Spiritual Jump-Start

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Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend! 

Did you know that this Monday carries us into Easter Sunday?  It seems like just yesterday we were talking about cultivating during the Lenten season, and now, here we are. 

I don’t know how Lent has been for you, and don’t worry, I’m not going to ask.  For me, I started out charged up and ready, only to find myself faltering in my visions of grandeur and begging for forgiveness last week because I felt like a total failure. 

But here’s the beautiful thing: just because it’s Lent, God does not stop being God.  Even though during this time, while we reflect on the incredible sacrifice that Jesus made for us to bring us to God and set us completely free from our sins, His grace and His mercy do not pause.

As I prayed and asked for forgiveness, I felt God whisper, “It’s done.  Pick yourself up and keep on going.”  

Lent and Holy Week is a time to reflect on the pain Christ endured on the cross and the power of his resurrection, because we want to, not because God forces it upon us.  But all the while, no matter what the status of our hearts may be, God doesn’t take a break as we sit back and reflect on the Easter story.  Nope!

While we reflect on what Easter means, God is still alive and activeready to save, ready to heal, and ready to resuscitate our cold, dead, and weary hearts.  Don’t for a second think that God takes a break even for a moment. 

Over the weekend, Beth Moore was tweeting about praying for heart’s to be jump-started back to life this week for those who “may still pray, but no longer feel; people who serve, but no longer love….May THIS be the week of you awakening,” she wrote.  I loved that imagery and it really struck a chord in my heart. 

I have no idea where you are this week, if your heart feels revved up and ready for Easter, or if you feel dry, disconnected, and weary, but whatever your status may be, take heart that God is near!   

Beth Moore told anyone who is longing for some kind of awakening this week to ready Psalms 18-26 out loud this week.  Now, reading a Psalm out loud may seem awkward at first, but for someone like me, whose mind is always wandering from the Psalm to what to fix for dinner, it’s a great way to help me focus and connect with the words. 

So, no matter where you are this week, if you find yourself needing a jolt, want to join me?  If we read two Psalms a day starting with today, we’ll be finished by Easter!  First up?

Psalm 18
Psalm 19

Psalm 18 starts out with “I love you Lord…”I like it already!