Perhaps it is because the new year is approaching and people are writing their resolutions, but I’ve been seeing a lot of “21 day challenges” on Facebook. I’ve decided to make a list of my own that is achievable and more people-friendly. Make your own list or conquer some of mine?
Check on a neighbor, do an errand, or bring a bright bouquet of flowers on a snowy or cold day!
Stretch when you wake up each morning.
Drink water, at least 8 glasses a day; do this even if you aren’t thirsty!
Dejunk or rid clutter from a small area in your home or office once a day.
Start a gratitude journal, write one thing down each day that you are grateful for.
Meditate, try centering prayer, or your own bible study.
Send notes in the mail instead of email or texts.
If your church is “open” pop in on any given day, find a pew and soak up the silence that is God.
Walk a little further, or bike if your weather permits. Take up jogging. Get moving.
Fresh or frozen fruit, ice, yogurt – start your morning off with a healthy smoothie.
The dog will always need a walk!
Sort and organize your bills.
Cut up old magazines and make a collage of what you need in 2021. One example:
15. Enjoy a moment, put your phone down, describe the fun instead of showing a snap!
16. Make a good cuppa coffee at home, save the extra $ and add to the collection plate or charity of your choice.
17. Figure out why the spacing is wonky on this post. Ha! 🙂
18. Create a “prayer closet” or space that is just for your quiet time. Special books, icons, candles, photos, a comfie chair, journals or recipe cards for jotting prayer requests or inspirational quotes, scripture. Hang a “do not disturb” sign on door!
19. If in a season of grief or sorrow, call a good friend who can be an ear or an advisor. Ask for prayer. Be kind to your self.
20. If you are still in the mood for Christmas music, you can find it on most internet channels like Pandora, Spotify or good old, YouTube!
21. Start a new list each month! Be creative, find your bliss.
As a former Lutheran, Lent was never really a big deal. I cringe to say that. The church was decorated in lovely purple, there were palm fronds. The children did an Easter pageant, adults did special readings. We never gave anything up for Lent, I didn’t even know that was a thing until 15 years ago, when it was discussed at a spiritual retreat.
I’m not revising this blog to convert anyone to Catholicism, but I do have to say — this religion really takes apart the Word of God and applies to life. You don’t HAVE TO give up meat, or give up anything at all. But for me, after reading about Lent, what it is, why it’s lived, celebrated and taught; I learned that if something is coming between me and God – then that is what should be given up.
I have a list a mile long of what I should not only give up for Lent, but give up all together! Don’t we all? Make an effort. Pray for sanity and endurance.
We are friends. Jesus and Me. He sits shotgun when I drive, He is my conscious when I’m stuck with a decision. When I’m in anguish, He comforts me. When I am bored, I get into the Word for inspiration and encouragement. Songs have been written about this friendship: “What a friend we have in Jesus” or “Jesus is a friend of mine.” Jesus is the original friend on Facebook; He tweets out blessings every day, and Pinterest? Yah, no more card catalogs in heaven! 🙂
If Jesus isn’t your best friend, you need to take a look at who fills that spot.
Facebook has a feature called “On This Day,” it’s a flashback to the past, a year ago, three years ago, 6 years ago.
And, as only Facebook can do, it picks out the positive during that time frame.
Unfortunately, life can be ugly or hurtful. And looking back a year, or three is not something most of us want to reflect on. Why? We have enough to get through in the day-to-day. Human beings struggle. So does a Christian. We are not immune to heartache or bad memories.
Philippians 4:12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Hebrews 11: 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Less feelings, more Jesus. Less worry, more prayer. Less heartache, more healing.
I held off and didn’t post this right away; to see if the world would calm down in the aftermath of the U.S. election for President. I do think on social media, 1/2 of the people are still searching to answers “why” and the other 1/2 have gotten back to work, home, their daily life. I fall into the latter camp.
Back in biblical times I imagine there were similar elections, their rulers and kings holding the highest office in the world, being voted in – or perhaps there was just a lot of mayhem and then someone said I AM KING.
And then there is this 8 year old kid!
Our voting process is probably MUCH more civil than in biblical times. So if that helps with your angst, yay!!
Genesis 31:44 Come now and we will sign a peace pact, you and I, and will live by its terms.
Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!