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The Lenten Journey 2018: Get a Hold of Yourself!

Get a Hold of Yourself

God spoke to Cain: “Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.”
Genesis 4:6-7, MSG


Lent is a time when make a decision to sacrifice: pushing aside the feast of food and drink, disrupting regular routines and adjusting schedules so there is more time to practice spiritual disciplines. On paper this plan seems great, but now a few weeks in there may be discomfort – struggles within. How is it going for you? What’s coming up for you emotionally worth examining more closely: anger, lament, frustration, anxiety, feelings of uncertainty or unanswered questions? Unresolved issues? How is your mood? Agitated? Are you unnecessarily argumentative? Distant? Numb? Review why you made the commitment to sacrifice during this time.

Consider taking some time out to write down your feelings. Toxic behaviors often have painful emotional roots worth unraveling and clearing out. See if you can get a hold of yourself by also identifying a few ways to overcome emotional upheaval. Ask supportive friends for feedback. We can check ourselves with an understanding that our capacity to heal is ingrained in human growth and development. You can overcome dysfunction. Emotional health leads healthier behavior. Are you stuck? If necessary you should out seek guidance and counseling.

Unexamined past hurts from childhood, family, relationships as well as community and professional experiences may leave unhealed emotional wounds evident in undesirable toxic behavior. “The hurt may not be your fault, but the healing is your responsibility.” While some issues (think wounds) are quickly healed, others take more time, help and support.

Releasing mental and physical toxicity clears the way to embrace new vision for whole and healthier life in the days ahead.


Review your commitment to the sacrifice you have made for Lent.
Take a closer look at emotional upheaval.
Seek clarity and healing.
Remember you are not alone on this journey.


“Our maladies we bring before Thee: The things in our (minds and) bodies that have given us trouble…those deep and turbulent upheavals in our spirits that keep our minds divided and our emotions in revolt.” — Howard Thurman, Temptations of Jesus

We pray against fear, anxiety, stubbornness, indifference and unwillingness. We come with our hurts in need for healing and inner peace to share in the calamity of this world.

image1Katherine Ellington
New York, NY





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