Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fasting and Feasting

Lenten Fasting and Feasting  
by William Arthur Ward

Fast from judging others; feast on the God indwelling in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the reality of life.
Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; feast on trust.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.

Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility; feast on nonviolence.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal truth.
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.
Fast from facts that depress; feast on truths that uplift.
Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from suspicion; feast on truth.
         Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.

Gentle God, during this season of fasting and feasting,
gift us with your presence, so we can be a gift to others
in carrying out your work.


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

40 Journaling Questions for Lent

“Lent is the shadow the Cross makes on the world in the light of the Resurrection”.

Traditionally Lent is a time for reflection and commitment. These questions are designed to be used as springboards for your personal journaling. Attempt to write an answer to one question a day and also try to write a prayer a day as a response to your own journaling (you get Sundays off). If you feel a question does not apply to you or you are unwilling or unable to answer it, journal about why this is so.

Wed March 5th 1. How would you describe your current relationship with God?
Thurs 6. What activities help you connect with God?
Fri 7. Where are you encountering joy in your life at the moment?
Sat 8. What gives you delight and how is God in that experience?

Mon March 10th 5. Describe a time you felt especially close to God.
Tues. 11. Describe a time you felt especially far from God.
Wed. 12. How does God delight in you?
Thurs. 13. What does God say when He looks at you?
Fri. 14. What emotions arise when you think about God? Why?
Sat 15. What has shaped your image of God?

Mon March 17th 11. What strengths do you have?
Tues 18. How are you unique?
Wed. 19. What are you afraid of?
Thurs. 20. What do you dislike about yourself?
Fri. 21. What do you like about yourself?
Sat. 22. Write about one aspect of yourself you would like to change.

Mon March 24 17. What was one great thing about growing up in your family?
Tues. 25. What was one frustrating thing about growing up in your family?
Wed 26. How are you like your parents?
Thurs. 27. How are you different from your parents?
Fri. 28. How have your parents influenced your perception of God?
Sat. 29. What are your favorite memories of your childhood?

Mon March 31st 23. What are you angry with God about at the moment?
Tues. 1. How do you feel God has let you down?
Wed. 2. Where do you need to experience God at the moment?
Thurs.3. What kind of person feels ‘unsafe’ to you?
Fri. 4. How do you react when you feel threatened?
Sat. 5. How does God feel ‘unsafe’ to you?

Mon April 7th 29. What is your favorite bible verse and why?
Tues. 8. Are there any parts of the bible you wish weren’t there? Why?
Wed. 9. What is your favorite bible story and why?
Thurs. 10. What lies do you tell yourself?
Fri. 11. What do you want people to say about you when you die?
Sat. 12. What is your biggest struggle and how have you encountered God through it?

Mon April 14th 35. What image comes to mind when you think of God?
Tues. 15. How has God used you recently?
Wed. 16. How has God shown His love for you during this season?
Thurs. 17. What is God trying to say to you at the moment?
Fri. 18. Which question was the hardest to answer honestly?

Sat. 19. How have you changed/grown through answering these questions?