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With regards to Ps 44:3 "They did not conquer the land with their swords; it was not their own strength that gave them victory. It was by your mighty power that they succeeded; it was because you favored them and smiled on them."

It is so good to remember to look to the Lord for His smile and His favor in life. This Psalm shows the fulfillment of the Aaronic blessing said over the people time and time again. Remember that these were the same people called hard hearted and rebellious. In the midst of all of their rebellion and sin, God told Aaron to bless them with this blessing from Numbers 6:22 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Instruct Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: May the LORD bless you and protect you.May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.'

27This is how Aaron and his sons will designate the Israelites as my people,and I myself will bless them."

I am thinking this morning about how important it is for us to pray for blessing for our families and communities. Even though those around us may seem hard hearted and rebellious, will you take up the challenge to pray this blessing over them daily as I am committed now to do? For I want to see victory in my family and my community. I want very much to see the changes manifested when God shows them favor and smiles upon them.

I believe in the relationship of prayer and living. For years I thought that I was the master of my own destiny and that all that happened to me was...well because of me. Is that not how we are trained these days? Take control of your life! I got so distorted in my thinking that I blamed all the bad in my life at the foot of my Lord. "How could you allow this to happen! Just leave me alone!" It was at this time I noticed that through his grace he granted me this request. He left me alone... My life was a mess and mistakes were many. All my low points in life were the result of answered prayers. He let me walk alone and man did I fall! Needless to say, even when bad things happen I no longer ask Him to leave me alone, but beg him to pick me up! Human pride is sometimes unavoidable when interacting with other humans...but it has no place in a relationship with Christ Jesus.

Your in Christ

I am looking for a lenten discipline to take up. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,
Micah Girl

I am looking for a lenten discipline to take up...perhaps a special prayer time like the Divine Hours or some kind of special Lectio Divina. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,
Micah Girl

Leviticus 22:17-23:44

Twice in today’s reading God opens up His ordinances and the blessings that come along with following His commands, to those who are not his people, "Give Aaron and his sons and all the Israelites these instructions, which apply to those who are Israelites by birth as well as to the foreigners living among you.” (22:18) In the 22nd verse of chapter 23 foreigners are included with the poor as benefactors of the grain deliberately left in the field. God has always allowed for those who were not His people to benefit from the “crumbs” from those who were and are His people as we read Saturday in the Gospel reading (Mark 7:28) What a mighty God we serve!!


What I really like about today’s reading is that it shows how our God is a God who loves parties. He want’s His people to not only reverence and obey Him He wants them to have a good time in doing it. There are lots of “feasts” and sacred assemblies, food and more food. God wants us to celebrate Him and who we are in Him. So Christian, please don’t walk around with a long face, shout Hallelujah from time to time because we serve a God that enjoys our enjoyment of all the things He has done for us.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Hi Micah,what do you mean by lenten disciple?
Bless you,Anka

Micah Girl,
I'll ditto the Divine Hour suggestion. There is a volume that focuses on Lent, and my friend even found it at Barnes & Noble.

As for on-line resources, check out the Grace Lent Blog (http://www.freshworship.org/zine/lent06.php).

Anka--
By Lenten discipline I mean something that I start doing for the 40 days of Lent like a special kind of prayer or specific bible readings, rather than something I give up for 40 days, like chocolate.

Bald Man:-) Thanks for the link to that blog--it looks like it will be really interesting.

Micah Girl

Found another one that's a PDF:

Nails & Thorns: Lent meditations 2006 (http://www.trac.org.my/view_file.cfm?fileid=5)

HT: Sivin Kit (http://sivinkit.net/archives/001829.html)

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