Archive for the ‘Exodus’ Category

The planning stage

August 10th, 2016 by Maureen

Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place.” Ex. 33:16 [Jesus said] “But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” Luke 24:49

The only plan the disciples in the upper room had was to wait for the Holy Spirit. Moses wasn’t about to budge until He sensed God’s personal presence. We can get caught up in purpose, in planning and in the details of executing our plans, and fail to recognize or enjoy God’s personal presence. Fully and continually experiencing God’s presence with us, in us, and through us is the purpose and plan.

Lord, fill me with Your Spirit and help me respond to whatever happens out of Your presence in me.

About creativity

June 24th, 2015 by Maureen

God has called Bezaleel and filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in knowledge, in understanding, in craftsmanship so that he is gifted in design using many mediums including work in gold, silver, bronze, wood, and stone. Ex. 35:30-33

The creative process involves God-given inspiration and talent. We study and practice to develop those talents and to translate inspiration into tangible products. We become more versatile in our creativity when we try new methods and remain open to new ideas (including other people’s). J.R.R. Tolkien held the view that whatever  humans create are sub-creations that are only possible because humans are created in the Creator’s image. For Tolkien these sub-creations  might be ‘echoes’ or ‘mockeries’ of His image depending on the intents and influences of the sub-creator. Perhaps this is where wisdom comes into the creative process as we create and share the products of our God-given talents.

Lord, let my sub-creations be echoes of Your own creativity.

Faithful realism is where its at

March 22nd, 2015 by Maureen

Moses stretched out his hand and the Lord drove the sea back using a strong east wind that blew all night and turned it into dry land. Ex. 14:21

Optimists expect the Red Sea to part every time they reach water. Pessimists expect the waves to fall on them before they pass through. Narcissists think they somehow exert power over the waves. Faithful realists understand that God parted the Red Sea using wind but that He didn’t install a people mover. Life in Christ continues to involve problem solving and decision-making on our part as we trust in God’s sovereignty and His goodness.

Lord, I know I can trust You and expect good from You.

Worship is our spirit’s art form

September 27th, 2014 by Maureen

Jubal was the father of all who play the lyre and harp. Gen 4:23 God filled Bezalel with ability and intelligence, knowledge and craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.Ex. 31:2-4 Marian the prophetess took the timbrel in her hand and all the women went out after her with timbrels and dancing. Ex. 15:20

The arts have ancient roots in human culture and in how we respond to God’s presence in our lives. Art can strip down our intellectual understandings to visceral and emotional impressions. Poetry comes closest to doing that with words. The thing we call “worship,” is expression of our deepest responses to and impressions of all that God is.

Lord, here are the colors and patterns, the melodies and harmonies, the dance moves and poetry of my spirit’s love or You, awe of You, and delight in You.

Presence before purpose or plan

April 6th, 2013 by Maureen

Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place.” Ex. 33:16  [Jesus said] “But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” Luke 24:49

The only plan the disciples in the upper room had was to wait for the Holy Spirit. Moses wasn’t about to budge until He sensed God’s personal presence. We can get caught up in purpose and planning and fail to recognize or enjoy God’s personal presence. Fully and continually experiencing God’s presence is the purpose and plan.

Lord, help me to be with You and in You before trying to do anything for You.

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.

Creative license

November 5th, 2011 by Maureen

I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. Exodus 31:6

Our talents and giftings come from God and reflect His own infinite creativity. He gives us license in how we develop and use those giftings. Even those who do not follow Him create art that may reflect aspects of His truth and nature since He is the ultimate source of the giftings. But Offering our gifts to God gives Him creative license over what we make.

Lord, reveal Yourself in what I make and help me to see what You are revealing through the creations of others.

Remain calm

November 2nd, 2011 by Maureen

The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. Ex. 14:14

God never panics. Whether we battle disease or bad attitudes, confront enemies or our own walls, face challenges or face hard truths, He hears us cry out for help. He is there when we don’t know what to do next.  Feeling defeated is not defeat. Take a breath, stay calm, release fear and worry to God.  We are His treasured children and He will defend us.

Lord, I know You are more powerful than what I’m fighting now.

You want me to do what?

May 15th, 2011 by Maureen

But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” Exodus 4:13

Sometimes the task seems way too big for my skill set and my immediate response is “Really? Me? Seriously?” There has to be someone, somewhere, more equipped, more talented, smarter, cooler, better for the job. But God, in all his wisdom and foresight, has a transforming experience for the doer as well as for His kingdom through the task He wants done.

OK, Lord, I still doubt myself but I totally trust You!