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The Truth About Judging Others

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“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV)

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What are you fasting from for Lent? Have you even thought about it? Forty days ain’t forty hours and it’s a long long road to Easter – not so?

Well I wasn’t sure what I would do this year but here is my story. One Sunday I went to Mass. There was going to be a baptism of a baby boy. His mom was very young; his godparents were very young. The mom (and her family) had grown up in the church but it appears as though her friends had not as demonstrated by their dress and behavior. I sat in my pew and judged them. Why hadn’t they dressed more respectfully? Why was it a problem to leave your cellphone in your bag at least until the end of the service? Why was it an issue to stand when the congregation was standing or kneel when they were kneeling? Why didn’t you know any better? My face looked like thunder and I literally sweated as I tried to last out the service without losing it.  Continue reading


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40 Days + 40 Nights: 5 Thoughts on Lent

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Sweet Temptation! | Photo by Gale E

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

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I’m a Daughter of a most amazing King, so it starts today. But let’s take a moment to go back before going forward. Last year I offered a few thoughts on Ash Wednesday and the pending Lenten season. I meant well but admit here that I wasn’t able to accomplish half of the things on my list. As I started the post then, I still maintain that:

“For 40 days many Christians will more than likely pray, fast and/or give up something they think they can’t live without.  Things like chocolate, alcohol, potato chips, sex, TV or Coca Cola top some lists, but I feel if you only have a coke (or sex) three times a month it doesn’t really make sense fasting … just saying.”

I also maintain that temptations seem to be more intense during Lent than at any other time during the year. Seriously. All of a sudden there are many more things to distract and steer you off course. Your friends keep eating sweets or chocolates in your presence, at parties there are free exotic drinks filled with alcohol, there are extra projects with tight deadlines at work which cause you to work late and miss your weekly Bible Study/Mission Services, your children seem to go out of their way to stress or frustrate you, Facebook and Twitter keep calling your name to check out the latest exciting posts and tweets – can you relate? One year I decided to fast from desserts … all I can say is that it ended up being an exercise in futility.

So what’s it going to be for me this year? What am I going to do differently in the midst of spiky hot flashes, aching bones, graying hair and fading eyesight? For starters, I am going to:

  • pray more meaningful prayers – no more wishy-washy “you already know what I need God so please make it happen” type of words
  • try fasting from solid foods every Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – which I have never been brave enough to try because I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) but we’ll see
  • give of myself more – someone needs a call, an e-card or a kind word/written prayer; an elderly person or a child needs a hug; a church (well, my church for sure) needs volunteers to help out
  • keep a Lenten devotional – my book for this year (I usually read The Shack by William P. Young) is Secrets of the Vine for Women, Breaking Through to Abundance by Darlene Marie Wilkinson; every week for the next six weeks starting on Ash Wednesday I will read/study a chapter (there are six) and record my reflections
  • sign up at www.lentreflections.com – to receive daily reflections in my inbox

Seems doable right? Right …  until I am attacked by procrastination, laziness, fatigue and life overwhelm! BUT that’s when I’m going to post a note here asking for some help because we may pretend otherwise yet we will always be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.  I’m looking forward to coming out on the other side of the valley – stay tuned 😀

PS: I felt the need to add a brief disclaimer in that religion/spirituality/believing in something bigger than yourself is personal. My thoughts on Lent and deepening my walk with God are just that: my own … but I would love to hear your views not only on this important observance on the Christian calendar of events but on spirituality as a whole. Please leave me a comment.

Simply sinful | Photo by Gale E

Simply sinful | Photo by Gale E


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To pray and fast … but what more can be done to meaningfully observe Lent?

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.  For 40 days many Christians will more than likely pray, fast and/or give up something they think they can’t live without.  Things like chocolate, alcohol, potato chips, sex, TV or Coca Cola top some lists, but I feel if you only have a coke (or sex) three times a month it doesn’t really make sense fasting … just saying.

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