Does anyone that didn’t necessarily get what they wanted out of their Lenten practices believe that they did get what they needed?
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.” Sorry. :o
Best to let God decide what, when and how much you need. And, if you find that you can’t get no satisfaction o, then perhaps it is patience that you truly need.
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Part of the problem is, we do not always recognized what we need! Often for many years.
po18guy: “You can’t always get what you want…” That is the line that was running through my mind as I was realizing I didn’t really get what I had intended from my practices but certainly got at least a beginning of what I needed. I’ve been reading since the beginning of lent an online version of “The imitation of Christ” and have found it to be a bit of a boost for my practice.
Crusaderbear: Absolutely. I’m still in the infancy of becoming more conscious. At least realizing some of what I need. Letting go of what I wanted to have happen and being prepared to accept gifts other than those the ego was focused on, and being okay with that.