Thursday, February 23, 2012

Recycle, Re-purpose, Re-Lent

Earlier this week, I told you about my "sacrificial" efforts with giving away and selling off some old books,working to establish an online group to discuss and work through "sacrifice" for the Lenten season, and my frustration because of not knowing what specific thing to sacrifice for this season of reflection.

I was overwhelmed with possibilities, and decided to draw that feeling out in a sketch yesterday. As I began to process the feelings and words that spilled out on the page, I realized that it might be good to have a way to work through some of those ideas and feelings. So, I took out my markers - got out an old notebook - redesigned and added some color to yesterdays sketch - and made a space for me to express these things. I made a re-cycled journal to re-purpose some of my time during the Lent season.

Time is often the thing I'm least likely to use to refill my own well, and that needs to change. It's not that I'm giving up a tangible thing for Lent: (ie. chocolate,coffee) - but it may lead to giving away some tangible things. (Like some more books?) Each day, I will give a little daily time - taken from an overabundance of internet surfing or Netflix viewing - and pray, sit, write, draw with God about these things that swim in my mind and heart...but rarely make it onto paper.

It's time to fill the well and give some time to things that are deeper than another internet quiz. May your journey through Lent fill you in a way that nothing tangible can. This is my own hope too.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Letting go

A few days ago I came across a great resource to help frame Lent in an interactive and interesting way. World Vision is hosting a website throughout Lent to bring people together around the challenge and action associated with "Sacrifice". I'm in the process of encourage a local group of folks to also participate in the weekly question, take the weekly challenge and see where the adventure takes them (us)!

Today's challenge was to post something about what sacrifice means or what kind of sacrifice you would like to make for Lent. I've been hard pressed to find something to choose for feeling there are too many options. So I decided to start there.
This sketch is an attempt to let go and open up my hands in order to receive something new from God in the new 40 days of Lent.

I'm still working on my short "practical" answer to what I'm giving up for Lent, but I feel a little lighter for throwing all those possibilities out of my hands - to pray for God to guide me on what to sacrifice this season.

Blessings on your journey - if you want to join in on the local Facebook group click here, if you want to join in on the World Vision site click here, and if you would like to follow here - stay here at my blog and I'll post a weekly update of the challenge and how the group is going!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pass it on

My friend Kevin is working on a music project and is looking for prayer and financial support to make it happen. The message of working out his identity with God's help really resonates with me, and I'd love to help him make this musical dream a reality.

Check out his video that tells his story of growth, trust and "doing day to day life with God."

Blessings -