Sunday, April 2, 2017

A Mid-Lenten Reflection

Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
Matthew 3:2 (NLT)

It’s midway through Lent and I am counting the days until Easter.

You see, I give up television and all social media during Lent and I am missing it. Sacrifice is the point, right? My intent is to replace this wasted time with prayer and spiritual reading.

Do you give up anything for Lent or establish a new habit that draws you close to God?

Early in the season I had difficulty focusing so my Lenten journey lacked meaning. I couldn’t quiet my mind for prayer. I didn’t use my time before bed for reading. I felt scattered.

Have you been reflecting on your life and your relationship with God?

Lent is for reflection about our relationship with God and how we’ve slipped into behaviors that displease Him. (tweet this)

I’ve managed to turn it around. This past week I read the powerful and thought provoking He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado and am now preparing a message for our annual women’s Lenten breakfast. With two weeks remaining, my head and heart are in the game.

Reflection is important. Without it we can’t fully celebrate the redemption and joy of the resurrection. Without identifying our shortcomings we don’t feel a need for forgiveness.

We must bring our confession and repentance to the Good Friday cross and leave them there – dirty, ragged and ugly. Only then can Jesus’ blood cover them.

Will you tell me about your Lenten journey?

#SeedsofScripture #Lent #cross

4 comments:

  1. Cathy, Great reminder of what Lent is all about. I do not give up anything. If I did it would be TV or complaining. Thanks for the wonderful encouragement.

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    1. Some people add a new habit that brings them closer to God. I kind of do both by freeing up time to do more faith based reading. Cherrilynn, I want you to know I said Happy Resurrection Day many more times times than I said Happy Easter. Thank you for that insight.

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  2. I committed to the Daniel Fast for 3 weeks during Lent. It was really hard but amazing as well. Literally putting every single decision about what buy at the store, what to eat as a commitment to the Lord. Several times I had to really lean into Jesus for the strength to keep with it. Good words her my friend.

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    1. Why is it that we don't lean in all the time? It takes Lenten determination and awareness to remember. It's just part of our humanity I guess. Thanks for engaging in conversation.

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