“Show me Your ways, O Lord,
teach me Your paths;
guide me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are God my Savior,
and my hope is in You all day long.”
- (Psalm 25:4-5)
These words, penned by David as part of a prayer for defense, guidance and pardon, demonstrate the complete necessity to turn to God for guidance in all things and at all times. Despite some desperately shaky seasons in David’s life, he knew that the solution to each challenge, was to call on the Lord, and trust in Him to provide wisdom and guidance in the way in which he was meant to go.
When we ask the Lord to show us His ways, what are we meant to do? He has provided a primary guidance system for us through His Word, and when we spend time reading it and asking Him to show us new things, He answers – unlocking new understanding and insight that we did not have before. The more we know Him, the more deeply we trust and place our hope in Him. As we become aware of the magnitude of His majesty, we cannot help but turn to trust. Hope begins to hold fast to our hearts as we hear His beat for us, individually.
as I seek to know;
all of my days,
O Lord, help me grow.
Let wisdom come,
from rising sun,
’til the day is through.
May my heart seek,
earnestly each day;
Strength when we’re weak,
our purpose to pray.
You are my hope,
God, Savior of all;
courage to cope,
as You hear each call.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are willing to show us Your ways, and teach us Your truth. Thank You that You have provided Your Word and the way to be in constant communion with You, through the gift of Your Holy Spirit, granted through the mercy and grace given as Jesus sacrificed Himself on our behalf. Thank You that our hope is held in You alone, and that You will guide us and teach us if we choose to trust You. Forgive us for our lack of faith, or for our failure to fully invest ourselves into our relationship with You. Thank You that You withheld nothing from us. Please help us to do the same. Teach us to trust You in such a way, that we are willing to allow You into every area of our lives, granting You the reigns. May we walk in truth, and love as we are loved by You. May many come to know the heavenly hope that is found in You alone, as we allow You to lead. Let our lives speak volumes of Your mercy and grace, to those who do not yet know You. Be glorified, Lord God. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, You who have done great things.
Who, O God, is like You?
- Psalm 71:19
Each of us, whether we are aware of it or not, has an assignment. God has created and gifted each one of us with something special in mind. However, we are not born with an instruction manual, nor do we receive a special guide book at our moment of redemption, thus we find ourselves in a space of needing to seek Him to find out what He has planned.
We do have an instruction manual of sorts for our lives, as the Bible shows us how to live in love and trust in Him, among other essential things found in a life formed by faith. Also, because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are able to call out to God in prayer, any time, and ask whatever we need. The critical element in helping discover our given assignments, is the gift of the Holy Spirit. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – (Acts 1:8) When we invite Christ into our lives, we invite the Holy Spirit as well. Just as the early disciples received God’s power to do as He had called them to do, we too, can receive the very same power to do all that He is asking of us.
Three things that the disciples did, that we must still do today, are: to join together with fellow believers, pray together in faith, and wait. It seems that the first two are the easier of the three to manage. In this instant gratification society, waiting is a tough sell. Patience and perseverance are characteristics that seem a rarity, rather than the norm. The standards that were established all those years ago, still apply today. All things that are worthwhile take work and waiting. We are told that the same is true with our walk with Him. “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” – (Romans 5:3-5)
The disciples were told to go and wait after Jesus had ascended into Heaven. We also, are meant to wait on Him, when we need to know what comes next. As we are faithful to wait, the blessings discovered by spending time intentionally in His presence, are well worth the investment. He is faithful to answer as we ask, we simply must press in and persevere, trusting that He hears our every prayer.
then faithfully wait;
for His answers,
not early nor late.
for the Lord is good;
He knows our need,
we are understood.
to both heart and mind;
trust Him to touch,
He is gentle, kind.
