Taking Inventory (Day 20, Monday)

March 07, 2021, By: Jimmy Scruggs

Starter Prayer: God who shows us the way again and again: May we fearlessly and with gratitude receive what we’ve already been given. Amen

Focus Phrase: Taking Inventory

This week we step in a new theme: Again and again, we are shown the way.

Rev. T. Denise Anderson’s commentary on John 2:13-22 has some important insights for us. My favorite: Since the Word has always been with us, it shouldn’t need to prove itself. It should already be familiar to us. We’ve been taught righteousness for generations. Failure to respond probably won’t be corrected by a sign.

The sum of our practice today is reading the passage and reflecting on the questions Rev. Anderson provides at the end of her piece.

Be encouraged in your practice,

Katie Martinez


  • Read John 2:13-22 and Rev. T. Denise Anderson’s commentary on p. 20 of Again & Again. The link is in every Journey email. If you’re not getting those, register here.
  • Questions for journaling and spiritual conversation:
    • When have you let other values encroach upon your spiritual identity?
    • What everyday miracles and lessons deserve our attention before we ask God for more direction?
    • How do you do with welcoming the Savior’s authority, even when it upends something comfortable in your life?
  • As the week unfolds, what word or phrase captures your attention? Weave your word into the prayer wall at the Taft Avenue facility; or text your word to 970-500-0970, and the prayer team will weave it into the wall for you.


  • For daily texts with the Focus Word, Starter Prayer and link to these daily posts, text the word “lent” to 970-500-0970.
  • Join Ryan on Facebook Live, every weekday morning at 10am for spiritual conversation on these Lent themes.
  • Looking for the link to the digital devotional or your copy of the print version? Register here.
  • Join the Orange Dots of Hope Facebook Group for spiritual conversations.

This is part of Again & Again: Journey of Lent 2021 with Crossroads Church. The theme, devotional booklet, poetry and art is the work of the creative community of theologians and artists at A Sanctified Art. Crossroads is grateful for this resource!