Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).
Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. During some Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers.
Not all Christian churches observe Ash Wednesday or Lent. They are mostly observed by the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican denominations, and also by Roman Catholics. Eastern Orthodox churches observe Lent or Great Lent, during the 6 weeks or 40 days preceding Palm Sunday with fasting continuing during the Holy Week of Orthodox Easter. Lent for Eastern Orthodox churches begins on Monday (called Clean Monday) and Ash Wednesday is not observed.
The Bible does not mention Ash Wednesday or the custom of Lent, HOWEVER, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21.
Some people appear to sow discord, dishonesty or other unenviable things and never pay for it. Others who see this can experience spiritual, emotional and social crises, wondering how it is that bad people profit while good people suffer. If these crises are not addressed, they might cause a person to stop putting forth as much effort, or to cease engaging in good behaviors. Societies therefore try to provide answers about why bad people can prosper.
An answer individuals commonly give to resolve these crises is that life is simply not fair. This is often connected to the concept that nothing is perfect. Another response that is more religiously based is that God (or another higher power) is waiting to punish the bad people in His own time, and that God can use even negative things for His glory. Those who focus on this answer often cite Biblical verses such as Romans 8:28, which says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
The Butterfly Effect
Some people push the idea of “you reap what you sow” one step further, emphasizing the “butterfly effect.” This term refers to the fact that the simple act of a butterfly moving its wings can have an enormous effect on the world by serving as a catalyst for other changes or events. Under this lens, people should be extra careful of what they say and do, because it’s not always clear how large the ramifications of their speech or behaviors are.
Where do I literally start when talking about this movie with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin!!!!! Go see this!
I mean this story line was sooo well done and believable that I really could see how it ALL transpired. ….
Do you want to know how many times that I ……
1. Said awwwwww…..
2. Thought of my ownself
3. Felt so much love
4. TOTALLY understood her!
5. Wondered ….about MY LIFE
6. Thought of the movie, Eat Pray Love
7. Cried inside
8. Connected with her son
9. Hoped for a happy endig
10. Felt discombobulated
There’s way MORE things that I could surely list BUT I’m already super duper emotionally charged after seeing this awesomeness of a movie!!!
Overall, it made me think about tbings on an EMOTIONAL level and yes, the HUMAN TOUCH is indeed essentially needed.
I don’t know about you, but I’M STAYING IN GOD’S WILL!! I will not compromise His word, bow down or embrace anything that goes against His standards. So many of you are falling PREY to the enemy trying to get a QUICK RIDE TO THE TOP! I hear the Lord say, “IT’S my way, or NO WAY!” Some of you are about to get an EVICTION NOTICE from the Holy Ghost and are about to be escorted out from your KINGDOM PLACE.
I don’t know who this is for but, I hear the Lord say, “I have sent warning after warning for you to DETACH, but you keep ignoring my voice!” God says you may see the BENEFITS of the connections, but you will NEVER inherit THE PROMISE, because of DISOBEDIENCE!!!”
The word friend means a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. Another definition is a person who gives assistance, someone who wants things in the other person’s best interest to occur.
Friendship involves listening, sharing, and showing understanding for the other’s likes and dislikes. Friendship takes time, but it makes any relationship. “Therefore walk in the way of the good, and keep to the paths of the just. ” Proverbs 2:20…. We all want friends, for indeed it is a basic human need to want to be with other people…. They are a necessary part of life – In the world in which we live in…there are positive and negative friends we can choose from AND learn from.
Another Biblical example is Jonathan and David. They loved each other’s company and cared immensely for one another. Too many people are fair-weather friends. They are there until a personal difficulty arises. A true friend is with you in good times and hard times. This is the type of relationship that Jonathan and David enjoyed.
” And when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” I Samuel 18:1 ” Now Jonathan caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul. ” I Samuel 20:17
Appreciate the IMPORTANT people in your life – that’s all