God will equip,
us to do each task;
know what He says,
and do as He asks.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You made the way for us to be in a relationship with You, and that the very same power You poured out on the early disciples, is available, ready and dwelling in the hearts of those who believe. Thank You that You equip us for all that You ask, and that You strengthen and encourage us as we listen and wait on You. Forgive us for forgetting to slow down, or for growing impatient in the waiting. Teach us to trust in the wait, and help us to persevere, so that we may hold the holy hope You have for us. May we live in love as we walk in obedience to all that You ask, and may many come to know You as a result. Be glorified in all that we say and do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
“Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” – (Luke 18:1)
“To persist in prayer and not give up does not mean endless repetition or painfully long prayer sessions. Always praying means keeping our requests constantly before God as we live for Him day by day, believing He will answer. When we live by faith, we are not to give up. God may delay answering, but His delays always have good reasons. As we persist in prayer we grow in character, faith and hope.” (NIV footnotes for Luke 18:1)
According to dictionary.com, persist means to continue firmly in purpose, especially in spite of opposition. In my experience, this is how faith is further formed, and hope is given way to rise up. As we face opposition or difficulty, what we choose to do in response, determines the development of our character. If Jesus instructs us to pray and not give up, then regardless of how things appear, that is what we are meant to do. Faith requires action. First and foremost, our petitions ought to be presented before Him. However, that is rarely the end, but instead, just the beginning. As we seek Him earnestly, He often gives instruction as to how we are to move further in faith; the what we are meant to do as we wait.
trusting He hears,
despite seen delay.
He is faithful,
and always, He’s good;
let faith rise up,
our hope, understood.
When He says move,
do all that He asks;
we grow in new tasks.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are good and faithful, always. Thank You that regardless of what is going on around us, You have our heart in Your hands, and You remain present. Thank You that You hear our every prayer, and that You instruct us to be persistent as we pray. Forgive us for our lack of fortitude in the fight, and grant us Your strength and endurance in all things and at all times. Teach us how to be persistent in prayer, without endless repetition or whining. Thank You that You are a patient and loving Father, Who loves us, and continues to help us grow in character, faith and hope as we seek You. May we honor You in all that we say and do, and may many come to know You through our love and persistent petitions before You. Be exalted, Lord. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
“Give us each day our daily bread.” – (Luke 11:3) Though a familiar portion of the Lord’s Prayer, I imagine the depth of the meaning is rarely considered. Jesus was not simply speaking of physical bread, but He was referring to the daily supplication of all that we need – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Also, He does not say give us this year, a fortune; but rather He tells us to seek Him daily, asking for the provision of what is needed for this day – not tomorrow nor beyond. He wants us in constant communion with Him, not to store up treasures, become self-satisfied and then cut off our communication with God. Our Heavenly Father cares for us, and will hear our every prayer. It is up to us to press in and continue to keep the lines of communication open at our end. He is always listening; are we?
A bit further in the same chapter, Jesus says, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” – (Luke 11:9-10) These verses reiterate that He wants us to be in relationship with Him. He is generous and kind, ever ready to hear our requests, if only we are willing to come to Him and ask. God does not care if we are eloquent in speech as we pray, but rather wants sincere hearts that seek Him. Conditions are not placed upon us in order to come before Him; He tells us that EVERYONE who asks, seeks and knocks, shall receive, find and have the door opened unto them. What a comforting reminder to recognize that He daily, wants us to come before Him. He longs for us to desire to be aware of His nearness. This happens, the more that we get to know Him through intentional seeking, knocking, asking in prayer, worship, and the study of His word.
all that we need;
strength and supply,
to You, may we heed.
Daily, let’s seek,
our Savior, King;
bringing Him praise,
of faithfulness sing.
Knock on the door,
He’ll be right there;
to hear our prayer.
Ask of the Lord,
make your request;
He is faithful,
and loves us the best.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Source and Supply, and that You are always present and prepared to hear our prayer and answer what we ask. Thank You for Your unending faithfulness as our Father and King. Forgive us for not asking, seeking, or knocking when we need to come to You first in all things. Teach us to prioritize our time so that we may daily invest in our relationship with You. Teach us how we are to ask, seek and knock for that which You would have be our daily bread. May we be ever grateful for the good gifts that You provide us each day, and for the life and breath that we have in this very moment. May our attitude of gratitude lead those who are looking to ask, seek and knock – so that they too, may come to be in a lasting relationship with You. All praise and glory to You, our great and mighty God! Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
With friends losing those they love, this is an especially hard time. Even when we know that their future is in God’s hands, the loss is hard and deep. Please keep them in your prayers.
