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Ashes

So I turned to the Lord God
and pleaded with him
in prayer and petition,
 in fasting, … and in ashes. 
 
Daniel 9:3
 
 
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  Observing Lent has not been a part of my Christian heritage but a practice that I have embraced for the past few years. This ancient tradition has enriched my relationship with God.  This year I have decided to help my children understand Lent so we can participate as a family.  I tried to explain it to them like this:
 
Lent is the forty days before Easter.  It is the time of the year that we especially remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us to save us from our sins and his resurrection. 
The word “Lent” is not actually in the Bible.  It is a word that means “spring”, which brings to mind new life.  We do have examples in the Bible from Moses, Elijah, and Jesus, who all had a time of prayer and fasting for forty days.  In the book of 1 John, we are told that “we must walk as Jesus did”, so observing Lent is a way that we can honor that directive. 
 
Lent is a good time for us to add something to our lives that will draw us closer to God and to subtract something from our lives that is drawing us away from God.  Another good thing is to give up something that costs money and give the money we save to help someone in need.  We then went on to talk about praying about what God wants us to do during Lent. 
 
For this Lenten season, I am going to add writing in my journal and subtract social media.  As a family, we are going to decrease time the kids play on the Wii and add a consistent Bible story time.  You are invited to join us as we celebrate Lent and we would love to hear about your Lenten journey.  Feel free to share your stories by writing to spacious4@aol.com, or leave a comment here. (If you are reading this after Lent has started it is not to late to participate. Just start today!)
 
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day … 
1 Corinthians 15:3
 
 

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A time to be silent ….
 
Ecclesiastes 3:7
 
 
As tomorrow is the beginning of the Lenten season, I wanted to let you know that I am giving up blogging for Lent.  Lent has not been a part of my religious heritage, but something that I have embraced more recently. 
 
Along with blogging, I will be giving up sugar.  I asked my friend Nicole to join me, and she said, “Sugar is like Water!”  She then said she would pray about my request, and ten minutes later called to say she was giving up “intentional sugar” for Lent.  I asked her what she meant, and she said she is not going to eat/drink something if she knows it has sugar in it.  (She is not going to worry about the hidden sugar that is in so many things.)  Nicole will be posting updates in the comment section during Lent.
 
If you had not planned to observe Lent, I would like to invite you to prayerfully consider something that you could abstain from until Easter.  This is an excellent time to focus on self-control — a challenging fruit of the spirit to grow. 
 
“The gifts of the Holy Spirit do not automatically become evident in our lives ….  Every further step of spiritual growth in God’s grace must be preceded by acknowledging our lack of a godly attribute and by exhibiting a prayerful determination to obtain it.”  L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert
 
During Lent, I will be praying about what God wants me to share with you, and I plan to start blogging again after Easter.  I will be updating my blog roll and will be posting twitter updates about inspiring blogs.  (My twitter updates can be found at the top right of my blog.) 
 

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