Does anyone know what tomorrow is? No, not Saint Valentine’s Day. That is already obvious from all the blog posts, makeup inspiration posts and Outfit posts we have been reading all month long.
Tomorrow, 14th February 2018 is Ash Wednesday. It is the beginning of the 40 days of Lent that leads up to the Holy Week.
For this post, I’ll just be sharing with you what I love about this period in the church.
Ash Wednesday basically reminds us that we won’t be in our physical bodies forever and so the Priest(or Pastor) puts some Ash on us and says to us that ” Dust we are and to Dust we shall return” OR “Repent and believe in God’s Kingdom.
Like all practices of the Church that literally follows the steps of Jesus while He was here physically, Lent represents the 40 days of fasting in the desert.
Lent is easily one of my favorite times in the Church’s calendar. It is almost like New Year’s Eve where we make resolutions and drop bad habits. Just that in this case, when observed properly, we have the backing of the Holy Spirit.
For the observation, it is customary to Fast, Pray and Give. We fast (according to your ability and the lifestyle you live) and also give things up.
Most Nigerians give up meat because it is a delicacy. Some other countries give up potatoes because it is a staple as well as a delicacy to them. But as we grow in Faith, we realize that “giving things up” is personal and should edify us spiritually.
Personally, I do not eat a lot of meat so giving it up might not be a big deal to me. But giving up Instagram, for example, might cost me my sanity.
So I can decide to cut down my time on Instagram from 27 hours in a day (lol) to 30 minutes in a day. You get the drift?
Some people have given up strong habits like smoking and have never gone back to it again. So we can give up eating junk food, drinking soda, social media, gaming. These things are not ‘for nothing’ but they give us strength in our spiritual life by weakening our attractions of the sensate pleasures.
Like I saw in a Faith Blog,“Fasting makes the waist line shrink and the heart grow larger. Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder”.
Also, as well as giving things up, we should also try to add valuable virtues like increasing the time of your devotion/ prayer. Giving up soda (for Coke lovers) can also help you give up that money to someone else for tfare (transport fare).
The point of all these is to build virtues that won’t only last for 40 days but will last for life.
This post isn’t well structured. Apologies for that. I literally drafted and posted this within 30 minutes.
I’m not used to putting up a lot of Faith posts. The most I do is post a verse underneath all my posts. And even that, I stopped after a while because I wasn’t sure how people took it. But, it is great to express yourself in the best way you can.
I had a makeup post as well as an outfit post planned out as collaborations with two great bloggers. But they both didn’t work out. I took that as a sign that this is what I was meant to put up this period.
This doesn’t mean you can’t look pretty tomorrow, (or any other day of Lent for that matter). I intend to wear my pretty dress and go get some ash! 😄
It is still going to be a day of Love and what greater love is there than the love of God? Sounds cheesy but so true. 🙂🙂
Hope we all got something from this post. I’m open to any comments and questions. I look forward to answering them. Till next time, Love, Ella. Isaiah 53: 4-5Surely, He has borne our griefs and carried out sorrows; Yet, we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But, He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His Stripes we are healed.