{Lent 2014} The Surrender Realization

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This year, for the first time, I’m observing lent. As a somewhat new Christian, I felt called this year to see what lent was all about.

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So to observe lent I decided to get into a study and to read a book on my own. I joined the Managing Your Blessings online weekly study of the book Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement by Kris Camealy. {It’s not to late for you to join.} And I also bought the book, Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter. So far, both were good choices. And then I’m continuing to do the She Reads Truth online devotionals because I just love them. They’re always in rhythm with my life. And, as if I needed more, I’m reading the Daily Walk bible. Truthfully, I don’t get around to everything every day. But God always makes sure I read what is needed for that day.

Today I started off with She Reads Truth. It strangely or by providence quoted the Bread and Wine book I’m reading.

“Yet whatever else it may be, Lent should never be morose – an annual ordeal during which we begrudgingly forgo a handful of pleasures. Instead, we ought to approach Lent as an opportunity, not a requirement. After all, it is meant to be the church’s springtime, a time when, out of the darkness of sin’s winter, a repentant, empowered people emerges.”
– the editors of Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter

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The quote talks about lent and the spiritual practice of fasting – a concept that is new to me. And frankly, I didn’t go into lent choosing to fast or give up anything. I’d always looked suspiciously at people who gave up soda or chocolate for lent. Yet strangely, I keep hearing about surrender. Surrender.

Everywhere I turn in my spiritual studies and walk at the moment talk about surrender. Even the Restless online book study I’m co/leading through (in)courage has drilled that point home. I must surrender to God. Surrendering to God is necessary to live your purpose and follow God’s will.

So all of the signs are pointing to me surrendering for lent and always. I need to take a forever fast of self-sufficiency apart from The Lord. I need to lay down the idol of myself.

I admit to you, all of my readers, and myself that I really don’t know what surrendering means. I really don’t. I think I’ve had moments of surrender. I am not sure yet what a “fully” surrendered life would look and feel like. But I’m feeling the urge to find out. I think it’s the next step in my walk closer to God.

Many of you may already know this “basic” lesson. So, please forgive me for being slow. I am just really starting to hear and understand this truth or requirement for our lives. And I mean really hear it. God truly speaks to us and refines us in his own way and time. Many of us know that surrender is required but are just giving the concept lip service and not really living it. Are you fully surrendered?

I’d love to hear your stories of surrender. And I will keep posting my experiences with surrender during lent and always.

Wishing you the courage to surrender,
Hope

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