From Sacrifice to Blessing

Do you celebrate Lent? Lent is the season of preparation leading up to Easter.  It begins on Ash Wednesday, which is today, and ends on Easter. Traditionally, lent is a time of prayer, sacrifice, fasting, and good works. People tend to focus on what they sacrifice during lent. Many times, they begrudgingly do without the item(s) they've chosen to sacrifice.  The Lord tells us to be joyful always, even in our giving [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18]. Have you ever received something from someone and you knew they didn't really want to give it to you? It's awkward and uncomfortable.  There's no more excitement [...]