If you didn’t quite understand the definition of Lent prior to our blog series, I am confident by now you have an incredible vision of this season with Christ. Our writers have beautifully illustrated what it means to prepare and observe Lent by reflection, repentance, prayer, and to prepare our hearts for Easter. It has nothing to do with rule or regulations ~ it is a time of spiritual renewal on your individual relationship with Christ. No one asks another person to do without during Lent. The sacrificial observance is private and personal – it is an intimate, spiritual renewal during this 40-day season in your life. For me, I focus my dependence on Christ.
Unlike my previous religious upbringing, Lent was not optional. Being forced to give up my favorite ice cream or refrain from a bad habit only gave me resentment and guilt instead of experiencing spiritual renewal and joy in Christ. So much has changed since those days! Today, I feel the urgency to swap my will for His so I can live the life of His purpose. Walking intimately with Christ through this season reminds me that the most important lessons are learned when we walk with Him in the wilderness, the darkest moments.
Even though I love celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, my favorite season begins on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, and continues until Easter Sunday, His Resurrection. Instead of focusing on the things I can’t do, I’m focusing on all the things I can do through Christ. Recently, I read an article from “Words to Live By” and it truly relates to my dependency on Christ. I hope this will also inspire you for spring cleaning!
CLEANING HOUSE: A Spiritual Awakening
Last week I threw out worrying, it was getting old and in the way.
It kept me from being me; I couldn’t do things God’s way.
I threw out a book on my past (Didn’t have time to read it anyway).
Replaced it with new goals, started reading it today.
I threw out hate and bad memories, (remember how I treasured them so)?
Got me a new philosophy, too, threw out the one from long ago.
Brought in some new books, too, called I can, I will, and I must.
Threw out I might, I think, and I ought. Wow, you should’ve seen the dust.
I ran across an old friend, I hadn’t talked to in a while.
His name is GOD the Father, and I really love His style.
He helped me to do some cleaning and added some things Himself.
Like PRAYER, HOPE, FAITH, and LOVE, Yes… I placed them right on the shelf.
I picked up this special thing and placed it at the front door.
I found it ~ it’s called Peace. Nothing gets me down anymore.
Yes, I’ve got my house looking nice.
Looks good around the place.
For things like worry and trouble there just isn’t any space.
It’s good to do a little house cleaning, get rid of the things on the shelf.
It sure makes things brighter; maybe you should try it yourself.
Be Blessed and Be a Blessing to Someone Else
What I reflect on during Lent is not only the thanks and gratitude to my Savior, but I remember my baptism and how I felt walking out of the lake. Lent gives me the same feeling – renewed, cleansed and in Him. My recovery started with a grateful heart when I surrendered at the Cross. There is no force strong enough to pull me away from Jesus Christ. He is in me, and I in Him. I will always celebrate the freedom of bondage, not just during Lent but every day!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
There is no more beautiful purpose than loving Christ, by being in Him and letting Him work through you. When you love others with a pure heart, you love Him. When you offer up the joyous feelings in your heart, you love Him. When you lead others to Him, you love Him. He longs for all those kinds of love. Do you have a few minutes to strengthen your bond right now? Simply pray…
Heavenly Father, help me to see this holy season of Lent as a time of spiritual renewal, rather than a time of deprivation. Motivate me to reach a new level of experiencing your grace and to always share that same unconditional love that You give me with others. Always help me to remember what you have done for me and to desire for others to see and know You. Amen
Even though we do not understand following His nudges and timing, it will lead to beautiful moments.
May you and your loved ones experience the peace and love only He can bring during this season.