Lent is Prime Time for Stillness

Welcome to the Seeking Stillness Ministries Blog!  Lisa McNeely and I are thrilled that we can support you in your intent to spend more quality time with the Lord.  We hope, through this blog, to not just post articles ourselves, but to encourage you to comment and help us create a dialogue.  God makes Himself present to believers in so many different ways that through dialogue we can all learn, share resources, spread stories of God’s amazing works, and even invite others to pray for our struggles.  Please participate with us.  Space for commenting is limited, but if you have a longer article, send it in an e-mail or Word document to Lisa at lmcneely@seekingstillness.org.  We do reserve the right to proof articles and ensure that information posted is consistent with the Seeking Stillness belief statements.

So Lent… 

In the Christian calendar, Lent begins 40 days (excluding Sundays) from Easter and is a time of reflection, repentance, and forgiveness.  Sounds like a downer, but it doesn’t have to be.  If we’re spending regular, uninterrupted time with the Lord, Lent can be an amazing time of celebration and growth.  This year I am using a Lenten devotional called Small Surrenders: A Lenten Journey, by Emilie Griffin.  Griffin acknowledges that Lent is typically a time of confession, but she prefers to portray our confessions not demoralizing as acts, but opportunities to submit, sense God’s will, and be transformed.  Some of our times with the Lord will be challenging, no doubt, as He searches us and makes clear to us the places of brokenness and sin within us.  Some of these times will also likely be miraculous experiences of His grace.   Ideally, when we reach Easter morning we should have allowed God to rid us of many things that block our relationship so we can truly CELEBRATE His Son’s resurrection and life – not because it’s a holiday on our calendar, but because we are celebrating the awesome experiences we’ve had with Him throughout Lent!!

Ironically, Spring (in the human calendar) is a busy time and the later Easter is, the more this is true.  It’s hard to set time aside to be with the Lord in any season, but as Spring accelerates, it’s even harder.  Resist the temptation to get into the world’s activity flow and realize that sacrificing time with the Lord, especially in this season, will only make the things you need to deal with in your busy life more difficult to manage.

Take time, be still, and know that He is God (Ps 46:10).  Let Him do His work this Lenten season.

~Deb Griest

Please post – What are you finding helpful as you seek for stillness during Lent?  What challenges could others help you think and pray through?