Weekly intention | 2.25.20

In the dead of winter, it can be tempting to slip into a deadened state of mind, but if we choose to view this season as a time of spiritual preparation, we will reap the rewards of new life in the spring and a harvest thereafter. Practicing the ways of Jesus – silence, solitude, prayer, knowing and trusting the Word of God, serving others – is the blueprint to a life full of the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Faith is an act of the will, fortified over time by cultivating a keen awareness of God’s presence and movement in our lives, with promises delivered and blessings bestowed from the Giver of all good gifts.

Hope is a choice we make, whether by the minute, by the hour, or by the day. A hopeful spirit begets a hope-full life.

Our strength comes from joy. Finding joy, purposefully, in the everyday will fill a reservoir within us that, when we run dry, can water our parched souls.

By training ourselves through the habits of Jesus had, we can, in turn, participate in the divine mystery and re-connect with (and re-charge through) our power Source.

Winter only looks dormant to the eye. Beneath the surface, all of creation is in actively in wait, preparing itself for Spring. Likewise, we should use this time to plant the seeds of faith everlasting within us, that will burst through hard ground in the warmth of the sun of the coming season.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

James 1:17 NIV

“”Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

2 Peter 1:4

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