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Good Friday

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I can’t quite believe that it’s Easter already, this year has gone by so quickly. I have managed to stick to giving up chocolate for Lent though, even if it did mean that I couldn’t eat the gorgeous smelling dinner that my sister cooked earlier this week (who puts chocolate with Turkey?!). I’ve also mostly managed to stick to the two books that I started reading for Lent. I’m not at the end of them yet, but I’m just going to carry on reading until I’ve finished.

As it’s Good Friday, I wanted to share my favourite Good Friday Bible verses with you:

My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will. —Matthew 26:39

My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done. —Matthew 26:42

This verse comes from just before Jesus is arrested, when he goes to Gethsemane to pray. He knows what is going to happen and why, and he is willing to do it to save the rest of us. It’s something that I need to learn, sometimes God wants you to do something and you just need to realise that if it’s God’s will, there’s a reason for it and you just need to get on with it and stop fighting against it.

As it’s Good Friday, I’ll probably watch The Passion of the Christ tonight. I first watched it a few years ago with my parents and we had to stop half way through as we were all so upset by it. I’ve watched it every year since, and it’s always a struggle to get to the end. Seeing everything so brutally on screen just hits home how big the sacrifice was. But it’s not something that should be avoided, in fact, I should make more of an effort to remember it all year round.

 One last thing, seeing as though it’s Good Friday, I’ll share a bit of my good news. My Dad and I have been on a new plan to eat healthily and go to the gym more often, and since Christmas I’ve lost 39 pounds and my Dad has lost 30 pounds. There’s still a long way to go, but I’m very pleased with myself for keeping up with it. Let’s just hope we can avoid too much chocolate after Sunday!!

John 14:27

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I’ve had this in my head the last couple of days, I’m finding it quite comforting. It’s also reminded me that I’m a bit behind on my two Lent reading books, I’m really enjoying those, particularly The Purpose Driven Life, so I need to get back into them again.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Lent Reading: Rick Warren – The Purpose Driven Life & John Piper – The Passion of Jesus Christ

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For lent this year (as well as giving up chocolate again), I’ve decided to re-read two books that I’ve read and loved in the past.

rick-warren-the-purpose-driven-life-e1330255287342The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

This book is handily split into 40 sections/days (although I’ve started a bit late so I’ll have to double up for a while, or finish a bit late). I’ve read it in the past, the first time was when I was part of the youth group at City Church Leeds, and it’s basically 40 days to reconnect with God and rediscover why he put us all here, what your life is about. Some people might think it all sounds a bit airy-fairy, but it was great the last time I read it, and it’s about time I read it again – maybe I shouldn’t leave it so long next time!

john-piper-the-passion-of-jesus-christ-e1330255531856The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper.

I bought and started reading this last Easter, but I never got to the end, so this year I’m determined that I will. This one is in 50 sections, so I’ll have to read more than one a day, but I remember loving what I read before. The subtitle of this book is ‘Fifty reasons why Jesus came to die’, although it makes it clear that it’s not fifty causes, but fifty purposes – fifty reasons why Christ suffered and died for us – perfect for reading during Lent.