Lenten Renewal

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Lent is a forty-day period, prior to Easter, during which Christians reflect and repent.  Specifically, Lent is season in which we remember the sacrifices Jesus made for us and the grace we receive as a result of his death on the cross.  Spring is also often ushered in during the Lenten season, reminding us of our rebirth in Christ.

Have you thought about how you might utilize these next 40 days (plus Sundays) to deepen your walk with the Lord?  Maybe this year instead of giving up chocolate or other vices, you might want to sacrifice a small bit of your time to Him each day.  There are a number of short devotionals available on the internet if you need a guide – just Google “Lenten devotionals.”   Many churches also have special prayer guides available.

You don’t even have to do anything this structured.  What if you just took a long walk in the morning or after work each day, by yourself, and started with a prayer asking God to be present?  As you catch yourself thinking of other things on your walk, just reconnect with God and ask Him to clear your mind.

Journaling is another way to engage with God.  What if you wrote a short letter to God each day of Lent praising Him for things during the day that made you think of Him, and presenting to Him the challenges you are facing in which you need His help?  Here’s another idea – you could end each day by making a list of those places in which you felt you were faithful during the day and those places that you realized you struggled.  Praise God for the first list, and surrender the second list to Him while asking for His help.

Ultimately Lent is a time for renewal – renewal of our faith, renewal of our strength, and renewal of our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  By moving closer to God during this season we join Christians across the world and the saints in Heaven in our praise, thanksgiving, and surrender.  Awesome!!!!

~Deb Griest

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