Are We Hungry for God?


There is comfort in recurring holidays that root our souls to a soothing rhythm with a repetitive beat.

But there is also a quickened sense of anxiety that we haven’t prepared, haven’t anticipated as we feel we should. 

So the arrival of Lent this week, finds us thinking of many other things besides this annual season of preparation. An inaugural of self-denial and repentance feels a little bewildering.

What is the purpose of Lent?

What should I give up for Lent? And why?

My confusion over the arrival of Lent is not because I’m unprepared but rather uninterested. After all God Himself told us bluntly that none seeks for God (Romans 3:11).

John Piper inspires and reminds me of this truth with these words: “If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”*

 Overindulgence in lesser things keeps us from hungering after God.

Even though our human nature is never naturally inclined to seek God, we still have a choice. By the amazing grace of God He has given us a free will that can with this annual reminder choose to invite Him into our life and world.

Lent is an ideal time to push away from the table of the world to embrace the “pleasant pain”* of self-denial, of fasting. Serious takes on Lent fascinate and motivate me: fasting from complaining, perhaps, or author Lauren Winner’s fast from anxiety might produce more heart room for God than simply giving up chocolate.

Attending our church’s Lent services is now a not to be missed hour on Ash Wednesday. And the focus on repentance and our utter need of God is the perfect way to introduce the Messiah to your family.

Take your children on a walk through the Old Testament learning the prophecies of Jesus and finding the hidden clues about Jesus sprinkled all over this ancient book. Using our Easter Advent Banner and Calendar is an easy daily way to give your family a taste of God’s amazing book.

If you have not seen or heard of it click here. It’s not too late to order it and create a bonding experience with your family.

As I tell every mom, even doing some is better than none.

We moms too often don’t start because we loathe failure and not finishing feels like failure so we decide not to even begin. I know because that was true of me.

Like a twelve-month-old who ventures a few faltering steps then falls, be brave enough to start even if you don’t get more than two sessions finished. God will be pleased and will cheer for you just like we do for our toddler’s first steps.

Join us on this Lenten journey to discover more of who Jesus came to be. I promise it will be both beautiful and memorable. Your kids, or grandkids, will learn more than you expect even if they complain. And I bet you will too!

And your hearts will be more receptive to the joy of Easter six weeks from now!

*A Hunger for God, Crossway Books, 1997

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6 thoughts on “Are We Hungry for God?”

  1. Dear Barbara, Thank you for this gentle yet specific reminder for us to try something new for the Lent season. I just finished a Bible study with the book, “John Son of Thunder”. My how it resonates during this season of Lent, the love and sacrifice that Jesus taught his disciples.
    May we all find some time in prayerful reflection, as Jesus did, these next 40 days. As always, thank you for sharing your love with us, sisters in Christ.
    blessings to you and your family,

  2. Yes, we are reminded that Jesus spent 40 days before He took on the Cross. May we all draw closer to Jesus during these 40 days of Lent.

  3. I have been family with Eth family life for wit a few years now and have always loved your bringing us all back to tradition and rememberance of true meanings. My husband and I asking with it two young boys have stumbled into orthodoxy and I am excited and feel at home in a tradition that has practiced Lent and Advent with such beautiful intensity and intentionality for literally ages … Since the beginning actually. I feel like this ministry is one of the things that wakened in my soul the desire for these practices. Thank you. What felt novel and cutting edge, I have discovered had been practiced since choose to the beginning of it all. I so appreciate how good gives you such beautiful ways to practically remember these vital traditions. Again, thank you for using your gifts to point us and our families to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Blessings

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