Posts from March 2017

Posts from March 2017

Lent: Feed the Hungry (Day 27)

Read: Isaiah 58:10 Reflect: Have you ever been “hangry?” This word originated in the 1990’s and means “irritable as a result of feeling hungry.” My daughter could become the poster child of hangry. She turns into a completely different creature when she gets hungry. She becomes fussy, irritable, mean, and inconsolable. Sometimes, she even refuses to eat when she feels this way. It takes my husband and I 15 minutes sometimes to convince her that if she took a few…

Lent: Tell God’s Works (Day 26)

Read: Psalm 19:1-6 Reflect: I like to make stuff. There is just something so fun and rewarding about making something with my own hands. I especially enjoy taking raw materials and forming something new and unexpected. When I create, I am participating in God’s creation. In the same way, God calls each of us not only to participate in His creation, but God calls each of us to tell of His good works. The sky and all of creation declare…

Lent: Remain in Jesus (Day 25)

Read: John 15:1-5 Reflect: I have these plants. My favorite plants are the ones that are supposed to bloom pretty flowers, but I have this problem…I have a bit of a commitment issue when it comes to taking care of plants. Days, sometimes weeks, go by before I remember to water, feed and prune them. Yes, I neglect them. So, my plants rarely bloom. I think if maybe I had more of a relationship with them I might help them…

Lent: Laws or Love (Day 24)

Read: Matthew 22:37-39 Reflect: Can you remember all the things that you shouldn’t do as a Christian and Disciple of Christ? First there are the 10 commandments, and then there are the morals and lessons in all of the parables that Jesus told to illustrate how to live a Godly life. There are also the events related in the lives of the 12 Disciples of Jesus, like Peter, James, John and Phillip, Thomas and yes even Judas. Jesus spoke a…

Lent: Working the Harvest (Day 23)

Read: Luke 10:2 Reflect: I’m a master at running from suffering. If something bad has happened, I don’t want to hear about it. I hate watching the news; I hate hearing about people going through depressing or bad times. It hurts my heart to hear these things, so I’d rather just protect myself from them. Recently, I was awakened to the fact that I had become apathetic to the needs of those around me. It’s as if I had become…

Lent: Choosing What You Really Love (Day 22)

Read: Joshua 24:15 Reflect: Choose is a word that requires a decision, requires action and requires commitment. Often, we avoid choosing because we must commit and by committing we are saying we will walk to something and away from something else. We are saying it is not possible to do both. What happens when we choose to serve God?- -not when we choose to go to church or be a better person or help those in need–but what happens when…

Lent: Being a Refuge (Day 21)

Read: Nahum 1:7 Reflect: Most of you know that the Lord can be your refuge, but do you know that you can be a refuge of the Lord? I am not saying that in times of trouble the Lord will come to you for refuge, but I am saying that the Lord can use you as a refuge for others during their times of trouble. A refugee is a person who seeks shelter or protection from danger or trouble. The…

Lent: Get Ready! Get Set! Go! (Day 20)

Read: 1 Peter 3:15 Reflect: How often have we heard those words at the start of a race! Without preparation, there are false starters, late starters or non starters! Boy Scouts have the motto “Be prepared”. There are lots of websites and articles about how to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster or crisis in order to survive. Even NFL telecasts used to shout, “Are you ready for some football?” Preparation is essential in the spiritual life…

Lent: Trust In Christ Again (Day 19)

Read: Ephesians 3:17-19 Reflect: As adults, many of us have gone through a number of “phases” in our life. There was probably a time when we were “students,” and another time when we were “single.” Some of us might have gone through a phase that was “rebellious” and others may have felt “lost.” Then, perhaps we became “professional” as we developed our occupations. Many of us also became “married” and eventually “parents.” Some, if not all, of these phases come…

Lent: Love God (Day 18)

Read: Deuteronomy 6:5 Reflect: “What is the greatest commandment?” This is the question that the Pharisees asked Jesus during a fascinating dialogue in the Jerusalem temple court. In response, Jesus quoted one of the most beloved scriptures from Deuteronomy: ”You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is an excerpt from a brief collection from the scriptures known as the “shema”, the Hebrew word for “hear.”…