Wednesday, February 22, 2012

40 Days

Fast from judging others;  and feast on Christ dwelling within them.

Fast from emphasis on differences;  and feast on the unity of all life.

Fast from apparent darkness;  and feast on the reality of light.

Fast from words that pollute;  and feast on phrases that purify.

Fast from discontent;  and feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger;  and feast on patience.

Fast from pessimism;  and feast on optimism.

Fast from worry;  and feast on trust.

Fast from complaining;  and feast on appreciation.

Fast from negatives;  and feast on affirmatives.

Fast from unrelenting pressures;  and feast on unceasing prayer.

Fast from hostility;  and feast on nonviolence.

Fast from bitterness;  and feast on forgiveness.

Fast from self-concern;  and feast on compassion for others.

Fast from personal anxiety;  and feast on eternal Truth.

Fast from discouragement;  and feast on hope.

Fast from facts that depress;  and feast on truths that uplift.

Fast from lethargy;  and feast on enthusiasm.

Fast from suspicion;  and feast on truth.

Fast from thoughts that weaken;  and feast on promises that inspire.

Fast from idle gossip;  and feast on purposeful silence. 

Are you giving anything up for Lent?


Olive said...

We in the middle of 40 Days in The Word. A similar quest I hope. 4,500 churches across the USA are doing it at the same time and we have 2000 in our church so imagine the blessing just like Lent.

helen tilston said...

Hello Terri

I am going to print this out and put it on my studio wall.

What a beautiful exercise and reminder.
I love it.

Thank you x 40 days

Helen xx

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Hi Terri, lovely. I'm confused. What holiday is this? Hope all is well, Lynn

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My goodness, I need to copy and past this post and POST IT UP on my corner by my desk in my classroom. Oh dearest, thank you for coming tonight to see me. I come to see you and what do I find? An answer to prayer. THANK YOU FOR THIS PROFOUND MESSAGE that has just put me gently in my place so I can continue on.....for another PERFECT DAY.


Ivy Clad said...

Not only for lent but for the rest of my life as well, I'm thinking of breaking up with stress. Good riddance to it!

I love this post. It's so right-on-time and puts my evening into perspective. Thank you so much!


Nutbird said...

I am not going to give anything up. I am going to try to be a better person, and respect myself enough to eat right, go to bed at the right time, and exercise everyday to strengthen my body. I realized a few years ago that I wasn't respecting the body I was given. I thought that that was really disrespectful to God. I respected my intellectual gifts, but not my body. It has been 8!! days since I have had a Coke Zero. I didn't mean to give them up, I just forgot to buy some and I am too tired from working out to stop at the store.
I am now working out with 15 lb weights. Thanks for the carefully selected post, can't decide if the New Year's one is better, or this one. You are wonderful!! Ann

Karena said...

Dearest Terri, I am going to do exactly this for our Catholic Lenten period. I will print it and put above my desk.

Thank you!


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