Cultivation Tips

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Yesterday I wrote about Lent and how this year, my prayer is that I will be able to use this as a season of cultivation.  If you’ve decided to embark on the Lenten journey this year by either abstaining for something, or adding something to your life, here are a few more thoughts I’m pondering as this year, I’m attempting to give up something that, for me, seems completely impossible. 

Don’t go it aloneif you’ve committed to action this season, tell someone!  Ask them to help you, encourage you, and if you’re really bold, have them ask you questions along the way to see how it’s going.  (If you need an email buddy, let me know!)

Cling to graceinevitably there may be times when we fail.  Rather than wallow in guilt, hold tightly to Jesus’ abundant grace and keep on going.

Praylet’s be honest, you and I can’t do this on our own, and if we’re trying to, I think we’re missing the point.  Prayfor strength, endurance, and for eyes to see and experience Jesus in fresh and new ways. 

But GodLisa Terkeurst wrote a recent post on “But God” verses when we think we can’t/won’t/or aren’t able.  When you’re at a low point, when you’ve lost your energy, or your will to make it to Easter, remember these two words: But God.  With man this is impossiblewe’re weak and helplessBut. God.  Here are two of my favorites:

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26

Okay, are ya’ll ready?!  Let’s go! 

Lord, thank you for this season to reflect, prepare, and cultivate.  At the end of these 40 days, I pray that each of us will walk away with a strengthened faith and a deeper sense of who you are in our lives.