Sometimes we need to sacrifice.
I think we grow the most when we are willing to go outside of our comfort zone.
It gives God room to work in us.
As I’ve said before, I’m not Catholic, but I have found great joy and satisfaction in participating in Lent. I don’t typically “give something up,” per se. I usually spend a few weeks praying about what God might have for me to work on, and then plot out my plan of how I will accomplish this. I don’t like to be vague–I like to be very specific.
A few years ago, I committed to getting up at 4:30 every morning to pray for Superman’s healing. Going back and reading my prayers (I created a private blog that only I can see–it’s easier to write out my prayers, and they “flow” better) brings back those feelings of desperation, yearning, pleading for the Lord to hear me. Boy, did He come through for us.
And this year, I prayed long and hard about what it is that I should focus on for 2014. And it’s something similar.
This year, I am committing to get up at 4:30 every morning during Lent to pray specifically for my relationship with my kids as well as their futures.
I love my kids. I really do. But I struggle with them sometimes. A few of them more than others. Do you have that one kid who can push your buttons like nothing else? Well, even if you don’t, I do.
I want my kids to grow up and have healthy, fun, solid relationships with me. Don’t get me wrong–I want them to “leave and cleave,” so-to-speak, but I want them to feel like they can always call mom for a bit of encouragement or to spoil the grandkids. And right now I feel like they may not always want to do that. I think I need to work on my softness.
I pray for our kids’ futures ever night. Usually it’s a quick “help them to have strong relationships with you, God” or “please be preparing spouses for them,” etc.
But separating out a designated time each day to pray deeply for their futures is something I feel I need to do right now.
So, that’s what I’m going to do.
You may wonder about my kids, and whether they participate in Lent.
I’ve asked each of our kids over the past week to think and pray about what God might want them to work on for these next 40 days. I’ve let them know none of them are required to participate in Lent, but for those that do, they will each get a chart to mark off each day, and then on the last day, we will have a family celebration to recognize everyone’s efforts. I don’t expect perfection, just progress.
I showed this little video to them, and thought it was so sweet. A reminder of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness for 40 days:
So, how about you? Are you making a Lent commitment this year?