Archive for the ‘Jeremiah’ Category

I have voluntary amnesia and I love it

October 3rd, 2017 by Maureen

I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And I will forgive their wrongs, and I will never again remember their sins. Jer 31:33

The all-knowing God chooses voluntary amnesia. He chooses to forget all the ways we’ve hurt ourselves and others, all the ways we’ve failed, all our poor, selfish, fear-driven choices we already regret or someday will. Not only does he wipe this mess from His own memory, He rewrites His own messages on our hearts. We need not be defined or marked by our past mistakes and nagging regrets.
We can become so accustomed to seeing ourselves or someone else in the light of our failures that we forget to look through the lens of Christ. So we choose voluntary amnesia too. Then we can discover the messages God has written on our own hearts and on the hearts of those around us. Hopefully, eventually, Christ becomes what we see when we see ourselves and others.

Lord, thanks for forgiving and forgetting.

Unsearchable things outside the bubble

May 6th, 2017 by Maureen

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jer. 33:3

If all our encounters with God involve confirming what we already think we know and understand we are hardly going to experience great and unsearchable things. Perhaps these unsearchable things are unexpected, intense, relevant, God-inspired ideas floating outside the bubbles of our carefully curated personal perceptions. There are times when we are able to experience His mind with such clarity that it forever expands our perceptions and responses. We can’t make this happen; and it could be that expecting some kind of uber-biblical, super-spiritual, burning-bush, divine-dream diverts us from recognizing and engaging when encounters with the unsearchable present themselves. Sometimes His inspiration catches us in moments when we are discovering because we’ve allowed ourselves to genuinely engage. Sometimes simply being open and aware of connection with Him launches us into great and unsearchable things.

Lord, take me beyond my own limits.

Overwhelming instead of overthinking

August 31st, 2015 by Maureen

I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With  unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” Jer. 31:3

His love never fails. Sometimes overthinking our circumstances and our choices can cause us to lose focus on His love for us. Whatever is happening in our lives, God’s love is the same love. His love is not conditional on our ability to perceive His will, obey His will, or understand His will. He willed us to Himself through Christ. If we are looking at Him and lost in His overwhelming love for us, the details in our lives and our responses to those details are likely to be reconciled to Him without our stressing over them so much.

Lord, I am overwhelmed by Your love.

Prayer for the frustrated

March 7th, 2011 by Maureen

Pray that the Lord your God will show us what to do and where to go. Jer. 42:3

This is the prayer we pray when we have no idea what to do next. God really does know the way through everything we face. Too often we have to reach the point of complete frustration before we are willing to let go of what we think is security and throw our yielded hands into the air.

 OK, Lord, what now?

Good intentions

November 6th, 2010 by Maureen

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11

God loves us and his intentions toward us are for good. Because God is good we have hope through  life’s hard, painful, disappointing moments. God does not aim disaster at us but he does aim restoration and redemption at us when we face disaster.

Lord, my hope is in You.

Voluntary amnesia

November 2nd, 2010 by Maureen

I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins. Jer 31:33

When we ask for Christ’s forgiveness whatever we’ve done or thought, no matter how often, no matter how awful, comes with voluntary amnesia on God’s part. Not only does he wipe it from His own memory but he wants to delete it and rewrite his own message on our hearts as well. No follower of Christ has to be defined or marked by past failures, not in the way we see ourselves nor in the way we see one another.

Lord, thanks for forgiving and forgetting.

Cool and breezy

September 28th, 2010 by Maureen

They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. Jer. 17:8

God’s presence is like a spiritual cool front that blows in when our lives seem to be experiencing record drought and heat. He nourishes and refreshes us. He produces an environment of blessing through us and for us.

Lord, thank you for spiritual and physical breezes.