love lasts forever. Thank You that it is a gift that You give to us, not because we are worthy, but because we are Your created, whom You love. Thank You that when we come to You and surrender ourselves unto You, You meet us where we are, and exchange our sinfulness for Your righteousness, making it possible for us to enter into Your Holy presence, always. Forgive us for not thanking You often enough for Your great faithfulness. Teach us to have an attitude of gratitude, always. Thank You that no matter what is going on around us, our hope is secure in You. May we live and love as You so faithfully and lavishly love us, and may many come to know Your eternal love, personally, as they enter into a lifelong relationship with You. Be exalted, Lord God, as our lives express songs of praise unto You. Amen.

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

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. – Psalm 34:8


An Attitude Adjustment

Though the story of Peter being called to go and share the good news in the home of Cornelius has an overarching theme that the gospel is for everyone, the thing that struck me as I read the account in Acts this morning, was Peter’s attitude adjustment, in such a short time.

Back in Matthew 18:1-6, as the disciples were traveling with Jesus, and learning and growing beside Him as He led them, they were arguing one day, about which among them would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Somehow, in all of the attention, their priorities had become askew. Jesus quickly set the record straight, “And He said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child will be greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” -(Matthew 18:3-4)

Fast forward past Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and the impartation of the Holy Spirit. While in Joppa, Peter had been assured in a vision that he was to go to the home of Cornelius, to share the good news of Christ. He willingly went with the men Cornelius had sent, when they had arrived to lead him. “As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. ‘Stand up,’ he said, ‘I am only a man myself.” – (Acts 10:25-26) Peter was quick to humble himself and point Cornelius to Christ. Despite the potential draw of being adored by such a powerful person, Peter prioritized the presentation of truth, and maintained his position of humility as a servant of Christ. Because of Peter’s willing submission to God’s call, Cornelius and his entire household came to Christ. Being a man of high position, I imagine Cornelius had a tremendous impact on many people.

Be humble and kind,An Attitude Adjustment

allow the Lord lead;

be willing to give,

as we see a need.

Trust Him to show us,

what we’re meant to do;

listen to His voice,

faithfully pursue.

Seek not position,

of honor, nor fame;

and if it’s given,

point straight to His Name.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Source and Supply, and the reason we are able to do anything good in this life. Thank You for such great examples of change, as You show us how to be more like Christ in what we say and do. Forgive us for not walking in humility, or for not giving credit where credit is due. Thank You that all good that we do, is done in Your strength, and that the life You are calling us to, is only possible in You. May we be invested in You, so that Your light shines through us. May many come to see Your light through our love, and ultimately, come into a lasting relationship with You. Be exalted, our great and mighty God. 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


Let Jesus Be Known

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May church and the home,

be places to learn;

where the truth of God,

we’re taught to discern.

As we are equipped,

we also should teach;

proclaim His promise,

to all whom we reach.

Let Jesus be known,

wherever we go;

show us what’s needed,

so we all may grow.

Grow in His wisdom,

learn how to give grace;

to be hands and heart,

to the human race.

No one discounted,

all people need much;

may His light and love,

be shown through our touch.

A handshake, a hug,

encouraging word;

may Christ’s loving heart,

be the voice that’s heard.

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” – (Acts 5:42)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and grace. Thank You that You love us just as we are, yet love us too much to allow us to stay steeped in sin, self-doubt and in lack. Thank You that as we come to You, and seek You with our whole heart, there You are, ready to love us to an abundant life in You. Thank You that this is a lifelong process, and that none of us “arrive” until we meet You face-to-face. Forgive us for expecting ourselves or others to have attained perfection at any point, and help us to give grace as You have given it to us. May we love others in such a way, that they might see You in all that we say and do. May many come to know You as their Savior and Friend. Amen.

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


Praise the Lord

Answers As We Ask
When heaven’s hope,

feels far from home;

through desert lope,

our hearts shall roam –

praise the Lord.

