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Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

—Paul (Philippians 3:8-11)

Beginning Lent with a quiet sense of expectation and order. Discipline in this time holds the promise of aligning my life with His, and in so doing, learning who I am. Yet more than these personal benefits, Christ Himself is the great promise. May He overshadow me.

I pray today is better for me than yesterday. Perhaps my moodiness is in some part grace, exposure of how undisciplined my flesh is and how easily it will override the intentions of my spirit.

Still so much for which to be grateful. Gratitude is a huge part of living into the life He's giving.


I love that Scripture. Its power rocks me upon every rereading. I chose Philipians 3:7-11 at the beginning of my school year as the basis for my identity this year, and God's trying to really write some of it on my heart. Most of the time I give Him a pretty rough surface, though.

I'll be praying for you as you pursue Him over the flesh's pull this season. Thanks for your prayer for me. By the way, do you know of any good resources on Lent? As a (current) Baptist, I don't know much about it. My decision with Randy just happened to coincide ... God's timing is perfect, is it not? I really appreciated your reference to it in your comment.
I just sent along an article on Lent I received at work; I hope it's a help to you!