The first day of the 40 acts “do lent generously” focuses on the friends and people that you have in your life and the circles that they are in.
As you can see the first thing it says is sketch out your circles, see where they cross and encourages you over the next 40 days to pray for those who God has placed in your life.
I know lots of people through my work and my hobbies. God has placed people in my life for very many different reasons.
Last year before I went to Cherish I read “Identity” by Charlotte Gambill In this book it talks about the type of people in your life, but gives advice on who to choose to walk along your path of life.
Before you form a new relational connection, stop and think how it will grow your life, what its purpose is and whether it will help you discover more about who you really are
Each person God places in my life helps me to grow. I pray that I help them to grow and learn more about themselves even if they are present in my life for a brief period.
However the book also focuses on trimming and pruning these relationships. After I finished the book I did a friend audit on Facebook and had a cull. Those who are left are the ones that are currently travelling along with me.
There is if you look for it advice on the type of people you should have in your life and the type of friendships you should have. A best friendship takes time to develop and nurture.
The gift of friendship is simply showing kindness to those who are placed on your path. By doing this you are growing yourself and building up others around you. You create a ripple and this can stretch out wide.
Whatever your beliefs are look for ways in which you can extend the gift of friendship to those who you meet over the next few days. Who knows where it may lead.
The History of Lent & the Lost Celebration – http://wp.me/p41xVe-Ih
A good way of looking at Lent. I myself am still deciding what to do.
I don’t want to give something up although I know a few people who are. I know I need to be more strict with my diet – it slipped last week due to a really bad cold but I want to do something positive.
I received the 40 acts email yesterday and that did get me thinking. I will try and blog about it’s subject. This past couple of days things have happened or have been brought to my attention on the theme of writing lists and journey. I want to explore those themes a bit. So I can see myself writing about that as well.
As the days pass I plan to follow a bible study that I have. I also want to read a few more books. Regular readers will know I used to be an avid reader but lost the mojo a few years ago. I’m not saying that the mojo has returned it’s just I have recently realised that my free time can be better utilised. As part of that I am trying to spend a little more time with my nose in a book.
What are your Lenten plans?
Christmas may seem a while ago now but to get all the Christmas gifts done in time some of the I promise knitting became IOU.
Thankfully they are all finished 🙂 Although they have been a joy to make I really don’t want to be on a timer or have deadlines any more. This is because I have other crafts I want to do. I also have a pile of books I want to read 🙂
Here are a few pictures of the things that I’ve recently made.
The above 2 are bits of baby knitting for a colleague who has recently given birth.
This is another piece that I was asked to make. Luckily it was finished in time for the person’s birthday.
I also finished for me a crochet poncho. I got the idea from this blog Knitting it was taking too long so I decided to crochet it instead.
I’m now onto socks. This is my travelling project. For home I’m working on finishing another project.
What are you working on?