The morning began very slowly, causing me to write and publish this later than I intended. Perhaps that is somewhat appropriate for a “slow-down fast”?Sunlight streamed through the windows as I sat at the kitchen table this morning. This is noteworthy, after countless days of sorrowful gray skies. As the heat hit my cheeks, I felt myself warming and thought of Psalm 36:9, “in your light, we see light.”I thought about Lent, about giving things up. This week I experienced my first Ash Wednesday service, receiving the ashen cross on my forehead. This act of humility, realizing I am but dust and desperately in need of a Savior, launched the season of Lent.Now I willingly slow down, hoping to give more of myself to the Lord, to hear from Him, to learn and grow in relationship with Him. After reading through the accounts of Jesus fasting in the wilderness for 40 days, facing Satan’s temptations, I wonder what these next few weeks will hold?I sit listening to music, open to what the Lord may point out to me, and I wonder if I should have kept quiet about my plans for fasting? It’s too late to change anything; it’s too late to remember that Jesus instructed us to fast in a way that it is not obvious to men, but only to our Father, who is unseen (Matthew 6:16-18). It’s too late, because I’ve already publicized my ideas.I think, though, as with so many things, Jesus was questioning what is at the heart of the fast; or, what is the heart of the one fasting? Oh, how I feel that the heart of my fast is to slow down and walk with Jesus in a focused manner instead of rushing around hurried and scattered, distracted from Him. That’s all. I just want to offer Jesus my undivided attention. I’m also willing to do what He calls me to do, and I don’t want to miss that in an overscheduled, overcommitted life. I want to live singularly focused, and for me, that requires simplifying some areas of life.This weekend is not full. I am glad. Today I will sort through some books stacked up in my room, boxing some up until we can add shelves in the basement. Today I will propose to the kids that we go for a walk or jog. Today I will repeat John 15, the chapter I have yet to memorize perfectly. Today I will enjoy the slower pace and listen closely, in case I might hear something I’ve missed in the last few weeks.I hope that we can all talk about our experiences, our hesitations, heart-struggles, concerns, revelations, temptations, and hunger. And I hope that we can share from the abundance He provides.Please link up your Lenten reflections below:Thank you for joining me.