Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bible Verse Thursday Challenge #21 ~ Renew My Spirit!

This is one of my very favorite Lenten verses.   This is what Lent does for me:  I humbly hand myself over to God - to be sure, filthy, broken, and in despair - and he lovingly restores me to his favor.
The reality is that we are not the righteous people we think we are. It's always easier for us to pay attention to the sins of others rather than our own sins. And yet, God's new covenant of forgiveness makes it clear that we are all sinful. ... That's right, it is God's love that exposes our sin. It is God's abundant mercy that calls forth the recognition 'I know my transgressions.'

The singer of the psalm spoke for the nation. He seemed to say, “I am a sinner; we are all sinners. Have mercy on us, Lord.” His plea, however, was more than a desire for a second chance. It was a heartfelt petition to experience the presence of God again. Let us approach God and seek, not only his forgiveness, but also his intimacy.

This week as we get closer to Easter and the joy of celebrating our risen Lord, I invite you to reflect on your transgressions and seek the Lord's forgiveness that you may be in communion with Him.  How have you sought the Lord’s forgiveness and intimacy? How does God’s forgiveness help you in your relationships with others?

Your challenge this week is to use this scripture or another verse that seeks God's restorative love.  When uploading your project, please use keyword ODBDBVT21 and then drop by the Our Daily Bread Designs Forum to share what you've created!

Cardstock:  Bazzill – Coconut Swirl, Classic Purple; Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Decorative Paper:  Cosmo Cricket - DeLovely
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Scripture Collection 5
Inks, Stains and Paints:  Ranger Distress Ink – Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw
Accessories & Other Stuff:   Create It! – White Satin Ribbon; Simplicity Lace; Hero Hues Pearls


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