Week 1 - Generosity

Lent is such a special time. Whether you grew up celebrating Lent, or this is your first time, I'm so grateful we're in it together, and I'm so glad we're in it for her!

Lent is a 40-day period that leads us to Easter. The 40 days of Lent mirror the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. There, Jesus willingly lived in self-denial as He entered a new season — a season of ministry on earth.  

Like Jesus’ experience in the wilderness, as we observe Lent, our experience will involve making sacrifices and also entering a new season — a season of living out His hope and love.

The love of Jesus is so vast! Each week, we'll explore a different facet of His love for us. To kick us off, let's talk about generosity. God’s love was, is, and always will be generous. After all, He gave His Son that we might live eternally with Him!

Did you know that having a generous spirit is a type of fasting?

In Isaiah 58:6, God says:

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?" — Isaiah 58:6, NIV

The love of God is generous! And He invites us to become more like Him in His generosity by loving the most vulnerable among us.
As we think about the girls in our world today, we will also start each week with a story of an ordinary woman in the Bible who did extraordinary things! Centuries later, there's still so much to learn from these women.

Ruth was like many girls today who are growing up in poverty. She lived through some tough moments, days, even years. And yet through her story, we find hope in her willingness to live generously. Despite her difficulties, Ruth gave sacrificially to a brokenhearted woman. Read the book of Ruth this week to learn more about her life. It's only four short chapters.

You might be entering this season of Lent with difficulties of your own, or an overwhelming schedule, or insecurity about making a difference. I hope the story of Ruth inspires you that even in the hardest moments of life, you have something to offer — love to one another. Now that's a generous way to live!

In this together,
Candace

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. — Isaiah 1:17, NIV