I had really high expectations for myself during the forty day period leading up to Easter. In all honesty (am I ever not completely honest?) I picked way too many balls to juggle during a season rife with birthday celebrations and other occasions. I over commit. I join. I say yes. I get overwhelmed. I get behind. I feel guilt.
It's not pretty.
Ever done that?
As we drove home I realized that Holy Week was going to dawn in the morning and I also realized that I have never come face to face with so many of my personal failings and need for a Savior, as I have during this Lenten season. The past nearly forty days have laid bare a lot of things in my heart as a wife, mother, daughter, friend and believer in Jesus. Things I wish weren't there. Things I wish weren't my natural reactions, natural thoughts, natural tendencies. Failures that I have to continually course-correct on. And that's when it hit me. That's what it's all about. Realizing how flawed I am and how perfect Jesus is. How much I need Him. How I can not make a day without His strength, peace and guidance. Realizing how incredibly much I need a Savior. I need His compassion, His grace, His forgiveness, and His love.
a moment of connection- of our hearts with His. And no matter what we plan over the course of this coming week, that's the one that counts.
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope; Because of the LORD'S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
Be encouraged, take time to connect, let the other stuff go, and have a Happy Holy Week, my dear friends!