Lent 2019 – Day 9

By on 14/03/2019

Giving up Chocolate

Thursday 14th March

“We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.l” (2nd Cor 4:16)

When I was younger, I was certain that giving up chocolate for Lent was such a huge sacrifice and was convinced that God knew how hard that was for me because I really do love chocolate.

Other times I have given up something that I felt very attached to or changed a bad habit and been sure that God looked at me favourably because of what I saw as me making a big personal sacrifice. Look at what I am giving up for you God! Look at how good I am!

However, giving up things we love and are attached to or breaking a bad habit without deeper reflection can simply be ways we show God how strong we are or others how holy we are.

I can have great determination and will-power for 40 days!! On my own strength I can go to great lengths for the 40 days and nothing really changes beyond that.

But Lent isn’t simply about us giving up something or proving that we have willpower and can change our habits.

What we may not fully understand is that Lent is a season in which God wants to give us something. It is not all about us and what we think we are doing for God.

God wants to help us transform our lives and make us more free as people in the way we live our lives and love our families. God can transform us when we try to become the very best version of ourselves possible or as we become more holy.

Have you given up something, changed a habit or doing something extra as you prepare for Easter? Let’s remember that God is transforming our lives through our actions today!

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Thank you for taking my efforts and sacrifices and in your strength transforming me to the best possible version of me I can be. Amen

Written by
Sandra Purcell: Responsible for assisting Bruce with his Ministry as well as research and resource development.


11 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 9

  1. It good to know that it is God who is transforming us as we desire to overcome whatever we have that is troubling us, not by might nor power but by the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord for your kindness and mercy. Thank you Sandra, Rosemary, Bruce and the team. Thank you for your obedience to this calling. God bless you all and your families.

  2. This is a very good reminder of what Lent is for!
    Dear Lord help me to strengthen my faith more and more and to get to know you more and follow your steps Amen

  3. Father God I Thank you for your grace,mercy,blessings & favor.I come in prayer on behalf of my sister,Alex I pray Father God that you heal her body & give her a great job with better pay and a beautiful place to live for her,her husband and their children.In The mighty name of Jesus.Amen
    Father God I Thank you for keeping my loving spouse El & I together as well.In Jesus name I pray.Amen

  4. Dear Lord Jesus

    Please hear and answer the Prayers of My dear Brothers & Sisters who have sent their Prayers to You.
    In Your Infinite Mercy Grant all their Prayers Oh Lord. Amen

    Help Me observe A Meaning full Lent Days Dear Jesus

  5. Thank you Sandra,. You very name means “helper”, and your words show that loving heart that brings us closer to Him and Deeper compassion of others! We are a part of a great Church FAMILY!

  6. Thank you Lord Jesus for all the blessings and mercy you have bestowed on me and my family.
    At the moment I desperately need to find a good home in a good area at a very good price.
    Please Lord Jesus guide us to the perfect place that you chose for us and let us be grateful for it.
    Do not allow us to choose in a place that in not meant for us.
    I thank You will all my heart for hearing my prayer and in Your Infinite Mercy Grant me to hear You
    and your Holy Angels talking and guiding to me. Amen
    Sandra thank you for this site and thank you for praying with me/all of us.

  7. Thank you Sandra for today’s word of reflection. I really and sincerely need a total transformation; and I pray that God will have mercy on me and help me, for I cannot do it by myself!

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