Monthly Archives: February 2010

Reach Out and Save Me Lord!

The Lord is really great….. I mean we give Him a shout out all the time…. but when you are really struggling with something…. His greatness is so beautiful.

Yesterday, I was having a really rough time.  Friends can tell you that I looked like the walking dead.  I had no energy and well…. I wasn’t thinking clearly.  Going vegan for Lent has really made my body go into withdrawals…… My daughter’s birthday is this weekend and I had planned everything out that needed to be done yesterday….  I was going to bake the cakes so I could sit down today and decorate…. well…. I forgot to buy eggs…..I ran to the bedroom to hide the tears that were welling up…. I sorta tripped and basically landed on my knees at the foot of my bed.  I cried out, “God, I need you!”  I sobbed over eggs….I was hungry and I did exactly what you are supposed to do when you are suffering…. pray….And do you know  what???  This morning, I awoke refreshed and ready to tackle just about anything.  The foggy, sluggish feeling had gone away…. thanks to God advising me to take vitamins…..God is so great!!!

Here’s some more devotionals for over the weekend…. oh and they are based on the Creative Communications booklet I use every Lent.

Friday, February 19, 2010

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.   Psalm 51:3

In the early Christian community people though of sin as “missing the mark.”  We can miss the target a lot or even a little…. but it is missed all the same.  As we go through Lent, let us think of times we have sinned before God which makes us miss the target in our relationship with God and others……

Oh Father, I am a sinner…. You said all I need to do is to ask for forgiveness and I will receive Your blessing.  Father, we are here today asking for forgiveness and ready to receive Your bounty, our ministry, and Your love.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day…. then you shall take delight in the Lord….  Isaiah 58:13-14

There are things in life you have to do everyday—brushing your teeth, eating and drinking…. of course sleeping.  But other things you don’t have to do everyday like playing on the Wii, texting, or surfing the internet.  Do you think you could go a whole day without your computer games, cell phone or going to the mall?   God gives us one day a week to focus only on Him.  Sunday we go to worship but then what do we do?  We go home and do our thing….. why not spend the whole day with God?

Father, we hide behind the idea that we are just human.  We get busy doing our own thing and many times only see you in church.  Father, today, we want to spend more time with you.  Father, come into our home today and spend the day with us.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

[Christ] was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in spirit….

1 Peter 3:18

God sent Jesus to die on the cross.  Jesus was a hero.  He showed love for his enemies and he saved us from our own sins.  When we believe in Jesus, we ask him into our hearts, believe in how he lived his life, study his word and proclaim him to the world.  God gives us the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit gives us the power to say no to our selfishness and to live our lives for others.  If we follow Jesus’ example, we will fully know God’s love and mercy…. and be given all that we need.

Father, you have given us the perfect example in which to live our lives.  You sent Jesus to us to save us from our own selves.  You loved us that much.  Father, help us to love one another as you have commanded.  Father, help us forgive those who harm us.  Be with us every step of the way…..

Monday, February 22, 2010

….love your neighbor as yourself.  Leviticus 19:18

It is hard to be nice to everyone.  When someone is mean to you or has hurt your feelings it is really hard to be nice.  Love isn’t just a feeling you have for someone…. it is an action that requires practice.  Jesus loved his neighbors by curing diseases, forgiving sins and sharing meals with one another.  If you do something nice for those who annoy you, you can love.  It could be as simple as saying, “Have a nice day.”

Father, we sometimes forget to love the ones in our lives who have made us mad or have hurt our feelings.  We don’t want to be nice sometimes.  But you said that we must love our neighbors….. you didn’t say the neighbors we like…..  Father, give us the patience and love needed to love everyone.  You are the great example in which I must follow.

God Bless….


Lenten Grass

Already, I am feeling the effects of my fasting and abstaining from meat, milk, eggs, and butter.  First, this is the first time….EVER….to go 100% vegetarian.  My body is like screaming, “CARBS!!  MEAT!! I WANT BUTTER ON THOSE VEGGIES!!”   And here’s what I am screaming…. FIBER…. ENOUGH ALREADY!!  The little tune “Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit…. the More You Eat the More You Toot!”  is so true!!

I’m sorry…. this isn’t what you came to read about…..

I found this really cool activity a few years ago….. Spring is just around the corner and what a wonderful way to explain to our children about God planting seeds of love, mercy, and growth……You can explain how God make something beautiful come out of dirt…..

Click here to check it out:    Lenten Grass

God Bless……

Lent Devotionals

Well, I have finally decided on what I am going to do without during Lent.  First of all, I am fasting each morning by giving up breakfast.  This is going to be the time in which I will study my Breaking Free materials.   I won’t consume meat, milk, eggs, and butter.  I will need your prayers and God’s daily guidance to see me through until Easter.

I have selected devotions for us to read each day during Lent.  They are family friendly and easy to discuss.   Trust me, I am going to be a little cranky and will be needing me some Jesus to get through this!!

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

In their distress, they will be my favor [ and say ]:  “Come, let us return to the Lord.”   Hosea 5:15- 6:1

Distress sounds so…. well…. stressful.  T-R-O-U-B-L-E is what we are in…. and we want to feel safe.  We all seek safety in our families, in our homes, and with friends.  When we surround ourselves with people who we know and love,  the safe feeling is based on love….their love for us. God is the safest place on Earth.  He wants us to come to Him when we are in trouble because He loves us.  God is always there for us.  Lent is a good time to remember this…..because sometimes in all the stuff we do during our busy lives may cause us to forget.

