Lent, pt. 11

I would like to start with a verse.

“6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” NIV I Peter 1:6-7 

I was at war today. In my brain.

Sometimes, I really dislike being at war. It is no fun getting shot at constantly.

According to the verse at the beginning, I should greatly rejoice. What!?!?

Lent, for me, has been tough. I have not done very well at getting up early to pray.

I am slightly behind on my devotional.

And the devil keeps shooting at me.

But Jesus will be revealed!!!

It might be tomorrow or next week. Perhaps next year. Maybe in a decade.

But he will be revealed…and that is enough to keep me moving forward.


Has Lent been difficult for you?

Are you stuck?

Do you feel like all this is even worth it?

I think it is. If gold could talk, it would scream at the pain of the refiner’s fire.

Then, when all is said and done, God uses lots of gold in heavenly construction.

refining gold

You and I will get to heaven but only after God has refined us.

So hang in there! God is not finished with you!

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Lent, pt.10

I reached a milestone this week.

This blog has 101 followers! Thank you!

I feel like God has given me something to say. Twominuteswithtim.com is the outlet.

If you want to get a glimpse into the beginning of this blog, you can check out my early posts starting from 2014. If you time some of them, they probably go longer than two minutes though!


May this Lent season hold milestones for you.

Whether it be work related or family oriented, I hope that God does something fantastic in you. May 2019 be a milestone year for you!!!

Again, thank you for following these ramblings of mine. You give me encouragement everyday.

God bless you.

Lent, pt. 9

Today, 3.14, is Pi day.

What is Pi?

“Pi (π) is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.”

Here is the link to the website that gives that definition.

https://www.angio.net/pi/whypi.html

pi


I know, you are thinking about the connection between Pi and Lent.

Well, there isn’t one. I keep going round and round in circles but just can’t find one…

So as far as Lent is concerned, the fact that today is Pi day is irrelevant.

Some days are just like that. You go through your day without incident. The commute to work is unremarkable. Work itself, is plain and routine.

Nothing big or fantastic happens. No signs from God today! See yesterday’s post.

But that does not change the fact that God is still reigning on his throne.

He is the God of the storms and seas but also of the gentle breeze and still waters.

God is here, there, and everywhere.

So even if you don’t see, feel, or sense God’s presence, you can trust that He is right here.

Good night fellow God-chaser.

 

Lent, pt. 8

God gave me a sign today.

I wait tables at the Olive Garden a few days a week.

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I wouldn’t say it is rare but I don’t see people praying for their meals very often.

Today was different. It was a lady in her early thirties and, perhaps, her mother or even grandmother. Please forgive me if I am way off on these estimates.

After I had set down their salad, they bowed their heads and prayed. I was at another table so I don’t think they saw me.

Until I asked them permission to use their example in this blog.

Little did they know that earlier today, I had been thinking about the following verse:

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” NIV, Matthew 6:6 

Click here for the entire chapter.

There is much focus on the outward appearance when it comes to Lent.

What are you giving up?

Are you praying more?

Did you attend church/mass this week?

Those things are good so please keep doing them if you have started.

But don’t announce it.

By all means, keep praying at restaurants. These things speak volumes.

What I am saying is that being with Jesus will have a natural effect.

Spend time with Jesus and let him seep out of you.

Overflow with the Spirit because you have let him fill you.

Actions speak louder than words but silence shouts the loudest.

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” NIV, Acts 4:13

How loud are you talking?

Lent, pt. 7

It is not about me but about him.

Lent is not about what I can do for God or what I am giving up.

I think Lent is about Jesus. Everything is always about Jesus.


There is a running joke with my chemistry students (I teach high school chemistry at a christian school). When they don’t know the right chemistry answer, I often hear “JESUS”!

asking questions

How many possible electrons are in the second energy level? Jesus!

What two elements bond to make salt? Jesus!

jesus is the answer


I confess, I have been thinking about this season of Lent from my perspective.

What can I give, do, say that will improve my relationship with God.

Well, I think a change is in order.

I want to start looking at Lent as a chance for God to do something.

What does Jesus want out of Lent?

I feel like if I can answer that question, my life won’t ever be the same.

Good night.