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A plumber has a toolbox, a scrapbooker has a box of tools to use, a mechanic has tools…  The list of people who have tools to accomplish their goals could really go on and on.  No matter what your profession or hobby you probably use tools to accomplish it.

This week in our Daily Devotionals as we continue our focus during Lent on ways we worship,  we look forward to sharing with you the way God has given us tools that don’t fit into a box to carry around.  Tools that God gives to us to use for His glory.   Tools to worship Him.

Please feel free to join the conversation by leaving comments or by just simply reading each Daily Devotional and sharing it with a friend.

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In one role or another we have all asked someone to check their attitude or been told (most likely by our parents) to check our own attitude.  This week, as we continue our Lenten series on Worship, our Daily Devotional thoughts will focus on the attitudes we bring to worship and the richness of worship when our hearts exemplify the definition of attitude—a “mental position assumed for a specific purpose”—that, is hearts receptive and open to worship the King of Kings, Our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”

Lord Jesus, today is Sunday, a day many set aside to join with others to worship you.  Lord God, help me to re-vision how and when I worship and to open myself—as it states in Your word, to lay my heart bare and fall down and worship You—for you are present here with me.  You care about my yesterdays, today and my tomorrows.   Check my attitude—it is so easy to get caught up in the challenges of today and to bring those frustrations into my time of quiet with You.  Take all of these cares and fill me with an attitude of worship, honor and celebration of Your goodness. Thank you Lord that You are real and You are here.  Amen.

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In the movie Cast Away,  Tom Hanks plays a guy who survives a plane crash but finds himself alone on an island for a long period of time.  As the story progresses, you really sense the isolation and your heart aches for the loneliness the character endures.  The face he paints on a volleyball so that he has “someone” to talk to is just pathetic.

How many of us would survive that kind of experience?  Not merely the physical challenge of staying alive without a grocery store down the street, but also the intense emotional pain that lack of companionship brings.  It would be enough to put most people right over the edge of sanity.

We are in the season of Lent and at Given the Time we are talking specifically about worship.  Not only were we created to worship, as we looked at last week, we were also created to be together, not alone.  Relationships play a vital role in a healthy person’s spiritual life.  What does worship and togetherness look like?  We are looking at the Scripture to see what God says on this topic this week in our Daily Devotional.  We hope you will join the conversation!

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Lent for 2011 is just around the corner, starting March 9 to April 23rd.  Growing up Lent was not part of my life.  I vaguely knew about Lent, but never participated or really understood the meaning of Lent.  After all, why would I want to give up chocolate for 40 days…that is madness!  But recent conversations with friends about the topic of Lent have helped me learn the deeper, more heart level meaning beyond simply giving up something delicious as a test of self control.  Among women who observe this specific time of sacrifice and focus, a common theme has emerged…

Worship.

Worship may be defined as, The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.” Something is always on the throne of our lives.  Maybe we worship ourselves.  We might worship a particular relationship giving it first place in our heart and lives.  We sometimes worship things, like chocolate or technology or possessions.  Perhaps a dream we are pursuing is n the throne of our life and all else is secondary. But the truth is, we were created to worship something and sometimes we get it right and focus our worship on God.

Over the next few weeks during this time of Lent, we are going to talk about “worship” in our Daily Devotionals, looking at 35 ways we worship.  We want to see what worship looks like in Scripture and what it might look like if we applied it to our own lives with specific action points each day.  It will be encouraging and we hope you will join the conversation.

Are you observing Lent this year?  Tell us about it in the comment section.  Just leave your initials if you don’t want to leave your full name.

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