Archive for the ‘Deuteronomy’ Category

As we gather together

November 19th, 2016 by Maureen

seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose…There you and your families will feast in the presence of the Lord your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the Lord your God has blessed you. Deut. 12:4,7

Our awareness and rejoicing in God’s gracious provision and presence in our own stories, in each other’s stories, and in the unique stories of every group to which we belong, can make any moment of our lives the place of worship He chooses for us. We are part of His collective blessing of abundance, redemption and restoration. Thankfulness increases awareness and optimism.

Lord, let every Thanksgiving gathering become a place of worship.

Increasing chance of showers

July 30th, 2016 by Maureen

Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants. I will proclaim the name of the Lord… Deut 32:2-3a

Rain in the middle of a hot summer is a sweet delight. Things are heating up with the election, plus we live in a diverse culture where we encounter people who hold to different philosophies, doctrines, agendas and practices than our own. Our conversations with like-minded individuals can feel like the respite of a summer shower. We all need that, but instead of viewing the rest of humanity as drought, what if stayed open to the possibility of refreshing showers anywhere, anytime, from anyone? Sometimes, through very unexpected sources, God reveals profound truth and interesting connections that gently soak into our open hearts and minds as we enjoy and appreciate relationship with another person.

Lord, help me to listen to everyone with a loving heart and open mind. Help me to find common ground where there seems to be none.

Mothering is a balance of gathering in and letting go

May 8th, 2016 by Maureen

…just as a mother eagle stirs up its nest, encouraging its young to fly, and then hovers over them in case they need help, and spreads its wings and catches them if they fall, and carries them up high on her wings. Deut. 32:11 How I long to gather you like a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you refuse. Matt. 23:37 (The Voice)

Mothers nurture, comfort, and hold onto their children because they want to protect them. Mothers teach, equip, and let go of their children because they want to see them soar. Learning when and how to let go, and when and how to gather in is one of the biggest challenges of motherhood. Every child is different, every flight is different. We can be comforted in knowing that God really does know exactly how we feel; and that when we experience these feelings about our children we are sharing the very heart and mind of God.

*If you are the child of a mother who let go too much for you, or gathered in too much for you, or just couldn’t or wouldn’t figure motherhood out at all, forgive her and let yourself be mothered by the God who gets you and knows you. He can be a good good mother too.

Thank you, God for being the mother I always needed as well as the Father.

 

God is always there for us. For not against.

April 27th, 2016 by Maureen

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. Deut. 33:27

Nobody wants better things for us than God does. Sometimes in hard times despair or frustration cloud our vision and numbs our senses so that we are unaware that He is there with us, holding us up. Sometimes in good times our own pride or distraction cause us to lose awareness that His support and goodwill are everlastingly involved in the blessing we experience.

Thank you for always being with me and always being for me.

Arms you can trust: Supporting humans for over 6000 years

March 1st, 2016 by Maureen

The eternal God is your refuge. Underneath are His everlasting arms. Deut. 33:27

God has been holding and supporting humans since He made them. We were the twinkle in His eye before He spoke the world into existence. From the time He formed us in His loving hands and breathed life into us with His own breath His purpose was to love us and sustain us. Even in teaching us and giving us dominion His intent was not that we become independent of Him but that we develop, discover, and thrive through connectedness with Him. His everlasting arms are underneath us even when we don’t perceive that He is there.

Lord, thank you that Your arms are always and everlastingly holding me up.

 

 

God takes care of His stuff

February 17th, 2015 by Maureen

I have chosen you as my own precious possession. Deut. 7:6

We belong to God. And He takes care of His stuff. We are so precious to Him that He offered His own life to reconcile us to Him; His intentions toward us are loving. His care is immeasurable. He will never abandon us because we belong to Him and He made us to be with Him. Whatever we may be going through we can rest assured that God loves each of us and we can trust Him to cause good for us.

Lord, thank you for caring for me so well.

Historic markers on the road of life

October 17th, 2014 by Maureen

Remember what You’ve learned about the Lord through Your experiences with Him. Deut. 11:2

Letting God have control of the present when we can’t see where He is going is difficult. Looking back on past moments in our lives when we can say with certainty that God showed up helps. There are times in each of our lives that we can point to and say that what He was beyond our own strength or imagination. These personal historic markers inform what we can expect of Him now and in the future.

Lord, in constant gratitude, I look back in awe, forward in trust, and surrender my path right now to Your guidance and direction.