“Lord you know our every minute and hour, they are numbered and rest in your book of Life. We know that You love us each and everyone, we ask that You lend us Your strength to ease our pain and to remember that where they are going is a much better place. We ask this in our wonderful comforter’s name, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands” 2 Corinthians 5:1
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Wonderful day with no rain and many dedications!!At Uttlapalli Village, we dedicate church given by Vinita AG. Here last year we baptized in 55 gallon drum behind a tarp because hindus were upset. We gave to start church and it now runs over 50 adults and 40 children and growing weekly.One crippled girl from birth, 4 weeks ago can now walk.We prayed for infilling of Holy Spirit and heaven was so real and a couple got their heavenly language. Gave matching gift to put stone floor and extend the church–no more room…Srinivas Nagar–we dedicate well, Melody gave in memory of her late husband who passed 7 years ago. It has sweet water and 40 church members and all neighbors were so thankful. One pump of handle and water comes!!Narsapuram–so truly blessed me!! This church built by Tula Rosa NM and well by the Haymes family, has grown from 50 to 70 with added 50 children. This is an alive church.last year we prayed for a boy Krishnan, 18, who was born deaf-mute.I had forgotten, but his father Hamu Niak, a stone polisher, brought him up and both were so so excited. They shared how after the prayer last year—now Krishnan can hear and speak. He had such a huge smile as he told his name, what village he is from, his fathers name … PRAISE THE LORD!Last year, his father pledged to do marble floors stones in the church and it is beautiful job as a stone polisher…In the churches where God is showing signs and wonders–which are so many churches, they are growing much.In Keshavapuram, we dedicated a church and plaque given in memory of Judy Henry of Muscogee-a friend who so encouraged and prayed and is now with the Lord!Nice church that we gave today for flooring etc.One woman was one of many who stood and told of God’s grace and love.She was some 55 and a widow since age 26. She shared she was widowed and both of her daughters husbands also had passed and they were widows…She shared how now she has no debt and God is taking care in spite of all the challenges…she set down.I asked: “sister, is your name Naomi?” All said, “YES, that is her name.”I am so thankful for God’s goodness and grace. He does do miracles and so so many are testified about in everyday here:TB, leprosy, deaf-mute, babies given etc…He sees us thru daily and keeps us covered in blessing and protection!!Just crossing many rivers the past week with so many low water ”bridges”? has been so challenging with so many bridges washed out and bumper deep waters… having to throw stones in holes on bridges to make it across… HE PROTECTS and does “Signs and Wonders”!!Thanks for your prayers!! 2 more days in villages…Kerry, Melody, Jim and Joshua
In Feb. we climbed on a rooftop to dedicate a church in village called Kodada, CC ReddyColony, pastor Simon.given by Faith Bible Chapel in Page AZ. I was at first not so impressed…When we first went, there were 25 people with good hearts so we gave and they built a nice church on the slab roof. Today that church has grown to 60 and is so alive and growing. They took us to neighboring village some 10 miles where we joined with them to build a first church in Naryanagudem, built by Roundup Cowboy Church.Today we went to X Road-Kodada, Few miles from CC Reddy Colony. We helped them build a nice church on a rooftop similar to CC Reddy Church. However as we dedicated, we encouraged them also to give a missions offering of thanksgiving to help another church get started. We prayed and only 3 people gave. Two were visitors and one was pastors daughter of about 15 years old. When she gave, he was standing near here and some on our team saw him reach out with his foot and kick her. Only 1500 rs were given $12…. This pastors wife stood and said, “If they give to this, they won’t give to help us…”My heart hurt for them. They have a beautiful church all 100% complete, painted and so nice, but with hearts like that, challenges are ahead.When we entered Naryana Village as the last of the day to dedicate the mission church alongside pastor Simon–built by Cowboy Church,They met us with drums