By: Jill Whitlow
“Lent urgently calls us to conversion, we are asked to return to God with all our heart, to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord.” –Pope Francis
A few weeks ago, as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across the above post by Pope Francis (Yes, even the Pope has Instagram). Being raised Catholic, I am very familiar with the practices that Lent involves. I remember walking around school with ashes on my forehead on Ash Wednesday, not eating meat on Fridays and trying to give up soda or candy for the duration of the six weeks in between Ash Wednesday and Easter. I guess, like most children, I rarely stopped to think about the purpose of these practices. As an adult I have come to love the annual reminder that Lent gives us to recommit, reset and refocus our hearts. For me Lent becomes a journey…a journey to resurrection in my spiritual life.
This year we are going through this journey together as a congregation at my home church. A season of ending some things so that what’s better can be resurrected. Our journey to resurrection includes the commitment to:
Genuinely participate in Gods family. (Psalm 84)
Grow in friendship with God through daily prayer and bible reading. (Psalm 132)
Take care of my body. (1 Corinthians 6:12-19)—for me this includes no sweets, waaaa!
Limit media’s influence on my soul. (Proverbs 4:23)–can include tv, social media, music
As we place our focus on the Lord, I’m believing and praying for a revival in our hearts this Easter season. Our God is the God of resurrection! That is his specialty and he wants to resurrect those Godly desires and dreams in our lives that may have grown old or died. Maybe your current situation is bleak or you are facing challenges that seem insurmountable, this is just the time to draw closer to the Lord and allow him to breathe life into your situations and attitude! If you haven’t begun your own journey to resurrection its not too late to start. I invite you to join me today!
“I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again…I will put my spirit in you and you will live again.” —Ezekiel 37:12,14
Jill Whitlow is married to Charlie, who pastors an incredible church in Ashburn, Va. called The Community Church. She loves chasing around their four kids, and in her spare time she enjoys jogging, sipping Starbucks Chai Tea Lattes, and going to the movies (just to eat the popcorn)!
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