It's cold. And it's Lent.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
I'm not sure what else to say this week other than.... it's cold.
As I type this it's 8 degrees outside with a windchill expected later tonight of -5. The wind is BRUTAL. The driveway is ice. And every time I walk outside it feels like I get slapped in the face. #LetsGoBringBackSummer #TheColdAlwaysBothersMeAnyway
I have never been more grateful for a warm home with working heat and a fireplace.
But it's Lent. Which means I believe with my whole heart that Jesus died for me and all my whiny-ness and unwillingness to focus on what's important. And although it's often the tradition to give something up as an act of discipline for these 46 days, I feel myself more drawn to adding in some new disciplines. I could give up diet coke or social media or sugar. And if you are doing those things in order to draw yourself closer to Jesus, then absolutely do that. It's a good and beautiful thing to sacrifice something that is difficult. But what I need right now is to be adding in more time in the Word. More studying of what it means to look and walk and act like Jesus. More dedicated and intentional prayer time instead of quick, half-hearted words before bed. More wrestling with my current (let's be honest), apathy toward God and asking him to grossly transform my heart. I don't say these things because I am religious. Far from it. It's because I want to KNOW JESUS.
"Lent is a pause button. It is a quiet unlike any other time of year. Lent is a season to close our eyes as the busy world buzzes around us, to consider those things we’d much rather forget: our sin and our humanity. We came from dust, and to dust we will return." -Raechel Myers for SheReadsTruth
I think a freezing, bitter winter is absolutely the best time of year to usher in this time of quiet reflection and pause. A time for experiencing what is cold and dark and barren. And knowing that in just a few weeks - light, warmth and new life will transform the world. He is Risen.
I am doing the Lent study with SheReadsTruth.com for the next few weeks if you'd like to join in this very active community.
And for a few good reads,
-Check out Eugene Cho's insightful thoughts on Lent. WOW!
-And read Kitty's super helpful resources on getting your children involved in Lenten celebrations.
-I also loved these honest thoughts from Jen.