How’s your Lent going? Living a large Lent or quietly squeaking by? I pretty much feel like I’m living on fumes right now; it’s a season and as my old English teacher used to say, “This too shall pass.” And those of us following along with the Lent Devotional for Women know, everything is grace…everything. In addition to living on fumes, I’ve been living on Joey+Rory’s CD, Hymns That are Important to Us. You know how in the Bible David played the harp to soothe Saul? This CD soothes my soul. Let’s get into our daily devotions for Lent and visit a little bit about Saint Paul and his words to the Philippians about this life.
A couple of years ago a group of us used to meet on Periscope in the mornings for a short and sweet Bible study time. (Question, would anyone be interested in doing that a couple of mornings a week in our private Facebook group?) One morning we talked about how Paul mentions in Philippians 3:8 everything is nothing compared to knowing Jesus. And that’s what gets us through Lent right? Well actually, that’s what gets us through life.
What are you head–down plowing through right now friends? Let me encourage you to keep going.
But let me also warn you, if you’re trying to make it through without Jesus…you won’t make it.
So what does head-down plowing through with Jesus look like?
First, lift your head. Since I mentioned music in the opening paragraph, I might as well mention it now. Have you heard the song, “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner”? I love the chorus
If you’re lost and wandering
Come stumbling in like a prodigal child
See the walls start crumbling
Let the gates of glory open wide
Second, tell yourself “I am a friend of Jesus.” You know what might help you with this? I have a free printable I mentioned before in our Lent Devotional for Women. It’s full of verses about how God feels, thinks, and takes care of us. We have one hanging in each bathroom as a daily reminder.
Third, repeat numbers one and two until you no longer need to, which may be until Jesus comes!
Finally, be a friend. What do you do for and with your friends? You learn about them, you spend time with them, you think about them.
To help us learn about Jesus, print off this Bible Journaling page, Character Traits of Jesus and as you read your Bible, start listing the characteristics of Jesus with chapter and verse for reference. By doing this spiritual exercise, you’re spending time with Jesus, the Word of God, and you’re learning more about Him. You’re growing in closer friendship with Him. And now, you can ponder Him and His characteristics as you go through your day, keeping your heart and mind turned toward Him, or redirected back toward Him.
Carry on ladies! We’ve got more Lent ahead of us.