Today we are offered this verse from Isaiah, and invited to pause to plan what our forty days might involve..
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ Isaiah 46:10 (NIV)
A quick and effective way to prep? Pray. Ask God to be at the centre of your generosity this Lent. Write down your prayer and pin it somewhere you’ll see it every day.
Start a journal. Keep a list of all the people you'd like to bless this Lent, and use it to document all the things you learn over the next 40 days.
Create a generosity kit that you'll keep with you every day during Lent. Fill it up with things you can use to bless others – a chocolate bar, a spare umbrella and a few pens.
Does any of these appeal to you?
I'll let you in to a secret - the word "journal" made me groan, carrying with it memories of all those years of mandatory journalling. So I'm going to re-imagine that as "blog", and rather than a list of people I might want to bless, it will be a set of daily reflections on the actions I choose.
Praying is always good, so I can do that one too. Not so sure about the 'generosity pack' that feels everso slightly contrived, though I get the intent. Maybe I'll take a wander round the shops and pick up a few odds and ends?
Today I will be taking the kitties to meet the V.E.T. I am aware I never took them a 'thank you' gift for taking care of Holly, so today's "random act of generosity" may take the form of something for them...