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James 4:8, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you...” (NASB)

How much do you know about Lent? If you haven’t grown up in a liturgical church like me, then Lent may be a new concept. Lent describes the 40 day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter. (Ash Wednesday was this past Wednesday, so we’re now in the season of Lent.) Lent is a time of reflection on Christ’s sacrifice for us to give us eternal life.

It’s a time to draw closer to God. Traditionally, people will give up something they value during Lent to make more room for God in their lives and remind them of what Jesus gave up for them.

I’d like to challenge you to do something intentional to grow in your relationship with God during the next six weeks. There are a ton of things you can do, and for different people different things will be more meaningful. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

Give Up…
Your favorite food or drink (chocolate, coffee, pizza, etc.)
Your favorite pastime (for instance, watching T.V.)
Buying anything for yourself

Add On…
Doing one kind deed a day
Spending 15 minutes more a day in prayer
Thanking God for at least five things every day
Read the Bible more
Volunteer at a local charity or homeless shelter

Here’s a tip: If you’re thinking I can’t possibly give up chocolate for six weeks or I can’t possibly spend 15 minutes a day praying, that’s okay! You can start with two minutes a day praying. Or you can choose one day a week to not eat chocolate.

The whole point is sacrifice – experiencing what it’s like to go without something that you value, and learning instead to depend more on God. Even spending two minutes a day praying is a sacrifice of time.

Remember, this is something you do because you want to, not because I or anyone else tells you to. It’s your decision. It’s a great opportunity to depend more on God. You will learn something from the process, guaranteed.

Peace in Him,



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