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Day Thirty-Five: Restore Something Broken

Posted By at Tuesday, April 09, 2019

April 9: Restore It: Repair Something Broken

Is something at home broken? Does something need repairs at the office, in your school locker, or in the car? This is the perfect day to fix it since today’s Lenten challenge is to repair something broken!

What are repair are you considering? Some repairs may need super glue (like the vase in the living room). Some might need some serious TLC (like our relationships), while others may need a good old-fashioned roll of duct tape. Lots of things around us are broken and we’ve ignored them as if they’d fix themselves. It’s time to get out the toolbox.

Jesus spent a bunch of time fixing people, situations, and misunderstandings.He fixed things by showing us how to love God, other people, and even ourselves. Jesus used kind words, abundant grace, and the power of God to repair us from brokenness.

Today, let’s find something to repair. There’s plenty of things to choose from so don’t delay any longer!

“Afterward I will return and restore the fallen houseof David. Iwill rebuild its ruins and restore it,so that the rest of humanity might seek the Lord,including the Gentiles—all those I have called to be mine.The Lord has spoken—He who made these things known so long ago.” (Acts 15:16-18 & Amos 9:11-12, NLT).

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Day Thirty-Four: Restore it; Go To ed Early

Posted By at Monday, April 08, 2019

Monday, April 8:Restore It:Go to Bed Early! 

Today we start another week’s worth of challenges as we seek to Restore things that need some special effort and attention.  In today’s challenge, we begin restoring ourselves by going to bed early tonight. This challenge should be common sense.  However, it’s likely that few of us pay attention to our sleep habits so this challenge may be more difficult than expected.

Good sleep is critical to our health.  But as our work, activity, and entertainment options have continued to expand over the years, our sleep patterns have shifted to meet the demand.  Or to put it bluntly, as we’ve found more things to do, we’ve cut into our sleep time to make it happen.  The result, of course, is that our waking moments are less efficient.  Our work isn’t as productive, our leisure isn’t as enjoyable, and our prayer time has become a power nap.

Is this what God intended?  I think we all know the answer to that question. We need to start paying attention to our sleep habits.  Sleep and diet are the two biggest contributors to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.  We’ve already been paying attention to diets; it’s time to start doing something about our sleep.

Restore your heart, mind, and soul today!  Go to bed early tonight!

The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep." (Ecclesiastes 5:12, NIV).

 

 

 

 

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Day Thirty-Three: Commit to New Life in Christ

Posted By at Sunday, April 07, 2019

Sunday, April 7: Commit to New Life in Jesus Christ

Can you do it? Can you commit to Jesus today?Over the last several weeks, we’ve encountered a variety of Lenten challenges that have been important for lots of people, but today’s may be the most important to each of us.  Today’s challenge is to commit ourselves to Jesus Christ. 

Why is this challenge surfacing before Easter?  Because the journey is too important to go much further without the commitment.  One of the important roles filled by the disciples was to experience Jesus’ ministry from the beginning to its’ fulfillment through the resurrection.  The struggles, accomplishments, joys and sorrows were critical in their growth as individuals and as Jesus’ disciples.  Likewise, the Lenten journey to Easter strengthens us and allows us to develop other skills that will be invaluable later.  When we commit to Jesus, it’ll make all the difference in the world.

But enough excuses.  Why drop this challenge now?  Because you need it.I need it.  And if either of us says that we don’t, we’re fooling ourselves into thinking that everything is just fine the way it is.  Today is the day to stop fooling and start believing.  Jesus has been knocking on the door of our hearts, and it’s time to unlock the door, open it and invite Jesus in.

Today, choose Jesus!  Make that commitment of a new life in Jesus Christ!

“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8, NRSV).

 

 

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Day Thirty-Two: Encourage Everyone

Posted By at Saturday, April 06, 2019

Saturday, April 6: Show and Tell It - Encourage Everyone

Can you imagine what it would be like if everyone you encountered today offered you encouragement? What would it feel like? It’s unlikely any of us have every experienced anything like this. In fact, it’s possible that many of us have experienced lots of days without a single word of encouragement from anyone, even fromthose closest to us. Today, we’re going to make sure this doesn’t happen to the people around us.

Our challenge is to encourage everyone we encounter today. Family, friend, or stranger, we can offer a kind word of encouragement to each of them. Sometimes just an acknowledgement will do the trick, while other times a simple compliment can go along way. This challenge will take a little bit of effort and a whole lot of self-awareness, but it’s another challenge that can actually change someone’s life.

When was the last time someone encouraged you? Do you remember how it boosted your confidence and helped your self-worth? Today, let’s do that for someone else by demonstrating our faith through words of encouragement.

Encourage everyone today!

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:9-10, NIV).

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Day Thirty One: No Meat

Posted By at Friday, April 05, 2019

 

Day 31,Friday, April 5:Show and Tell It:No Meat (of any kind) Today

The “No-Meat” Friday has arrived! Today’s challenge is not to consume meat for a 24-hour period. Which meat do we avoid? Any and all meat, including beef, chicken, pork and even fish. Today, become a vegetarian.

