February may seem a bit early for Spring Cleaning, especially if the thermometer is still struggling to register above freezing where you live. But I think Lent is the perfect time to master your mess and discover God's best.
Observe Lent in a Meaningful Way
In case you're not familiar with it, Lent is the 40 days (+ 6 Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Miriam Webster tells us it is a time for penitence and fasting and dictionary.com suggests austerity or frugality. It commemorates Christ's fasting in the wilderness between His baptism and beginning His earthly ministry.
Fasting in a strictly physical sense means abstaining from certain foods or all food in an attempt to help the body function more efficiently and remove harmful toxins. Fasting in a spiritual sense means giving up something we enjoy in order to focus on Jesus. I like to think of it as fasting from something we like to feast on the love of Jesus. Fasting is less about what we give up and more about what we gain. Either way it suggests a time to refocus on what is truly important in our lives and prepare for the celebration of His resurrection come Easter.
Master Your Mess
Here at My Messy Desk this Lent we are going to practice that beautiful exchange in a slightly different way. We are going to master our heart messes in order to discover God's best for us. Here on the blog we will trade in some emotional, mental, and spiritual messes for the blessings found in God's promises and truths. Some of my friends and I will tackle topics like:
But there are so many more heart messes that keep us from fully embracing the life God has blessed us with here on earth. So, we'll dive into 46 concepts that plague us in a Facebook group I created just for this special time. I hope you'll join us there! Each day you'll get some brief words of encouragement, additional resources, reflection questions, and a prayer for mastering one of the 46 messes. Don't worry, it's not too late to join!
Also in that group, I'm challenging you to master some of your physical messes. I've created a list of 46 areas (1 for each day of Lent including Sundays) around our homes that likely need the clutter cleared. Scientists have been studying the effects of clutter on our mental and emotional health. And unless you're actually a creative type who thrives on a bit of chaos, the messes around your home aren't doing you any good at all!Get the free workbook to Master Your Messes this Lent! #masteryourmess Click To Tweet
One word of caution before we begin…
We will touch on some serious issues in this study. In fact, almost all of the 46 messes I've listed can may be rooted in physiology or lead to mental health issues if left untended. I do not want you to think I'm saying enough faith or proper prayers or strictly Scriptural salve are the only answers to any mental health issue. In some cases we must partner with mental health professionals to master our messes. You will not find any condemnation for that here, only support as you actively seek God's best for your life!
Discover God’s Best
The goal of this series is to put our hinderances behind us so we can fully embrace the fulfillment of all God's promises through Jesus come Easter Morning.
'For no matter how many promises God has made, they are 'Yes' in Christ.
And so through Him the 'Amen' is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
2 Corinthians 1:20
The best place to master any heart mess is on your knees!Click To Tweet
What are your biggest blessings busters?
Linking Up With
For more encouragement please join the discussions on these fabulous blog link ups – Suzanne Eller, Faith On Fire, Susan B. Mead, Faith Filled Friday, Grace and Truth, Faith and Fellowship Friday, Soul Survival, Rah Rah Link Up, Tell His Story, Sitting Among Friends, Testimony Tuesday, Planting Roots, and Fresh Market Friday, Salt and Light, and Becoming Press's Writer Wednesday, Moments of Hope