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Celebrating Lent

     Ash Wednesday was on February 22, 2012, this year, marking the beginning of the Lent season, the 40 day-period before Easter. It’s a time to reflect on what the cross of Jesus means to us in our lives and how that the resurrection of Jesus holds an eternal promise for us.

     The cross represents consecration and those things that we must endure for the sake of Christ. Jesus told his disciples “unless you take up your cross and follow me, you can not be my disciples.”

     This may mean different things to different people. For some, they may struggle with financial instability, or with a difficult marriage, still others may endure infertility, the loss of a loved one, or caring for an elderly parent.

     But when Jesus doesn’t remove the struggles, He promises that His grace will be sufficient.

     There is a way to live victoriously through Him in every situation.

      As we reflect on the cross, we see that it is a picture of this grace and love that is extended to us through this divine miracle that is still available to us today! His love never fails!

     As we regard the empty tomb and Jesus’ resurrection, we are captivated by the supernatural power that makes this possible and how that same power is available in our lives today to make the impossible, possible!

     Scripture says, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes,” Mark 9:23 (NKJV).

Participating Together

     During this 40 days leading up to Easter, our family has decided to implement a certain fast that we can all participate in together.. We are also endeavoring to read the scriptures regularly and pray together. We are consecrating our wills to His will, picking up and carrying our cross, and asking, believing God to do the miraculous in our lives.

     Our older children have decided to fast their Netflix, Facebook and even cell phones during this time. Our younger children have committed to showing self control, love and kindness to each other.

    It is a fruitful time and we know it will allow the Lord increased access to SPEAK to us in the deepest part of our spirits! Be encouraged to jump in on the Lent Journey at any time between now and Easter, and watch and see what God will do on your behalf. He promises to be a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

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