I've never really fasted, simply because health wise, it doesn't work for me. But, I have given up things over time and seen great results (post on that for another day). Today though, I've been mulling the idea of participating in Lent. Not so I can give anything up or try to conquer a bad habit, but because "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead" ~ Phillipiams 3:10-11.
I want to know Christ deeper, focus on Him more intently. I already have a set time where I read through my Bible, and pray. But for the next 40 days, I'm going to give up some extra time I'd normally spend online perusing through blogs. And I am going to seek to know Christ. Better. I want to know the POWER of his resurrection. I mean how often do I really try to know and reflect on the power of it all. The reality that I am terribly unrighteous. The reality of how grace called me from the pit. The reality of all that I have been saved from and saved to.
Giving up more of my precious little time is scary and daunting. But oh the glorious thought of arriving at the end of 40 days knowing Christ increasingly more intimate, increasingly more gloriously. I want to know Christ.
And with that thought, I'm going to seek him, and seek with him with all I've got this season.
As God would have it, this was my latest art journal. The prompts right now for February have to do with the secret garden of your heart. I always take their prompts and make it more Bible based. And I love the idea of God cultivating the garden of my heart, the idea of Him walking with me there just as He walked intimately with Adam and Eve. It's amazing how fitting this piece is for where my heart is right now. I want the quiet intimacy of time alone with Christ this season....
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