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Good morning! My previous post I spoke briefly about my debt goals for the month of March and it intertwines for Lenton season! I am giving up buying things at various stores I like going to, and various online shops I like looking at.
I must admit, I have been such a slacker for NOT giving up something for Lenton season the past few years, and I need to change my attitude and set an example for my daughter about the purpose of the Lenton season and how Jesus showed us during his 40 days in the Judaean Desert Matthew 4:1-11 (ESV):
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said,
“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down.
For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him,
“It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him,
“Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
For previous years I have quit:
- Chocolate (which didn’t last long at all!)
- Dr. Pepper/Soda
- Social Media
One year I decided to gain something I don’t do enough of… PRAY
Ending this blog post with a verse from the Lutheran hymnal,
“Christ, the Life of All the Living.” (verse 5)
Thou hast suffered men to bruise Thee
That from pain I might be free;
Falsely did Thy foes accuse Thee,–
Thence I gain security;
Comfortless Thy soul did languish
Me to comfort in my anguish.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.