Vegging out

April 23rd, 2013 by Maureen

Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants. Deut. 32:2

Many Bible metaphors cast humans as plants that are acted upon by God, soaking in nourishment and growing as a result. Merely acting on information that hasn’t soaked in does little to develop our souls or contribute to health or productivity. As we allow teaching and understanding to hydrate our souls, our roots deepen and our fruit gets sweeter and more plentiful.

Lord, integrate what I learn from You into who I am for You.

 

Collective soul

November 21st, 2012 by Maureen

seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose…There you and your families will feast in the presence of the Lord your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the Lord your God has blessed you. Deut. 12:4,7

Not only are we to give thanks as individuals, but to gather as families, and to gather families into congregations to feast, praise and rejoice. We can rejoice not only in God’s gracious provision and presence in our own stories, but in each other’s individual stories, each congregations’ unique story, and the story of Christ’s bride the church. We are part of collective blessing.

Lord, let every Thanksgiving gathering become a place of worship.

Isn’t he your father?

June 16th, 2012 by Maureen

Is this the way you repay the Lord,
you foolish and senseless people?
Isn’t he your Father who created you?
Has he not made you and established you? Deut. 32:6

Moses first introduces the concept of God as Father in the Bible here. He uses the familiar father-child relationship to clarify Israel’s relationship to God. He suggests that fathers establish something for their children and through them, and that fathers are owed something back from their children. Figuring out what that “something” looks like can be a challenge for both fathers and children.

Lord, heal relationships between fathers and children this weekend.

A trip to bountiful

March 12th, 2012 by Maureen

May their land be blessed by the LORD
with the precious gift of dew from the heavens
and water from beneath the earth;
with the rich fruit that grows in the sun,
and the rich harvest produced each month;
with the finest crops of the ancient mountains,
and the abundance from the everlasting hills;
with the best gifts of the earth and its bounty,
and the favor of the one who appeared in the burning bush.  Deut. 33:13-16

I counted 8 different kinds of apples at the grocery store today. The place was brimming with bounty.

Lord,  I am overwhelmed and grateful. Thanks for delicious!

Forty days

February 22nd, 2012 by Maureen

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. Matt. 4:1-2

  • Noah spent forty days in the ark before the rainbow appeared. Gen. 7:12
  • Moses spent forty days on the mountain with God before delivering God’s message. Ex. 24:18
  • Goliath mocked the Israelites for forty days before God used David to turn the tables. I Sam. 17:16
  • Elijah spent forty days on the road looking for direction from God and God provided it. Deut. 9:9
  • Jonah issued God’s forty-day challenge to repent and Ninevah and they came through. Jon. 3:4
  • After His crucifixion Jesus spent forty days with the disciples getting them ready to advance His kingdom without His physical presence. Acts. 1:3

Lord, I don’t want Lent to be a religious observance but a time to seek, repent, sacrifice and prepare for whatever You want to do next.

Chance of showers

July 5th, 2011 by Maureen

Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants. I will proclaim the name of the Lord… Deut 32:2-3a

Dropping points of disagreement or personal agendas and just talking about God’s goodness and grace together refreshes like a quenching summer shower. Truth soaks in gently as we enjoy and appreciate the way He reveals Himself in one another’s lives.

Lord, when Your name comes up in my conversations, let it mean a chance of showers.

Held up

June 21st, 2011 by Maureen

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. Deut. 33:27

In life’s  inevitable moments of hurt, loss, and confusion Christ opens His eternal arms full of peace and comfort. We just have to lean into Him and let Him hold us up. God is an eternal source of strength and support so that we don’t have to go through anything alone.

Thank you for holding me in Your everlasting arms.

Bloodlines

June 18th, 2011 by Maureen

Remember the days of long ago;think about the generations past. Ask your father, and he will inform you.Inquire of your elders, and they will tell you. Deut. 32:7

Just as families have genealogies and family stories that create a sense of continuity and connection, Christ followers are part of a spiritual bloodline that directly connects each one to Christ through a unique succession of believers. A legacy of faith passes from generation to generation as believers tell their own personal stories and pass on the stories of those who came before them and encouraged their faith.

Thank you, Lord, for my natural and spiritual bloodlines.

Passing notes

November 18th, 2010 by Maureen

The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart. Rom.10:8  & Deut. 30:14

In both the Old and New Testament passages containing this verse, there is language that implies that God is not hiding his message of love from us. In fact God sent an abundantly clear, really huge message about his love for us through Christ. Then, he scatters evidence of his love for us throughout the course of each day of our lives, like little love notes.

Lord, use me to pass your message of love along to other people.