"...they had been with Jesus"

After Lent and my study of Isaiah I decided I wanted to jump into Acts. I've been interested to learn more about the early church. I wanted to study how they went on after Jesus left them.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my Instagram Story where I gave a quick thought on Acts 4:13. It says, "When they (talking about the Jewish leadership here) observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and recognized that they had been with Jesus."

Halfway Through Lent

We're halfway through Lent and God has been teaching me more than I expected. I want to say it's been a sweet time with the Lord, but I've honestly been doing a lot of wrestling. For some reason, my anxiety levels rose, even though I've been spending more time with God. I was confused as to why I was feeling anxious. I thought that if I was close to the Lord then my anxiety would fall away. But that's not always the case. 

Four Years with Isabel

My baby girl turned four years old yesterday. I suppose that means she's not a baby anymore. I don't often get sad about birthdays, but this one had me feeling sentimental. 

Isabel is the daughter I didn't know I needed. She really brings a lot of joy and sunshine to my life, and for that, I am grateful. She's the kind of little girl who is mostly happy (she has her sassy moments) and goes with the flow. She makes parenting feel easy. She gets testy at times but is easily corrected. She also gets excited about small things and will throw her arms around you and exclaim, "thank you!" 

Confession & Repentance

As I've been observing Lent this year I have been thinking a lot about confession. That's kind of the point of Lent, isn't it? Taking a good hard look at our sin and confessing it before God. I went to an Ash Wednesday service and we read Psalm 51. This is one of David's Psalm which he wrote after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba. In this Psalm he confesses his sin and asks for forgiveness. And then in verse 10 he says, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." The second part of confession is repentance.

Lent 2017

Tomorrow marks Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. 

Over the past few years I've blogged about my return to the observance of Lent. I neglected it for several years after I left the Catholic Church. But in 2014 I felt a strong desire to observe Lent, on my own terms. I decided that instead of giving up soda or candy (my go-to lenten fasts of my youth), I would give up yelling. This non-traditional approach to Lent actually opened my eyes as I discovered what my true problem was - not yelling, but sin and bitterness built up in my heart due to past hurts. Since then I have looked forward to Lent as a time of deep reflection on Christ's sacrifice - his death and resurrection.