Archive for September, 2012

Time for hope

September 8th, 2012 by Maureen

“Son of man, you’ve heard that proverb they quote in Israel: ‘Time passes, and prophecies come to nothing.’ Tell the people, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will put an end to this proverb, and you will soon stop quoting it.’ Now give them this new proverb to replace the old one: ‘The time has come for every prophecy to be fulfilled!’ Eze. 12:22-23

God doesn’t give dreams and visions He cannot fulfill. He doesn’t make promises He won’t keep. Hold out hope. Live like God means what He says. Dare to hope.

Lord, You are my hope all the time.

Gentle guidance

September 7th, 2012 by Maureen

Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matt. 11:29

When the hand guiding the plow is gentle in it’s confident guidance the creatures in the yoke are gentled as well. Wearing Christ’s yoke not only provides direction but also hope and joy and trust. As we allow Christ to direct us in ways that are purposeful and productive we do indeed find a soul rest even when we are very busy.

Lord, thank you for your gentle guidance.

Failure is a verb not a noun

September 6th, 2012 by Maureen

For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. 2 Cor. 2:6-8

People, Christ followers included, sometimes make mistakes, fail, disappoint, and make foolish or selfish choices. Society writes off failures. Sometimes so does the church. The cross call each of us, as recipients of His grace, to extend grace and restoration to those who fail. Failure is something we do not something we are.

Lord, when people disappoint me, fill me with Your grace.

Speaking in ALL CAPS

September 5th, 2012 by Maureen

Notice what large letters I use as I write these closing words in my own handwriting. Gal 6:11

We would be tired and tiresome people if we tried to live our entire lives in all caps, but each of us emphasize certain messages we believe are important. Paul’s all caps message at the end of Galatians was about transformation over legalism. When we choose to communicate a message in all caps it ought to be worth shouting about.

Lord, let your LOVE and GRACE live large in my life.

 

Following the pattern

September 4th, 2012 by Maureen

Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim. 1:13

Our repeated thought patterns, habitual behavior, and the desires that motivate them create patterns in our lives. Belief in Christ does not make us immune from falling into patterns driven by fear, anger, or greed. Following His pattern helps redirect our natural patterns in a more spiritually wholesome direction.

Lord, show me how to be motivated by Your love instead of my fears and desires and how to think and act from that motivation.

First world one-percenter problems

September 3rd, 2012 by Maureen

Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! Ecc. 5:10

What the first world might consider a necessity the rest of the world considers a  luxury. What a one-percenter might consider standard the rest of the first world considers an extravagance. Many visitors comment on the joy they see in poverty-stricken areas of the world. If most of our worries are first world one-percenter problems it might be time to rethink how we define words like “need” and “happy.”

Lord, help me be happy with enough and help other people have enough as well.

Rest in your is-ness

September 2nd, 2012 by Maureen

And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. Gen. 2:3

Though He never tires even God, The Great IAM, stopped doing and simply communed with the beings He created. Even though our work is not finished, all of us need a rest from our doing to simply be in the presence of God in Whom we live and move and have our being.

Lord, help me to stop doing and commune with You in my is-ness rather than my doing.