It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Chapter 3, Page 6, Book 19


Fasting or Feasting

Fast from complaining and feast on appreciation
Fast from bitterness and feast on forgiveness
Feast from idle gossip and feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from apparent darkness and feast on the reality of light
Fast from thoughts of illness and feast on the healing power of God
Fast from words the pollute and feast on phrases that uplift.
Fast from anger and feast on optimism.
Fast from discouragement and feast on hope.
Fast from facts the depress and feast on anything that inspires
Fast from lethargy and feast on enthusiasm
Fast from suspicion and feast on truth
Fast from problems that overwhelm  and
feast on prayer that gives us the strength to get through.


March 6 - Ash Wednesday

Today is the first day of Lent. It’s Ash Wednesday.  For many it is a time for self denial and fasting, but I like to think of it as a time for feasting on things like hope, appreciation and optimism.   Lent like Spring itself, singles a time of rebirth.  It's ideally a season of anticipation of the joy of the Resurrection and its promise of renewal.  

 The word Lent comes from the Middle English meaning Spring. And Spring is a time of new life and new possibilities.  It is a season of hope.  It’s a time of preparation.   Lent coincides with the end of winter and the onset of spring.  It’s a time to open our eyes and our hearts and see the beauty all around us.

Lent can be a time to reflect on God’s love for us , a time to reflect that we are unique and special and that our contribution to life is valued and cherished.  


The Hope of Lent

Give up complaining — focus on Gratitude
Give up pessimism —become an optimist
Give up harsh judgements — think kindly thoughts
Give up worry — Trust Devine Providence
Give up discouragement — be full of hope
Give up bitterness — turn to forgiveness
Give up hatred — return good for evil
Give up negativism — be positive
Give up anger — be more patient
Give up pettiness — become mature
Give up gloom — enjoy the beauty all around you.
Give up jealousy —pray for trust
Give up gossiping — control your tongue
Give up sin — turn to virtue
Give up on giving up — hang in there!

8 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Be full of hope - hang in there!

TARYTERRE said...

i'm thinking spring as cold as it is here. "Give up discouragement — be full of hope. "

jack69 said...

There is a lot said in the 'Fasting or Feasting' verses. So much truth that will brighten our lives at this time of year!
Love sent from central Florida, cool but sunny
Sherry & jack

Annsterw said...

Hang in there is perfect! If things stink now, hang in there - they will change again tomorrow - HA! Annster's Domain

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

You have a terrific perspective on the meaning of Lent. Most people think of it as a time they have to "give something up," but as you say, it's much more than that. That "Fasting or Feasting" poem is terrific!

betty said...

I like the idea of fasting on things like bitterness, anger, worry, etc., and feast on kindness, mercy, etc. I think that will help us grow closer to God in the long run!

betty

Mevely317 said...

Susan's shared my thoughts, exactly! As late as this morning I hadn't wholly committed to giving up anything for Lent, so I'm changing my mind-set. Let the feast begin!

Rick Watson said...

Opening our eyes and our hearts to see the beauty around us.
I love this.