On the Eve of Lent

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On this eve of Lent, it is time to begin an intentional emptying of all things me. I could make myself a multitude of rules, and that was definitely the rabbit trail I was running down even mid day today, but I finally saw the utter nonsense of it all.  I have already proven to myself that rules do not have a positive affect on me.

So for the Lent season, I am going to slow down and make every effort to not dethrone my glorious Lord and Savior.  I am going to put aside the wonderful devotional books I read during my quiet time, and begin Lent with Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado.

There are nine “fruits of the Spirit” listed in Galatians 5 and 47 actual days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.  People always say 40 but the week beginning with Palm Sunday is not included.  That week on a church calendar is always different and more intense.  But for me, I am taking all the way to Easter Sunday morning to immerse myself in the fruits of the Spirit and Max Lucado.

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Max wrote so many book that deal with the last week of Jesus’ life that are such appropriate study for Lent, so I am going to work my way through at least three: the one mentioned above, He Chose the Nails, and And the Angels Were Silent. I was able to get them all at the library. The small one is a devo that pulls from the rest that I have had.  Not sure I will use it.

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I plan to begin journaling in my new Illustrating Bible, and I am super excited about that. New things are hard to dive into for me, for fear I make a colossal mistake; but it’s time!

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I have a book by a wonderful Bible journaler named Sara Laughed called Lent Illustrated: the Fruits of the Spirit that I pulled off the shelf to use as I study. With 9 fruit and 47 days, I plan to spend 5-6 days on each one exclusively, but all the while rolling them all forward as I go.

I am also going to pen a note a day and snail mail it to a person that needs to know I am a fan of them.  Notes of encouragement. Notes of apology. Notes of forgiveness sought. Notes of love. Who knows??

So here is a list of the nine fruits of the Spirit.  They have different names in different versions, so I plan to stick with  the main list.

Love

Joy

Peace

Patience   (longsuffering, forbearance)

Kindness    (gentleness)

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness      (meekness)

self-control

Am I cracking down on eating? You bet. But not because it is Lent, but because it is obedience and life with Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

I will weigh in first thing tomorrow. And yes I have put reminder notes everywhere.  My goal for myself might be 40 pounds over Lent?  Because I like to set goals that do not seem attainable.  It makes me work harder in the short term.

I would really like to either hop on here every day or use Instagram as a place to update daily. Not sure which I will do. I am going to bed expecting GREAT THINGS from God in me as I empty myself only to be filled with the fruits He has put in my soul through His Spirit.

Happy Lent Eve,

Debi

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