40 Days of Lent – Reflections #3, A Series

This past week in The Prayer Journals’ 6-Week Lenten Series to spiritual awakening with daily fasting, prayer with a prayer journal prompt for personal reflection, there was much to pray upon – kindness, humility, judgement, forgiveness, enemies, and tragedy.
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A National Day of Prayer: COVID-19

As I draw closer to God so I can now Him better, there are times that I am dismayed. Sometimes it seems the more I get to know Him, the more I do not understand. At this point, I realize the distance between us. The goal of knowing Him better seems further from my reach. What makes these times unfamiliar is when I do not understand the tragedy around me like the current national emergency with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Many people are naturally fearful of getting sick, fear of dying from this illness, and fear of being isolated from family, friends, and the outside world in their self-quarantine. When I read the entirety of 1 John, chapter 4, I am reassured beginning in verse 14 and ending in verse 19 (GW):

“We have seen and testify to the fact that the Father sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God lives in those who declare that Jesus is the Son of God, and they live in God. We have known and believed that God loves us. God is love. Those who live in God’s love live in God, and God lives in them.

God’s love has reached its goal in us. So, we look ahead with confidence to the day of judgment. While we are in this world, we are exactly like him with regard to love. No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn’t have perfect love. We love because God loved us first.”

I hold on to my faith in Jesus Christ.

When I give in to something like the bad habit of fear, I soon realize the tremendous control is has over me. Even though I may say, “Oh, I will not give in to it,” I know I can’t when I willingly give in to it.

“Lord, help me to turn off the outside world when it panics and turn to You instead.”

I belong to God. God, who is in me, is greater than anything in this world. Misery comes when tragedy tackles me; and I become fearful. Whatever befalls me, God assures me He loves me. When darkness comes and I am isolated, I endure because I know God is with me. Whether I live another day to love, or die to live forever in love with Christ, everything is possible with God, Mark 10:27 (GW), who loved me first.

“God is not a God of disorder but a God of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 (GW)

On this day, March 15, 2020, may we all turn to the God of peace and “trust the LORD with all (our) heart, and do not rely on (our) own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (GW).

When I pray

I encourage you to periodically refer back to the initial invitation for this 6-week Lenten series, 40 Days of Lent – An Invitation for further journal writing guidance for the daily prayer journal prompts for the reflection topic. Please know that I am praying for you in this spiritual awakening journey toward the Easter celebration. You may reach out to me by email at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. In the last ten years I have kept a prayer journal to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.

I hope you will join me daily on The Prayer Journals Facebook page during the Lenten season (and beyond) for spiritual growth. May I also ask that you share this blog post on your Facebook page and other social media, as well as, the daily Prayer Journals Facebook posts?

I appreciate your participation and value your prayers.

I am praying for you!

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts. If you have a specific prayer request, please email me in confidence at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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40 Days of Lent – Reflections #2, A Series

Am I ready?

Am I ready to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ?

When I began Lent, I vowed I would fast intermittently by eating 1 or 2 meals a day with fasting a minimum of 18 hours. Not only did I want to purify myself to draw closer to God, but ease myself back into intermittent fasting for health in mind, body, and spirit.

When I see myself in the light of God, I am deeply ashamed of myself. I am ashamed I have not kept my word to fast; but horrified that my fasting was self-centered. The beauty of Christ is his forgiveness. And as I draw closer to God in His light, He shows me through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ – forgiveness.

On this Sunday, The Prayer Journals’ 6-Week Lenten Series to spiritual awakening with daily fasting, prayer with a prayer journal prompt for personal reflection, I want to desire God more deeply than anything else even food for my physical body.

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Taking On Something or Giving Up Something

A Twitter friend, @PoliticLutheran tweeted this last week, “I don’t practice giving things up for Lent. For the last several years, I have been practicing taking something on. Whether that means focusing more on something or being more mindful, I find it to be more meaningful spiritual practice…”

I have contemplated his tweet about “taking something on” since he tweeted this a few days ago. And when I look back on this past week’s Bible verse and daily prayer prompt reflections that I have posted on The Prayer Journals Facebook page, there IS much to take on.

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While I strive to intermittently fast, the meaning of fasting has changed for me. In order to desire God more deeply, I must fully surrender my personal notion of fasting to taking on the purpose of spiritual awakening through fasting. I must surrender all sin, purifying myself to take on joy, to take on peace, to take on simplicity and dousing the light of arrogance with taking on the light of Jesus Christ.

I have written in a previous post the beauty of angels among us when God is trying to show us the right path. This past week @PoliticLutheran was that angel for me with showing me it is not the fasting of food, but rather taking on the light of Jesus Christ through my fasting. I am to surrender all that draws me away from the light of Christ to be truly identified with the death of Jesus Christ.

I continue to pray for all those who follow this blog and who are joining me on Facebook for this Lenten series. If you are being blessed by it, I hope you will share this post and the Facebook posts with others who also want to desire God more deeply.

When I pray

I encourage you to periodically refer back to the initial invitation for this 6-week Lenten series, 40 Days of Lent – An Invitation for further journal writing guidance for the daily prayer journal prompts for the reflection topic. Please know that I am praying for you in this spiritual awakening journey toward the Easter celebration. You may reach out to me by email at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. In the last ten years I have kept a prayer journal to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.
I hope you will join me on The Prayer Journals Facebook page during the Lenten season (and beyond) for spiritual growth.

May I also ask that you share this blog post on your Facebook page and other social media, as well as, the daily Prayer Journals Facebook posts?

I appreciate your participation and value your prayers.

I am praying for you!

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts. If you have a specific prayer request, please email me in confidence at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

© 2016-2020 All Rights Reserved