Theology

Lent: Things to Consider and Surrender

Lent is upon us which means, some of us are searching deep within to discern what kind of discipline to practice this year…or not.

I’ve Surrendered Enough Already

If we’re honest, there are some years when we feel like we can’t give up one more thing. We feel as if we’ve been forced to surrender much due to numerous, unwanted circumstances. Also, there are years when we feel a strong pull to deepen our devotion. No matter where we find ourselves, we can trust God to meet us where we are, and provide us with the spiritual tools to both grow and surrender.

Disciplines To Consider

Below is a list of disciplines to consider for Lent.

• Some Things To Surrender:

– Gossiping

– Turning a blind eye to the poor

– Ungratefulness

– Unhealthy Foods

– Toxic Relationships

– Hatefulness

• Some Things to Grow In:

– Praying more

– Trusting God

– Speaking up against injustice

– Praying for someone different everyday during Lent

– Rest

– Tending to the homeless

– A good cry before the Lord

– Silencing our lives: less cell phone usage, more time alone, less noise

God’s Got You

Acts 17:28 states, “For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’”; so in whatever God would have you do this Lent, trust that God will fill you with the strength to surrender and endure the discipline, because as it’s written in the Ash Wednesday liturgy:

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

The Rev. Dr. Nicole Foster the T.V. Host and founding minister of The Hippie Theologian. She holds a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, a Master of Divinity from Redeemer Theological Seminary and a B.A. in History from Southern Methodist University. She’s an ordained Anglican minister and teaches Old Testament for various organizations. She loves to hike, camp, make organic soap, and be a beach bum as often as possible.

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