Blog: Desert Times (3/18/22) | Dyersburg Official Journal

desert time

In my mind today, I think of deserts and Lent. It is now 16 days in our “Lenten Desert”. At first we decided to walk the narrow path for these 40 days. How’s it going? Do you give time, talent and treasure to the little ones around you? Are you sowing seeds of forgiveness? Do you examine your heart?

Lent is our time of forgiveness and renewal. A time of reflection to see where we are in our earthly journey. That’s the hardest part: accepting our flaws. You can only change when you accept and understand these “warts”. We are all a work in progress as we journey through our spiritual lives.

So far this Lent has been so rich in gifts of love that I don’t feel like I’m in a desert. So many answered prayers for so many families and friends. Precious days with my grandchildren. Spring break with my youngest at home. Carefree days with my son and my husband. Cherished visits with my sweet mom who has ALZ, but remembers ME! We laughed until we cried more than once. Renewal of old friendships and fruitful new friends. My wonderful students at church and also my friends at the Bible club have blessed me immensely. I just don’t feel worthy of love, but I know in my heart how much God loves me. Guess which students? He loves you too ! He wants to bless you ALL the time. This Lent, leave Him. Yes, it’s homework! Every day is precious time, every second can be used for good or bad. Start today and make the right choices!

Sarah Anderson Alley

Sal the loving daughter of Lent

Quotes of the day:

God loves each of us as one.

St. Augustine

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ came to do three things. He came for my past to be forgiven, you get a purpose in life and a home in heaven.

Rick Warren

We’re told to let our light shine, and if that’s the case, we won’t need to tell anyone. Headlights don’t fire cannons to draw attention to their glow – they just shine.

Dwight L. Moody

Apart from the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. This cross and this resurrection at the heart of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to bring this gospel into even the most difficult situations in life.

Ravi Zacharius


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