My Maiden Voyage with Lent
I’ve never celebrated Lent before in my entire life. I’ve grown up in church, I’ve been following God and clinging to Him for guidance, hope, and help ever since I was in middle school, I once (in high school) fasted television for 40 days leading up to Easter… but I’ve never officially participated in whatever this thing called “Lent” is. I’ve heard about it for years, but I’ve honestly never really been curious enough about it to dive in and research it or experience it on my own.
You see, earlier this morning one of my good friends texted a group of us and invited us to join her and some other women from our non-denominational Christian church “to do Lent together.” She sent us a link to a podcast on what Lent is all about, I listened to it, had my interest piqued, clicked around on the She Reads Truth website, saw that this group of Jesus-lovers are going to be studying the ancient prophetic book of Isaiah (one of my favorite books which I’ve been eager to learn more about for the past few years), felt a hunger for more focused Bible study, and I decided “Sure, I’ll read Isaiah alongside these ladies for the next 6 1/2 weeks!” I don’t have another structured Bible study I’m doing right now— in fact I just finished one a couple days ago and have felt slightly aimless since it ended… so… yeah, sure! Why not?
“Lent is a season of the Christian Year when Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God.” ~Lent 101
“During Lent, Christians traditionally meditate on Scriptures that point us to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we see our desperate need for salvation through the lens of a cross and an empty tomb, we are reminded that nothing we cling to for security outside of Christ Himself can offer us any real or lasting hope.” SheReadsTruth.com
So that’s my plan. Lent “officially” starts this Wednesday, so I’m going to spend the next couple of days praying and asking God to speak to me and lead me regarding what else He might want me to do for the next 47 days. I know many people tend to (during Lent) either add a spiritual discipline into their lives or fast something (give it up for the purpose of reminding themselves that their delight is in God, not whatever it is they are giving up). So I will be seeking God and asking Him if He wants me to participate in any of that. If so, fine. If not, I’ll just start with this Isaiah study and go from there.
Anyone want to join me for this Lenten adventure? If so, feel free to do your own thing, join up with your church or with some friends, or, if you’d like to study Isaiah like me, feel free to hop onto SheReadsTruth.com (or download its app) and let’s rock this together! If you DO join me in this endeavor, I’d love to know! Let’s keep in touch throughout the next several weeks and hash this out together! 😃 (Who knows? If enough people want to join up, maybe we can start a FB Group or a GroupMe thread to stay in touch with each other…?)
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Lord Jesus, I ask You to please lead me right now. Prepare me. Thank You for coming alongside me— as You ALWAYS do!— and helping me in my life. Thank You, Lord, that You told the world about Your coming long before You ever even stepped foot on this earth as Jesus Christ. Thank You, Lord, for all the ways in which You let Your kids know about Your coming— through Isaiah and so many of the other ancient Biblical prophets. Please show me over the next few days if there is anything besides this Isaiah study that You might want me to do… Do you want me to give up anything? Or do you want me to add anything (i.e. a spiritual discipline) to my life? If so, I ask You to show me. (And please help it to be obvious so that I don’t miss it, God. 😃) I love You, Lord. Thank You for the gift that this Lenten season will be to me. Thank You for whatever You are going to show me, however You are going to speak to me, however You are going to grow me during this season. I am eager to meet with You, Lord. And eager to hash this out alongside so many of my Jesus-following sisters from church. Thank You for meeting with us, Lord. Amen.
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What about you?
Have you ever observed Lent or taken a season to just intentionally slow down and really focus on what really matters in life? What was your experience like?
Please share your journey in the comment section below.