Archive for the ‘Isaiah’ Category

On a mission from God

December 4th, 2013 by Maureen

Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to open the prison to those who are bound Is. 61:1 Luke 4:18

Jesus announced this mission 2000+ years ago and Isaiah spoke it hundreds of years before that. In one way or another we all experience poverty, broken hearts, and imprisonment. We can respond to the healing, comfort and freedom He gives us by participating in His mission. This  is the work of compassion, the prayer of peace, the heart of grace.

Lord, let bringing and binding, proclaiming and opening be my heart’s mission.

Jesus was an ambler not a scrambler

June 28th, 2013 by Maureen

Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it. Is. 30:15

Life is full of urgent dashes from emergency to emergency punctuated by periods of impatient waiting in which our heads fill up with plans and concerns. Even our “quiet time” can become noisy when prayer becomes 10 minutes of begging and arguing for our own agendas and Bible study means racing through chapters. To find rest and quiet we need to clear our schedules, clear our minds and let God and ourselves simply be.

Lord, help me to slow down.

Happy St. Pat’s

March 17th, 2013 by Maureen

The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. Is. 32:4

I would not be silent… in spite of my lack of knowledge and my slow tongue…How much more should we earnestly strive to do this, we, who are, so Scripture says, a letter of Christ for salvation unto the utmost part of the earth, and, though not an eloquent one, yet written in your hearts, not with ink, but with the spirit of the living God! ” – Confession of St. Patrick 450 A.D.

Lord, make me a letter for salvation written in the hearts of those I meet.

Who’s the pacesetter?

February 19th, 2013 by Maureen

So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. Is. 30:18

Too often we want to set the pace or choose the route instead of matching Jesus stride for stride. He won’t walk faster than we can go or pause longer than than we need to be equipped for the next phase of the journey. When we wait for God there is a good reason, when He waits for us we’re usually the reason.

Lord, set my pace and direct my paths.

 

More risk, more shine.

December 14th, 2012 by Maureen

Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Is. 60:1

Christ came to bring light to those who walk in darkness. His light is designed to shine out of His followers. When His glory rises on us we can play it close and safe and keep the blinds closed so that all people can see is that the light is on; or we can arise, open up, and let His light flood out, which also means people can see in. It’s riskier, but shinier.

Lord, help me to be open so more light shines out.

No dime store Santa

December 10th, 2012 by Maureen

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Is. 9:6

Only Christ is equipped to give us counsel that changes our lives, to govern us as we are meant to be governed, and to bring us peace. Only Christ can provide for us and comfort us down to our deepest point of need. Looking elsewhere for what only God can provide is like expecting a diamond from a dime store Santa.

Lord, You sit on the throne of truth.

Ears wide open

December 8th, 2012 by Maureen

Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. Is. 55:3

Open ears let go of assumptions. Open ears listen to the whole message. Open ears shut out the mind chatter and focus on the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. Blessed are the listeners for they shall hear God.

Lord, help me to hear what You are saying to me through Your Spirit, Your word, and the people around me.

Ask bigger

December 6th, 2012 by Maureen

It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation my reach to the ends of the earth. Is. 49:6

Israel thought that the biggest thing God could do was to send Messiah to save Israel but God had bigger plans. Our biggest asks are small potatoes to God too. Our biggest concerns are often enclosed in small boundaries when His reach is infinite.

Lord, stretch my vision and do bigger things than I ask.

God’s way ahead of us

December 5th, 2012 by Maureen

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness… I – yes I alone – will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. (Is. 43:19-20, 25)

Christ ‘s work of redemption began before the manger, the cross, or the empty tomb. While we are still in a bad patch He’s with us and He’s miles ahead working on the road. Even when our mess is due to own selfish, foolish choices, He is redeeming us.

Lord, help me see what You’ve begun and live like You’ve begun it.

Glory train coming

December 4th, 2012 by Maureen

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever… there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory. Is. 9:1

We all experience times of darkness and despair that we cannot avoid, times of which we cannot completely understand the cause. Christ is light in the darkness. He is hope in times of despair. A time will come when He flips darkness and despair into glory.

Lord, let Your time be now in the lives of those in darkness and despair.

