Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Season of Lent

Quite thankful I am for each of the churches I have attended throughout my life.  For today - one of them holds a unique place in my heart.

This church provided us a home while we were transitioning from PK Lake to Graham.  My sons sang int he children's choir, went to camps, participated in confirmation classes, and we enjoyed a delightful Sunday school class and serving on committees for finance and education.

It was here that I learned of Lent.  As Ann Voskamp wrote this week about her faith, our faith community doesn't practice Lent.  I can say the same - the places I attended before and the place I attend now - they do not practice lent.

However - I practice Lent and I am thankful for those "open heart, open minds, open doors" who taught me about this unique opportunity to experience more of this Jesus that I long to serve.

Perhaps your faith community practices - perhaps it doesn't but I would suspect we could all use a bit of time to reflect upon the sacrifice, life, burial, and resurrection of this we serve.

This might be a bit unorthodox and I certainly do not mean to be disrespectful.  I am creating my Lent Journey which is much like the journey taken so far through life and through each of those faith communities.

Want to join me?  I would love to hear your thoughts - I would love for us to spend these 40 days reflecting and remembering His sacrifice, His life, His burial, and His resurrection.

Lent thoughts for the ones like me who never knew:

*40 days prior to Easter (does not include Sundays)
*Not specifically mentioned in the Bible
*Time of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline
*The purpose is to reflect upon Jesus Christ - his sacrifice, his life, burial & resurrection.

I shared this Lent Journey with my CoffeeRoomGirls - here are a few details

February 13 - 23 Focus on Jesus' sacrifice
February 25 - March 7 Focus on Jesus' life
March 8 - March 19 Focus on Jesus' burial
March 20 - March 30 Focus on Jesus' resurrection

My plan includes photo journaling the focus, searching the scriptures for passages about the focus, prayer & thanksgiving.  

For me I am going to "give up" worrying about my children (or those dear to me) - when I begin to worry I am going to read my Note Cards of Affirmations.  

Daily I will exercise to know Him better.

Join me if you like!  Email me and let's journey together -

Note Cards with Scripture Affirmations

Our Thankful marker board in our kitchen

When I think of the sacrifices I make - it only reminds me of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for me!

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

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