A Lenten Offering From Lee and an Invitation

February 28, 2013
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In my silent time I have lingered over several quotes. I thought I would share a few of them with you today that may help deepen your Lenten walk with Christ.

Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, I am your sin.
You took on you what was mine; yet set on me what was yours.
You became what you were not, that I might become what I was not.
Sometimes I think of life as a big wagon wheel with many spokes. In the middle is the hub. Often in ministry, it looks like we are running around the rim trying to reach everybody. But God says, “Start in the hub; live in the hub. Then you will be connected with all the spokes, and you won’t have to run so fast.”
Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.
The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we will never unravel the good from the bad, the pure from the impure. God is big enough to receive us with all our mixture.
“God loved us before he made us; and his love has never diminished and never shall.”
“We do not think ourselves into a new way of living as much as we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”
Yet even now, says the Lord, repent and return to me with all your heart”
Joel 2:13.
Have you found an inspirational quote lately to ponder?
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Love,
Rev. E. Lee Self
Rev. E. Lee Self
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A Lenten Offering from Eunice: Scarcity or Abundance Mentality

February 26, 2013
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Scarcity or Abundance Mentality

Lent is a time to keep it simple, to avoid excess.  We do in fact have a Christian tradition of giving something up for Lent.  So this season seems the perfect time to take a look at how we are affected by our western tendency for excess, for overdoing it.  It seems to stem from a mentality of scarcity, the fear of not having enough and/or the fear of others having more.  What a stingy way to live!  Especially when we recall that Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life, life abundant.”  John 10:10.

The scarcity mentality does not serve us well.   Richard Rohr, OFM wrote in a recent meditation:  “If we begin our day with any notion of scarcity, not-enoughness, victimhood, or ‘I deserve,’ I promise you the day will not be good–for you or for those around you. Nor will God be glorified.”

How then can we live with a mentality of abundance?  It is after all our choice – the abundance or the scarcity mentality. We tend to focus on what is missing and take our daily abundance for granted.  Let’s begin by reminding ourselves of the abundance we already possess.  Perhaps an attitude of gratitude can move us from the mentality of scarcity to the mentality of abundance.  If we practice the attitude of gratitude the last thing before we go to sleep or the first thing each morning, our day can start with the notion of abundance.  List those things we are so privileged to enjoy: family and friends, good health, our senses, freedom, education, food, shelter, clothing, work, God’s grace and unconditional love.  When we take time to reflect, the list is almost endless.

When we live from an abundance mentality, we find we not only have enough for ourselves, we also have enough to share generously.   We will also be able to begin our day in abundance and our day is surely to be better for ourselves and those around us.  For Lent give up the scarcity mentality and live with the abundance mentality.

Blessings~  Eunice Cheshire

Eunice Cheshire, Founding Director
Eunice Cheshire, Founding Director
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A Lenten Offering from Evelyn: A Lenten Blessing

February 21, 2013
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Combine simplicity with solitude.              Easter Lily

Blend both with prayer.

Add generous amounts of love, humility and gratitude.

Meditate regularly to listen and become aware.

Wait.

Contentment and deepened trust in God result.

Blessings,

Evelyn

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A Lenten offering from Lil: Return to Love

February 19, 2013
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JumpI am giving up fear for Lent.

Imagine the peace when God created out of chaos.

Imagine the love when God created humankind.

Imagine the heartache when humankind turned away from God.

God calls us to return to Love.

Imagine the Love waiting for us upon our return!

With broken and contrite hearts we return to Love.

The burden of fear I shed releases me to Love.

I leap for joy to be returning home…to Love.

Thanks be to God!

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A Lenten offering from Lee: A prayer from Henri Nouwen

February 18, 2013
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“How often have I lived through these weeks without paying much attention to penance, fasting, and prayer? How often have I missed the spiritual fruits of the season without even being aware of it? But how can I ever really celebrate Easter without observing Lent? How can I rejoice fully in your Resurrection when I have avoided participating in your death? Yes, Lord, I have to die — with you, through you, and in you — and thus become ready to recognize you when you appear to me in your Resurrection. There is so much in me that needs to die: false attachments, greed and anger, impatience and stinginess…. I see clearly now how little I have died with you, really gone your way and been faithful to it. O Lord, make this Lenten season different from the other ones. Let me find you again. Amen.”-A Prayer for Lent by Henri Nouwen
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A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

February 13, 2013
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Loving God, today begins a season of inner reflection and examination.

Forty days stretch before me and invite me inward to that silent, holy space that holds your Spirit. This special time beckons me to see my life through Christ’s eyes and the truth and reality of your love incarnate.

Grant me the grace to enter the space of these days with anticipation of our meeting.

And, when I open my soul to your presence, let your loving kindness rush over me and seep into the hidden spaces of  my heart.

Amen.

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