Monday, February 19, 2018

Lent aka Spring Training

If you've been paying attention, you'll have noticed that there's less and less of me on social media. I started small with changing my password on my Facebook account so that I couldn't check it. And that quickly escalated to a downloading of my account and deletion. Like, never getting it back, it's gone, if you want one, you'll have to start over deletion. And then I just switched my time to checking my Instagram, which used to be in check until Facebook went away. And then lent started and I put all of my Instagram accounts on temporary disable. And they're probably going to stay that way until I get beyond the point of turning to my phone to see if it has anything for me in terms of entertainment and validation. Hopefully, that will be take about 40 days, give or take a few Sundays.

So, I'm hoping to use this lent period to get myself all prepped for what can be in my life. I really want to serve God with all my heart, my soul, my mind, and my body. I have a hard time with all of those at once. And there's no time like to present in regards to figuring out how to get closer to that goal.

Here are some of the things I hope to do this lent to encourage that. One, prayer in a more directed way for my husband. Currently, I'm using Power of a Praying Wife. It's been awhile since I've picked it up, but it's been very fruitful so far. Two, I'm reading through the bible this year and I try to write down each day one verse that jumps out at me from that reading. Three, increasing actual physical activity. I got some resistance bands for my birthday, I'm going to learn how to use them and maybe dust off the rebounder to get myself ready for some springtime/summer running. Four, I'm going to just be who I am instead of striving for more of what I think I should be.

Let me talk about that a bit more. My whole life I've struggled with pursuing what others see that I'm good at. For instance, French, chemistry, public speaking, writing, baking. Any number of things. I hear praise and immediately wonder if that's something I should pursue with my time and energy. And sometimes I do and I like the results but more often than not, I just end up getting down on myself for not being able to do what I KNOW I should be doing and what I would LIKE to do. So, this lent season, I'm going to be a housewife, stay at home mom, homeschooling lady. I'm going to clean my house once a week, sneak time in to research the book I'm working on in my mind and blogging about it when it becomes more than thought, and I'm going to be me. I'm going to meal plan, mom night out, journal, talk with friends, write some notes to people, check in when folks bubble up, be a deacon at church, walk my dog, and enjoy MY life. No one else gets this perspective on life and God that I get, it's unique to me. I'm going to take some time to enjoy the view.

What about you? What are you up to this lent?

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