For the next 40 days, I am letting go of tumblr, and as much social media as I can (although business calls and so I will need to stay on top of that with our coffee shop + photography. Follow me here on facebook for some upcoming blog posts with pretty people and dreamy pictures here at RedeemedPhotography + instagram - @redeemedphotography, and yummy coffee + desserts here at Brewin’ Bros + instagram-@brewinbros).
This is needed in my life, as I’ve been convicted today of how much I don’t live my life in intentionality and easily run to other things (tumblr, tv shows etc.) to entertain me. My marriage needs this, my family needs this, my friends need this, my heart and soul need this so badly.
Love you guys so much, thank you for following along with us on this journey to Jesus above all. Be blessed during this season!
The Second Sunday of Lent’s station is Santa Maria in Domnica, which is also called Santa Maria alla Navicella (“at the little ship”) because of a ship sculpture that has been at the location since Roman times. Saint Lawrence used to distribute alms here, and the apse mosaic was the first in Rome to show the Blessed Virgin in a place of prominence, with the Christ Child in her arms.
The night before I left for Cambodia, I sat on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. I gazed out over the horizon, knowing that the next day I would be beyond it and I wondered what the other side would bring. As the waves lapped gently at my toes, I thought of the mighty power of the ocean and how quickly it could sweep me out to sea. But after some time, the words “you shall not be washed away,” kept coming to me. I had no idea that was from Scripture until a few months after I got back. But still, I knew that evening from Whom it came. #lent #dayeleven #ebenezer
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you”
For Christians, lent is a period of self-restraint, marked by fasting, repentance, prayer and self-control. Luxury or rich foods, such as meat and dairy are often avoided by those taking part.
Abstention from personal “bad habits” such as watching television or eating too much sugar is also commonly practised.
The observance starts on Ash Wednesday and lasts until Easter, as Christians imitate the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in a desert before being blessed by John the Baptist.
Using #Muslims4Lent, followers of Islam are tweeting photos of themselves in which they declare what they will be giving up.
Muslim American entrepreneur Bassel Riche, 28, told The Independent that he was inspired to start the started the campaign after non-Muslim students joined in with the Muslim Students Association’s Ramadan Fast-a-Thon at his former college, The University of Houston.
“We would all gather in a big hall and break our fast together at a hosted dinner and partake in interfaith dialogue,” he said, explaining that he had observed lent around for four years, and wanted to encourage fellow Muslims to join him this year.
“The goal is to thank the many Christians that have always shown love and respect towards Islam by showing them we in turn have the utmost respect for their beliefs,” Riche said.
Riche, who is also the founder of the EidPrayLove website - which aims to show Islam as a religion of peace - added that he hopes the campaign “will show the true face of Islam and take the spotlight away from extremists.”
“Despite what our extremists have done to hijack our religion, we believe in peace, love, tolerance & harmony with other faiths.”
“We don’t want to be seen as some distant, mysterious faith - we want to be accessible for people to open up to us, that is the only way we can counter the misinformation,” he said.
He added that Muslims and Christians alike have thanked him for starting the campaign, and said some Muslim Americans told him they have been doing this in their communities for years.
“We have seen Catholic Priests reaching out to express their love and support for this initiative, other Christians telling us how special it is to them personally that we are pushing such an active show of support and interfaith tolerance,” he said.
Muslims from around the world have already joined in with the campaign, including from the UK, the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain,Australia, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, and Pakistan.
Addressing the importance of solidarity in the wake of tragic incidents in Paris, Copenhagen and Chapel Hill in the US, he said: “I believe the root of extremism is lack of education and understanding. The extremists behind these tragedies are all united in their narrow, negative view of the world and other faiths.
“Take for example, the tragic killing of 21 Coptic Christian Egyptians by ISIS in Libya simply for being Christian.
"They are obligated as Muslims to protect Christians that are in danger, this is mandated by prophet Muhammed himself, what they are doing is not Islam full stop," Riche concluded.
Nearing the end of my 28 day #skinnymint #teatox, I’ve still got a few night cleanse left which I drink after dinner. For new years I grew my nails and went on a teatox and now it’s #lent I’m still on a health boost! Blog post up soon! 🍵🍉🍍🍓👍