pounding. Roads were ankle deep mud from all rains and I was struggling to walk after falling earlier and my knee was going out…Two guys grabbed hold and walked me thru the village to the beautiful church and so so many gathered. All stood in church yard as drums pounded giving shouts of praise. Joshua and Jim were right in the middle dancing a victory dance with all the men with women all gathered around shouting praise to God!We cut the ribbon and all went in! Church holds about 150 seated crosslegged on the floor, and it was packed with people looking in the windows.All got on their knees to sing and the drums pounded out incredible rythym and all sang with everything in them. Made tears come to my eyes and keep swallowing the lump in my throat as hands and drums pounded out the staccato rythym… These people are in unity and about 100 have taken baptism and many filled with Holy Spirit. We shared message of salvation with up to 50 that came as unbelievers….they all prayed a strong loud prayer of salvation.We began to pray and prayer totally filled the air and when quiet came, we began to sing universal song…Allelujah…Two separate women shared of visions and word from God,“There will soon be a great shout and Jesus is telling us He is coming soon”these village women, who were hindu before, related!Many have been having visions and God speaking to them in the congregation that was all hindu previous, but has come to experience Gods presence and power…led by young Simon in early 30′s.What a difference in two roof top experiences…Like Peter, I want the vision on rooftop to be life changing for Gods glory, and not selfish.By Pastor Kerry MauldinDedicate Gudibanda,(temple stone village) given by Tula Rosa CC in NM. Good nice church building with Life! Also a Church given by Okema AGand gave for 3 more churches…Good things happening and so many hearing Gospel and churches growing!!Have 6 more villages today….Keep praying!! Such peace when know you are covered in prayer!With so much thanks,Kerry, Melody, Jim and Joshua
at Gorenkapalli in pouring rain we dedicate a church given by Abundant Life!!Pastors were so thankful and blessed!!We were there last Oct and gave for the church. Johan and Rageny, pastors had just lost a baby girl in death and we prayed God would restore with a baby.we named and dedicated Samuel who is now 3 months old! Named him Samuel as a fulfillment of a promise from God and he is dedicated to serve the Lord!The church has grown from 15 to 30 adults this year!!At Thatikula Village–Toddy Tree Village–We dedicate a prayer shed where Satyam (truth), came to the Lord 8 years ago, but none of his family. Last year, we shared with his family and when we set with them, the look on their faces was terrorizing to us—(get out of here and don’t bother us) but they listened and several accepted Christ. Satyam and his brother poured anointing oil all around a shiva temple and the family vowed to build a house for the Living God.We dedicate that church today. It is right beside a river and about 30 were there as we prayed, celebrated, cut cake and shared Christ with several who had not accepted!God has so poured out His blessing on this family. Their Chili pepper shop is doing well and blessed in every way as they are the first in the village to step out for Christ!!!Korlapahad (Branch Village)–We had a late lunch early supper and saw where church is needed. No other church in whole village. We walk to visit in hindu homes and at center of village we gave bracelets and some 200-300 people totally surrounded us and we began to share. Eventually they quieted down and listened very well as we clearly shouted the message. A loud unison of voices prayed the prayer of salvation and we spoke into many hearts that were unbelieving.Jim got up and taught the 100 or so kids down front a song with motions and all enjoyed!!Joshua is a magnet to not only all the teen boys, but multitude of teen girls who all wanted a picture with him…In the dark some 50-60 gathered at the church place and we taught them and joined with them to build a church (given by Huntsville Evangel).The day ended on a great high as it is so much joy to have so so many gathered to accept and then press press press in for prayer…I know God heard the many cries that these people have as they call out to Him and we joined with them!!The Branch is was getting tied into the Vine!!With love, thanks and prayers,Melody, Kerry, Jim and Joshua
