Sometimes I just feel kinda ho hum… it happens to us girls if you know what I mean. 😉
Just been going through the motions for the most part… just blah. Not sad or anything… just one of those weeks. I’m excited about this weekend thought – mom’s coming for a “Strokes of Faith” painting party, a high school pageant, and hanging out. We also have a Belize Mission Trip fundraiser – we are volunteering to babysit kids! Are we crazy? YEP! PLUG TIME – If you want to support our trip to Belize… READ THIS!
Well… you know it’s Lent right? It is, if you didn’t know. It’s the 40 days leading up to Easter that Jesus followers can really set aside and focus on the amazingness and crazy love that the crucifixion is. Usually people give something up for Lent. Some do see it as a challenge, a weight-loss tool even… that’s not what it’s for. If you “sacrifice” something… it’s to give up something you treasure and replace it with focused time on Jesus… a VER VERY VERY small picture of the S.A.C.R.I.F.I.C.E. he gave for us. So… I was thinking… what do I treasure? What do I hold up as important? What do I obsess over? What is most valuable to me? For me… it’s not chocolate (but i do enjoy it), it’s not soft drinks (i’ll drink a DDP anyday though), it’s not facebook/social media (i could do without), it’s not the phone (i don’t like talking on the phone… text me), it’s not tangible things. What I hold most dear is TIME. I like to plan every second of everyday… I always have. I want to use my time the best way possible… most of the time for me… sadly. But… how do I give up time? kinda difficult. Well… let me tell you. I don’t think Lent is ALL about fasting FROM something… but rather FEASTING on something better. You FAST from ____ (fill in the blank) and FEAST on JESUS!!! That’s the overarching theme! For my turn on that, I have decided to FAST from time spend selfishly and FEAST on writing letters to love on and encourage people in my life.
Maybe some of these Fasting/Feasting suggestions line up to your life. Check ’em out:
I love writing letters… but I claim I don’t have time to do it. Well… now it’s my mission. I know I need encouragement. God has filled me up with the spiritual gift of encouragement (I use it most of the time…). And I want to FEAST on lifting up the beautiful women and people in my life… that’s what Jesus does for me. He writes love notes to me in His word… showing He knows me, loves me despite my wretchedness, and encourages me to dig deeper… to press in… to discover new treasures with Him.