Salute

November 12th, 2012 by Maureen

He will give a longing for justice to their judges. He will give great courage to their warriors who stand at the gates. Is. 28:6

Regardless of whether the soldiers or the nation agree about the justice or strategy of the wars to which we send our military, the warriors who stand at the gate deserve honor. The soldiers who fight the battles of a nation deserve justice within the country they serve. They deserve thanks.

Lord, help Veterans feel honored today. Help those who are decision-makers on their behalf to set policies that honor them as well. Give courage to those who still fight.

Being thankful for sacrifice is a stretch

November 4th, 2012 by Maureen

All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. 2 Cor. 4:15

What is beneficial to God’s kingdom is not always expected or convenient.  Often it is costs the very things we consider essentials. Being thankful for Christ’s sacrifice is easier than being thankful for my own. Rather than praying that God replace what we sacrifice, we can choose to be thankful for the opportunity to give God glory and reveal Him to those around us.

Lord, help me be less self-centered.

Friend of God

October 7th, 2012 by Maureen

But as for you, Israel my servant,
Jacob my chosen one,
descended from Abraham my friend…Is. 41:8

God refers to lots of people as “my servant” and “chosen.” Fewer are called “friend.” Friends do more than depend and entreat, adore and obey. Friends interact and listen and enjoy companionship with one another.

Lord, I am awed that it’s possible. I want a relationship with You that causes You to call me “friend.”

Source of strength

August 3rd, 2012 by Maureen

He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Is. 40:28b-29

Operating on our own strength and power only takes us so far anyway. We  can and should develop our gifts and talents and use whatever influence we have, but none of are the origin of our own strengths. There are even times when God in His strength and wisdom, uses our weaknesses so we’ll remember that He is the source of all strength.

Lord, I am weak but You are strong.

Renewable energy

June 23rd, 2012 by Maureen

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint. Is. 40:31

God is involved in our lives, cares about us and what we face, and has the power to handle all of it. Fear, questions, fatigue, or hopelessness can creep in to zap our strength. Energy spent digging into the truth of His love and power  is well spent. The more we know Him the easier it is to trust Him and be renewed.

Lord, renew my failing strength.

Ugly feet are no excuse

June 11th, 2012 by Maureen

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,the good news of peace and salvation,the news that the God of Israel reigns! Is. 52:7

Every believer carries amazing, life-altering news. In a world where people are oppressed and depressed, overwhelmed and unloved the message of Christ is so incredibly beautiful. And the messengers who carry this news are themselves transformed by the news. Don’t worry about ugly feet, just walk out the message.

Lord, help me carry news of peace and salvation with me today.

Today we remember

May 28th, 2012 by Maureen

I will give them—within the walls of my house—
a memorial and a name
far greater than sons and daughters could give.
For the name I give them is an everlasting one.
It will never disappear! Is. 56:5

We build memorials to honor those who touch our lives for the better. We remember as human beings can,  but what God celebrates as He welcomes each of His children home, what stands in heaven as memorial, reflects the eternally significant legacies of each life.

Lord, thank you for the many lives, known and unknown to me, who have impacted my present life and my eternal future.

He stretched out the sky

March 27th, 2012 by Maureen

And I have put my words in your mouth and hidden you safely in my hand. I stretched out the sky like a canopy and laid the foundations of the earth. Is. 15:16

The one who made this morning’s perfect sunrise sky has each one of us hidden in His hand. He paints color and light into our uninspired lives. He speaks words that connect and illuminate into our inadequate expressions.

Lord, carry my through this day under the canopy of Your beautiful and creative care.

Attention to detail

March 23rd, 2012 by Maureen

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. Is.4:10

The small things that happen right at the beginning of a project can set it up for success. Some details just have to be right and keep being right.  Enthusiasm, optimism and confidence are attitutdes that often mark beginnings but lag as the details pile up. Attitude is a detail that matters too.

Lord, give me patience for all the little things.

Chill time

March 9th, 2012 by Maureen

God has told his people, “Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.” But they would not listen. Is. 28:12

We are not built to pursue continual productivity or endless entertainment. Every moment does not have to be filled. Stop doing for awhile and just be. Don’t even think. Sit. Breathe. Sleep. Even prayer could use a little less talking and straining to hear God. Be still and know. Silly as it sounds, building in unstructured time and taking it may seem like work at first.

Lord, let’s chill…