Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Your Lenten Invitation


Ruth Haley Barton writes, 'Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Church’s observance of the Lenten season—six weeks that are set apart for the purpose of drawing closer to God and seeking him with greater intensity.  Unfortunately, the Lenten season often gets reduced to the question, “What are you giving up for Lent?”  This is a fine question, but it can only take us so far.

The real question of the Lenten season is, “How will I repent and return to God with all my heart?”  

This begs an even deeper question: “Where in my life have I gotten away from God, and what are the disciplines that will enable me to find my way back?”'

Read more here.

What might God be inviting you to in this holy season?



~  this post is a.k.a. The Lenten Season Begins

~ visiting with Beth

8 comments:

  1. I've been considering for a week or so what my "give up" for the Lenten season might be, Linda. I want to give up ruminating on the negatives that others, especially repeat offenders, do against me. I want to replace that with prayer and scripture. It is a bad habit I developed long ago and although I've tried to "kill it" in times past, I've never fasted from it. So I'm praying that God would be my strength in this when I'm weak or just forgetful and fall back on old defaults. Love ya, sister!

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    1. Those old defaults keep calling our names, don't they, my friend. Praise God we have a Redeemer who truly understands our weaknesses, and yet opens His gracious arms wide to us. I'm praying right now that you'll experience an unusual strength in kicking back those ruminations. They have no power over you!

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  2. I've never celebrated Lent as a tradition. Giving something up always felt more legalistic to me than an action of the heart. Although I have known people who do it as a sacrificial act, rather than just giving up a supposed indulgence (like Starbucks, etc) We love to swing on pendulums, don't we? For my part, I, should be asking that deeper question, and seeking the answer, more than once a year. Good reminder, Linda - have a blessed week!

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    1. Legalism never works over time, does it, June. Because it doesn't deal with the mysteries of the heart, the soul. The invitation to consider deeper questions has so much more potential to draw us closer to Christ and to change the course of our lives ...

      And what better season than right now!

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  3. Tomorrow's blog on my site is about this very subject---and you, sweet Linda are ENTIRELY correct!

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    1. I look forward to checking in to see what you're being led to share, Lulu! There seems to be a number of very compelling posts out there on this invitation to grow deeper in love with our Savior ...

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  4. I'm going to try to give up on giving up.

    It's been a temptation, as things just don't improve physically, to quit trying. The dreams I have require both a physical and mental effort, and lately, the physical part's been a lot harder...and that affects the mental.

    So I'll attack from the mental., and put thoughts of giving up aside. I'll accept that the dreams that I have are God's dreams for me, and I'll approach them with a full heart.

    (There are those who have said that I'm doing work to pass onto others, so they can fulfill THEIR dreams. I don't mind that, but I don't believe that God would have invited me to cook a feast I could never taste...though Moses did just get to see the Promised Land...hmmm. Need to think about that one...)

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2014/03/forgiving-your-mate.html

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    1. Ain't that the truth, Andrew ... when things don't get better in the ways we think they should, it's so easy to just say 'forget it.' And then, lo and behold when we start releasing the desires that are most precious to us, God begins to do work that is often 'more than we can ask or imagine.'

      Let the music begin ...

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So ... whatcha thinkin', friend?

Linda

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