Yesterday was Ash Wednesday---the beginning of Lent---the Holy Season leading up to Easter---which commemorates the days leading up to the crucifixion of Christ.  Facebook was full of comments about what others are giving up for Lent---OF COURSE---it gave me pause to ponder--IF I were to observe these 40 days by giving something up---what would it be?

I LOVE chocolate----it would be a big sacrifice to give up my little bites of chocolate I enjoy everyday--

I HAVE TO HAVE my Diet Dr Pepper EVERY morning---my caffeine kick to begin my day---omitting that would likely cause pain to those around me!

I could stop writing for 40 days---I might implode

While thinking all this over--it occurred to me--it is not necessarily about giving something up----you could commit to doing something daily for 40 days--It IS about DISCIPLINE!  Discipline to NOT do something or TO do something!  Discipline requires a conscious effort in the beginning--but with persistence it becomes habit- Perhaps even a Holy Habit. I plan to find something I will commit to doing everyday for 40 days--something God would approve of--something to further His kingdom in me and on this earth.  40 Days of Purpose-Self Imposed Discipline-Leading to a Habit--Pursuing HIS Plan for me.

"Exercise daily in God, no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever."
I Timothy 4:9
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  1. LOL! All my favorite things are all your favorite things and my thoughts exactly! I will stand in agreement to do something different! Proverbs 10:17 - Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life!!!

  2. We do shy away from that D word, don't we, Lulu ... thanks for the gentle reminder that this is an act of love, obedience, appreciation to our Heavenly Father.


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