I recently decided to blog less often. Here’s why- I noticed I was writing in my journal a whole lot less than normal. I guess blogging registers in my brain as “having journaled.” (Kinda like sometimes messaging someone in a quick text or even reading a post on instagram can feel like “having connected.”- it ain’t REAL!)
I feel like I’m a lot more irritable and anxious when I don’t work out on paper what’s happening in the universe inside….(This doesn’t work well for me.) I’m also a lot more tempted to eat my feelings. I journal to know what I think. And feel. I have trunks full of these books; my letters to God.
I’m now trying to figure out if maybe I can blog more regularly if I write here on my blog like I do in my journal. It can get pretty personal sometimes…. maybe more information than you care to have. BUT I figure you can stop reading it if it gets to be too much… Still working all that out.
For now, I will post here about once a month. Podcast episodes though, will stay once a week. and then come summer, we will reevaluate. We may take a break for travels. But still not sure;we will see. I’m just trying to leave myself some margin and be realistic with my expectations.
I sure do love this job though.
So, Love, do you celebrate Lent? Here are some thoughts I’m thinking about it-
A dear pastor friend of mine told me many years ago (just after we got married so that would make it 1992!!!) that the purpose of fasting is to make everything else hush so you can hear the Voice of God more clearly…. so as I mentioned on this week’s podcast episode (#26) while I’m not technically “fasting” from food or social media, I am relegating my phone minutes/hours to only certain times of the day.
Because the truth is – I am a recovering addict and it’s hard for me to not just get fixated on something. I can completely lose myself in the thing easily. What I’ve found with Lent is– it just helps me be more aware. I want to be fixated on Christ and His resurrection more than on instagram.
So every morning, when I reach for my phone, instead of jumping on notifications from all different directions on the various interwebs, which are always SO in your face, I am choosing to go straight to my “First 5” app.
Ideally, I follow along with my physical leather bound Bible open because something about flipping the pages does something to my soul….
I typically will read through that passage of scripture and their devotional, which is always beautifully written by someone on their faithful team, then I’ll spend some time in prayer and writing in my journal. Then and only then, I will check my texts, then facebook, then instagram. and only for a limited time. (I’m actually starting to use a timer now on my oven when I’m home and one on my phone when I’m out- I’m always so surprised at how the time flies!!!)
This may sound rigid and legalistic but to me? Not at all… it’s just my way of trying to focus less on certain things and more on my Savior. He came out of the grave holding my freedom papers in His Hands, so I don’t NEED to observe Lent. I am not required to do anything but believe that Jesus paid it all. I did nothing to earn my salvation so I can do nothing to keep it.
If you believe the message of Jesus Christ, these things are all true for you too, my friend. I do hope you know Him. He is a trustworthy man. and what He says is true. Read the Book of John to really get to know Him.
I’m so excited that after hearing this week’s guest (Crystal Paine of moneysavingmom.com) talk about discussions she has with her husband on passages from the Bible, my own Blair decided to sign up for the hereadstruth app. I’m thrilled that he’s making a conscious effort to glance first at the Master before going about his day…
If you’ve never given up anything for Lent, but have a desire to, pray about what the Lord might have you give up; maybe consider joining me in drawing parameters around sosh medes….. And DO let me know on insta or Facebook. Doesn’t matter what time of day you text or send me a message; I will only see it during the appointed times. 🙂 takes all the pressure off me…. and I like that.
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Lent is not really mentioned in the Bible… so some Christians don’t really adhere to it. But repentance is mapped out pretty clearly.
And when I become more aware of my sin (or how I tend to get more full up on other people’s words or likes than on God’s love) I can turn back to Jesus, focus on His provision and sacrifice for that very tendency in me. Then His kindness draws me to repentance, which revives my spirit and that results in PRAISE!! which all goes straight back up to HIM! (God’s such a Glory Hog!!)
Reading through the account of Peter’s betrayal of Jesus had me weeping. The Word is a double edged sword, you know…Hope I never get over it.
Till next time,