Lent is so much more than going to fish fry's and giving up eating your favorite candy for the season. Lent is a time of reflection. It is a time to better yourself in thanks for all that God has done. Typically around this time of the year, you and your friends talk about the things you're going to give up and how hard it is going to be. But what are the good things you are going to do this Lenten season? The things that will actually make an impact? Here is a list of things you can do to get you started!
We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.
1. Proverbs 31:25
"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."
2. Psalm 46:5
"God is within her, she will not fall."
3. Luke 1:45
"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."
4. Proverbs 31:17
"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."
5. Psalm 28:7
"The Lord is my strength and my shield."
6. Proverbs 11:16
"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."
7. Joshua 1:9
"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
8. Proverbs 31:30
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."
9. 1 Corinthians 15:10
"By the grace of God, I am what I am."
10. Proverbs 31:26
"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."
11. Psalm 139:14
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
12. 1 Peter 3:3-4
"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."
13. Colossians 2:10
"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."
14. 2 Timothy 1:7
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."
15. Jeremiah 29:11
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"
16. Exodus 14:14
"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."
17. Song of Songs 4:7
"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."
Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.
1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; " There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.
1. We all have different gifts and that's okay
Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.
2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible
Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.
Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.
3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit
God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.
4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others
We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.
5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop
Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.
Spiritual gifts are important.
In Romans 12:6 states; " We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."