When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
The Lenten season is upon us! Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, heralds the inception of forty days during which many Christians choose to fast from some habit or activity that they feel draws them away from developing a closer connection with God. Their goal is to create a deeper relationship with God, the Father, Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, as hearts and minds prepare for the glorious coming of Easter.
Before I plunge into what I'm fasting from this Lent, let me share with you what devotionals I've added to enhance my Lenten journey, which I know will enrich my faith and yours, too, if you so choose. These books are 40 Voices - A Lenten Devotional, by Jean Wise, and Faith in God's Promises, by Michelle DeRusha, both authors/bloggers whom I've followed for years. The prospect of reading and reflecting upon their daily devotions has me wanting to leap into Lent feet first!
So that being said, what is it I'm fasting from for the next forty days? It is something that in Lenten seasons past, I could never dream of doing, let alone surviving the dry spell in the wilderness. Yet the moment the thought hit me this year, it was as if a huge (there's my word for the year again), radiant light beamed down from the heavens. I'm convicted!
God wants me to give up Facebook.
Yes, you heard me right, friends.
Give. Up. Facebook.
As much as I love staying in touch with family and friends, posting my blog and reading the blogs of others, and promoting my novels, Facebook has become a pitfall for me. There is so much negativity out there, which definitely tempts me to entertain uncharitable thoughts about others. Not to mention the bout of hacking from which I just emerged. These unhealthy distractions are not helping me to keep my focus where it should be.
Now some of you may be wondering: Martha, how will we stay in touch? How am I supposed to read Meditations of My Heart if not on Facebook? What if I really need to send you a private message?
Do you see the prompt "Follow by Email" in the right hand column of this post? Simply enter your email address, and my blogs will be delivered directly to you whenever one is posted. And leaving comments on the blog is a great way to stay in touch.
With regards to sending private messages? If you go to my my website, there is a tab labeled "Contact." Click on it, and you can send a direct message to my personal email. Know I will be sure to respond!
And one more thing I must add here. Since tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, falls on my birthday this year, I won't actually be signing off from Facebook until Friday or Saturday. I want to be able to honor and thank all of you who will take the time to send Happy Birthday wishes. They are near and dear to my heart, especially because they hail from such amazing friends like you!
So as you journey through this season of Lent, I wish you God's mercy, grace, joy, and love, that you may enter into a deeper relationship with Him.
Are you planning to fast from any activity this Lent? Please share in the comments!