"The counting of all blessings is ultimately summed up in One. All gratitude is ultimately gratitude for Christ, all remembering a remembrance of Him. For in Him all things were created, are sustained, have their being. Thus Christ is all there is to give thanks for; Christ is all there is to remember. To know how we can count on God, we count graces, but ultimately there is only One." -Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts
I've been steeping myself this Lenten season in Christ and what His work on the cross means to me. And I'm thankful for each of the following ways I'm discovered I can keep a "remembrance of Him" as we approach Easter.
203. Listening: Everyday I tune into Revive Our Hearts' podcast and the 40 day The Incomparable Christ series. Each day a different aspect of Christ is taught. I'm finding aspects I've never considered before.
204. Reading: Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross compiled by Nancy Guthrie. Containing short readings designed to contemplate "all that the cross means" so that I don't just rush into Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday without giving any thought to what it means.
205. Memorizing: Colossians 1. I took on memorizing the whole book of Colossians in a year in January. I'm a couple of weeks behind, but am loving meditating on Scripture. After many years of struggling with consistent Scripture memory, I'm so happy to be going strong. And I'm not doing it just to check something off my list. It truly has been so personally beneficial to me. And Colossians 1 has been perfect to contemplate during this time of concentrated focus on Christ's sacrifice.
206. Devotional: I downloaded, printed and compiled this devotional from A Holy Experience to enrich our time together as a family. The boys are loving putting the scenes from the Bible on the dogwood tree branches we cut and brought into the dining room. Another resource for devotional times that I used last year is Noel Piper's Lenten Lights that you can print out for free from Desiring God's website.
How are you marking this Lenten season and preparing your heart for Easter's celebration?