Lent: Moderation & Consecration

Lent is upon us.

Recently, my kids were quite sick. During that time, I was surprised by an unexpected blessing: I had to slow way down.

When I was sitting with a sick kid or stuck under a sleeping baby, my iPhone options were boring me. Thus, I got back into the habit of actually reading books!

We were also unable to go to church due to lingering illness, so I read Acts 22 (no special reason – I’m reading through Acts and that’s the chapter I was on), as well as that day’s reading from My Utmost for His Highest. Then we watched a pastor friend’s church service over the internet.

As I found a few minutes to pray, I was thinking of the upcoming Lenten season and what, if anything, God would have me do during that time. The line “Make My Life a Prayer To You” came to mind.

So I began to sing through the lyrics:
Make my life a prayer to You, I want to do what you want me to,
No empty words and no white lies, no token prayers, no compromise
I want to shine the light you gave Through Your Son, you sent to save us,
From ourselves and our despair. It comforts me to know you’re really there.

Oh, I want to thank you now, for being patient with me
Oh, it’s so hard to see when my eyes are on me
I guess I’ll have to trust and just believe what you say
Oh, you’re coming again, coming to take me away

I want to die, and let you give Your life to me, so I might live,
And share the hope You gave to me – The love that set me free,
I want to tell the world out there You’re not some fable or fairy tale
That I made up inside my head: You’re God, The Son, You’ve risen from the dead.

I want my days to be free of rituals and compromise of any sort. I want my entire life, every moment, to be a living sacrifice, wholly devoted to serving Him and others. I know there are areas that I do still falter or willfully disobey. I want to learn to submit them to Him.

This Lent for me will be a time of moderation & consecration, a time where I ask God to cleanse my life of any idolatry (the song “Give Us Clean Hands” also keeps coming to mind), a time to continue on the journey of becoming all God created me to do so that I can do all the things He has called me to do.

And when I falter and I am not able, I will choose to remember that He is able.

1 thought on “Lent: Moderation & Consecration

  1. Write heaven’s song through me
    And let it be a sweet sound
    In your ear
    Relive your life through me
    With grace that makes me free
    And I will never fear

    Breathe heaven’s breath through me
    And I will never cease
    To love you
    With my heart, my soul, my mind
    Leaving former things behind
    I live for the pleasure of you

    Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah
    Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah

    Empty me of me
    Of all of life’s beauty
    Increase my hunger for you
    No matter what this means
    Breathe heaven’s breath through me
    And my song will adore you

    Write heaven’s song through me
    To the ones who cannot see
    How much you love them
    Give them faith and make them whole
    Loose their chains, restore their souls
    And they will sing

    Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah
    Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah

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