Onward Christian Soldier (#LentChallenge Concluding Thoughts)

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Here it is almost the end of April and I am just getting around to sharing a few thoughts on my latest journey which concluded Easter Sunday. Sort of (more on that in a second). I guess what I mean to say is, I am on a never-ending journey as a Christian. But, I have to say the #LentChallenge  I participated in was a wonderful tool in resetting my eyes towards the One whose eyes are ever upon me.

Reading through the Gospels beginning Ash Wednesday and concluding on Easter weekend was amazingly easy, and completely refreshing. Thirsty Christian, Jesus longs to give us Living Water, but we must stop at the well and ask for a drink. We cannot pass by the watering hole day after day, and expect that we will have strength for our journey. As we have received Him, we must walk in Him, and He will provide what we need. We must press pause on the busyness of our own lives and acknowledge Him right where we are.

How do we acknowledge Him when we feel overwhelmed by the calling of our days?

Dear friends, by sitting at His feet in the sanctuary of our hearts and minds is how we acknowledge the Lord. If Christ be at the center of our heart, the very core of our being then we can take hold of all He offers, by grace through faith – the same way we entered in is the same way we continue!

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him… ~Colossians 2:6

“Where there is a will, there is a way” is a common saying. If we find ourselves parched, weary and limping along the path, perhaps we should ask instead, “Is my will in the way?”

Let us recall the One who set aside His will for the will of God and freed us from sin’s claim on our lives. His one death-defying, fate defining act secured our salvation and freedom forever. Don’t you want to know Him better every single day? I do!

So here’s what I do…

Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:4-6 

I delight in Him, commit to Him, Trust in Him. How? By opening up His Word. It is the only way I know to combat the onslaught of evil today to the mind, heart and psyche. I cannot take in all the garbage of this world without taking in His grace and truth. Can. Not. And my dear fellow Christian, neither can you.  It is like living on junk food and training for the Olympics.

So my concluding thoughts on the #Lent Challenge? Onward Christian Soldier. Let’s move out, soldiers! Let’s keep asking, seeking, knowing. Let’s stop by the well every day, making time to pause at this One True Living Savior’s feet. Let’s open up our palms and ask for a drink. He will satisfy. Is faithful. Will not fail. Not ever. Let’s drink this Living Water and be refreshed daily in this grace, never being satisfied with the things of this world but only in the unseen glory of the One who was and is and is to come!

Are you with me?

I decided to journey through the Books of Acts and am now in the Book of Romans. How are you doing? Remember, it is never to late to start again, open the palms and  the Word of God. Jesus is a Wellspring-He is waiting for you, and He has so much to give you…

 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Stay thirsty, my friends and be satisfied in Him!

I use the following hashtags #onwardchristiansoldier, #readyourbible and #iamredeemed as I share my journey on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook- join me!

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Onward Christian Soldier (#LentChallenge Concluding Thoughts)

  1. For the past 17 weeks, I have been utilizing my “Women of Faith” Study Bible, and oh my, it has boosted my daily craving for God’s Word wonderfully! I thank and praise the Lord for someone actually giving this Bible up, and donating it to my local Goodwill store where I saw it, looked around me, and said out loud, “Praise the Lord!!”


  2. Dawn: This year, my devotional book is “Disciplines for the Inner Life” by Michael Benson and Bob Benson Jr. They were a father (Bob)-son team. The compiled 52 weeks of topics and scriptures (one for each day) and a psalm chapter for each week.Also, in each week, the have collected quotes from different Christian authors .I have used this for several years,rotating with some others I have.


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