Archive for June, 2011

The truth unplugged

June 10th, 2011 by Maureen

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Human seeking leads us to plug into complicated systems and hierarchies and try to measure adherence as a way of getting at truth. The truth we think we need to understand and define is revealed in the truth Jesus is. Jesus defines truths like love, peace, and goodness, and reveals them to us (and even in us) because of His transforming sacrifice for us.

Lord, the truth I understand is limited but You are so beautiful, so true, and so breathtaking that I can’t stop looking – and apparently that’s enough.

Time out (the coach kind, not the mom kind)

June 9th, 2011 by Maureen

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. Mark 6:31

When Jesus calls “time out” in the middle of a pressing situation when there is still work to be done, trust Him and walk away. A “time out” does not necessarily reflect inadequacy, bad behavior, or a need to change the game plan. “Time out” can be called just because we need some time to rest and regroup.

Lord, help me to really let everything go and rest during time out.

Deliver up some delicious grace

June 8th, 2011 by Maureen

However, he has given each one of us a special gift [or grace] through the generosity of Christ. Eph. 4:7

Sometimes the dip is so delicious that the chips don’t matter; they are merely dip-delivery vehicles. If we view our God-given gifts and talents as manifestations of the very grace of Christ, ego gets out of the way and we simply become grace-delivery vehicles. Our gifts and talents originate with Christ who gave them for both pleasure and purpose.

Lord, use my gifts and talents to bless and help others.

Deliver the good

June 7th, 2011 by Maureen

He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. Titus 2:14

Jesus entered His mission with a vision for what His redeemed people would be like. The redeemed would be free and clean. They wouldn’t be satisfied with avoiding evil and staying out of trouble but would go out looking for good to do.

Lord deliver me from evil and deliver me to the good I can to do today.

We are family

June 6th, 2011 by Maureen

So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Eph. 2:19

When a couple gets married, the in-laws, who may have been  strangers before, become instant family and make adjustments toward accommodating those new relationships.  Christ’s transforming grace makes family out of people who were not family.  Becoming part of God’s church makes us more than just related, we now belong together.

Lord,  I love belonging to your family.

His eye is on the sparrow

June 5th, 2011 by Maureen

But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.Matt. 10:29b & 31

Is His eye on the sparrow? Yes. When it falls to the ground does it matter to God? Yes. In spite of whether the sparrow is in the air or on the ground, He sees it and His love and care is enough.

Lord, help me to feel more secure with the possibility of falling.

Living leaner not meaner

June 4th, 2011 by Maureen

Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name. Prov. 30:8b-9

Lean manufacturing is a term used to describes having exactly enough at the time it’s needed in order to reduce waste. We’re exposed to a constant barrage of consumerism and commercialism that emphasizes “more” and promotes excess. It takes a major shift in perspective and priorities to be truly satisfied with a leaner lifestyle without becoming stingy or self-righteous.

Lord me to help live simply and joyfully with enough.

Whole lotta shakin’

June 3rd, 2011 by Maureen

I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope. Acts 2:25b-26

The dreaded phone call, the pink slip, news headlines, kids, cars, bank statements, test results…stuff happens every day that  shakes us up. We can experience calm and even joy in the midst of  present shake ups by responding to who God is instead of focusing on the crisis du jour. The peace of Christ really is enough to calm a shaking heart.
Lord, because You are who You are…I’m shouting Your praise!

God’s deep pockets

June 2nd, 2011 by Maureen

Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. I Tim. 6:17

God to shows up even on our hardest days, reaches into His deep pockets and pulls out all the riches we need. If we let God define riches and value what He provides we’ll enjoy what we have and always have enough. Enjoyment and appreciation helps us see a vacation in any given Saturday, an oasis in a friend’s hug,  or “eternity in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower” (thank you William Blake).

Thanks, God, for all the riches You’ve put there for me to enjoy.

God’s anti-aging solution

June 1st, 2011 by Maureen

He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Ps. 103:5

The young are gifted with the ability to live in the moment and enjoy the present. Dissatisfaction and worry can rob us of joy and age our bodies, minds, and spirits. Renewal happens as we choose to give ourselves over to unreserved delight and child-like wonder in all the good things God provides.

Lord, I surrender my concerns and embrace the good things You’ve laid out for me this day.