Archive for the ‘I Chronicles’ Category

No-whine November

November 3rd, 2012 by Maureen

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. I Chr. 16:8

It’s November and people are expressing gratitude on social media. No-shave November is being turned into fundraising for good causes. Maybe it’s time  to stop whining to God and others about what’s wrong in our own lives and focus on Christ and others: thank Him for everything He’s done, appreciate all the ways friends and family bless our lives, practice charity toward those in need, contribute toward healing the sick, and seek justice for the oppressed.

Lord, thanks, just thanks.

Plans and motives

March 19th, 2012 by Maureen

I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives…I Chr. 29:17a

When things don’t turn out the way we plan, God knows what we were trying to do and why we were trying to do it. He strengthen us so that we can maintain our integrity in the face of disappointment or loss. I would rather fail in a way that causes God to rejoice than succeed in a way that offends God.

Lord, examine my motives as well as my plans.

Drought-plagued spirits

July 29th, 2011 by Maureen

At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you.  2 Chron. 7:12

The news said that those of us living in drought-plagued areas may see lots of grasshoppers soon. Spiritual grasshoppers are habits that discourage spiritual reflection and eat away at faith. They feed on selfishness and despair.

Lord, I humble myself, I pray, I seek Your face and turn from my wicked ways, hear me from heaven, forgive my sins and restore my soul. 2 Chron. 7:13 And please rain on Texas while you’re at it.

Serious joy

March 28th, 2011 by Maureen

Lord made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling.I Chronicles 16:26b-27

That we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever yet God makes His home in our hearts right now is another spiritual paradox. We don’t fully understand how that works but we do know that iving in the constant presence of the amazing and awesome God is serious business and our choices should  respect and honor Him. That said, God is no fun-spoiler and wants us to experience moments serious joy and captivating wonder all day long.

Lord, thank you for the joyful moments You put in this day for me.