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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Still and Open

Did you celebrate Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday last week? Mr. Décor and Sweet Guy cooked up a fabulous Cajun feast: jambalaya and sweet potato rolls.

Last week Ash Wednesday came and went and I spent much of the day scrubbing the bathrooms and floors. Since I was on my knees I also did a lot of praying.

With three family members passing away I had felt a return to being in one fine funk! A destination I so didn’t want to linger at. So I prayed that acceptance would come. Please Lord, PLEASE, let come any day now! As I don’t want to be angry or depressed.

Especially now.

Ash Wednesday signaled the beginning of Lent. 40 Days. A time of preparing our hearts for Easter.

It’s customary to give something up for Lent. This custom has its origins in the early Christian church but in essence this time can help us to appreciate the true abundance in our lives. Perhaps a small positive change can have a big impact in our lives that lasts beyond the 40 days of Lent.

Now I don’t smoke, gamble, rarely drink, overeat or do much of any of the customary vices people give up. My one vice, my daily soda habit, well, I gave that up in the new year and am happy to report am staying strong.

So what to do?

In years past I have written about Lent.

During the 2013 Lenten season I talked about how instead of giving up I would GIVE OUT joy to others.

2014 discussed spring cleaning my heart and looking for the good in others hearts.

This year, I just feel so WEARY.

Everything seems like it takes so much effort.

I wonder if I can just WALLOW through Lent?

But I know that God does His best work in us when we have reached rock bottom and lean on Him.

Perhaps it is for the best that I am still and open?

For in the silence I may see.

True glory is coming! For at the end of the Lenten season awaits the cross with all its promise.

Seeking Him,

Laura

“And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 1:6

9 comments :

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Prayers and Blessings.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Be still and KNOW that I AM God! Love you!

Terri Steffes said...

I think there are times when we've focused so much on the physical life we are leading, that we forget to tend to our spiritual life. Our spirit reminds us, gently, by becoming introspective. At least, that's how my soul talks to me. Maybe you and your soul are just having a "chat." Hugs and prayers.

Karena Albert said...

Laura, I agree, I have always liked the idea of doing something special for others during Lent.
Even if it is a kind word and smile to everyone you meet!!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Your sweet boy is looking more like a sweet young man!!! He sure has grown! Easter is my favorite! Love beyond measure is the love of God.
warmly,
deb

Cindy said...

Ha! I have to give kudos to you for even scrubbing the bathroom floors!
"Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today...the Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:13.14

Auntie Em said...

Somedays we all just need a big hug and a chance to cry or wallow in what ever sadness we feel. But then fold it up, like a cloak we don't need and walk out into some sun shine. It's so hard to find things to be happy about when we are down but they are there. I promise.
And BTW, when did Sweet Boy grow up into handsome young man? (Sorry, I chuckle every time I say handsome since our son, who is 36, always did this funny voice and teased me when ever I said he was very handsome. "My Mommy says I'm handsome!' lol.
Its so bittersweet to watch our children grow. At least we have taught our handsome sons how to bake! :D I always said my role in life was to make my daughter strong enough to care for herself and our son to be a great husband and an amazing dad. I think I did OK, if I do say so myself! lol
Take care of yourself and turn your face to the sun...but put on some good sunscreen and sun glasses OK? {{{hugs}}}

GSGreatEscaper said...

Laura, perhaps instead of giving up/lessening, make something simple each day - a paper flower, draw a heart - put them away in a box, and then put them altogether for an Easter decoration that represents visually the 40 days?

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Still praying for you as you grieve for your precious family members. May God give you comfort and strength.