What I'm Learning About ... Lent
Many people see the season of Lent as an excuse to go on a diet, or to give up a material vice. Instead of focusing on lack, these four women discovered the abundant life God has promised by practicing spiritual disciplines and renewing their minds in Christ.
I Gave Up Worry for Lent
I am not part of a church that regularly practices Lent, but the last few years I thought it would be good for me to give up something for 40 days, helping me to see my addictions and dependencies. In our indulgent, instant-gratification society, I saw the value of voluntarily depriving myself of something in order to focus more on who God is and how much I need him.
When I first started practicing Lent, I followed everyone else's suggestions and gave up a certain food or media. Those experiences were fairly useful in showing me deep-seated habits and thus made me more aware of my need for my Savior as a result.
But last year I took time to pray about what I should give up for Lent. I asked God to show me a dependency that truly ...