The Purple Robe

And thou shalt make a hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework. Exodus 26:36 (KJV)

Growing up, we had the privilege of watching our grandmother go into the church each week and dress the altar. At the time our family was Catholic, like most families in our community, and we were heavily involved in the church. Going to mass on Saturday nights, celebrating holidays, and performing all our sacraments were woven into our daily life. Our grandmother and her best friend, Mrs. Dee, would sew the altar cloths and sometimes the priest’s stoles. Over time, our mother assumed this role too. When we would go with Gram to dress the altar and pulpit, she allowed us to be on the altar which we thought was reserved for adults, mainly men, and altar boys. It felt as if we were a part of higher society. Witnessing the changing of colors and decorations was a privilege. We were seeing it before anyone else! Every Christmas, it was decorated with extra candles, poinsettias, manger scenes, wreaths, reds, golds, greens. But at Easter, it was always decorated in the deepest richest purples you could ever imagine. I assumed everything was purple because most of most Easter flowers were white and purple, surely a sign of Spring. Little did this child truly understand the greater meaning. 

So what is the behind the meaning or significance of purple during Lent? If we look more closely at the color purple in the bible it signifies a few things. 

First, it signifies wealth. Among other colors like scarlet and gold, purple a difficult color to be produced in that time period. Therefore only the wealthiest could afford to have it made into garments and curtains. In Esther 8:15, And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple…

Second, it signifies authority. Kings and soldiers to the roman army wore colors that signified status. In particular, we know most Roman soldiers wore red or scarlet, however, higher-ranking soldiers often wore purple alongside Kings. Judges 8:26, …besides ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian. 

Finally, it signifies mockery. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. (John 19: 2-3). And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.  Mark 15:2020 KJV

With a deliberate reading of various passages that reference purple, the Passion is the one that hits the hardest. To me, it no longer signifies Spring and rebirth. A purple cloth draped over the cross is a stark reminder that Jesus was mocked and ridiculed up until death. It’s such a striking color that makes us pause. It’s a reminder during Lent of how God wants us to spend time reflecting on what He sacrificed for us, how He forgives our sins time and time again. It’s a dark color reminding us that we all have darkness within.

So I challenge you this week to find something purple and leave it out where it will remind you to pause for God. Let it make you think of how you can repent your sins to God so that you may be forgiven and renewed by His grace. Remember we all are fighting something in the dark. You are not alone. God will not deny you because of these sins, that’s why He sent us Jesus. 

What’s one thing that you are trying to change during this Lenten season? 

How can we pray for you? 

Desert Season

There is a theme that I am becoming familiar with, and it’s called “desert season.” Jesus spent 40 days in the desert being tempted by Satan. And with each temptation, he replied, “It is written…” Jesus’ triumph over his adversary is through his father’s promised word. We too, when baptized renounce Satan and his three temptations: the world, the flesh, and the devil and accept Jesus as our Savior.  

Now knowing what it truly means, I look at a desert season as a time when we are just taking one hit after the other. When you are getting ahead in your finances, car trouble hits or a tax bill is more significant than predicted. You are determined to have a productive week at work, chaos breaks out, and you barely keep your head above all the tasks. To-do lists are interrupted. Do you ever feel this way? One hit after the other. It truly feels as if we are under attack. If we look at this week alone, we are in a national state-of-emergency from a global pandemic. Our stamina, our spirit, our hearts, our bodies, our patience, our kindness – it’s all under attack right now – we are in the desert with Satan. 

What do we do? Do we crawl in bed, throw the covers over our heads, and crash into a deep sleep? Do we eat junk food? Do we rely on alcohol? Whatever the vice is, I can assure you, if it’s not turning to God for guidance, relief, or reliance, it’s sinful. We are all full of sinful behaviors during trying times, but with the word, we can change that. 

How? We can model what it looks like to walk with Jesus. We can be patient. We can be kind. We can spread peace, not panic. We can be diligent. We can be a part of the solution. We can choose to unplug from the madness and focus on our time with family. We lay our burdens down for God is with us. He has not left us. He has not forsaken us. He can lead out of this desert season. All we have to do is call on Him and ask. Ask for forgiveness. Ask for guidance. Ask for strength. Ask for Him to find your weaknesses and make you secure. God will not cure all ailments, but he can heal the inadequacies in our souls and strengthen our spirits during our desert season. If we spend time with Him and in His word, we can discern His voice, and believe me; it’s comforting. 

 We’d love to keep this dialogue going. Tell us about your desert season so we can pray for you. 

 PS: I was going to write about the color purple during lent and how the dark color is a representation of the darkness in our soul. However, with the week we all had, I knew to focus on our “desert season.” Besides, God was preparing me all last week to write about being in the desert. We here at 2 Scripture Sisters know that God gives us messages all the time. He keeps putting a word or a theme or an image in your path to make you stop and pay attention to Him. Since our last blog post, I kept hearing about deserts. It was everywhere! Every song. Every talk radio show. Every bible plan I opened. The word “desert” kept showing up. So I stopped. I listened. I prayed. I did not intend to write about our current situation in the nation as a desert season but felt it was necessary. I pray that this blog serves as a reminder to talk with God often, desert season, or not.

