Lynn and Dineen are supplying such wonderful teaching and inspiration that I sensed the Lord simply wanted to encourage us today.
We can get caught up striving during Lent. Have you felt that pull? To be working harder at getting something more out of this season as we approach Holy Week and Easter. To feel closer to the Lord, to be different. Yes? I hear little whispers suggesting there should be something more.
Giving up things and applying greater focus to spiritual disciplines is a good thing.
“Disciplines are not the answer; they only lead us to the Answer.” (Richard Foster)
They’re helping open our heart, a spring clean if you will, so that we can experience more of Him.
Today may I suggest you spend less time focusing on the process of Lent, the giving up and doing stuff, but rather simply contemplate Jesus.
I’ve always loved this verse from Zephaniah:
“The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zeph 3:17 NIV)
Allow yourself a few moments to be delighted in. Yes, you are His beloved! And our God delights in you and rejoices in you with singing.
Picture that in your mind: Jesus and an angelic choir singing over you.
Let go of all that is going on, the madness of your day, the kiddies raging around the house desperate for something, that work deadline that is edging ever closer, or whatever.
Simply sit or lie or gaze – and allow your Lord to cherish you.
Grace and peace, dear friends.