One of greatest sounds in the world is hearing hundreds of voices praying in unison…We were in Pullicherla (tiger) Village and stop at a school. They have 329 students and many were there. Jim is in his element in front of all those kids, teaching “I Am Somebody” , because God loves me…Sharing Christ and all those children, sitting crosslegged barefoot on the ground in perfect rows, wearing all alike uniforms and the boys with ties…eyes closed and sincerely praying as a higher pitched unison calls out to Jesus…These are the blessings!! A young woman started the school and now has 2 buses and is currently meeting under the trees with the children, but in process of building a 5 room school house with more rooms to come. She needs about $9000 to complete and we prayed with her standing on the land and brick construction going on…She is bold and most of students are hindu…We gave 2 churches today and dedicated Dasari Nemalipuram that Stigler AG gave. They needed flooring and we taught and 2 strangers to the villages each gave 10,000rs and we matched what was given for steps and floor…That 2 strangers gave for a church that was not even there church.Most of the people are in cotton fields. Masses of people are packed into tractor wagons to point of overflowing and come from all over to be cotton pickers!! I only imagine back in 1930′s the migrant workers flooding areas to pick fruit or cotton and camped in little tents and cooking fires and working long days in the fields…The fields truly are ripe for the harvest. We must work with urgency!!Love, prayers and so so much thanks for praying!!Melody, Jim, Joshua and me…
Went to Devarakonda area today dedicated a church and gave 3 more churches.At Pasunura “many cows village”, we dedicated the nice brick Prayer Shed as thefirst and only church in town. We gave pastor Prahbu and wife a water buffalo to help them make a living and shared Christ with many.Here came Shaker, 22, with polio, walking with sticks on the tips of his toes and pressing on to make it one rugged step after another.We had given him a pair of goats and now he has 3 goats and doing well in spite of living alone since both parents are passed away. This young mans gentle determined spirit goes straight into my heart and brings tears and joy at the same time!!Vaddipalta village there is no church, but 28 believers have come to Christ and taken baptism. Pastor was hindu until 7 years ago and served Jesus along with other gods until 2 years ago when he committed and was filled with Holy Spirit and went to 6 month Bible school. Now he has bought land in main part of village and wants a church….We look at land, but people around are not in unity with him. We set under trees on main road and many people gather as we share Christ. They listen very well, till one man began to shout loudly, “Why can we not worship all gods?” he disrupted everything….Come to find out, it was pastors own brother shouting…Pastor has stood as first in the village for Christ and it is very contentious.I gave this brother the challenge… “When quiet tonight, ask the Living God to speak to your heart and verify if the story of this Jesus is real that you heard today…”The brother finally quieted down and took the challenge.We prayed the prayer of salvation with many in this village and joined with them to build the church.One woman there for 4 years has a giant tumor on her hip. It is huge and like a football in size. Poor and no way to get it removed. We prayed and gave money and pastor will take her to Hyderabad 3 hours on bus for surgery…Late into the night, sitting on the ground with buffaloes around in the house yards and people gathering to hear the Gospel. All villages with no church, but people are stepping up and coming to Christ!!We must have urgency to make the most of all that God has blessed us….Thank you all so much for praying and notes of encouragement!! Nothing like it when you note people have got your back…Love thanks and prayers,Melody, Joshua, Jim and Kerry
This is a portion of an email I received from MareZilla today and as you can see, she is in desperate need for our prayers. All of you who read this blog are such wonderful prayer warriors and the Bible tells us that if we ask in Jesus name He will answer, and that prayer is one of the most important things that we can do for one another. Please do include her in your prayers, and I will be sure to pass along the comments to her! God bless!
