Are you familiar with Affirmagise? It’s a WordPress blog whose subtitle is “Affirmagise yourself a happy life!” This week she challenged us with this title, “I love myself enough to challenge myself.” Then she admitted that she has a mindset that is similar to mine. She often tells herself, “If I don’t do it first thing, then it won’t get done!” Whatever IT is, she’s right! I tell myself the same thing… and what does that do? It gives me a cop-out, an excuse to sit here at the computer and keep on blogging because “First thing” has passed – and now it’s already ten in the morning. I didn’t go to my sanctuary at 7:00 AM. I didn’t go to the Fitness Center at 8:00 AM. “Life got in the way,” I often tell myself. You don’t identify with that mindset, do you? Well, Affirmagise says it’s time to affirm a different mind-set. It’s never too late to love yourself enough to DO NOW what you somehow didn’t get done “first thing.” So long, my friends. I’m off to the Fitness Center – – – and I can always go up to my sanctuary for my time of meditation later today. Right? See you in my prayers! 🙂
This is the season of Lent. It’s the nine weeks leading up to Easter when we prepare for the remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection by focusing on the Good News of His life. Here are my sermon notes from yesterday’s Lenten message delivered by Pastor Jean Johnson at the Madison Valley Presbyterian Church. It’s worth pondering.
I have Good News to share today:
Jesus came to us with JOY to proclaim!
He was rejected for the words He spoke,
Rejected for His deeds in God’s name.
Cruelty, rejection, brutality could not
Turn God against us – no way!
The horrible, humiliating crucifixion
Did not stop God, who is with us this day.
God has drawn nearer to us;
He has taken up residency in this place.
He is busy continuing to create for us
Our future in a blessed, glorious, eternal space.
Faith comes through hearing, so we sit
And listen to preaching and reading
Of the scripture and reflections on The Word.
It’s the Good New we are hearing and heeding.
Or are we?
What are we doing to Live His Word and prepare our hearts for Him today? I am praying for my life to be a reflection of Christ’s teaching, a mirror of love that reflects the fruits of the spirit: love, compassion, generosity, gentleness, self-control, gratitude, joy, and kindness. Join me, my friends, as we pray together for the Good News to sink in and Christ’s life to find full meaning in our hearts. Have a happy and reflective Lenten Season!