Okay, as I said in my previous post, I have never observed Lent before, but feel God's leading me to this year.
Today, from reading comments to my previous post, and in conversation with others, I have been pondering the reasons for observing Lent. I did not find the word Lent in the Bible, but did find the word FASTING.
From the NIV, Matthew 4:
1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
3The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
4JESUS ANSWERED, 'IT IS WRITTEN: "MAN DOES NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT COMES FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD."
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8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
9"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
10Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"
Then, Jesus began His Ministry.
There have been many time periods in my life that I have been very commited to long, early morning Quiet Times and Prayer Journaling.
I am still currently near to God, but want to draw nearer again.
Lately, I haven't been going to bed early enough to make myself get out of bed early enough to not be rushed in the mornings before work. However, I have been able to get up at 4 a.m. once a month when I have to drive 3 hours to Okc. for a teacher's meeting, so. . .I believe I can get up at 5 or 5:30 in the morning to have my Quiet Time. And then, I do not plan to do it for only this time period before Easter, but to continue doing it. I am not posting this to brag on myself at all. I am posting it, hoping to maybe be a blessing to someone else and to maybe have some accountability. It is my heart's desire to feast on God's Word and to Worship and Serve Him.
I have decided for this time period before Easter, I will give up caffeine, carbonation and chocolate. This is partially also to see if it will help get rid of my lifelong headaches.
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