The Beginning of Lent

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Now, typically I don’t observe Lent. I grew up with an evangelical background so the churches we attended throughout my life never taught us about Lent or did anything to observe it. I’m sure I learned about it in some class but never really put much thought into it as I grew up.

As I’ve expanded my horizons in my adult years I’ve met several people who share similar religious beliefs as I do but they also observe Lent. Case in point, my friend Christopher uses Lent as a time to daily ask people for if he can pray for them and uses it as a time to center himself.

My prayer life has been a bit rocky these last few weeks because my routine is off (though I know that is no excuse and that prayer shouldn’t be just routine – but hang with me). So, I’d like to take Christopher’s idea and do the same – offer every day to pray for people and/or take prayer requests. I’ll then dedicate time each day to spending it in prayer.

I, however, will not be giving up meat on Friday. 🙂

So, if you have a prayer request – please reach out to me and let me know! I would be honored to pray for you.


Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

 

 

Ready, Set, Go!

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Better late than never! I know I missed my noon deadline and it’s been a crazy day but I still wanted to get a post in before the day is done.

I have some changes going on right now in my life and it’s been kind of a struggle lately. I read a great article on Donald Miller’s Storyline blog about how you’ll never be fully ready. (Read: http://storylineblog.com/2015/02/05/youre-never-going-to-be-fully-ready/)

It’s a great read about how when paddle boarding you have to paddle to maintain your balance and move forward. While I’ve never been paddle boarding it made sense to me. I tend to be one that wants to have every thing in place and every piece ready before embarking on an adventure.

The reality is in life that we’re never going to be fully ready. We’re never going to have every piece and every thing in its perfect place before we can move forward. Sometimes in life we just have to have things ok enough to get started and get going to see the rest of it come together.

Maybe it’s because I suffer from being a Type A personality type (read: I like to plan things – A LOT). How about you? Plan Plan Plan or Fly by the seat of your pants?


 

Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

Good Friday

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His heart was broken, mine was mended.
He became sin, now I am clean.
The cross He carried bore my burden.
The nails that held Him set me free.

His life for mine, His life for mine
How could it ever be
That He would die, God’s son would die
To save a wretch like me
What love divine – He gave His life for mine

His scars of suffering brought me healing
He spilled His blood to fill my soul
His crown of thorns made me royalty
HIs sorrow gave me joy untold

His life for mine, His life for mine
How could it ever be
That he would die, God’s son would die
To save a wretch like me
What love divine – He gave His life for mine

He was despised and rejected
Stripped of His garment and oppressed
I am loved and accepted and
I wear a robe of righteousness

His life for mine, His life for mine
How could it ever be
That He would die, God’s song would die
To save a wretch like me
What love divine – He gave His life for mine

 

His Life for Mine by the Talley Trio. This song was almost always sang every Easter at church when I was growing up. The song makes me very nostalgic and to this day I still listen to it during Easter season. Just thought I’d share them with you this year. Hopefully you enjoy!

from life’s first cry to final breath

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Ever had one of those days where everything was just “off”? Like something happens and then the whole trajectory of your day is thrown off? That was today for me.

It all started at 5:00 AM when I was jolted awake by this horrible noise. As I laid there trying to figure out what it was, my head was spinning. Less than a week into a new place you don’t know all the noises. Co2? Fire? Security? It finally occurred to me that if it was any of the aforementioned things that I should probably get out of bed and do something about it. Turned out to be a false security alarm and everything was ok but it was enough to startle me to the point that sleeping wasn’t much an option after this.

When I did get up to start my day, I had to go through my routine and I’m still trying to get that down in a new place. Everything is in a different place, multiple floors to deal with, and to top it off I’m spinning tonight so I had to gather biking stuff too.

As I’m heading out to my first meeting at 8AM I get a notification that it’s been cancelled… so then I turn around to head to my office and was greeted by tons of traffic due to accidents/snow.

By 9AM I was frazzled and this feeling carried onto lunch.

I sat down to listen to one of my favorite worship CDs that I got for my birthday this year from my friend Jen L. I hit track 14 and suddenly the rest of the world grew dim and these words resonated deep within me,

“No guilt in life, no fear in death. This is the power of Christ in me.
From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man can ever pluck me from His hand.
Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I stand.”

Suddenly, my crappy morning didn’t matter. This song served as a reminder that God is in control and that no matter what I face in life that I’ll always be within the arms of my savior and nothing or no one can take that from me.

Just thought I’d take a few minutes out of my lunch to share this with you.

John