1. Victoria Nimmo Walters
    February 28, 2016 @ 12:43 AM

    …and this is what Lent is all about: spending 40 days living with Jesus in the wilderness. While we aren’t called to fast for the full time period, we are called to ‘live a fasted life.’ The true Lenten fast is not about giving up one’s favorite thing…it’s about identifying something in our life that distracts us from Jesus, offering it up to Him as a sacrifice, and trying to replace it with a spiritual discipline that draws us closer to Him. The ‘goal’ (if one can call it that) is to use the 40 days as a kick start to giving up our distraction for good, not to pick it back up once Easter has passed; to continue in our new-found spiritual discipline, making it part of our lives forever.

    Because we have so many distractions, we have the opportunity each year to work through and replacing ‘just one’–knowing that next year there will be another. What the next one may be, probably won’t manifest itself until the beginning of next year’s Lent–and that’s OK. The process of becoming more like Jesus in our thoughts, desires, and actions is a life long commitment…and it will take a lifetime to live it out.

    • avincent
      February 28, 2016 @ 5:16 PM

      I like the idea of becoming more like Jesus. As a “protestant” Lent was never a focal point for us. I had heard about it before but didn’t really give it much thought. I always associated it with Catholic and also Mormon faith. I’m sure there are other religions that practice Lent but these two came to mind right now.

      Becoming more like Jesus crosses all faith boundaries so I think I want to include this in my life now. I was actually thinking about Lent previously because of a KLOVE message I heard just before the season of lent began.

      I feel like my commitment or Lent is focusing on resurrecting past commitments that had diminished over time. This bible study and blog are helping me in that area.

      I have been engaging in personal bible time for years but had stopped sharing with anyone what God shared with me. I had even been at a point where I stopped writing with my reading. God brought that part back to me a couple months ago.

      I am SO grateful He gently calls to our spirits regardless of the calendar season, but also thankful that He created seasons of remembrance to turn our attentions back to where they belong.

      My Lent, DAILY bible study, no matter how busy I get. Thank You God too for grace in advance in case (when) I fall short.

      • Victoria Nimmo Walters
        February 29, 2016 @ 12:40 AM

        I wish your blog comments section had a ‘like’ button. ‘Cause I really like your response to my comment. 🙂

  2. Juanita Nimmo Lunsford
    February 28, 2016 @ 1:02 AM

    Very good comments sis, however what do you mean by what you said about John the beloved?

    • avincent
      February 28, 2016 @ 4:58 PM

      That’s a good question mom. In Galatians 2:11-14, Paul publicly confronts Peter. Peter had been eating and drinking with the Gentiles before “some men sent by James arrived” in Antioch. Once these Jewish men, who were of the Circumcision group got there, Peter “drew back and would not eat with the Gentiles” for fear of those who came. Peter’s behavior, and probably his status as an Apostle, got other believers to act the same. Paul called him out publicly to put an end to Peter’s behavior.

      I hope this answers you question. Thanks for asking it.

      • Victoria Nimmo Walters
        February 29, 2016 @ 12:41 AM

        OK – now I’m confused…I don’t see John the Beloved in your response…

        • avincent
          March 1, 2016 @ 4:25 PM

          THANK YOU! You comment made me stop cold and realize that I should have said Peter from the beginning an not John. SO, I need to fix that. SO SORRY ALL! Especially to John for my mix up.

          I just corrected my BIG mistake. Thanks for catching it.