As I pray about how to approach Lent this year, God is slow to answer. The Lent devotional options glow in my inbox; they are so beautiful. Pages filled with Scriptures, commentary, and artwork. I want all of them, but God never lets my heart settle on one. I have a book of poetry to read for Lent, but I also want to be in the Word because I know the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:13
Because I am currently studying Hebrews alongside Jen Wilkin via podcast, I realize God is leading me to take a page from her book – literally – and focus on God’s Word minus commentary. I rarely do this. As I read God’s word, I continually look up word origins and commentary – and there’s nothing wrong with that. I just feel God saying…read my words. They’re alive and active. I want to speak to you through them.
So, me, God, Hebrews, a pencil, and five of my friends. That’s my call to Lent this year.
Here’s the daily process if you’d like to join us!
- Read the verse.
- Write the verse.
- Meditate on the verse.
- Read the verse again.
As you read and write the verse, notice what words stick out to you. Notice who God is and who He says you are. Insert your name into the verse while reading it. Listen to the still small voice of the Spirit as you read, write, meditate, and pray. Write as little or as much as you feel compelled to record. Somedays you might think…nothing in that verse struck me. I don’t think I heard from God today. No worries! Any time spent in God’s word is time well spent as you get to know Him better, as you renew your mind, and as you store up treasures in your heart that He can and will bring to mind when you most need to remember it.
Here’s a graphic you can save to your phone or print as a reminder.
We hope you’ll join us! You can read the verse each day on my Facebook (like and choose “get notifications”) and (most days) download a cute graphic of the verse!
We’ll begin February 10 – Ash Wednesday. If you’re not sure about Lent – what it is, what’s expected, why we observe it – you can find a brief, thorough description here. We will read one (or two) verse per day, except on Sundays. You can rest or choose to read entire chapters of Hebrews to fully grasp the context of the verses.
Please join our prayer for this season…
We give the next 47 days to you. Help us not to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Then we will be able to test and approve what Your will is–Your good, pleasing and perfect will. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear as we meet with You each day to read and meditate on your Word. Have us to hear exactly what each of us most needs. Give us new understanding and transformed minds and hearts. May we bear fruit on this earth for Your kingdom and Your glory. We honor your 40 days of testing in the wilderness by walking through a wilderness of our own – a wilderness in which we look to you for every need instead of our usual comforts – a time in which reading your word becomes part of the fabric of our day. And we thank you – inadequately – for your death on the cross for our sins. May we never take this season lightly, keeping our eyes focused on you, your death, and resurrection. When March 27 comes, may we have a deeper and more abiding love for You.