Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The season of Lent is upon us again. 

As usual we started off our Lent with ashes at Mass.

I also participated in fasting on Ash Wednesday which I haven't done in a very long time. I always made excuses to why I couldn't and even going into this year those long excuses started swirling in my head again. 

"I'm a mom, I can't fast."

"How will I take proper care of my kids if I'm starving!"

Well, I fasted and survived and my kids did as well.😉 And the thing is it wasn't all that bad 😊 I'm seeing more and more how the world we live in is trying to convince us that to be happy we have to comfortable. That is so far from the truth. A little sacrifice and making yourself uncomfortable can really go a long way. 

I have always loved Lent. It's a new beginning, a time to reevaluate your life, to step back and acknowledge your sins and why you are committing them. As usual everyone in the family (except Milly) gives up something. This year I wanted to add something to the mix so not only are we giving up something, we are also making an effort to do something. So everyone picked one thing they are going to try and do. It's been pretty great and I see the Holy Spirit working in all of our hearts.Lent is suppose to bring us closer to Jesus. To see him on the cross and why he died for us. When my boys are struggling with what they gave up I remind them of this. It always seems to soften their hearts. I mean c'mom, Jesus died for us we can at least not eat candy for 40 days right??!! Technically in the church, you are not required to participate in the Lenten fasts until you are 14 but I remember as a child starting this very young. It's really amazing what kids can do or what they can be held accountable for if you just encourage them. And the best part is seeing them on Holy Saturday enjoying the fruits of their labor. 

Before Lent I went on a HUGE "simplifying" journey of my life and home (blog post on that coming up). I cleaned out EVERYTHING! I had not planned to finish right before Lent started but I did and of course that seems so appropriate now. I simplified my life and home and now through Lent I will simplify my heart. I have kind of recently fallen in love with journalling. I wake up every morning (weekdays) at 5:30am and read the Bible and then journal. I was so happy and excited when one of my fav websites created this Lenten Journal

It's so beautiful and every morning I look forward to sitting alone reading the words and reflecting. It's helping to make my Lent more meaningful as I ponder daily readings and questions. I think you can still buy a digital copy and I did this last year and printed it myself. It worked just as well!

1st Sunday of Lent

My poor Asher man woke up sick Sunday so it was just the 3 of us for Mass. We found out yesterday the poor guy has the flu. Major bummer!

 "As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'Repent and believe' Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor -- He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you." 

-- Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

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