Yesterday day was Ash Wednesday.
Did you observe the day in any significant way?
For the last few years I’ve attended churches where they smudge a cross on your forehead with ashes. This year… I live in another place and Ash Wednesday was just another day… as it has been for most of my life.
I missed it. Not so much having ash applied to my face… but the order of going to church… and making a plan for what I will do to observe Lent.
There’s much good in my world. But somehow, this year, I feel scattered and unfocused. I need to feel more grounded.
Yesterday I thought I’d sign up for a Lenten devotional reading plan. But, the website was down or had a glitch. I’d planned to get back to it… but then I had more than a few hiccups in my day. And those hiccups just kept on. And when they finally stopped… with no solution… I stopped. I came to a grinding halt. And I never got the Lenten devotional reading plan.
This morning my computer had hiccups. After several restarts… I finally got it going. But in so doing… I got off track and stopped to read Ann Voskamp’s blog post. It was then I realized that all the inconvenience of the morning had led me to this…. a devotional that will help me to think. And more deeply process the cross.
If you’re been meaning to “do” something for Lent… here’s the link. The link to the devotional: The Free 40 Lent Devotionals-Ornaments that focus not on Giving Up for Lent but Taking Back what it means to be The People of The Cross, is at the end of the post. You’ll need to sign up with your email to receive it. But it’s worth it, because when you do, immediately you’ll be taken to the “free tools library.” There are some pretty amazing resources there. When you’re there… scroll down until you see the header for “Tools.” The devotional is the first one in the block…. 40 Lenten Daily Card Devotionals. If you choose to use it… let me know.
Just before I was finished with this post, I checked my email and discovered that Edie is still allowing women to join her for a Lent devotional as well. And yes… I signed up for that one too.
If you were meaning to do something for Lent but didn’t. Maybe these resources will help.
Just wondering… Is observing Lent something you usually do?
It started snowing yesterday… again!
The beauty is incredible. The temperatures… they’re incredible too! Incredibly cold! It seems that though we have more than plenty of snow and cold temps, we have it pretty good compared to those suffering with ice and power outages. If that’s you… I’m so sorry.
One thing I take great delight in, is stealing a few moments to watch the birds at the feeder. This morning I took a few photos of their constant flurry of activity. With all that constant motion, it was tricky to get a shot. But, I persisted.
Today, with all the fresh snow, our world looks more like a black and white photo, except for the cardinal and his bright red coat. I love it. There’s something about the snow covering up all the imperfections in our world and making it glow with pristine beauty. That’s kind of like what happens when we confess our sins to God and choose to make Jesus our Lord and guide. God no longer sees us with the dirt and shame that we carry, but instead, just like the snow covers the ugliness of our world, Jesus’ blood cleanses us and makes us even whiter than the snow.
I’m not so good in the laundry department. Actually I’m great at “doing” the laundry… I just don’t have the knack for stain removal. When we make Jesus the Lord of our lives… he removes every bit of stain and presents us to God… whiter than snow.
I like that word picture. So when the snow comes down and creates a winter wonderland, I’m reminded of how God in his goodness made a way for us to have a relationship with him.
Have you decided to follow Jesus and make him your Lord?
If you’re a pray-er, I’d appreciate your prayers. I have my hands in a few different pots and things just haven’t been going well. Major chunks of my time have been used up with nothing to show. I’m struggling with a small health issue or two and trusting God for healing. And the job hunt has not gone well for my husband… he just received another string of “No’s.” Recently he applied for a ministry position that seems like the perfect fit, but ‘they’ usually want 20 to 30-somethings and so his age makes it seem impossible, except for God. We are trusting God mightily for this as it is near the area we moved from in ’95. Thanks for your prayers.
Thank you for stopping by today.
I appreciate you and your sweet comments make my day.
Wishing you an extraordinary day!
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