This turned out to be the easiest one for me. I am fasting from evening treats and chocolate. I’m not a fan of bigger fasts because I used to have eating disorders. Fasting can be a trigger for those who have been where I never want to go again (Now you know why it’s easy for me to fast from chocolate. Pardon the dark humor.); however, small fasts help me focus on my spiritual health.
They’re a signal to my soul to pay closer attention to the Holy Spirit.
So, instead of looking forward to my usual evening treats, I look forward to connecting deeply with God and family. Only love satisfies the inner longings we all have.
I don’t have much money nor energy to give. And I happen to be recovering from a second cold. Come on, spring, come—already. But I do have the ability to give attention to others via social media. Therefore, I’ve been prompted to heed nudges regarding replying to messages and sending encouraging words.
As always, it’s more blessed to give than to receive.
Although, I did receive a message just before typing this that warmed my heart.
I normally pray each morning. However, I’ve taken an extra step into prayer by being generous with my praying during Lent.
When I spot a need, I pray on the spot instead of promising to pray later.
Later tends not to come as often when you’re over 50. 😊
I’ve also chosen to pray for a writing friend each morning. A bright sticky note with her name on it greets me each morning when I open my journal.
My Lent Confession
I’ve never paid much attention to Lent before. For some reason I have an aversion to most religious traditions. I love celebrating Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I enjoy Christmas in moderation. I cherish communion. But anything more added to the list feels like a burden.
Here’s your chance to preach at me in the comments and convince me to be a Lent enthusiast. Wait, I think I already am thanks to needing to have something to write for this month’s topic.
Maybe I’ll fast, give, and pray during Lent next year too.
I’m nosy-to-know if you relate to my struggle?
"...return to me with all your heart..." Joel 2:12 NIV