Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. — Matthew 5:6
Thank you for going on this journey with me. I pray it has blessed you, not because of my words, but because of how God has awakened you, encouraged you, convicted you, and transformed you during this time. I was convicted as I wrote it—God called me on things and said, “How are you going to live differently knowing this is taking up too much room on your plate?”
Where do we go from here? I talked a little bit about that in the last devotional. If we do nothing, all of the hard work will eventually fade into the background and we will find ourselves right back where we started. So here are some suggestions on how to keep this going:
1. Fasting. What did you choose to take out of your life for a time? If you fasted until Easter, do you want it back? If not, how will you keep it out? If so, how will you keep it from taking over? If you did not fast all the way until Easter, is it still taking up too much room on your plate? What will you do about that? In general, how can fasting become a part of your life? Will you routinely look at your life and say, “this is getting too big, and I need to set it down for a while?”
2. Prayer. Most of the prayer I discussed this Lent focused on repenting and praying for others as we prayed for various people and groups in Cedarville. But prayer is vitally important as we grow in our faith—it is our way of communicating with God. Make prayer a priority throughout the day—you can pray at any time.
3. Scripture. Make scripture a part of your daily life. It is not as hard as you might think. Sometimes I sit and read, but often I use the YouVersion app on my phone and listen to scripture as I am doing other things. Both are important, but I hear more scripture when I have it on as I drive somewhere, clean the house, make dinner, fold laundry, etc. It is my way of letting the word of Christ dwell in me richly.
Easter blessings! Know that God loves you more than you will ever know, and may you continue to grow in Christ.
A Big THANK YOU!!
Thank you to my dedicated and faithful proofreaders: Cathy Biggs, Rev. Harper Brady, Becky Gillaugh, and Phyllis Rose. I greatly appreciate all your help!!