Category: Lent

For the One Who is Exhausted

by John O'Donohue Lent gives permission to stop. To take inventory of how our life is unfolding. If you are exhausted, let this and allow it to bring rest to your runaway soul. When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic, Time takes on the strain until it breaks; Then all the unattended stress falls ...

DAY 18 – Corporate Confession

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 (NOTE: This was written as a reflection during Lent after a time of corporate confession with one of my spiritual formation groups.) When I first mentioned the idea of ...

Day #15 – Solitude: Coming Home to our True Selves

“When we make a place for silence, we make room for ourselves. By making room for silence, we resist the forces of the world which tell us to live an advertised life of surface appearances, instead of a discovered life – a life lived in contact with our senses, our feelings, our deepest thoughts and ...

Day #11 A God-Fashioned Life – Part 3

And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you. Eph. 4:24 Simon Sinek is a leadership expert and author of multiple leadership best-sellers. It all started with his hugely popular 2009 book, Start With Why, ...

Day #9 A God-Fashioned Life – Part 2

“And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you” (Eph. 4:24, MSG). A God-Fashioned Life We pick up from yesterday… Salvation is God’s gift and action from beginning to end. Our salvation ...

Day #6 God is in Control

“By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God.” Galatians 3:24 I heard it again this week, and it made me cringe. I think it’s a Christian cop-out. Over coffee with a friend, we discussed the failing state of the economy and, in particular, its impact on our own personal financial situations. Then ...

Day #5 Today We Celebrate!

Sabbath is the only commandment we brag about breaking. (Author unknown.) Today is the first Sunday of Lent. Lent is traditionally considered 40 days long, even though the time between Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday is actually 47. This is because Sundays are not considered to be part of Lent. Sundays are always considered feast ...

Day #4  Honest to God

“What you’re after is truth from the inside out. Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.” (Psm. 51:6) We are just a little way into Lent. I am surprised how quickly my resolve to live differently dissolves into my old and familiar patterns of living. Humph. I thought I was stronger, more capable than ...

Day 3 A Well-Time Help

Hebrews 4:16:, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (NLT) In 2009, Apple debuted its slogan, "There's an app for that" in TV ads to show off the multitude of apps ...

Day #2 – The Land of the Speaking

“They are not just idle words (dâbâr ) for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” (Deut. 32:47) I grew up mainly near Seattle where the landscape is green and lush (it is as wet there as they say it is). Our ministry began there ...