Discovering the Cross - Introduction

Dear Readers:

Get your compass, map, mosquito repellent, and hiking boots and join me on a journey to the cross. Take a first aid kit because some of the things we do might hurt a little. Together, weíll will take personal inventory, claim our strengths, confess our weaknesses, make amends if necessary, and prepare for Resurrection Sunday. Easter is a time to grow closer to Jesus. Expect to see a beautiful sunrise as a new day dawns in our relationship with our Savior.

Our spiritual journey is possible because of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. We can be grateful that His sacrifice offers us worthiness in the eyes of God because most of us arenít very good hikers and find trails filled with potholes, detours, and steep climbs. We often lose our way or take the long way around. Journey to the Cross will examine what the cross means to us as fellow journeymen and help us map out an easier and more scenic route to our destination.

Our Journey takes the form of a Daily Devotion that can be used during Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Resurrection Sunday. Thus, it is 40 days long, minus Sundays. There will be 40 devotions, with each week having 6 short devotions that can be done in under 15 minutes. Each devotional contains a:

If you have the extra time, this devotional series will be more meaningful if you keep a journal. Suggestions for the journal are to:

Donít worry about the danger involved in our journey together. Christ rose from the dead, thus overcoming death for all of us. Crucified with Christ, our sinful natures no longer have power over us. Like Jesus, we rise from the dead to a life filled with the love of Christ. We do not ever again have to feel the weight of the junk we pick up along the trail. We can face life with courage inspired by having an eternal perspective on our earthly destinations.

I am praying for you this Easter Season. May it be a time of confession, renewal, and hope.

Cheryle M. Touchton - The Pocket Full of Quarters Lady

Discovering the Cross - Daily Devotions

Devotion (be sure so skip Sundays if you are following the Advent calendar)

Day 1 - Ash Wednesday
Day 2 - Lent - Discipline or Release
Day 3 - The Darkness
Day 4 - Sin - Up Close, Personal, and Uncomfortable
Day 5 - Surely Confessing to God is Enough
Day 6 - Noses in the Air
Day 7 - Be Strong In Grace
Day 8 - From Cheers to Jeers
Day 9 - Homesick For Heaven
Day 10 - Hearing Aids - Morning by Morning
Day 11 - Hearing Aids - Pray Without Ceasing
Day 12 - Hearing Aids - Holy Encounters
Day 13 - Hearing Aids - Goodnight God
Day 14 - Why Can't It Be Convenient
Day 15 - Following Instructions
Day 16 - Father Forgive Them
Day 17 - Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Day 18 - Woman Behold
Day 19 - I Thirst
Day 20 - Today In Paradise
Day 21 - It is Finished
Day 22 - I Commend My Spirit
Day 23 - Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
Day 24 - Blessed Are They That Mourn
Day 25 - Blessed are the Meek
Day 26 - Thirst After Righteousness
Day 27 - Blessed Are the Merciful
Day 28 - Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
Day 29 - Blessed are the Peacemakers
Day 30 - Blessed Are the Persecuted
Day 31 - God Will Send a Lamb
Day 32 - Our Father
Day 33 - WWJW
Day 34 - Hosanna
Day 35 - Crossing the River
Day 36 - In the Garden
Day 37 - Is it I Lord?
Day 38 - Be Extraordinary
Day 39 - On a Hill Far Away
Day 40 - I Am Always With You