Reflections from Lent: 6

Ahhh, another work week is almost done and a few days of rest are just ahead. Welcome back to the sixth week of Reflections from Lent, I truly hope you have been enjoying these posts and that they have blessed you during this Lenten season.

This week, I have been thinking on seasons of waiting. I have talked to a few people going through this lately, and have heard some podcasts about similar subjects, and it seems that in life we’re always in a waiting season for something. Sometimes during these seasons, I tend to get lost on focusing on the big picture, or what’s happening behind the scenes, because I’m the kind of person who wants answers and everything ahead to be planned out. But during these times, I have to remind myself that God is in the waiting with me. God has not forgotten me during times of waiting. God is using times of waiting to form me into the person that He wants me to be. God is using times of waiting to draw me closer to Him and to make me rely completely on Him for answers and direction. If you’re anything like me, I hope these verses can encourage you as they have for me this week.

Isaiah 49:15 “I will never forget you.”

Hosea 12:6 “Therefore, return to your God, observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually.”

Lamentations 3:24-26 “The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I have hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the Lord.”

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Reflections from Lent: 5

It’s Friday again and the weekend is almost here for some rest and relaxation. I know I definitely need that this week, who else is with me? I have just a few verses to share today from things I have read this week during Lent studies, and they were the perfect verses for me this week. Isn’t is amazing how the Lord can give you just the right verses and words at the exact moment when you need them?

Isaiah 49:16 “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before me.”

Isaiah 43:1 “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

These verses were so encouraging to me this week because sometimes it just feels like when I’m constantly on the go, I get overwhelmed, I get exhausted, I get sick, and then it takes me a little bit to get back to normal. But no matter what is going on in the day or the week, these verses helped me to remember that God knows me, better than anyone, and He has me. I can give Him any stress and trust that He is going to get me through it. I know I have probably shared some of these verses before, but they’re still just so good! So friends, if you’re feeling a little bit like a rag doll today, know that God loves you, knows you, and He has all of your life in His hands–rest in Him. I hope you do get some rest and relaxation this weekend and enjoy the little things.

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Reflections from Lent: 4

Hi everyone and happy Friday! I hope you are doing well and that you have had a great week. This week’s Lent reflections are just few thoughts that I have had this week and a few verses that I hope will speak to you, as well. This week seems to have been one of those weeks when all of the darkness of the world, and the pain that others are going through, is all surrounding. I know I have written blogs posts specifically about pain and suffering but I wanted to share some more about those topics because I believe that in this life we will always experience that, at one point or another. I also want to encourage and remind you that God is the God of restoration and healing. So if you need some restoration and healing, this post is for you!

Isaiah 25:4 “For You have been a stronghold for the poor, a stronghold for the needy person in his distress, a refuge from the rain, a shade from the heat.” God is our strength, our refuge, and the One who sustains through it all. 

Isaiah 28:23 “Listen and hear My voice, pay attention and hear what I say.” This verse spoke to my heart as if the Lord was telling me “Hey, you need to pay attention to what I’m doing and just listen to me,” as I often forget to do in the midst of a difficult situation. Our first response to a struggle shouldn’t be to turn inwardly, but to turn upwardly and give it to the Lord. God is bigger than anything, and situation, any fear, any conflict, and nothing is too much for Him. 

Isaiah 33:2 “O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you.” While we are waiting for the Lord to answer prayers about difficult situations, or to change the situation, we need to realize that our waiting time isn’t for nothing and nothing is wasted. God is using the waiting time for a greater, ultimate purpose and He is with us in the waiting.

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