Lent: Day 13 & 14…

Day 13: Prayer

After a day of following your child back and forth from the bathroom to the bed, any and all efforts are made to not have to repeat the itinerary over the next few days with all your other children.  Today, as I washed laundry and wiped down surfaces with bleach, I added a lot of prayer.  I asked others to pray.  I pleaded with God to protect the rest of us from this yucky little bug.

Then my husband came down with it.

God was faithful in answering my prayers…none of the other kids have caught the illness…(yet).  And I start to wonder, “Did I leave him out of my requests to God for health?”  And in this question, I’m somehow trying to understand and make sense of why he got sick.  Perhaps, God’s answer to my prayer isn’t at all dependent on if I get my request right.  I don’t think He answers only according to the exact words I use.  I think He answers the way He does for reasons I just don’t understand.  And I’ve got to learn to be okay with that.  I have to learn to trust.

So I added prayer.  And I will keep adding prayers…and Lysol.

 “But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.”

Psalm 69:13

Day 14: Lysol

You thought I was joking… I added so much Lysol to the bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen today, that I think my lungs are disinfected.  As I add to Lent, the whole point is to remind me of all I have gained because of all that Jesus gave on the cross.  This deep burning feeling in my chest, while caused by inhaling potent and probably harmful chemical vapors, reminds me of the deep spiritual cleansing I receive through Jesus.

It is His death on the cross that wipes away my sins and purifies my every inch of being.  This doesn’t mean that I am perfect.  I daily bring my germy, nasty self to the foot of the cross and He covers me in the Lysol-like grace of His forgiveness.  When God looks at me, He sees Jesus in my place.  It’s completely undeserved, but He sees someone who was perfect and spotless…in my place!  This free gift was given to me on the cross as Jesus willfully took on all that my sickness of depravity deserves.  Each day, His death works it’s wonders, canceling out my sin and shame, making me clean and new.  Unlike Lysol, His blood kills 100% of my grime, there is not 1/100th of a sin that His sacrifice doesn’t cover.

What freedom!  What health!  What grace!  What a way to live!

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

Psalm 51:7

Lent: Day 11&12…

Day 11: Hotel Liquidation

Ahhh…Saturday.  Our oldest three were invited for a playdate/sleepover so most of the day we only had the little raccoon in tow.

My brother-in-law, Aaron, built a dining room table for us.  It’s a beast.  It sits 10.  And since it’s arrival, it’s only been able to accommodate one person, because we only have one dining room chair.  So on this Saturday, mostly free of kids, we added a Hotel Liquidation Warehouse to Lent.  It was a very fruitful trip.  We walked out the door with 6 more chairs, a desk chair, 5 mirrors, a little footstool, and more than enough chalk-paint projects to keep me busy.  For me, having this many creative/remodel home projects is like Christmas morning.  I can’t wait to start.

The purpose of these purchases is not just to appease my creative appetite, however.  The goal is to have a plethora of chairs around our gigantic table so that we can fill the seats with warm bodies.  We want to have friends over for dinner.  We want to share life with some people.  We just need somewhere for them to sit.

So while I anxiously await adding brushes, paint, and furniture wax to Lent in the next few days, I also look forward to adding friends at my table.  Acts 2 is my inspiration for these future gatherings…(no pressure.)

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved”

Acts 2:42-47

Day 12: Blue Raspberry Pedialyte 

One kiddo didn’t make it all the way through the sleepover.  The tummy bug struck.  So on this twelfth day of Lent, we added blue raspberry Pedialyte.  Poor thing.  Such a little body having to go through such a tough day.  Praise Jesus for electrolytes.  Again, I am made thankful for the healing powers of Jesus and the medicine that He has provided through doctors.

So many fluids are lost during these unfortunate illnesses.  This little one was so thirsty, but couldn’t keep anything down.  I can’t help but think of spiritual thirst and my own failure to keep the living water in my system.  How many times have I gleaned from the Word, only to regurgitate it?

Sharing biblical wisdom is a great thing, but only after it has first permeated through our own souls.  I think more often than not, I take it in, only to spew it out moments later, avoiding deep mediation to have it’s way in me.  I think this often translates into feeling like I am always pouring into others, but never being filled myself.  Well, it’s not for a lack of the Spirit desiring to dwell in me.  It’s not due to a lack of service of those around me.  It’s because I’m rejecting the powerful work of Jesus from actually hydrating my parched soul.

What a humbling (and gross) reminder to spend time meditating and soaking in His word.

“Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.””

John 4:13-14