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February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday 2013

Are you giving anything up on Ash Wednesday this year?

I have mildly contemplated it. I have in years past given up things and have even posted about them here in my blog as well.  This year is different for me.  I have been real busy loving on my little 6 month old daughter Sophie. We have been looking into buying a new home.  We are in the process of renting our current home out.  Work has been keeping my busy.  I have begun to work on an Emmaus team for Walk #72 as an ALD for the 2nd time.  My wife and I are enjoying serving as D-group leaders on sunday morning to our 11th graders and on and on…

I write and share these things above because this is my life and where my head is and where I am right now in my life.  Full of what life is supposed to be about and what makes me happy.  I’m grateful and thankful.  Grateful for the financial blessings to live this wonderful life God has given me and thankful to have so many great people in my life that love me for me and the joy that it brings me.

Could I write about the things I do day to day that are more important than fasting or giving something up for 40 days once a year, sure I could.  My thought is this, IF in giving something up for 40 days for Lent and then you return to your life unchanged, what’s the point of Lent and you giving something up?

Encouraging you to do more in your day to day life as a LIFESTYLE is what I am expressing here.  Give something up for Lent, awesome! Making that a LIFESTYLE, well that’s entirely different and that’s what Jesus has called us to do.

God Bless you in this Lenten season.

February 17, 2010

LENT

Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven – Matthew 5:3

Today is the first day of Lent(which means Spring) aka Ash Wednesday, and it begins the season of the anticipation and culmination of Christ’s death, burial and ultimate Resurrection.  Six weeks to go for the end of this season not including Sundays.  I am currently in prayer about what I want to give up that would draw me closer to the Lord Jesus.  I’ve given up Xbox, Chocolate and Cokes in the past, but this year I want it to be more meaningful.  Granted the things I mentioned have and can keep me distracted from focusing on the Lord, but I want something deeper that will give me pause to Him every time I think about whatever it is that I will be giving up. 

Read more about Lent here.

Let’s look at our Spiritual health today and during this season and focus on how we can be better human beings with Christ’s help.

Lord, help us during this season to remember what you have done for us your children and the sacrifices you have given for us.  Jesus’ name, Amen.

February 25, 2009

happy ash wednesday

Hope you go to church tonight/today and if your church doesn’t celebrate Ash Wednesday, find one around you that does.  It’s a great tradition and the beginning of the Lenten Season.   Six weeks from now approximately, we will be celebrating Christ’s betrayal, crucifixion and most importantly His Resurrection.  I do say celebrate, because in the midst of his betrayal and crucifixion and the pain of that, He rose again and died for us and defeated death so that we may live, for every one of us.  Praise Him forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Be Blessed!

February 6, 2008

Ash Wednesday

Well, today is Ash Wednesday.  Happy Day to ALL!  I would like to start by saying there is a lot of history for this day.  This day begins the Lenten season and 40 days before Good Friday.  There is also Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. 

I happen to go to a Methodist Church and in our church there is more of a tradition that takes place in this Protestant Church than in most Protestant Churches.  We do celebrate Ash Wednesday service in the evening.  We write on a piece of paper our sins and things that keep us from drawing closer to God and give it to Him as a sacrifice.  Ashes are them placed on our foreheads as we kneel at the alter and bow humbly before our Father in Heaven.  It’s very personal and powerful the experience of doing this.  It’s a great start to a new year I feel.  It keeps things that are most important in the forefront of our minds. 

Maundy Thursday is night in witch Jesus was betrayed by Judas following the Last Supper.  Good Friday is the day Jesus was crucified.  I hope your wondering why it’s considered “Good?”  I asked the same question when I first understood this as well.  It is because, even though it was sad what happened to Jesus, it was necessary and the Devil and Sin were defeated on the Cross.  It’s because of Jesus sacrifice that we are saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus.  Amen!

I’ll write more about this wonderful season that is upon us.  God Bless You ALL!