Letting Go

 


Did I have a need to give up anything for lent?
That was the question I asked while I waited in
line on Ash Wednesday. I knew some people felt
it was good to fast from certain foods. The Pastor
shared that receiving ashes on our forehead was
a way to remember the shame and guilt of the
cross. Then quickly added we should remember
our baptism.

After receiving the ashes on my forehead, I sat down. Then bowed my head and prayed.
Father, is there anything you want me to give up this season?

The thoughts that came to mind surprised me. They had nothing to do with food. It was
all about my heart.

Let go of your rights to fuss at your husband. Spend more time praying for him. 

Instantly convicted of the truth spoken to me, I prayed the Lord would forgive and change me.
I felt assured he would.

Days later I learned more about giving up my rights, when a friend shared the word render means
 to give up or give back.

Jesus once spoke of rendering to God the things that are God’s. Dave belongs to the Lord. So do I.
In the context of marriage, my role is to honor and respect him.

The Good News of Lent and Easter is the very foundation of our faith as Christians. Without the Cross
there would be no Savior. Without the sacrifice of the perfect son of God, we would be lost in our sin
forever. Without the blood of Jesus, there would be no forgiveness. And the resurrection of Jesus
gives brings new life and the power to change.

I am so thankful for God’s promises that make repentance possible. Aren’t you?

If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness. 1 John 1: 9 

Being confident of this, He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until
the day of Christ Jesus. Phil: 1:6 

Gratefully His,
Glenda 


13 thoughts on “Letting Go

    • I agree. I think the Lord is calling us all to be more transparent. I appreciate how you’ve shared and it always makes me love you more. I recently read Cec Murphy’s book, Releasing the writer within you. Oh my goodness, it abolutely blessed me released me not to be afraid to be transparent. So I’m tying to learn. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Springtime….just around the corner.

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  1. Glenda – for years, I have asked my husband to share a daily devotional. For years, he has said “no” saying I should have my time and he should have his. And so that is what we have done – separately. But this year, our 40th year of marriage and my 40th year of asking, I decided to ask again as a Lenten experience together for 40 days. To my utter surprise and with no hesitation or defense, he said “yes.”

    I recognize that God has possibly changed me and my “way of asking.”

    We are reading Show Me The Way by Henri Nouwen – one of the most beautiful and profound Lenten devotionals I have ever read. I have read it every year for 10 years, marked it all up as I have had different experiences through the years. The amazing thing, surprising thing for me this year is that my smart husband is soaking it up. For the first time in 40 years, we are having a little time each morning just to meditate on God and His words for us.

    I am touched by your words, Glenda. Much love to you and Dave. I love that his comment was the first one – “Sweetie!”

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    • Thank you Marcia for sharing. I so appreciate it, because these personal warts are not easy to share, and I appreciate you identifying with me.Oh what a blessing to hear about answered prayer with your husband. I got goose bumps. God is good. I need to check out the book you spoke of. It must be a classic if you have been so blessed by it over a ten year period. I need to read one of Henri Nowen’s books. Maybe I will get this one. Happy Spring Time.

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  2. Thank you for sharing. This was so encouraging and it hit home for me, as well.
    I have been giving things up for Lent for about 4 years now, but not out for the purpose of repentance, but more for remembrance…remembering what Christ gave up for me~for all of us~ on Calvary. But as you said, it’s not always about food, but about attitudes, time and activities.
    Glad I’ve found your blog!

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  3. Thank you for.taking time to share, Deb. You are so right, this is a great time to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. God bless you as we anticipate celebrating His Glorious Resurrection!
    So glad for your visit. Please stop by again.

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  4. So right, Glenda – the sweet conviction of “sometimes I have victory and sometimes I don’t” . . . just what I needed this morning. Timely and worthy post, my friend!

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