Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lent so far

"If in Christ we have been tempted, in him we overcome the devil. Do you think only of Christ’s temptations and fail to think of his victory? See yourself as tempted in him, and see yourself as victorious in him. He could have kept the devil from himself; but if he were not tempted he could not teach you how to triumph over temptation."
- St. Augustine of Hippo

What I am reading....
An awesome book on prayer

The history and impact of a national movement

What I am playing...

What we are eating...

Prayer pretzel rolls and black bean soup
perfect for Ash Wednesday or any Friday Lenten dinner.

See J-Bear's little bowl in the corner?  Even she enjoyed her dinner!

Blessings I have received....

A note from G-Bear after school. 
This particular day, we were working on letting other people go first as our Lenten discipline.

She even drew the beans so she wouldn't forget to add them to our basket.
The best part was that I got to hear the story represented by each bean.

E-Bear has made a consorted effort to help Buddy Bear.  
He rarely asks to put a bean in the basket, but he is always thrilled when I acknowledge his efforts by rewarding him with the chance to add a bean.

Buddy Bear can't wait for story time each night.  He loves the Jesus stories we are reading as part of our Jesus Walk.  He is always disappointed when I tell him we are only reading one.  He always has an extra one picked out for us to read, just in case.

G-Bear resolved at school on Ash Wednesday that she wanted to make her bed more often to be helpful during Lent.  She has really taken her goal to heart.  I was especially impressed by her efforts while we were on vacation this week for spring break:
yes, this was after she woke up and made the bed in the morning....

Lord, thank you for going before us.  Help us to make this time of Lent fruitful!

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