Refraining from meat on Fridays is one of the oldest Lenten traditions.The early Christian Church practiced fasting from all food every Friday, in remembrance of Good Friday (the day that Jesus was crucified.) This tradition has changed many times over the years, but one constant practice in the Churchhas been fasting from meat on Fridays during Lent.

Why meat? Two primary reasons that are tied to Good Friday: First, the consumption of meat indicates that blood was shed to obtain the meat. Therefore, the avoidance of meat is a symbol that is related to our regular diets. Since meat is one of our primary sources of protein, it was determined that refraining from this food group for 24 hours would not detrimentally harm one’s physical health.

Do you have special plans today that include meat consumption? Don’t worry about it today. Rather, give yourself a dispensation and pick a day later during this Lenten season to honor God with a meatless diet. This should be something that all of us can accomplish with minimal effort.

Refrain from eating meat today!

“After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia,where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.” (Acts 14:21-23, NLT).

 

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Day Thirty: Random Acts of Kindness

Posted By at Thursday, April 04, 2019

April 4: Show and Tell It: Do a Random Act of Kindness

How can we help? Today’s challenge is devoted to random acts of kindness. Pay it forward in the coffee shop. Give a sack lunch to the man standing on the corner. Volunteer at church or another organization. Give a loved one an unexpected gift. Just about anywhere we find ourselves today, we can find an opportunity to do a random act of kindness for someone else.

Don’t overlook the significance of today’s challenge! For someone who is experiencing difficulties in their lives, smalland random act of kindness can make all the difference in the world. Kindness demonstrates the goodness of humanity and hope that Jesus has placed in our hearts.

(Take, for example, Family Promise. This organization is dedicated to serving homeless families, coordinating dozens of local churches in our community to provide food, lodging, and life-skills training. FaithSpring Church is very active in Family Promise and we still need 1-2 people each night for April 10 & 11. If you’re looking for a random act of kindness that makes a big difference, here’s a great opportunity!)

We don’t have to say anything to demonstrate our love for God and other people. We only need to demonstrate the same kindness that Jesus showed to everyone and that God continues to display to us each day.

Do a random act of kindness today!

“Keep loving each other like family.Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:1-2, CEB).

 

 

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Day Twenty-Nine: Tell Your Story

Posted By at Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Tuesday, April 3: Show and Tell It: Tell your personal Faith story!

When was the last time you shared your Faith testimony with someone? Get ready because that’s our challenge for the day. This will be easy for some of us because we’ve done it so many times before. But for others of us, this one is going to be the Mt. Everest of challenges. Wherever you might fall on the spectrum of comfort (or discomfort) in sharing your own Faith journey, today is the day to get it done!

Our personal Faith story is the greatest tool that God has given to each of us for spreading the Good News. All of us are uniquely created and each of us has a different story. These life stories become our Faith testimonies that can have a dramatic influence on the lives of the people around us.

What is your story? How can your story help? Today, find someone to tell and God will take care of everything else.

“The man who had been freed from the demons begged to go with Jesus. But Jesus sent him home, saying,‘No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.’Sohe went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.” (Luke 8:36-39, NLT).

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Day Twenty Eight: Reconnect with an Old Friend

Posted By at Tuesday, April 02, 2019

 

Day 28, Tuesday, April 2:Show and Tell It / Re-connect with an Old Friend

Today’s challenge is to re-connect with an old friend.  Hopefully, this is an easy challenge for everyone to accomplish.  However, as the years pass and our old friends become more distant, it seems to be even more difficult (almost embarrassing) to reach out to them.  But let’s change that today by reconnecting with that person that is heavy on our hearts and minds.

The benefits of this challenge should be obvious: It will let that “forgotten” friend know that they are important.  However, there is an equal (if not greater) benefit to us.  As we break down the barriers of time, geography, and technology, we are overcoming some of the things that likely hinder us in other relationships.  Completing this challenge could be the first step in several opportunities and we shouldn’t let any of them pass us by.

Jesus’ friends were pivotal in His ministry.  Although they faced difficult challenges and suffered many defeats, Jesus taught them how to love and rely upon each other.  It was these men and women who became the pillars of the Church that numbers over 2 billion friends today.

Take the first step towards rekindling a meaningful relationship!  Re-connect with an old friend today!

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”(Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NLT).

 

 

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Day Twenty-Seven: Write an Anonymous Note

Posted By at Monday, April 01, 2019

April 1: Show and Tell It: Write an anonymous note.

It’s Monday in our Lenten Challenge, so we begin with a new weekly theme. The theme for this week is to “Show and Tell It,” referring to our need to demonstrate our love for God. Our first challenge for the week is an important one: Write an anonymous note or letter to a family member, friend, or acquaintance.

What should your note say? That’s up to you, but here’s a couple of pointers:  What caused you to think of the person that you are considering as the recipient of a note? What do they need? Some great topics could be “Get Well”, “You’re Loved”, “You’re Important”, “I’m Praying for You”, “Best Wishes”, or any other number of things. It’s very likely that the person you are thinking about right now, no matter how close or far they are to you, is the person you need to consider for your note.

Everyone needs encouragement. Everyone needs to know that they have value and worth. A simple letter can go a long a way to making a difference in the lives of the people around us. Today, write a letter to someone. Don’t sign your name. Mail or deliver your letter to them and let God do the rest!

“I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13, NLT).