Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 23 "Don't Seek Great Things for Yourself" Jeremiah 42-45

Dear Kids,

Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. Jer 45:5
What is the point here? What is the motive?
Ruin was everywhere in the Jewish nation;
Ruin is everywhere in our American nation.
A Sovereign God is pulling things, breaking things up, mixing things up.
Where things are not certain, not much---why should we make our goal to seek great?
In this season of their day, of our lives, dare we desire to find our honor in this world.
Dare we dream to make wealth our goal.  "It is absurd for thee to be now painting thy own cabin" when all about you, things are falling apart, while people move around so empty in this life.
Do not seek the great things in times like these. 
For you are safe.  Wherever you go, so the Word goes, you will be safe.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August 16 "Fire In My Bones" Jeremiah 18-22

Dear Children,

Life can be heavy, light, burdensome, bare.  
'But if I say, “I will not mention his word
or speak anymore in his name,”
his word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot.'  Jeremiah 20:9

I'm more meloncholy than any of you.
Way more.
But this.
This is how I want to live!
A fire shut up in my bones!

Monday, August 15, 2016

August 15 "We Will Wait for You" Jeremiah 24-17

Dear Ones,

Does the skies send down showers?
No, it is you, Lord our God.
    Therefore our hope is in you,
    for you are the one who does all this.
We will wait for You. The One Who made it all. You know. You rule. Jer 14:22. May we find Your Words and eat them. And may we serve them to those we touch. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August 9 "Sovereign Lord is on you" Isaiah 59-63

My Dear Children,

We all have the Holy Spirit and His Power at the whisper of a word. He is here.  Our hands may be knee deep in our work.  Our hearts must not be entangled with this world.  May we all proclaim the good news by the way we live. 

"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair."
Isaiah 61:1-3

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August 3 "Broken World" Isaiah 31-35

Dear Kids,

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
or seek help from the Lord.  Isaiah 31:1
May our sightings be on the Lord Almighty.

May we cast our glances in the right Direction.
May we direct our pleas to the right Refuge.
May we not forget the Rock of Ages for broken reeds.
May we not forget the Living Water for broken cisterns.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August 2 "Hearts Far Away" Isaiah 28-30

Dear Kids,

Here it is.  The first verse I read that grabbed me and what I was doing, living, being.

“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is based on merely human rules they have been taught. Isaiah 29:13.

And I turned.  I could no longer live in the human rules.
I could no longer live by the works of my hand.
I can no longer live today by the principle of this land.

May our Worship of the Beautiful One be free and real and right.
In quietness and in confidence may our strength be in Him. Isaiah 30:15
He longs to be gracious to you and to me.  Isaiah 30:18

August 1 "Walking in the Way of Your Word" Isaiah 23-27

Dear Children,

The path of the righteous is level;
You, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your Word,
we wait for you;
your name and renown
are the desire of our hearts. Isaiah 26:7-8

May God's Name be made known from this first day here and forever.