I love your vision Donna! So well written!
Praying that the Lord would use it mightily!
Donna, Thank you for sharing about the 40 days. I am on a similar journey and am grateful for this time of preparation that will culminate in our celebration of the resurrection.
Thank you for what you are doing for all of these organizations! I was just clicking through all of the links and don't seem to be able to get Day 12 "love without Boundaries" to work?
Hi Donna - I appreciate your angle on lent - not about giving things up, but about giving life to others. Speaking for myself though, giving is not the problem for me and I don't think it's the main struggle for you either or you wouldn't be living in China. The main struggle for us is receiving. Lent is about giving up in order to receive from the Lord. We can't be filled unless we're empty and lent is this emptying process. So how are you receiving? How can we cultivate a receptive spirit to the love God has for us? I don't think we can truly give well without learning to receive what the Lord has for us. In Desiring God, John Piper writes that love is "the overflow of joy in God that gladly meets the needs of others." If this is so, he continues, "then to abandon the pursuit of this joy is to abandon the pursuit of love. And if God is pleased by cheerful givers, then to abandon the pursuit of this cheerfulness sets you on a course in which God takes no delight. If we are indifferent to whether we do a good deed cheerfully, we are indifferrent to what pleases God. For God loves a cheerful giver...". So lets make sure that lent in all its forms, is nothing less than a pursuit of joy in the Lord.
It's funny - I just read today's reading from Oswald Chambers and was struck by it's relevance on the cusp of lent: https://utmost.org/classic/do-ye-now-believe-classic/