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Lenten Pilgrimage: The Purpose of Disciplines

 

Since we are each doing so many different types of prayer, disciplines, and fastings, I thought it might be helpful to look at some of the overlying principles of every spiritual practice, as we move in our lenten journey to the Cross and to Easter.

Transformation is an event and a process we magnify in our pilgrimage, like the caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. Something has to die that we might get wings. 😉

I hope you had a great Ash Wednesday.

How did your first days go? What worked and what didn’t? Be gentle with yourself, God is, “for I am gentle and humble in heart.” So learn, adjust, and reset every day.  Every morning is a new day.

Lent is more like a spiritual marathon than a sprint. And we’re using disciplines like tools doing eternal work in our lives.

The Purpose of Our Spiritual Disciplines are to open us up to God.

Spiritual disciplines are ways we die to our old self, so that we might live to our new self in Christ. Again, spiritual disciplines are tools we use to open up to God.

In spiritual practice, we learn to practice our spirit and our heart is the fulcrum point of our practices, less they become a head game. Everything resolves in the heart. For good or ill, everything resolves in our heart. The heart is the rudder of our ship.

So let me leave you with a Proverb to meditate and chew on today.

Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life.

What is your source of life?

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