Yesterday was the Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, the season that marks the death and resurrection of our perfect Savior, Jesus Christ. During this time it is customary for many to ‘give up’ something as a sacrifice, to honor His sacrifice. Usually, I do too, this year, for some reason, I just didn’t feel in my heart to do this, instead, I felt God tell me, not to give up anything, but to take on something, commit to something . So I prayed, “Lord, show me”. I talked, “what else can I possibly take on, when I can barely keep up with what is on my plate now”. I listened. I waited. And waited and finally, “take on more of Me, spend more time with Me. Speak more of Me and My love. Seek Me. And as you do this, you will find the focus to accomplish all I place in your heart. You will know true love for Me, for others and for yourself.” Wait, what, stop doing, “Lord, an object in motion stays in motion. And I need to stay in motion. If I stop, my to-do list does not get checked off and it must get checked off. If I stop my calendar goes without reminders.
Then I took a deep breath and admit, that although I have been marking things off of my to do lists and adding things to my calendar, I am still feeling like I am overwhelmed and just turning my wheels. I do not feel rested, accomplished, satisfied and I want all those things. And I know better, I know that the source of all I seek is God, no one else. So, with tears, (seriously, anxious), I will obey.
Maybe this Lenten season, instead of “giving up” something, consider taking on more, more of Him. Seeking to know Him better, maybe doing a Lenten devotional, there are a lot on that bible app I mentioned to you guys before. https://www.bible.com/reading-plans-collection/1537 Maybe making a commitment to put Him 1st in your day by praying early. (this I have been slacking) WE can do it together, let me know by responding to this or sending me a message via FB messenger, on my Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/hersoulsheart/ Maybe, be more like Him, be generous with your love, time and presence. May this season be transformational for all of us.
Lord, we pray for strength and wisdom as we strive for clean and pure hearts in preparation of Your return. Amen.