I can’t believe six days have already been spent celebrating this year’s Lent season. Our family has been blessed with beautiful stories and reminders of God’s goodness each day.
We have been so busy that I haven’t had time to post about our stories and Lent tree ornaments before now! We did have a wonderful weekend and I have so much to share from the past few days – we spent a lot of time outdoors because the weather was gorgeous, I tried out some delicious new recipes (I’ll share soon!), we attended THREE charity fundraisers (we were busy!) and we celebrated Dave’s birthday together as a family with a quiet evening and dinner at home last night – I will try to post more about the weekend soon.
For now, I want to share what our Lent journey has taught us so far…
Ash Wednesday was spent celebrating the beginning of this Holy season with a beautiful service with our church family. That night, we read our first biblical story and hung the first ornament on our Lent tree. We started this journey being reminded of the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father.
Truly, I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
Isn’t that a beautiful reminder?
Dave has been serving on our church’s Vision Council committee for the better part of the past year. He has worked alongside forty or so other members of our congregation developing the vision for our church over the next decade. This committee has prayed for guidance and direction for our church. They have prayed for specific direction and specific changes as we embark on this new path.
God has provided a vision that will allow us to grow and “Bring People Together to Share Christ’s Love.” It is a beautiful vision and mission. It is God ordained and we are at an exciting time of change and movement. We are focused on radical hospitality, extravagant generosity, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and passionate worship.
I couldn’t understand how this vision and these principles could cause fear or anxiety within our congregation. They are biblically driven and Christ centered. But, they also are accompanied by specific actions and changes to our way of worship and our infrastructure. Change is scary. Change is unknown. We are so quick to fear change. And fear was driven in by the enemy in an attempt to divide us.
The beauty is in the truth. When we stop worrying and wondering how changes will affect us and instead have faith that God will move mountains to glorify Him and build His kingdom, we are open to receive His grace and watch His plan unfold. And, His plans are for our good. They are bigger and grander than anything we could ever plan on our own.
Our church is in the midst of change. Even still, we are open and willing to embrace what God has in store for us. We are on our knees asking that He use our gifts and our blessings to build His kingdom in this community and throughout this world. We are reminded to have faith. To gain peace from the promise of Matthew 17:20. Even if our faith is as small as a mustard seed.
What a perfect way to begin our Lent season. God is so good.
|Reading our first lesson of Lent.
*The boys kept trying to rub off my ashes. They were confused why Momma had “dirt” on her forehead :).
|Our first ornament. Mustard Seeds. I love seeing these seeds hang from the branches of our tree. They remind me to have faith and to trust completely in the One who loves me enough to know the number of hairs on my head.|
Day 2 – We studied Genesis 1. Creation. We hung an ornament of the earth. A reminder of the majesty of our God. His creation is truly magnificent.
Day 3 & 4 – we combined these lessons because we were out at a charity event on Friday. We studied the Fall of Man (Genesis 3) and Noah and the Flood (Genesis 6-9).
|I love this one…Ben took a little break for a snack 🙂|
|An Apple and an Ark.|
We are loving this time of study and worship together. It is so meaningful for Dave and I to share these precious stories with our boys. We are excited to see their depth of knowledge and understanding grow each season as we continue this tradition.