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We've all seen the ashes marking the cross on someone's forehead. But what do they really mean and signify? The ashes are meant to symbolize both death and repentance in order to begin Lent in a solemn, humble way. This is said to allow people to reflect on their sins throughout Lent before Easter, when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
The basic purpose of Lent: to create space in the middle of life’s responsibilities to appreciate what’s always been there: God’s presence.
The author of the article goes on to give 4 different practices you can do during Lent. Here are the first two:
1. Memorize the Verse of the Day
Our outlook on life changes when we get God’s Word inside of us. If you’ve always wanted to memorize Scripture but were never sure where to start, commit to memorizing the Verse of the Day for 40 days!
If you start today, you’ll know 40 passages by Resurrection Sunday, and you’ll be well on your way to establishing a lifelong habit.
2. Create a Prayer List
Prayer is simply an honest conversation between you and God. And, it’s a great discipline to begin during Lent. Becoming a person who prays confidently may take some practice, but you can get started by committing at least 10 minutes a day to prayer.
I really like getting the Verse of the Day on my iphone. I especially like the NIrV version. It takes a sentence made up of 4 phrases and makes it into 4 sentences. It is much easier to read and remember.
If you would like to see the other 2 practices, check out the full article here:
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Begin 2020 by reading a new devotional called The One Year Adventure with The God of Your Story. It follows the scripture readings in Tyndale's The One Year Bible Creative Expression . It is written by Brian Hardin who founded the Daily Audio Bible podcast, in which he shares similar devotional commentary verbally.