Monday, February 18, 2013

How I know it's Lent

Without looking at my calendar or getting my ashes, I can tell you without a doubt that last week was the first week of Lent.  I can tell you this because a)Lent is a time of renewal for me.  A time to delve more into myself and my relationship with Jesus and b) the devil hates this and attacks all over the place.  I can tell you without a doubt, the devil was attacking me and some of my nearest and dearest friends last week.  Yes, I know it's the devil.  This is his favorite time to attack.  Technically, any day is his favorite day to attack.

In doing my bible study from last week this morning (yes, I was four days behind not counting today), I hit on one of my favorite scriptures that sums up Lent for me.  It's about how you can't put new wine in old wine skins.  Luke 5:37-39

"Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.  Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.  Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.  And, no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, 'The old is good.'"

I take my Lent very seriously, trying always to better myself.  One thing I have a problem with is my prayer life.  I want to devote a space and time just for me and God.  Getting up early just doesn't work for me, however I like to pray first thing in the morning.  I've found that I can't pray in bed, I end up falling asleep and that's not what I'm looking for.  I know I can pray on the go and as I'm doing things, but what I'd love is just devoted daily time and space just for me and Him.  So far, I haven't figured that out.

So, this Lent, I'll continue to better myself, try to look for a space, and just relax when I'm being attacked.

Until next time,
Please pray for the repose of the soul of my friends sister.


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