Lent Day 11

Day 11 Saturday February 28 – [F] Eat very simple meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

RO: Is our relationship with God about a feeling? Is it based on an emotion? God isn’t an emotion. God is a person. // The challenge to all of us is this: To be able to not only see our relationship with others, but to be able to see our relationship with God as more than just a feeling or an emotion to put our foundation upon. // To be able to see God not for what He can do for us, for how He can make us feel. But to see God for who He is. To see Him for how much he loves us and to see others in that same way. I promise you you’re going to discover a love that is greater and richer and deeper than any other love you’ve ever felt.

Deuteronomy 26: 16-19

Moses spoke to the people, saying: “This day the LORD, your God, commands you to observe these statutes and decrees. Be careful, then, to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.

Matthew 5: 43-48

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy, But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father.

Knowing that I had lunch with my siblings planned I considered not trying this one. I feel like that has happened a lot these last 10 days. I don’t like the thing so I don’t want to do it. And that is all the more reason why I had to make myself do it! “Suck it up, self. You’re telling me you can’t do this one little thing for God who has done so much for you?”

I did not like it because it was hard to do. But once I committed to doing it it wasn’t that bad or hard. Funny how once you change your mindset how your perception of the thing can change.

And perhaps I failed in some respects because what does “very simple” even mean? I have no idea. I ate two eggs for breakfast, at lunch I had a spinach-fruit salad (and pop, so that was probably bad), and then for dinner greenbean casserole.

I was conscious of what I was eating today, and I think that was part of the point — do not take what you have for granted. I had the luxury of being able to afford lunch out at a restaurant, and I appreciate that. But what this day has helped me realize is that I often do forgot to pray before eating. I used to be very, very cognizant of praying before eating – and basically always did it – and I have definitely not been remembering to do that very much these days.  

If we don’t pray and give thanks to God we risk taking what we have for granted. Let us always remember it is He who blesses us. Let us give God thanks for what He provides!

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