Search Me and Lead Me

Last Wednesday began the Lent season. As a child, it was a day of quiet reflection with a smudge of ashes on our foreheads. It was also the day when we discussed at dinner what each of us would give up. Chocolate. Cookies. Dessert. Soda. Those are the types of sacrifices we made during lent. It was also the time when Fridays were either fish or some sort of meatless dinner, pizza mainly. Other than that, it was a waiting game until Easter. Our childhood Easters were the usual American Catholic celebrations. The morning started out with an egg hunt and the search for large baskets filled with chocolate bunnies, egg, and marshmallow peeps. Then we’d eat breakfast, get dressed in pastel dresses, put on our hand-crocheted ponchos and off to church. Our family holiday dinners were filled with activity. It made for wonderful childhood memories. 

Now as a 45-year-old, Lent is very different. Maybe it’s because I’m closer to God now than I have ever been. I understand the true meaning of sacrifice. The true meaning of preparation. The true meaning of reflection. And not just any reflection but a specific reflection on my sins. Lent is a time to ask God to search my soul for any darkness or anything that displeases Him. It’s a time to take a hard look at where I need His intervention and ask for His forgiveness and help. 

As you get to know us here at 2 Scripture Sisters, you will find a recurring theme of being still and seeking quiet. This year’s Lenten message from Pope Francis asks us to turn off the devices and open our bibles. This is a brilliant message and a wise one too. We are all too connected to the media world, including our own social media. These distractions often keep us from hearing God’s word. So as Pope Francis encourages the world, I encourage you. Disconnect. Discern. Dive deep into the desert with Jesus through the word. God is waiting for you. 

If you are on a journey of walking with Christ, what does Lent look like for you now? 

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139 23-24

Final thought: I encourage you to read the full Lenten message from Pope Francis. I was moved by his wisdom and how he understands the struggle of living in a relentlessly connected world.

Feed Your Spirit Special Announcement

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Jill has a special announcement regarding the podcast and blog. Jill and Denise have been praying a lot and making some changes to use the gifts that God has given us in different ways. We are renewed and energized about the direction in which God is leading our work, we hope you will be too. 

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Feed Your Spirit Podcast

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Feed Your Spirit: A Podcast talking with ordinary people about those moments in life when God’s word gives you just what you need when you need it most. We all have those moments when we randomly open our bible and there it is – His words of faith, renewal, courage, patience, or a good ol’ dose of tough love fills us with what only He can give. Hosted by the 2 Scripture Sisters, Jill and Denise, this conversation-style podcast aims to share stories that will feed your spirit. 

On today’s episode, we are talking with Sianna. Sianna is a working mom, raising two young adult sons, a loving wife, a fearless Christian woman who is bold in sharing the word of God. We talk about how to be adults together with your young adult children, preparing them for a life of independence, giving them the gift of God and showing them how to walk in faith. As mothers, it is often hard for us to let them go but if we raised them to know God and we raised them to trust in His word, they will learn what it means and feels like to give back and to receive the wisdom of when to speak and when to listen. 

With the determination to consciously live in the word, we invite you to plug in and prepare your heart as we Feed Your Spirit with everyday stories of God’s grace from everyday people. 

www.2scripturesisters.com

Sianna’s favorite… 

Scripture: John 4:13-15  “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Sianna does not necessarily read devotionals but spends a little time every day in the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. She feels that she gains a greater understanding of the word when reading in tandem, rather than a micro view. 

Books: The New You by Elisa Pulliam http://thenewyou.elisapulliam.com

Other mentions in the show: 

Websites:

https://www.swan4kids.org

Church: 

Calvary Chapel, Chester Springs: https://cc-chestersprings.com

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Giveaway Time!

We have been hard at work behind the scenes on a couple new projects and making some changes to current projects (stay tuned for details). In honor of all God has been doing and as we get ready to launch, we thought it would be fun to have a “giftaway”. We are giving away a set of 3 books written by Faith Words Books, Todd & Sonja Burpo, NY Times bestselling authors. Hop on over to our Instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/2scripturesisters/ like the post, tag a friend and follow our page. It’s that easy! Winners must have a US mailing address. The deadline for entry is 2/14/2020 at 5:00 pm EST. ~Peace and Love, Denise & Jill

Feed Your Spirit with Joe

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Feed Your Spirit: A Podcast talking with ordinary people about those moments in life when God’s word gives you just what you need when you need it most. We all have those moments when we randomly open our bible and there it is – His words of faith, renewal, courage, patience, or a good ol’ dose of tough love fills us with what only He can give. Hosted by the 2 Scripture Sisters, Jill and Denise, this conversation-style podcast aims to share stories that will feed your spirit. 

On today’s episode, we are talking with our dear friend Joe. Joe grew up as the oldest of 9 boys in a family where his father was emotionally and physically abusive. This led to 38 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Joe’s life was transformed by Jesus Christ when he went to the Colony of Mercy at America’s Keswick. It was during his time of recovery when Joe met our former guest, Cherri. Joe and Cherri are now spreading healing, hope, and bringing countless lost people to Christ. Joe is a certified Exchanged Life Counselor through Grace Fellowship International. He gives his testimony From Wreckage to Redemption frequently at churches and uses his gift of counseling with those struggling with addiction and with their families.

With the determination to consciously live in the word, we invite you to plug in and prepare your heart as we Feed Your Spirit with everyday stories of God’s grace from everyday people. 

www.2scripturesisters.com

Joe’s favorite… 

Scripture: Matthew 26:39

Devotional: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Other Mentions in the show:

Websites:

https://americaskeswick.org

https://addictionrecovery.org/colonyofmercy/

https://lovethemtolife.com

Books: 

Beside Still Waters by Cherri Freeman

The Essential Guide to Spiritual Warfare by Neil Anderson

Books by Charles Stanley or Max Lucado

Church: 

Bayside Chapel: https://www.baysidechapel.org 

Listen to our new episode now!