This is the cover of the book I am reading during this season of Lent. I bought it because I love the title. I love the concept. I loved it so much I ordered multiple copies with specific “Formation Friends” in mind; women who I know to be on the path desiring a closer, deeper walk with Jesus.
It’s short. It’s simple. But it’s deep and piercing.
On Day 4 of Lent and the first Saturday in Lent a pattern is established: reflect on what I have learned and experienced in the previous week. One of today’s questions: ‘How has your connection with yourself, with others, deepened because of your intentional work with this discipline?’
Hmmm. This isn’t an easy answer. I sit quietly considering my response. Then it bubbles up: this book deepened my connection with others. I have heard from several of the women to whom I gave a copy, that this little book is the answer to their prayer asking God for what they should do this Lent.
Now that is humbling. To have prayed for the names of who to give the book to, ‘who Lord would be blessed to receive this?’ And then to have them say, this is an answer to their prayers! That’s humbling.
But also confirming. Having them tell me the book was an answer to their prayer means that I actually listened to the Holy Spirit and obeyed. Now that’s encouraging.
This first few days of Lent the discipline of Confession, of less guilt and more grace, has been the focus.
My internal repeated lie of not doing enough is being replaced. With Truth. Be still and know that I AM God.
Less is More.
By the way, Renovare just made this book available digitally here. So if you want your own copy but you think it’s too late, it’s not!