MightyFull's Journal, 12 February 2018

Lenton Season is fast approaching and our pastor had placed on our hearts the decision of what to do or not do for Lent. In the season of Lent, turn the volume of life down and listen to God more often. Prepare to look at the cross and Christ's resurrection -- look more deeply.

Ideas were:
> Give up something and do something.
> Give up hurting words and use kindness instead.
> Give up anger and be filled with patience.
> Give up complaining and be more simple.
> Give up grudges and perform reconciliation.

The ones that struck a chord in my heart were "Give up hurting words and use kindness instead." and "Give up complaining and be more simple." Having a more sarcastic personality, sometimes my words cut unintentionally. And let's face it, complaining can take over your life if you let it. I am focusing on these in addition to smiling and being more upbeat/polite. Focusing more on God and less on my own personal fears.

I had considered making it more about food, diet, and exercise, but that is really not the point of Lent. I had considered the portion control aspect and the exercising every day, and again, though challenging, that really doesn't seem to be the direction God wants me to go.

The pastor suggested we read the Gospels during the season of Lent, to learn more about Jesus and what he experienced.

I had a thought of what I could do to listen more to Jesus and become closer. The breath of a suggestion - start reading the Bible beginning with Revelation, and read in reverse order. If you have ever read or tried to read through the Bible, and if you are like me, Leviticus and Numbers are some of the most challenging to work through. My Lenton discipline is to read the New Testament starting in Revelation and working backwards to Matthew by Easter.

Summarize:
Be simple, kind, and positive.
Giving up complaining, hurtful words, and negativity.
Reading New Testament, starting with Revelation and working backwards to Matthew.

The Lent Season starts on Valentine's Day. What are your plans?
on diet MightyFull's own diet  

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I think your goals are wonderful. Please take this next part with the heart in which it is intended. Lent is not in the Bible. We do not have to prove ourselves to God, we are to prove what God says. (Malachi 3:10; Roman 12:2; Thessalonians 5:21) As a student of God's Word, I do not participate in Lent. What most people do are the things we should be doing year round. It has become like a second chance at New Year's resolutions for many. In 3 John 2, God wants us to prosper and be in health. He wants our souls to prosper. What you are doing WILL make your soul proper! I pray that you can make this a regular habit! God will bless your efforts. 
13 Feb 18 by member: moogiemynes
what a gr8 share.  
13 Feb 18 by member: marshakanady

     
 

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