Lent begins tomorrow on Valentine’s Day and ends on April Fools Day, this hasn’t happened since 1945! I have been really thinking about what I should or shouldn’t do this year for the 40 days of Lent.
I have fasted before, usually only for 21 days. I’ve cut out certain things like sugar or processed foods, I have never been let down. The joy and wholeness I feel as a result of limiting myself from something that I often indulge in too much offers a sense of freedom. Reliance on God’s strength grows my relationship with Him every time in new and different ways. Refraining from something you love requires great self-control.
So enters, this year’s fast for me…self-control. If I’m being honest, I have recently realized I need some improvement in self-control. I can reason out almost any decision to tailor my current situation. Right or wrong, it usually leads to regretful choices. Mainly associated with FOOD!
What will this look like? Trying, hard, freeing, completeness!
I can’t buy it, I have to learn it and put it into practice in all things.
Self-control…in my food portions.
Self-control…in my social media scrolling.
Self-control…in my spending.
Self-control…in my words.
Self-control in every aspect of life!
The cool thing is that while I was praying about what to fast from, knowing it needed to be different from the usual this year; God was presenting me with various opportunities in my life to help me complete these tasks. Our church is offering a Dave Ramsey course, to learn to spend our money God’s way. I’ve never been more excited, this joy can only be from God. Breaking 30-year-old habits will be tough, yet very rewarding I’m certain.
I’ve joined an online group “Doing Lent Together” we are going to follow along in a 40 day devotional called “Zip It”, by Karen Ehman. As a group we are going to study ways to learn to use our words wisely among many other things. Join us! ❤
As far as eating goes, I KNOW what is right. I am just going to choose to do it! Limiting what I know I shouldn’t eat and focusing on being healthy; not dieting.
I have taken Facebook off of my phone, sad but true. I have to do this to accomplish this goal, but it’s attainable.
And lastly, I will incorporate self-discipline to keep my mind strong by digging into God’s word in new and different ways. As well as self-discipline to keep my body healthy and strong with adequate exercising in the hopes of getting healthy not buff. 😄
I want to encourage you to find what it is you need to give up, where do you spend your time and money? What is your main focus? Find out what you worship and if it’s not God then give it up for a while. He will teach you so much if you will let Him!
I would love to hear how you lent, share in the comments. It could be very helpful for all of us!