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Shamrocks and Lent

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2014-03-17_0001 We are well into our second week of Lent and I am realizing a few things.

  1.  It is difficult to keep a discipline for 40 days.
  2. Discipline doesn't just happen. It takes discipline :)
  3. Clearly defined goals and desired outcomes are a part of discipline.

So I have found some reflective questions to help with my sense of direction. Maybe they will be helpful for you as well. *

5 Questions to Ask Yourself:

1. When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning, how will I be different? What am I preparing for? 

2. Is there a habit or sin in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart or loving my neighbor as myself? How do I address that issue over the next 40 days?

3. What are some things in my life that I tell myself I need but I don’t? Can I give one or two of them up for 40 days?

4. Is there a spiritual discipline that I’ve always wanted to try?  How might I alter my daily routine to include one of these disciplines? And how can I engage all my senses—sight, sound, taste, smell, touch—as I practice them?

5. How do I want Lent 2014 to affect not only the next 40 days but also the next 40 years? 

 

These are good questions and I encourage all of us to think about them and come up with a route for this journey.

My "plan" for Lent includes:

  • Rise early and be quiet with the book of John. Listen for God's voice during this time. Pray. Draw near to Him. Worship. Give thanks.
  • Live each day God-centered, thinking of him often and remembering the gospel.
  • Offer one blog each day...some meditative, some light, some reflective, some prayerful
  • Initiate gathering for meaningful conversation.
  • I especially want to reflect on #1 of the five questions above. I'll let you know what I come to. Do you have an answer for that one?

By the way, Happy St Patrick's Day. I hope it was a cheerful day, full of abundant lightheartedness.

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*   http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/40-ideas-for-lent-2014