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This is a celebration! An opportunity to share just a little in Christ’s suffering. Forty days — a countdown from February 13 (Ash Wednesday) until Easter Sunday

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It’s not just for the Catholics and Protestants anymore. Churches of various faiths have participated in this loving act for years now. It is a time of reflection, servitude, prayer, fasting, spiritual growth, and giving. When I say giving, I mean giving of yourself or doing without one thing you really love. Here are a few things  people give up: chocolate, candy, movies, tv, internet, Facebook (just kidding), potatoes, soft drinks. Anything that shows your willingness to do without for a time to reflect on what Jesus suffered for all of us.

 I read an article about Lent where this woman did Lent differently. She and her family decided not to give up anything. Instead, they would add one word to their thoughts to focus on totally…all the time and every day. When they woke up, the word consumed their thoughts for the day and they lived it.

Yeah, not giving up a single thing. I can do this!

So on Ash Wednesday I decided on my word to focus on and began the period of Lent. My word is PATIENCE. I could do with a little more of that, so I started with concentration and a little effort and was pretty much handling the situation, when a couple of days into it I hit a snag. Certain things bothered me and I began to snap at my husband, wasn’t kind at times, and found myself being downright disagreeable. Where had this attitude come from? This was harder than I thought it would be. Truth is I thought it would be a breeze. Was I fooled. I had a lot more work cut out for me than I thought. I prayed.   So here I am, Lord, with a haughty attitude that you hate. Please forgive me and let me have at least a little of the attitude you had when you saved me from an eternity in Hell.  – Amen.

 I thought of the passage of scripture that says: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Ouch!  

So now I’m trying harder and keeping in mind that I live to serve a much higher power, and that this is nothing compared with what He went through when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane, and all  the way to the cross where He gave His life for mine. He humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross. He was sinless and He did this without thinking about how he was treated — brutally beaten — for me. It’s personal. He did this for all of us.

After familiarizing myself with these passages, and repeating them to myself, it was easier to be kinder and at the right times to keep silent when I had nothing nice to say.

How about you? Are you participating in Lent? Let me know your thoughts or share a story with me.

I want to wish all of you a joyous and Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! (Photo credit: eyeore2710)


Christ is risen!

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SATAN SAYS (Photo credit: rafaelm)

You’d think we would have a clear view of satanic behaviors. Things of Satan are taboo or forbidden, right? Wrong. Well, they are, but there’s more to it than that. Satan is alive and well in our daily patterns of life, too. What? Yeah,  in our daily activities we, a lot of times put God on the back burner. We have a “to do list” for today, or we take a day off from household drudgery. We work out, watch the tube, or catch up on emails or Facebook. In any of these things, does time with God come into the equation? Did we thank Him for another day, or another opportunity to serve Him? Did we say grace at mealtime? 

English: Minnesota state photograph "Grac...

English: Minnesota state photograph “Grace” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  There are so many people going hungry on a daily basis. Did we thank Him that we’re not one of them? Did we set aside time with our maker today to praise Him and thank Him for never leaving or forsaking us?(Hebrews 13:4) For giving us His son, Jesus, so that we can have eternal life? (John 3:16) The bible says to pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) So throughout the day we should be praying. When someone pops into our head, we should pray for him/her at that moment. We should be thankful in all circumstances. Good and bad. (1Thes. 5:18)  Why? Because we serve a risen Savior. Jesus Christ is the name above every name, (Philippians 2:9) and Satan is the father of all lies. (John 8:44) God wants us to know and depend on Him for all our needs. He is worthy of all honor and praise. And we need to know that through faith, obedience, and trust in Him our needs will be met. So… do we surf the net or grab our bible and meet with our Lord for breakfast and some godly wisdom from His Holy Word?

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

He gives us choices all through our lives. We mess things up and He forgives us. Time with God is time well-spent. And, Hey! We just may be able to do some of those other things we planned — later. Satan will try all kinds of tricks, and use tools to take our time away from prayer and reading our bibles. He knows how powerful God’s Word is. How does he know? Because Satan knows the bible cover to cover. He used to be God’s top angel, you know. He fell from grace when he thought himself higher than God. Time spent in prayer and bible study will give you a peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7) Peace that will allow you to sleep and heal your spirit. So — which is it? Peace like a river (Isaiah 48:18, 66:12) or the chaos that the devil devises? The choice is ours.

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