So, last Wednesday, we began the Lenten journey for this year. ..time to prepare for the cross. Time to strip away some excess in my life and focus in a sharper way on God. It really could not have come at a better time for me personally.
I am using the book "From Sacrifice to Celebration -A Lenten Journey" again this year as a book to accompany me on this 40 day journey. A few quotes from the first chapter have already sharpened my thinking and my focus so far...
"When my journey of faith seems stuck in the ruts of indifference or predictability,Lent propels me forward again.""Lent calls us to discipline. At its best, Lent is more than a season; its a journey from the daily grind to spiritual growth."
"Lent is a time for feeding on God's word. It's a time for nourishing our spirits on the good news of our acceptance in Christ."
"Once you stop wanting what you do not have and loosen your grip on what you do have, you are ready to receive God's presence in a new and empowering way. Filled with this presence,your restlessness will cease.You will take the less traveled road from boredom to bonding, not the congested expressway from boredom to brokenness. On your journey, you will find adventure, the unfolding drama of life's richness."
I pray these forty days will deepen my walk with God, and will propel me forward in Christ!