We have come to the part of this spiritual journey where review is necessary. With me God has to rehearse His lessons over and over so they make it deep into my thick French/Anglo/ Finnish head. I have learned to relish the review. It’s exciting to remind myself of what God has said to see what His Spirit has done from the beginning to see how I have changed.
Come review with me our Lenten lessons:
Lent Day 5- The questions:
1. How has your connection with God and with others grown this year?
2. In what ways have you grown this year in Christ-like maturity?
3. Are you serving God according to your Spiritual giftings? your heart? your abilities? Your personality? Your experiences?
4. How are you intentionally sharing your faith with unbelievers?
5. How has your public and private worship life grown in the last year?
Lent Day 6- Questions of the day: Have you ever been afraid of a road God told you to walk down? What did you do?
Yes. In the past I have practiced avoiding the roads even if that took me a long way around. It took me many years in my walk with God to realize there was no getting away from the troubles. If I didn’t face them in one particular roadway the fearful thing would pop up on another road.
In light of that here was the real question of the day:
How am I at developing authentic community within my church family?
How am I doing in the area of loving others? Giving grace to others? Forgiving others? (I guess that’s three in one but OK) Read I Corinthians 13 before answering this one.
Which of those questions scares you the most?
Lent Day- 7 Question of the day How can I grow this year to become more like Christ?
At the time of the writing I said this: Food has been an addiction to which I have turned all my life. During the 21 day spiritual journey in January God gave me a vision for losing forty pounds. But I am coming to see that the goal is a measuring stick for a much deeper spiritual work God wishes to do inside me. These journeys into the world of fasting are about gaining control of my appetites and addictions so that Christ may have the preeminence.
As of today I have lost twenty-six pounds. I have found that I am enjoying the vegetarian diet I am on. I am even enjoying living without caffeine!
Lent Day 8- Questions of the day: How can I better serve God and others?
What can you change with God’s help to make you a better servant to God’s people?
For myself it has been about living my schedule more faithfully and learning to say “No!” to things I know don’t match up with God’s revealed service plan for my life.
Which of these lessons spoke most to you?