Celebrating Our New Life in Christ – Part 6 of 6

Celebrating Our New Life in Christ – Part 6 of 6


But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

Strive to use what you learned in your journey for His purpose every day. Choose His resurrection by accepting His love in caring for you and His forgiveness for your lack of self-care, which made you unable to care for others. Keep your goals in front of you and your tools handy. Continue to take a few minutes out of each day to stay on track.

Refer to your LENTEN JOURNAL to prepare for confession and communion. Revisit your reflections periodically and add notes. Actively use your GOOD FAITH PLAN to align your will with His to continue the journey to theosis by doing the “next right thing” to care for the gifts of life and talents He gave us. Refer to Parts 1 to 5 of this blog series if you have just started reading:


The most important reasons why I want to keep these changes are:


Here is how I am doing with my goals I had for God in making changes:

I plan to keep doing these things in order to accomplish His goals:

Specific actions                                                         When

The Lord has helped me change in the following ways:

Possible ways to express my gratitude               When?

Other people have helped me with change in these ways:

Person                                                    Possible ways to express appreciation


These are obstacles I have removed and how I handled them:

Obstacle to Change                                How responded

My plan has worked because I see these results:

I am feeling called to these new changes:

Keep using the tools of our faith to fully receive His joyous gift of the Eucharist in celebration of His victory over death at the Divine Liturgy of the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha!

Psalm 51

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your great mercy; and according to the multitude of Your compassion blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is ever before me. Against You and only You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight, that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. For behold, I was conceived in iniquity, and in sin my mother bore me. 

For behold, You have loved the truth: You have made known to me the secret things of Your wisdom. You shall sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be made clean: You shall wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness that the bones which You have broken may rejoice. Turn Your face away from my sins, and blot out all of my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation: And establish me with Your governing Spirit.

I shall teach transgressors Your ways, and the ungodly shall turn back to You. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, my tongue shall rejoice in Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For if You had desired sacrifice, I would give it: You do not delight in burnt offering. A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, God will not despise a broken and humble heart. 

Do good in Your good pleasure to Sion; and let the walls of Jerusalem be built. Then You shall be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole burnt offerings. Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.” 

And the Doxology starts “Glory to You, Who has shown the light…”

He has given us the most perfect prayer of all to guide and guard us on our way…

The Lord’s Prayer

“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Good Pascha!


The Orthodox Prayer Book

The Orthodox Study Bible

This is the last part of a six part series.  

  1. Getting Started on a Healthy Self-Care Journey
  2. Simple Tools for a Time of Stillness and Striving
  3. What We Are Up Against Now and What Are We Doing?
  4. A Deeper Look – Turning Inward
  5. Moving to Synergy
  6. Celebrating our New Life in Christ

Look for a Beyond Great Lent follow-up coming soon!


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Anastasia Kruse

Anastasia is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She works with individual adults, couples and families to offer hope, healing and practical solutions in dealing with problems that may be creating depression, anxiety and spiritual crises in life transitions. Her specialty is working together to develop strong relationships between clients and their significant others. Divorce prevention or post-divorce recovery, low self-esteem, stress and anger management are frequent areas of treatment in her practice is at Sanders and Associates. Previously she worked with Leyden DuPage Counseling Service and Family Shelter Services. She treats victims of domestic violence and is trained in EMDR to deal with trauma and PTSD. Anastasia holds an M.A. in Professional Counseling from Argosy University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, now the American School of Profession Psychology (ASPP) at Argosy University. Prior to her career as a professional counselor, Anastasia was a human resources executive, organizational development consultant and trainer. She has extensive coaching background in career counseling, employee relations, conflict resolution, and performance challenges for job and college related problems. Anastasia converted to Orthodoxy 12 years ago and integrates the foundations of faith into her work with clients and in providing premarital counseling seminars at her parish. She has led couples groups and family workshops at local parishes, presented at the International Orthodox Psychotherapy Conference, and was a guest speaker on “Come Receive the Light” radio program on the Orthodox Christian Network.