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Archive for November 20, 2013

Seek First

To say this has been a challenging school year thus far, would be a heinous understatement. Between the loss of a dear friend, new standards, a new grading system, a new evaluation system, and an added subject with standards that are different than when I taught the subject before, I find myself feeling a bit bogged down. I love my students, and enjoy my time with them each day, yet during the time prior to school’s start, and my afternoon spent planning after the day has ended, worry and stress seem to work their way in.

Though I commit each and every day to God, and ask Him to lead and guide me, the lingering stress has still stuck around. Perhaps it is my personal pressure to perform, or the pursuit to please those who keep me employed; but either way, the weight of the worry is not what God has called me to carry. After two separate conversations with two wise women yesterday, I was reminded of what matters most in what I am doing. I am called to teach and love kids, and to help them see their value. Whether I jump through the “appropriate” hoops on any given day does not matter nearly as much, as if each student leaves my classroom feeling better about themselves than they did when they walked in. My priority needs to be to seek Him and His righteousness, and trust Him to add what is needed unto me. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – (Matthew 6:33-34) I do not interpret this to mean that I am not meant to do my very best to plan and align my lessons to the standards, but I am not meant to stress out about it all. Slowing down, breathing, praying, seeking the wisdom of colleagues to collaborate – these are ways to fend off the worry and to trust in His provision of people, time, and space. He has not called me to anything that He is not also willing to equip me to carry out.

Seek first His kingdom,Seek First

in all that we do;

trust He is faithful,

for He’ll see us through.

Allow no worry,

to take place of trust;

all shall be added,

in His righteousness.

He is our Father,

full of love and grace;

who longs to hold us,

in His safe embrace.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hear our every heart cry, and that no prayer is trivial to You. Thank You that when we seek You, and seek to serve You as You are calling, You answer and equip us to all that is asked. Forgive us for allowing the worries of this world to worm their way into our hearts and minds, and help us to give them back to You, trusting You to hold our hands and hearts as we travel life’s journey with You. Thank You too, for providing people to speak truth in love, and be Your heart and voice made tangible. Help us to seek You with all that we are, and may we in turn, love as You love. Let all whom we encounter, see You in us, and may many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified, our good and faithful Father. Amen.

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

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Let Him Hear

Revelation 2

King James Version (KJV)

2 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

28 And I will give him the morning star.

29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

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