Vanna News: March 2015

Hello, good folks at Vanna,

     As you know, right now, we are in the season of Lent. I was looking through my resources and came across the following questions. As I read them, I felt compelled to slow down and consider my answer to each question. Honest answers require thoughtful self-examination, which can be a meaningful exercise during our Lenten journey.

     I thought some of you might also appreciate this list. So, I am posting it for you to use during this season of reflection and repentance. May God bless you, the Holy Spirit guide you, and  Christ embrace you as you examine your heart and offer God whatever you find hidden there.



The following are questions John Wesley suggested Methodists use to guide them through the season of Lent:

(1) Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am a better person than I really am?

(2) Am I honest in all my acts of words, or do I exaggerate?

(3) Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?

(4) Can I be trusted?

(5) Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?

(6) Did the Bible live in me today?

(7) Am I enjoying prayer?

(8) When did I last speak to somebody else with the object of trying to win that person for Christ?

(9) Do I pray about the money I spend?

(10) Do I disobey God in anything?

(11) Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscious is uneasy?

(12) Am I defeated in any part of my life?

(13) Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?

(14) Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially the Pharisees who despised the publican?

(15) Is there anybody who I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?

(16) Is Christ real to me?