We're halfway through Lent and God has been teaching me more than I expected. I want to say it's been a sweet time with the Lord, but I've honestly been doing a lot of wrestling. For some reason, my anxiety levels rose, even though I've been spending more time with God. I was confused as to why I was feeling anxious. I thought that if I was close to the Lord then my anxiety would fall away. But that's not always the case.Read More
Tomorrow marks Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
Over the past few years I've blogged about my return to the observance of Lent. I neglected it for several years after I left the Catholic Church. But in 2014 I felt a strong desire to observe Lent, on my own terms. I decided that instead of giving up soda or candy (my go-to lenten fasts of my youth), I would give up yelling. This non-traditional approach to Lent actually opened my eyes as I discovered what my true problem was - not yelling, but sin and bitterness built up in my heart due to past hurts. Since then I have looked forward to Lent as a time of deep reflection on Christ's sacrifice - his death and resurrection.Read More