As I continue on with this focus on releasing and healing, I want to remind why I’ve undertaken this process.
Even in secular culture the idea of giving something up for Lent has increased in practice in recent years. Though without the deep spiritual connection it seems many of the promises of giving something up, fail just as quickly as New Year’s resolutions do.
The thought behind giving up things as simple as chocolate or practicing temporary dietary restrictions on certain days is that when you deny yourself those things, your thoughts will be refocused on Jesus.
Over the past several years I have stepped back from the idea, feeling I didn’t want to partake in something that had devolved into a show rather than an action.
However this year, it has been put upon my heart to deeply explore this Lenten season with a focus on forgiveness and becoming more penitent.
It is my intention to let the Spirit guide me into identifying the area of need, and then seeking resolution and support for them. In releasing the ties that bind, I know that growth and healing will follow. My goal is that it will refresh my perspective and lead me to my own series of resurrections along our shared path of “Becoming Today”.
Today I need to let go of impatience.
I need your help again today. We all know the platitudes, the cliches, the bumper stickers. ‘Patience is a virtue’, it ‘surpasses learning’, ‘good things come to those who wait’, and on and on, yada, yada yada.
I understand the importance of being patient and can more than comprehend that it is absolutely required to deal with our circumstances and life itself. However this is one of those struggles I’m needing to give up.
In dealing with my “Releasing” of “Discouragement”, “Hesitation” and “Trifling” I am beginning to see a common factor. My lack of patience.
I want things to change. I need to co-create progress in several areas of my life and while I know there are waiting periods, I still keep trying to force things into the now.
It’s a disconnect again between my heart and mind. Intellectually I grasp the concept, but my heart is just not into it. That lends to restlessness and distancing myself further from “Peace”.
I accept that I need to “Trust the Timing”, as I’ve written before,
“It happens to everyone. There are times along our journey where we simply do not see movement. We may feel stuck, but we are being held in place, so we can be better prepared for our next step, our next realization.
Here at “Becoming Today” being held in place is all about timing. And keeping our timing in sync. The decisions, choices and options we have related to when things will occur and trusting that the timing is right on schedule”.
So why can’t I seem to remain focused on those words, my own words at this moment? What am I missing?
I can access my own advice recorded in journals, yet putting them into action at this time is a bit of a battle.
Trust God’s Timing.
God will fulfill the dreams, desires and promises He put within you.
Access those memories.
Remember them fully.
Release your understanding upon our actions.
Then you are “Becoming” the real, true, authentic you.
All you were intended to be.
Keep doing it.
It’s an easier said than done process… yes again. And yes again I realize it is so necessary that’s why in this season of self sacrifice and battling temptation overcoming my moments of impatience are things I need to accomplish.
While I ponder and pray, can you tell me what has worked for you in the past?
Thank you in advance for your kind assistance,
These letters and holding myself publicly accountable through them has indeed been helping me. The results may not be immediate but the seeds are planted and progress should be on track to bloom by Easter. To see a rebirth. My own resurrection. I feel I believe it and I am remaining unconditionally faithful.
I pray for each of you everyday and remain hopeful your steps are progressing well. Like all things in your life your participation is required and it is never too late to start. So I will continue to invite you to participate in your own Lenten Letters, in your own style.
Whether in a journal, a document, video diary or scribbled on the back of a receipt just select whatever form you feel most comfortable with. Plus just because I’ll be doing them daily, you don’t need to, just set your own standards and goals as for the frequency.
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Think about it. Pray about it. Meditate on it. Consider it and then decide to join us tomorrow on our next edition of “Becoming Today”.