Archive for the ‘2 Thessalonians’ Category

Crazy peace

October 25th, 2017 by Maureen

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation. 2 Thess. 3:16
The peace that passes understanding guards your hearts and thoughts through Christ. Phil. 4:7

When our lives and our hearts seem to be falling apart, God offers us peace and comfort that just might make even less sense than pain and suffering. When the pressure feels overwhelming, the pain just seems senseless, or we feel helpless to control the situation or the outcome, God offers us peace and rest. Instead of spiraling out into the cold darkness of despair, God’s peace acts like spiritual gravity tethering us to His love and grace, making it possible to live and even enjoy our lives in the middle of hard and confusing situations.

Lord, thank you for peace when peace seems like the craziest reaction ever.

Spiritual Adventure Sport

September 30th, 2017 by Maureen

May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ. 2 Thess. 3:5

Powering through life in survival mode can cause us to put our hearts in neutral. Jesus did not go to the cross to survive but to endure. He didn’t come to offer us the mediocrity of safety but to invite us into the thrill of abundance. Rather than the self-reliant toughness sometimes associated with endurance, this is about pushing past the barriers that distract and discourage us. When we can’t see good and all evidence points to the contrary, it’s about expecting good from God. When relationships go wrong and we get hurt, it’s about love and grace because God is loving and gracious. This kind of endurance is about heart.

Lord, this life I live in You is an adventure that takes my breath away. Thank you.

Enduring vs surviving

September 22nd, 2015 by Maureen

May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ. 2 Thess. 3:5

Powering through life in survival mode can cause us to put our hearts in neutral. Jesus did not go to the cross to survive but to endure. Motivated by love and the “joy set before Him,” His endurance yielded forever relationships with us. Endurance develops our faith and helps us tap into the tenderness of Christ so that we can remain loving and hopeful when we face situations that require selflessness, patience, and sacrifice. The lives we live are not about preserving ourselves, our stuff, and our agendas but about loving God and others.

Lord help me to endure even if I don’t survive.

Peace out

July 29th, 2014 by Maureen

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thess. 3:16

Peace is available no matter what is happening in our lives. Our circumstances reflect the imperfection of the world rather than the measure of God’s care. He is always with us and always for us.

Lord, thank you for bringing peace to my chaos.

Grace and peace

November 28th, 2012 by Maureen

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Rom. 1:7, I Cor. 1:3, 2 Cor. 1:2, Gal. 1:3, Eph. 1:2, Phil. 1:2, Col. 1:2, I Thess. 1:1, 2 Thess. 1:2, Titus 1:4, Phil. 1:3, 1 Pet. 1:2, 2 Pet.

Grace and peace seems to be the default greeting for Paul and Peter. When any of us have something to say, especially something important, grace and peace belong at the beginning of what we say and at the root of our intentions and purposes. Grace and peace are God’s gifts to our hearts, souls, spirits, and minds and a gift we can bring to our interactions with one another as well.

Lord, bring grace and peace to all I say and do today.

His call

May 17th, 2012 by Maureen

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 2 Thess. 1:11

Each of us is responsible to respond to faith’s prompting without worrying about whether our responses measure up to other people’s expectations. Whether a life is worthy of His call, is…well…His call.

Lord, help me to do more, judge less, and stop worrying about being judged.

Spiritual gravity

May 11th, 2011 by Maureen

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thess. 3:16

When the pressure is overwhelming or the pain just seems senseless, God has not abandoned us. When we can’t control the situation or the outcome, God is still God. When our lives and our hearts are tearing apart, God’s peace is spiritual gravity.

Lord, Your peace holds me together.

Beautiful basics

November 14th, 2010 by Maureen

Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing. 2 Thess. 1:3

This is basic, beautiful Christ-following in a nutshell. We aren’t perfect but His love and mercy mark our relationships, and His truth and grace mark our decision-making. Our relationships with both God and other people flourish when we live our lives this way.

Lord increase my faith and love.

Survival mode

October 31st, 2010 by Maureen

May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ. 2 Thess. 3:5

Powering through life in survival mode can cause us to put our hearts in neutral. Jesus did not go to the cross to survive but to endure. Endurance develops toughness so that we can remain faithful and tenderness so that we can remain loving when we face situations that require selflessness, patience, and sacrifice

Lord help me to endure even if I don’t survive.

Peace out

September 23rd, 2010 by Maureen

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thess. 3:16

Peace is available no matter what is happening in our lives. Our circumstances reflect the imperfection of the world rather than the measure of God’s care. He is always with us and always for us.

Lord, thank you for bringing peace to my chaos.