Taking Inventory

“Immediately the Spirit drove Him to the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.”

This morning as I read the newest Facebook status updates, I saw where many were sharing what they were giving up for Lent. Others were sharing the beginnings of Lenten Devotionals along with where and when Ash Wednesday services would be taking place today and this evening. Then, I head on over to Wednesday morning bible study where the question was asked; “Lent. What does it mean?”

“Lent. What does it mean?”  Some of the answers from our group were it is a time of giving up something. One group member shared an idea from Christian author, Angela Thomas where Angela puts a bowl of flour out on the table.  Then, she has her children to write the name of a person they need to forgive or something they need to be forgiven for. Once they write this in the flour, they take their hands and wipe it out. This is a beautiful symbol of showing how Christ’s death on the cross wiped our slates clean. Others shared how they have come to find it a time of doing daily Random Acts of Kindness.

As I listened to these thoughts on Lent, my wheels were turning. I began to think of when we celebrate the New Year coming in and how we all make resolutions. We look at the new year as a time of renewal and fresh starts. Lent is very much like the New Year coming in. For me, Lent is not just about giving up, or daily acts of kindness but it is a time for taking inventory and renewing my walk with Christ.

In the days ahead, I will reflect on my Christian walk. In this reflection, I will asking myself the following questions and talking to God how and where I need to improve. The questions that I will be asking myself are:

Where am I on my Christian walk? Is God calling me to take a new direction?

How can I strengthen my faith?

What things are in my life that are getting in the way of my walk with God?

Where do I need to make changes to better serve God?

How can I demonstrate what God is doing in my life?

Where is God working where I can join Him?

These questions are only the beginning of me taking inventory. Throughout the Lenten Season, I am sure that there will be more questions that God will place on my heart for reflection and conversation with Him. It is through this inventory process that I gain new perspective and  a better understanding of my Creator who is always walking with me not just on good days but even in those seasons of life where I, myself feel like I am wondering in the wilderness.

Lent. What does Lent mean to you?

Blessings-

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Posted on February 23, 2012, in Thoughts from the Porch and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hello April,it’s been awhile good to see you’re still writing about our Saviour,I really never celebrated Lent and it’s fine for those that do.I feel we have enough holidays,and I love the Lord and try daily to hear from him and please him. I hope as you do check ups that God will point out what needs to be done and I know he will.
    Love you :D

  2. I searched my heart concerning Lent this year and what the Holy Spirit kept saying to me was “All the sacrifices you’re considering are physical. What can you give up for me spiritually?” So, I’ve taken my own inventory and decided that I’m going to give up any words that aren’t beneficial to the Kingdom of God: gossip, profanity, discouragement, and hate. Satan keeps whispering, “You are soooo going to fail.” And I may very well fail…in fact, I probably will. When I do, I’ll just ask for forgiveness and start over again. Pray for me!!!

    • Will be praying for you. This is a good time to start a journal if you don’t already journal. You may just want it to be a journal of your thoughts with God….write scriptures in the journal for the areas in your life you want to improve. Or, just write simple letters to God. It is amazing how your mind and heart become even more in tuned to God’s voice when you do this.
      Blessings!

      • I *do* journal! I’ve always kept a journal — mostly prayers to God, thoughts about life, and revelations I’ve received from the Holy Spirit. It’s the only way I can make sense of many things in my life. It’s also a good way to look back and see God’s hand at work in my life. I really got serious about my journaling when Kelly had leukemia last year. God kept my sanity through that journal. It’s good to see that great minds think alike!

      • It is amazing how we can journal and then look back days, weeks, months and even years later is see how God has been and is constantly at work.
        My apologies for not getting back with you sooner. Jim and I had a weekend planned to go out of town and it was a wash due to the fact he came down with an upper respiratory infection and I am not feeling so hot today myself.

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