When darkness falls,

and hope seems lost;

when anguish calls,

and waves have tossed –

praise the Lord.

When out of steam,

all strength is gone;

as body screams,

can’t carry on –

praise the Lord.

When all is well,

and faith is found;

as silence fell,

heard heaven’s sound –

praise the Lord.

For life and breath,

and hope secure;

for earthly death,

as Christ is near –

praise the Lord.

Let word and song,

grant praise to Him;

right cover wrong,

shine light within –

praise the Lord.

(Responding to Psalm 150)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are worthy of all praise. Thank You that though our circumstances continually change, Your love and faithfulness do not. Forgive us for our fear and wavering faith in the fight, and teach us to trust You more. Help our hearts to praise You at all times and through all things. Let our lives lived in Your light lift eyes of the lowly, so that all in need of You, might come to truly see. For who You are, and all that You do – praise Your Name, O God. Amen.

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


Chicken Tales! ~ The Story of Nancy Luce – — Via Community Chickens

Chicken Tales! ~ The Story of Nancy Luce – (and a GIVEAWAY!) — Community Chickens.

This is a wonderful story and while it never mentions God, to me this is a portrait of a woman whom God provided for in so many ways. It is a reminder that God works in ways that we do not understand and  a great read. Here is another link to stories about this interesting woman!

The Muse of Island Chicken     Nancy Luce


Do you remember Woolworth’s?

YES THOSE WERE THE GOOD OLD DAYS. THEY ARE LONG GONE. 1957 Sandwich Menu from Woolworth‘s….
If anyone doubts what we paid for a coke and a sandwich at Woolworths
In the 1950s, here’s proof of the era we lived in.
I wondered who to send this to – who would actually remember eating at a Woolworth’s.
Isn’t it fun just to receive an e-mail that doesn’t make you crazy but just brings back good memories?
For those of you who are too young to remember. Too bad. You missed living in a wonderful time.
Can you believe it was in ENGLISH ONLY!


You Know You’re Getting Old When

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  1. You’re asleep, but others worry that you’re dead
  2. Your back goes out more than you do
  3. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walk into the room
  4. You buy a compass for the dash of your car/truck
  5. You are proud of your lawn mower
  6. Your best friend is dating someone half their age and isn’t breaking any laws
  7. Your arms are almost too short to read the newspaper
  8. You sing along with the elevator music
  9. You enjoy hearing about other people’s operations
  10. You would rather work than stay home sick
  11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge
  12. People call at 9:00 pm and ask “did I wake you?”
  13. You answer a question with “because I said so”
  14. You send money to PBS
  15. The end of your tie doesn’t come anywhere near the top of your pants
  16. You take a metal detector to the beach
  17. You know what the word “equity” means
  18. You can’t remember the last time you laid on the floor to watch television
  19. Your ears are hairer than your head
  20. When you talk about “good grass” you are referring to someone’s lawn

One Hundred Dollars

Daddy's missing something here...

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A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?”
SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”
SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “If you must know, I make $100 an hour.”
SON: “Oh! (With his head down).
SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $50?”

The father was furious.

DAD: “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? Read the rest at….

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Once There Was A boy (via ChristianBlessings)

Once There Was A boy Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with anxiety or the handle of faith. Henry Ward Beecher                Once there was a boy who always looked on the bright side and always expected the best. He expected to like Brussels sprouts before he had  ever tasted them, for instance, and to like his teacher on the first day of school. Because he ha … Read More

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For Being Father’s


What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called it … Dad

~~Author Unknown.~~

This is the most wonderful story of the love of a father outside the gift that God gave us with His son. I am the parent of a disabled son myself, though he isn’t as dependent as this young man. I know what it takes and how much you give! I also know how much you receive back and that is where those that look at the disabled as see something worth less than they think they are. I can tell you this, I got more back than I gave. My husband and I would not give up the rewards we gained for anything. Happy fathers day to all fathers, but especially to those who know the love like this!


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