Hi there my beloved friends who I miss so very much,I have been in an ambulance more times than I can recall in just this past week alone. 3 times were in just one day and it was a day that included 4 stays in the ERs of 2 different hospitals. Just showing up at my regular dr’s offices gets me hauled away because a routine check of my BP & pulse makes them think I will immediately have a stroke so I guess they are required to dial 911. But no hospitals will admit me for inpatient care no matter how many non-hospital dr.s say I need it cuz I guess I may have been death paneled or something now that Obamacare is official. I can’t walk when it is bad and often cannot even see but with BP #s such as 250/17 (really) and 220/180 the hospital says go home & monitor it and when I told them I didn’t have the device to do that I was told to go to a store where they have those booths you sit in for a free BP reading. They told this to me while I was blind and basically paralyzed. I think the hosp gets fined now if the same person keeps showing up up for the same thing and I keep trying to get help for the fact that I keep getting strangled when my throat closes from all swelling and it keeps sending me into a life threatening position with that Adrenal Insufficiency stuff. I was 125 lbs a few weeks ago, but I swell up to 170 lbs on bad days, yes, that much fluid builds in my body and blows me up and hurts me and strangles me and makes me fall down and screws me up in a bajillion other ways – from a prolonged allergic reaction to a drug they never should have had me on to treat a condition that i never had. I’m currently hovering at around 150 lbs for the past 2 days, which is 15-25 lbs of fluid killing me, but at least it only rises and falls by a couple of pounds thru the day now instead of dozens of pounds so that might be a good sign.These are hospitals that just a few months ago basically FORCED ME TO STAY as inpatient for days of care when my vitals were not nearly as bad as they are now.Funny coincidence about the policy change & Obamacare implementation happening at the same time, huh?
Just thought I’d fill u in on what’s up with me. I’m in bed writing from my phone so can’t blog or C&P nuthin and my eyes are swelling shut again but if anyone asks about me, you can tell them what I just told u or if u have a bit o time, someone plz just put it on my blog(s) if what I wrote above is not too incoherent. I’m only sending this email to those of you who have access to post on my blogs.
There is much more to tell but my eyes are going to make me wait.
I am in the worst pain of my life and am not even remotely well mentally. My face is unrecognizable even to close relatives now because I am so disfigured from swelling. I am too swollen in my body to even wear maternity clothes that I used at the very ends of my pregnancies in which I had been enormous.
I did see a new doc on Thurs who seems competent & he thinks I’m salvageable but he also said it would take weeks or months & that I should prepare for physical and mental pain that may be worse than I can possibly even imagine. It is already horrible.
Because ppl helped me, my lights & internet are fine so this is not a bleg. I am however asking for prayers which are badly needed and if anyone can stand to call & talk to a sick person who is temporarily mentally ill, I would welcome a reprieve from my miserable isolation. But mostly, because I am currently so very ugly and isolated and my self esteem is destroyed, I really just don’t want to be forgotten. Please remember me as I used to be back when I was a decent blogger and not a disfigured half dead mental case.
I miss everybody but I’m in no shape to follow the news since the tyrants running our country into the ground make me yell & scream even when I am sort of ok .
We know that God will answer prayer, Justin is in desperate need of prayers. His doctors have been unable to diagnose his condition and have been treating him with steroids for the symptoms. His family is terribly concerned because the treatments are having little to no effect and are therefore taking him somewhere that it is more likely that they will be able to come up with a diagnosis. He has suffered for quite awhile now and his family are concerned that it is some type of cancer. They need emotional strength but more they need a healing. God is our creator, He knows every bit of our innermost being. He is the Great Physician. He can heal, but He can also use Doctors to do His work. Sometimes He lets us go on the journey in order to accomplish a goal He has for us. Please join me in prayer that God will work His will and help Justin and his family. God bless and thank you!
Dear Lord, please regard this Your child and help him and his family find answers and healing. Guide the physicians hands and loan them the knowledge that they need to answer the mystery of this illness. We put our trust in You. Thank you Lord, in Your wonderful Son, Jesus Christ’s name, we give You glory and praise. Amen and amen!
Sorrow seeps out,
with deep gasps for air;
tempered with prayer.
with casting of care;
gentle His touch,
as He holds us there.
Gone is the weight,
of such sorrowful snare;
burden He lifts,
Troubled the soul,
that knows not His care;
blessed the One,
who holds us close there.
Sing praise to God,
our Father, so fair;
who heals our hurts,
tender His repair.