So especially now, when we are feeling a little distress because we are fasting or abstaining from indulgence, we need to lean on God more than ever…..

Loving God, when I feel like giving up due to the stress of our lives, I can always depend on You.  I can’t always help myself or change things that are out of my control; but You, Oh God, can help me no matter what the problem may be.  Remind me with Your gentle nudges to come to You whenever I am in distress.

Thursday February 18, 2010

He said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here and keep awake.”  And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour may pass from him.  He said, “Abba Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want but what you want.”   Mark 14:34-36

I hate to suffer.  I hate the feeling of hopelessness.  Jesus prayed to avoid the suffering; but with one important exception:  ONLY IF that is what God wants….Jesus had free will just like you and I…. He could have gotten up want ran away to hide from those who were out to get him.   However, he trusted in God, the Father.  So much that he left a legacy on how to approach suffering…. “Father, not what I will but what you will.”

Father, I don’t like to feel distress or to suffer any self affliction…..I wish I was strong enough to always accept your will as bravely as Jesus once did.  I complain.  I cling to MY will and for that I ask for YOUR mercy.

Come back tomorrow on a cool activity for the family…. Friday will have devotions for the weekend……

God Bless…..

**devotionals are based on Creative Communication’s booklets

Lent Season

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday;  the day in which, the Lent season begins.   The word, “Lent,” comes from the Middle English word, “lenten,” meaning spring.  Spring is the season in which all of God’s creations come back to life from the cold winter’s death.  The Lent season ends on Easter day, the very day we celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

Lent is a period of fasting and penitence.  It was traditionally observed by Christians as a preparation for Easter.  The length of Lent is 40 days.  The reason for 40 days is because of the 40 days in the wilderness experienced by Moses, Elijah, and Christ.  Moses purified himself before going before the Lord on Sinai by fasting for 40 days (Exodus 24:15-18).  Elijah’s fast of 40 days was like Moses….. in order to approach God on Horeb (1 Kings 19:8).  And Christ prepared himself for public ministry by fasting 40 days in the wilderness, where Satan tried temptation…. and failed miserably (Luke 4:1-2).

There are three traditional disciplines associated with Lent:

Fasting: Skipping a meal once a week or refraining form eating certain foods (remember yesterday…. forbidden foods were meat, milk, eggs, and butter).  This gives us the opportunity to spend more time feeding on the Word of God and being spiritually nourished through prayer and meditation.

Abstinence: Removing a particular bad habit, sinful indulgence or guilty pleasure from our daily routine.  This frees us to engage in activities that are God-pleasing and reflect in a small way the self-sacrifice that Christ endured for us.

Almsgiving: Giving something extra during this time—-to our church, to the poor, and to the needy amongst us like charities or other service organizations.  This is to help us remember that Christ gave up everything to save us from sin and to free us to live a new life with Him.

On Ash Wednesday, many churches have a ceremony in which ashes are placed on our foreheads in the form of a cross.  The ashes are a symbol of purification in the Old Testament which reminds us that we are only mere mortals.  Ashes also represents penance…..and thus Ash Wednesday.  The ashes are a reminder to help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.  Some churches burn the palm leaves from the previous Easter season and use those ashes in the ceremony.

“Remember that you are dust, and dust you shall return.”  Genesis 3:19

Here’s a cool activity I found in one of my Lent devotional books:

Lenten Prayer Tree

Go outside and find a bare branch.  You can use it in it’s natural state or spray paint it a favorite color.  Next, anchor the branch in a vase with gravel or sand.  Cut out these shapes:  grapes, lambs, thorns, hearts, crosses and fish.  You can print them out on your computer or out of colored paper…. what a cool art project for the kids.

Sit your family down and write your family’s prayer concerns on the cut-outs and tie them to the tree.  Spend some time each day as a family asking God to help and bless the people on your prayer cut-outs.  Spend the time talking about ways your family might help those in need……

Come back tomorrow to see a collection of devotionals I have collected that you and your family can use during the Lent Season……

God Bless…..

Shrove Tuesday

Tomorrow, Feb. 16, 2010,  is traditionally known as Shrove Tuesday.  It is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a season of fasting.  Shrove is a derivative of shrive meaning to confess sins.   Historically, observers of the Lent season was forbidden to consume meat, milk, eggs and butter.   Families would use up their stored foods and on Shrove Tuesday by making pancakes….. and lots of them.

Shrove Tuesday’s pancake tradition spurred the celebration of Pancake Day in Western Europe, US, Australia, and the UK.  Pancake Day is more than just eating pancakes all day long.  It has been said that in in 1445 a woman was cooking pancakes when the church bells began to ring out calling people to attend the shriving service.  Hearing the bells, the woman grabbed a scarf and ran out of her home frying pan in hand with a pancake.  She was racing to church…..and that was the beginning of the pancake race.  There are organized races of women carrying frying pans, flipping pancakes, and running to the finish line…. the church.

So, tomorrow have a little fun with Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday.  Eat pancakes all day long.  Have a race with your kids…. go outside with frying pans and pancakes……run while flipping pancakes…..most of all laugh and have fun!!!

My pancake recipe:


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Come back tomorrow for Lent activities for you and your family…..

God Bless