We have already started our first full week of Lent. Things seem to be looking perkier for me…..I have lost a little weight….. I don’t feel so sluggish….. I am actually not obsessing over the “can’t have” list….. and well…. to be honest…. I feel closer to God. I have had to lean on him extra hard these past few days…..I am so glad He is stronger than me!!!
So here’s a full week’s worth of devotionals….. like the other’s before…. they are based on the booklet “Watch and Wait” by: Julia DiSalvo.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth….. Isaiah 55:10
Spring is just around the corner…. “Butter Cups” are beginning to poke their little green heads up from the winter laden soil….. especially in our neck of the woods….. But when the warmer weather and spring rains come, miracles begin to happen…..plants come to life!!
Jesus promises to come again. There will be peace and joy….any problems, or pain, or sadness will vanish. So be strong in your hope, and watch how God makes the green grass appear. This is His love note to us….. enjoy it!!
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010
When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Jonah 3:6
The king had heard Jonah’s warning and he believe it. To save his people, he had to repent from his sin, and the people were watching him do so….. Once he repented, everyone followed his example and the nation was saved.
We have a king, too. Jesus set the perfect example for us to follow for love and service while he was on the earth. He humbled himself and died for us…. now he calls us to repent and to follow him.
How can you be like Jesus?
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11
We wait for Easter in the hope that on that day we can have fun…. celebrating, spending time with family and friends, eating a meal together…. Easter egg hunting….. you know… fun!! Those things are God’s gifts to us……. What if Easter never came…. the fun would be pointless!! Thank God it WILL come!!
Jesus promises that one day, we will be in the presence of God and enter heaven. We don’t know when or how this will happen, but we will have eternal life!!
Friday, Feb. 26, 2010
When you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled…. Matthew 5:23-24
Arguments hurt…. we get angry and we want to hold a grudge! We would rather blame someone else than to admit we have done something wrong and to find a solution towards forgiveness. But to stay angry only means it hurts more. The longer we wait to forgive the weaker the relationship becomes….
Jesus says to make up. This may mean saying, “I’m sorry” or to admit you didn’t get your way. But you will feel better in the end.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010
Today you have obtained the Lord’s agreement: to be your God; and for you to walk in his ways…. Deuteronomy 26:17
Babies learn by watching…. they watch others do things like walking…. once they get brave enough, they walk. Today, consider yourself to be a Baby for God. As you watch how others walk in Jesus’ and God’s ways, pay attention. When the opportunity to serve happens make a slow step to do it. As your Lenten sacrifices get harder, stand up in hope, and wait for God. Someday you will look back and see how far you have walked with God.
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010
Now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me. Genesis 22:12
Abraham had only one son, Issac. Issac was a gift from God because Abraham was very….very…. very old when he was born. But then God asked Abraham to give up Issac….and Abraham was going to. He trusted God and believed God would care for him.
God allowed Issac to live. We are allowed to live because Jesus died for us…..