Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

“Let Go” Lent-Part 2

So how is your Lent going? If you read my blog last week you know that I have handed Lent over to the Holy Spirit and am allowing myself to be led to what it is I am to fast from and feast on. What new prayer practices, inspirational books or forwarded emails I am to focus on if at all. Often, I try to cram so much into my spiritual life that nothing sticks. I don’t want to repeat that habit this Lent.

So far, it has become apparent that I am not supposed to get bogged down in three “Make This Lent Your Best” type apps that I downloaded on my phone. (You just can’t tell which one might have the magic formula so you might as well download all of them.) Two of the apps don’t let me get past the screen where they insist I didn’t enter the right password. Too much frustration, so they are out.  So, I’m down to one and that feels just right.

It’s also been made clear that chocolate is fair game this Lent. I tried to fast from the left-over Valentine red, pink, and white M&Ms. I was about to throw them away but ended up eating them instead. The Holy Spirit didn’t stop me. 🙂

What I have felt a very strong pull to fasting from is negativity. I am being called to feast instead on gratitude. So, every morning before my feet hit the floor I thank God for three things. Sometimes they are big things and sometimes not. Yesterday, it was Covid vaccines, my husband, and my warm slippers.

When negative thoughts show up and I am tempted to encourage them, the Holy Spirit has shown me how to turn my thoughts outward to prayer and that has had an amazing effect on me. Every time I am tempted to think negatively about a person or situation, I stop and pray. I have chosen three people I know of who are battling cancer right now and I pray for them in those moments. It’s amazing how it defuses the negativity and redirects your mind. And who knows, maybe heals some cancer.

These are the creative ways the Holy Spirit has guided my Lent so far. How about you?

Joan

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Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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