I started this blog many months ago with a desire to bear fruit of the spirit.
Yesterday was more like Galatians 5:19-21 ….
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ugly poo poo if you ask me.
Today is the day after Ash Wednesday. It is the first day of Lent. For those who aren’t familiar, Lent is the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, not including Sundays.
I need to till this soil of poo poo so that I can start bearing some fruit.
So when your life is going down the wrong road, for instance when you find yourself divorced at 48, here are some tips on how to cope and thrive:
- Journal – I aim to write something here every day of Lent.
- Call or text a friend.
- Spend time with a devotional book or with the Bible.
Here is something a friend sent to me in the middle of the night:
Title: Trust in the Lord
Scripture: Jeremiah 17:5-10
Thus says the Lord,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.
“For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.
“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?
“I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give to each man according to his ways,
According to the results of his deeds.
Well folks, I’m tired. I’m gonna call it a night and go to sleep. Just one final thought, most farmers (amateur and industrial) start out with a nice covering of cow poo poo to get their crops producing fruit. I think I am EXACTLY where I need to be to get those fruits sprouting.
….One more final thought, the devotion I am using for Lent is called “Wondrous Encounters” by Richard Rohr. Today’s reading included Luke 9:24-25: Whoever would save her life must first lose it, and whoever loses her life for my sake will find it. What profit does she show who gains the whole world yet destroys herself in the process?
Those verses must be the basis of this song. Saw TobyMac perform it live on Sunday night: