I received the Lenten Meditations below in an e-mail this week from the General Women's Ministry Director at my church denomination's headquarters. They are too good not to share.
Fast From and Feast On
by William Arthur Ward
Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; Feast on the unity of life.
Fast from apparent darkness; Feast on the reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness; Feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute; Feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger; Feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; Feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; Feast on divine order.
Fast from complaining; Feast on appreciation.
Fast from unrelenting pressures; Feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility; Feast on non-resistance.
Fast from bitterness; Feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; Feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; Feast on eternal truth.
Fast from discouragement; Feast on hope.
Fast from facts that depress; Feast on truths that uplift.
Fast from lethargy; Feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; Feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow; Feast on serenity of sunlight.
Fast from idle gossip; Feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; Feast on prayers that strengthen.
William Arthur Ward [1921-1994] is one of America's most quoted writers of inspirational proverbs.
May God bless your week!