We are now 10 days into this Lenten season and I've been preparing for Easter by practicing self-denial in a different way this year. What I am seeking in these forty days is to hear more clearly and intentionally the voice of Jesus. Lately I have realized there are a plethora of voices that speak to me on a regular basis and most of them compete with Jesus rather than compliment what my Master is speaking to me. How hesitant I am to hear the voice of the Beloved who calls me his son! This is foolish on my part and yet it reflects my sin, lack of discipline, and avoidance for the necessity of creating time and space where I can hear and then obediently respond to the One who gave Himself for me.