Today is Spiritual Journey Thursday, a day for me to spend some time turning toward God. Please feel free to join me on this journey each Thursday with Holly Mueller and friends. For the next several weeks, Holly will be featuring our one little words. Today's featured word is DIVE from Greg Armamentos at Dash - Life Between the Numbers.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for many of the world's religions. It is a time of penance, fasting, and prayer for forgiveness. As a cradle Catholic, many discussions in our house at this time of year was about "What are you giving up for Lent?" I don't necessarily agree with this because I don't think giving something up changes me. Instead, I always wanted to add something or do something to change me to help me grow closer to Jesus and to deepen my faith.
Keeping this in mind and reflecting on what this spiritual journey really means to me, I have decided to focus the next 40 days on scripture. Or to keep with the theme of the OLW - I am going to DIVE into scripture. As a Catholic, I am not as well versed in scripture as I would like to be, which is another reason for me to DIVE in.
"All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in the righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." ~ 2Timothy 3:16-17
Each day I want to spend time reading the Bible and focusing on one scripture verse. My routine will consist of the following:
- Prepare my heart and my mind to listen to the voice of God.
- Call on the Holy Spirit to help me pray (because this is another weakness of mine.)
- Read the scripture, taking time to think and meditate on how I can respond to the verse.
- Finish with a prayer and a resolution to follow Jesus more closely each day of Lent.
- Write in my journal or on my blog my thoughts and response.
Please check back during the next 40 days and DIVE into scripture with me. I would love for you to join me.