My most favorite season of the year is coming up. This is a time we set apart to pursue God with wholehearted abandon. In past years for Lent, I’ve done some pretty unusual things. One year, I gave up prayer. Another, I said goodbye to contempt. Last year, some crazy-pants friends and I made a fast and furious journey through the entire Bible.
And it’s almost time again—time to go deeper with God than we’ve ever been before…On March 5, we will enter the Lenten holy season in the church calendar. Lent is the 40 days before Easter (not including Sundays) set apart for prayer, penitence, and self-denial. This is a time designed to stir your hunger for God and lean in to hear His voice more clearly. [Tweet this] This is a season of both repentance and the renewal of faith.
One of the most popular questions during this season is, “What are you giving up for Lent?”
I’ve heard a wide range of responses including chocolate, sodas, television, Facebook, and sugar. I even know a guy who gave up porn for Lent. I hoped his commitment lasted long past Easter.
But I think there’s a far better question to ask: What do you want to lay hold of for Lent? [Tweet this]
How will you choose to pursue God during this time?
What do you want to lay hold of through these 40 Days?
How will you embrace the gift of Lent in 2014? [Tweet this]
On Wednesday, February 5th, I will share what I have been prayerfully considering for this season and invite you to join me.
But today, I’m asking you to take time and open your heart to what God may have for you. I have a hunch He has something big.
Will you take time to seek God and ask Him what He has for you during Lent 2014? Endless possibilities abound.