Lent, what to do?

joan-quote1_edited-1Lent is a time to take stock. A time to look inside ourselves. Each of us may find a different way to observe this time. Some will give up something that is meaningful to them such as sweets or something electronic. Others might take something on such as reading a spiritual book, being kinder, visiting someone you have neglected. Whatever you choose doing something makes the time meaningful and helps to make Easter a joyous occasion.

See the truth

Parables are stories that get you crucified.   Michael Williams

This is a powerful statement but what does it mean? It means that we find ourselves in the parables of Jesus but we are not always the good guy. Too often we are the one who does the wrong thing…..makes the mistakes….turns away. We learn from parables. Pay attention.

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Learn and grow

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.       Proverbs 1:7

We can’t ever stop learning. God gave us our brains for a reason. By learning we grow. Don’t be afraid to study and learn new ideas and new thoughts. There is so much that we can learn and never grow close to knowing all about God. His wisdom is so far above ours.

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Jesus, we learn so much from your teaching. Help us to continue to seek knowledge and growth that we may draw closer to you. AMEN

Don’t be afraid

safeThere are times when life seems so terrifying. We would just like to stay in bed and cover our heads. That is not what Jesus is asking us to do. He wants us to come out of the comfort zone and take a chance. We can do many things for Him if we just try. Don’t be afraid to do something new for God.

Incredible God, you created the world and everything in it. Help us to be a part of continuing the creation and not be afraid to try. AMEN

Personally, I am stuck with one foot in the past and one foot in the present.            Anthony Kiedis

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Too often we get stuck following the familiar path. It is so much easier than doing something new. We are not willing to reach outside of our comfort zone. God expects us to explore all of our options. What we are called to do may not be the thing we are doing now. We tend to think that we have no talents but God uses EVERYTHING. Don’t be afraid to try something new to serve God.

God of creation, you know everything about us. Help us to seek the thing you want us to do and not be afraid to try something new. AMEN