40 Days of Lent–Reflections #4, A Series

On February 23, 2020, I invited all to join me for a “40 Days of Lent, 6-Week Daily Event”of fasting, prayer with a prayer journal reflection prompt beginning on Ash Wednesday on The Prayer Journals’ Facebook page.

Each day as I reflected on the daily Bible verse and prayer, journal reflection prompt, I asked the following questions:

“When I pray, am I prepared to be intensely focused on God’s point of view?” (Ephesians 5:16-17)

“Am I prepared for I prepared for God to perform with me everything in which He separated me?” (James 1:5)

“After He has done his work with me, am I prepared to separate myself from God just as Jesus did?” (Revelations 1:8)

“Have I made myself one with Jesus so that what controls Christ controls me too?” (Hebrews 4:11-13)

“Am I prepared for what this will cost me?” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

“Am I prepared to set myself apart from the Holy Spirit’s work in me?” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

40 DAYS OF LENT

Hosanna!

As I come to this day, Palm Sunday, I realize more than before the beginning of Lent that my faith is real, but it is not permanent. God has been pointing out to me that I am only interested in His blessings instead of God Himself. If I am to be prepared for God for what He wants of me, then I must water the seeds of the last 40 days reflections to cultivate a permanent faith. Until I have and know Jesus Christ truly as my Lord, my goals are my own and not the fruit of His evident blessings. His providential care is not only for me, but for those with whom He places with me – instructing me to share and grow in the light of His mercy and grace.

The Exchange

“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!”

Now, as Holy Week begins waving palm branches, I see the King of Peace. I will pray following in the steps of Jesus Christ to His crucifixion – carrying the cross. May I fully understand Christ’s anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane?  May I fully feel the lashes and scourging of Christ’s body, my sins that drew blood and agonizing pain that he endured all for my behalf? May I experience the weight of the cross so I may continue to grow a permanent faith made real in the death of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? God sacrificed His only Son so I would not have to feel the weight of my sin, but life everlasting through a ‘permanent’ faith in Him.

Do I see God at work in my circumstances?

“… The Lord is near. Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7 GW

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 as we enter Holy Week  with the Celebration of Easter next Sunday. 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 #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.
40 DAYS OF LENT - Series #3

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.

19 DAY - 40 DAYS OF LENT

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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