Hebrews 12.2: ‘Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us’.
As a mum of 3, involved in a multitude of church and community groups, life is so often lived at high speed, wearing a variety of hats, with an endless to do list. So Lent is about reminding myself who I am in Christ; taking off the hats and being with Him.
Since reading Richard Foster’s ‘Celebration of Discipline’, I have come to appreciate the beauty and power of solitude “to create a space in our lives where God can reach us”. I create that space with a Lenten quiet day but also on walks, or time on a secluded bench with my journal, Bible and a rainbow of gel pens.
One Lent, I was prompted by the Lord to wear no make up for a week, which was more profound an experience than I could ever have imagined. Living my normal life with my paint stripped off left the ‘real me’ feeling quite exposed; a powerful lesson that so often I lean on the identity of the hats I wear rather than my identity in Christ. Lent for me is about stripping off that which entangles in order to run the race.