Monday, March 30, 2015

March 31 "For Whom Do I Weep?" I Samuel 15-17

It is the words of God:
People look on the outward appearance.
God looks at their hearts.
I Samuel 16:7.
So, if my heart is right, as best I know,
why would I care about the thoughts of another?

Someone has taken something dear away from me.
May I be ever true to obey my God and let go.

"Does the Lord delight in sacrifice
as much as in obeying?" I Sam 15:22

Those are the words of Samuel.
The one who cried out all night over Saul's disobedience.
You know, the bleating of sheep.
Do I weep like that for my children, my family, my life?

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME THIS DAY IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS:  You delight in obedience from my heart not from my thoughts---no more pulling myself up from the bootstraps; no more sealing my lips; no more living by checkmarks; no more longing for what this world offers; no more living by principles over love.  Please change me, O God!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 30" What Have You Done?" I Samuel 13-14

What have you done, Saul? 
I Samuel 13:11

Saul looked at his circumstances and made a foolish decision.
The men were scattering.
Saul stepped in to make something happen.
By Saul's own admittance:  "I have not sought the Lord's favor."
I Samuel 13:12

DEAR GOD, PLEASE MAKE MY FOCUS THAT YOU CHANGE ME NOT CHANGE MY CIRCUMSTANCES.  Father, may I obey what You have given me to do.  Today.  Forever.  May I move in Kindness and Love.

March 29 "What Happened" I Samuel 9-12

As Saul turned to leave Samuel, 
God changed Saul’s heart, 
and all these signs were fulfilled that day.
I Samuel 10:9

So what happened to Saul?
God's calling clear on his life.
We read a story of a man like us.
A heart changed by the Spirit of God.
So what happened to Saul?

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN ONE OF THESE NEW 10,000 MOMENTS. I cannot look at anyone else.  I bump against their sin.  I must leave it there.  Leave it with you.  And move into love them.  By your power.  By your will.  What is happening to me is a far more better question for me to ask.  Am I moving in love!  

Friday, March 27, 2015

March 28 "What Do I Love More than My Family" I Samuel 4-8

Eli led with integrity for 40 years.
Devastating news soared him.

 “Israel fled before the Philistines, and the army has suffered heavy losses. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured.” 4:17

Eli cared more about God than himself? By the way that I act today, will I share that I care more about God?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 27 "Deeply Troubled" I Samuel 1-3

And I weep as I read because these words read me.
We read the Bible but the Bible reads me.
I am a deeply troubled woman in this patch of life.

"Hannah was praying in her heart." I Samuel 1:16

Her lips were moving.
Her voice was silent.
And her friends thought she was drunk.

"Not so, my lord.  I am a woman who is deeply troubled ... 
I was pouring out my soul to the Lord."
I pray here out of my great anguish and grief.

DEAR FATHER, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN MY 10,000 MOMENTS, especially these here of anguish and grief that I bear alone.  May my default be that I pour it out to You not pouring it out on man.  I hope to hear someone say to me this day---Go in Peace.  And I'll say it to my friends!

May the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.  I Samuel 1:17.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March 26 "The Lord's Kindness" Ruth 1-4

May the Lord show you His Kindness.

And Ruth's response . . .
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Ruth 1:16

Oh to follow God like these 3 women in the midst of huge loss.
Looking for God's Kindness.
They found it in the ordinary day, ordinary way.
May we see the Lord's Kindness in this very day.

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN ONE OF THESE ORDINARY 10,000 MOMENTS, This day.  A new way.  May I see Your Kindness to me.  Open my starry eyes affixed on temporal things.  Unlock this heart of mine to want You more.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 25 Right in my Own Eyes" Judges 19-21

 "In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit." Judges 21:25. Never had anyone seen the evil being done. You would have thought it shook their very central core. They entertained the evil. Do we?