“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” – (Psalm 147:3)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hold our heart and hands when the weight of our woes seem beyond what we can bear. Thank You that You do not want for us to hold them in our hands, but rather You request that we place them in Yours. Thank You that You hold us close, and provide safe space to grieve. Thank You that though mourning may last for a time, Your joy will remain forever. Forgive us for trying to be strong enough, and help us to allow You to hold us up in our weakness. Teach us to turn to You in total trust, and show us how to cast every care upon You. May our times of mourning further magnify the joy that is found in You alone. Let the hope we hold, even in the grip of grief, lead those who are looking, to Your loving care. All glory and honor to You, our Holy Healer. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
One of my sister-in-laws is having some serious health problems and is going to have a heart cath done this afternoon! Please keep her in prayer and hold her up! We know that is one of the things that Jesus has instructed us in and how greater a gift can we give than the giving of love by way of prayer?
Dear Lord, You are the creator of all things, You are the designer of every thing that exists. No being knows more about how we are made, You are also the Great Physician and have instructed us to take our needs before You in prayer. We are following Your instructions Dear Lord and asking that You give Jane and all our family strength and heal her if it is possible and in Your plans Lord! We give You praise, glory and honor Dear Lord, in Jesus wonderful name we so pray! Amen and amen.
Dear friends, Annie is in desperate need of our prayers and is facing many hurdles. Here is an update from her. Please do hold her up in your prayers.
”I’m asking you to pray for Rey and me Patricia. It has been three years since Rey has worked, we’ve eliminated a car, cut down on expenses, no longer have TV, have darn near exhausted savings and are about 2 months from insolvency, and have an appointment with an attorney soon. I’ve approached my family for help and now I’m approaching my friends for prayers, and counsel.
I have a total ankle replacement in 2 weeks that I’m trying to keep a positive attitude for; but when I suggested to Rey that I put it off (because it’ll require a trip and rehab for 6-9 weeks) to Chicago and a return to Chicago in 12 weeks (which I’ll probably tell the surgeon I can’t do); Rey wouldn’t hear of it. “Annie, this might very we’ll be the last time you have the opportunity to get some facsimile of a life back). I sort have put together a scenario that goes;
have the surgery, and because I have the surgery, I’ll be (eventually, like in a few months-a year) able to walk (not run), and by so doing, lose weight. THe pulmonologist feels that my lung problems, although not completely, are due in good part to my weight (I’ve got a pretty small frame)
If the lungs and my ankles are less problematic, I’ll be able to get in the pool more often and lose weight. The hazards of immobility/sedentary life style are numerous, not the least of which has been on my heart. So, I ask you to pray, pray like only Loopy can pray.
Dear Lord, You know the needs of us all, You are the Great Creator! You answer when You are asked, we have to do the asking. We are gathering here to request your help for both Annie and Rey. They are in need of physical help as well as financial help Lord. We have faith in Your promises Lord. And we ask this in Jesus wonderful name! We give you glory and praise Lord! Amen and amen!
Debbie (I have a voice) has not been doing well and is in need of prayers. Her nights are often difficult, and infections in her system happen with frequency. But we know that we have a great and wonderful God, a Creator that knows everything about how we are made because He was the maker. He has a purpose for Debbie and that is her voice, and while she may be limited physically, her mind and her love of God is unlimited. So is God’s love for her. Please join me in prayer and ask God to give her the strength to endure, and if He wills, to take away her pain as much as possible. Also to guide her on her path to His will.
The Bible instructs us to gather together to pray for those in need and to lift each one up in prayer, also to rejoice because God always answers.
Dear Lord, give Debbie the strength that she so desperately needs, ease her pain Lord and bless her with your grace Lord. Let Your Holy Spirit fill her with Your perfect peace. You know what her condition is Lord, and she has been faithful to Your word Lord. We give you glory, honor, and praise Lord, in Jesus wonderful name we ask this! Amen and amen!
Yesterday, many gathered together to celebrate and remember our dear friend, Anne. I had been asked to speak the week prior, and on Wednesday evening, I at last sat down, determined to write out what I was to say on Saturday. My prayer was that He would provide words that honored Aine, and glorified Him. Though not in quite the same context as in the word, the following verse rang true: “For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” – (Luke 12:12)
What follows, are the words I spoke yesterday at the memorial.
Tenacity, strength, and unwavering faith are three of the things I loved most about Anne. Though I had only known her four or five years, Aine quickly became a dear friend. I am not certain whether it was her fiery Irish temperament, or her tenderness for the defenseless, that made it easy to understand and navigate a friendship that felt familial.
