“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.”
Think it through
I don’t know about you, but this is when it starts to get really hard for me. Easter is still looking pretty far away… but all that Easter candy is staring me in the face whenever I enter a store. I’m not complaining—still smiling!—but it’s a fact that I’m getting tired of giving up chocolate.
This is the time to take a good look at how good we’re really doing with this Lenten fast. Truth always clears out spiritual clutter that’s rooted in feelings!
Physically, I’m feeling pretty good without the mini caffeine/sugar high I frequently experience when chocolate is a part of my diet. My body is on a more even keel, and that’s good.
Mentally, I’m thinking about food less, which dovetails with my 2016 Relax one-word goal. This is very good, as I had relaxed myself right into an extra 7 pounds or so. Rather than allowing myself too much, I’m now better able to control myself without all of the angst.
Spiritually, I’m closer to God. Every time I turn away from that chocolate temptation I’m reminded of how much Christ surrendered for me. I’m seeking Him for comfort more and more without that chocolate quick fix. My spirit just feels the season of Lent, and isn’t that the point?
We aren’t doing this for the blessings, but we’re going to feel them anyway!
Live it like you mean it
How do you feel physically, mentally, and spiritually now that we’re well past the halfway point? Can you feel God blessing you through your “giving up” experience?
I’ve written before about the blessings we receive from living within God’s boundaries. We feel peace and security while being protected from the consequences of negative behavior. For me, giving up something for Lent is like taking a step away from the edge of this circle of protection, even closer to the heart of God.
Take a few quiet minutes today to asses how you’re really doing with your Lenten fast. Then thank the Lord for the blessings He’s worked through your small sacrifice.
Lift it up
Lord, thank You for working in my heart this Lenten season. As I remember Your great sacrifice by daily choosing my small one, I feel Your presence. I can feel You honoring my good intentions and my surrender. I do not take that for granted. I praise You. Amen.
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