Ann Voskamp took the words right out of my mouth…..
I can’t seem to follow through in giving up for Lent.
Which makes me want to just give up Lent.
Which makes me question Who I am following.
Which may precisely be the point of Lent.
For 7 months now, I have been questioning Who I am following. Layers of yuck has been stripped away and healing has begun. And as divinely consequences occurs, timing can not be any better.
The Daniel fast taught me one thing….. I can over come. I have Christ’s “overcoming” power within me. I can’t say I don’t struggle each day to quench this nagging thirst for a diet soda. But, I am standing firm and remind myself of the horrible Friday I spent in withdrawals. Sugar has proven to be a culprit as well. I began using stevia and well, perhaps it was too soon because from that point I started the old “sugar” habits.
So, I have recommitted myself to abstain from sugar. I am committing to two other more productive “add-on’s” for this year’s Lent. I will share later on the progress and what exactly I have discovered. I look forward to sharing.
Sugar is out! Praise God.
Which comes back to what Ann Voskamp described….. Recently, Lent has been the topic of my research. I wanted to really study it and become familiar with the whole concept behind it. I even blogged a few articles on the subject for my church’s website.
And the history of Lent intrigues me. There are traditions that are fun and human driven. But, the true purpose is the nail Ms. Voskamp hit dead on. Lent is the perfect opportunity to expose those “idols” hidden in our lives. Whether it be a food, a material object or a cause. Lent isn’t this whim of a decision as I once thought. It needs to be planned and really heart….. ahem, God driven.
Confession time….. I never prayed to God for what to abstain from. This year, I did. Ahem….. tough to really admit to AND God’s revelation was pretty much flooring.
I know you are dying to know and trust me I will let you in but not just yet. God is pointing something out….. I don’t know exactly what but as soon as I know I will let you in on it.
So, please take my lead and pray about what God wants you to forsake during this Lent season. It just might surprise you to find what you are really following hard after.
Lord, may this year’s Lent be following hard after You. Reveal Your insights and wisdom. Grant me a season of real change and understanding. Focus me. Guide me. And most of all encourage me to stay onward. Amen
Of course you are so welcome to visit the Sardis United Methodist Church’s website. I have laid out some really cool information on the following…..
And beginning today, a daily devotional will be added through out Lent.