Preparing our hearts and our homes <3

Well, we had the first day of Spring this week….but apparently winter temperatures are holding fast and strong for a while longer.

I did get a kick out of some of the posts on Facebook and Instagram from around the country with snow and such heralding the season change.

One thing that these sunnier days is doing is highlighting the ravages of winter.

The sun streaming through windows for more hours of daylight are pointing to the need for a good scrubbing. And then there is a layer of dust that seems to migrate from room to room as I attempt to do some spring cleaning.

And so it is with our souls as we enter the last week of the season of Lent.

Hopefully we have taken time since Ash Wednesday to open wide the corners of our hearts and have allowed God to do some cleansing.

Perhaps you fasted from something the past six weeks and in your denying of self, have had a renewed sense of God’s holiness.

Just as houses need a deep cleaning several times a year, our inner man can have spiritual dust and grime that builds up in the course of our daily living and I find that as I do the physical rejuvenation of our home…whether it is wiping down walls and vacuuming behind and underneath furniture or cleaning out the leaves and sticks and pruning back plants to begin their new growth….I can lift myself to the Lord and ask Him to reveal the places that need some purging…the places that need some filling…the places where He would like to do a deep cleaning.

Next week we journey through the days called Holy Week…the final week of remembering Jesus’ last days as He walked among us as one of us.

I plan to do a daily meditation for the coming week here as we follow the recordings of His activities in the Gospels.

I hope you will set aside time in the coming week to meditate on the events leading up to the celebration on Resurrection Sunday.

Here are some passages to help you in that effort:

Sunday: Mark 11:1-11
Monday: Mark 11:12-19
Tuesday: Mark 11: 20-26
Wednesday: Mark 11:27-14:11
Thursday: Mark 14: 12-31
Friday: Mark 14:32-15

Of course there are other passages in the Gospels, but this is a good place to begin.

Blessings on you as you do the things to prepare your hearts and your homes for the next season God is moving us into <3

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