I don’t think I have ever met another human being who has had the tenaciousness that Aine had. To fight such an elusive opponent that continued to ravage her body with pain for more than nine long years, took a drive and determination that goes beyond human bounds. Most of us would have thrown in the towel long ago, and simply begged Jesus to take us home. Not Aine. She had faith that would fend off anything and everything that would try to tear her down. No weapon formed against her would ever prosper, and her hope included healing here on earth.
She wanted the healing to be her story – one of flawless faith, that ended in the miraculous.
Though her healing did not come how we had hoped, her story – her very existence and unwavering faith in her fight – was truly a testimony wherever she went. The first time I went to an appointment with Anne, was just before she was to begin chemo. Though she was scared, she was not about to let dear Dr. Linden see a lick of fear. She proudly professed her faith in the Father, and insisted that her healing would come.
One of the many things that I have learned from Aine, is that it is okay to ask for prayer. I so appreciated how Anne did not hesitate to ask for prayer, any time she felt she needed it. There was nothing shy about her, and she knew how very powerful prayer could be. Her boldness and bravery, taught me how to trust Him more.
I am astounded that someone like me, who repels all things medical, could be convinced that I was one of the very people that God had intended to walk beside her through the medical maze. Additionally, she had the uncanny ability to get me to step outside of myself, and do things I insisted I would never do. Even in her heavenly homecoming, here I am, right now, speaking to you, OUT LOUD, despite my fear of using my voice in this way.
In a most profound moment of prayer prior to her homecoming, I was blessed with a picture that not only brought comfort to me, but I was actually able to share it with Aine on the morning of her final day. With a hand on her foot as she rested, I closed my eyes to pray. I had come to a place where I simply sat, ready to listen, as my words seemed to be at a loss. What I saw were outstretched arms with a bright light shining behind Him. Soon, I saw a young, healthy, strong and carefree Anne, running to His extended arms. Jesus embraced Aine, and twirled her around as He held her close. When they stopped spinning, He held her tenderly as she rested her head over His heart. Hesitantly she looked in His eyes, and with a voice full of love, He told her each heartbeat she heard, was just for her. Once she was ready, He carefully set her feet back upon the ground, and took her hand in His. Together, hand-in-hand, they walked upon the streets of gold as He began to show her all that He had prepared, just for her.
Barely able to get the words out, God gave me the strength to share with Aine, what I had seen. She heard me, and gave my hand a squeeze.
All that day and into the evening, I was able to stay beside her and simply hold her hand. By eight or so, I found myself alone in the room with Aine. Her breathing became extremely labored, and I knew she was near her end. I squeezed her hand, and reminded her that it was okay, she could run to Him and she would be safe. Soon, Elka, the night nurse came in. As she attended to Anne, I stepped back and looked away, knowing she would want her dignity intact. Elka turned her on her side, then back again, and she was gone.
I am so thankful that gone does not mean the end, but rather it was only the beginning. Aine is now dancing on streets of gold, lavished in the love and light of the Lord. Though I will miss her terribly, I find great comfort in knowing that I will one day see Aine again. For now, there is sorrow, as a void resides where my sweet sister was held so dear. With time, I know that the sadness will fade, and wonderful memories will warm the now wounded places. Until that day when I see her again, I will hold fast to the very same hope that carried her to her heavenly home.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are so faithful to meet us in our moments of need, and provide the strength and courage that is needed to do all that You ask of us. Forgive us for our fear of failure, (as though we could do anything You ask in our own strength), and teach us to trust in Your unfailing faithfulness. Thank You that so many gathered to remember my sweet sister in You, and thank You that though her own sister was unable to travel from Ireland with her newborn baby, technology afforded her the opportunity to see and hear how deeply Anne had touched so many lives. Please be the comfort and strength of all who are mourning, and help each of us to hold fast the the hope of our own heavenly homecoming. May many come to know the comfort and care that You provide, and help each heart to hear how they too, may truly trust in You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.