I frequently ask myself ‘what if’ questions: What if it rains on the day that I plan my hike? What if I make mistakes when I’m playing piano this week? What if they don’t like me? What if I say the wrong thing? What if I push send on that text that I decided not … Continue reading What If
So, after a lot of thought, I decided that I’m giving up god for lent! (conversation with myself) Well, that’s sort of an odd thing to do. I mean, isn’t lent all about getting closer to God. going deep, strengthening the relationship? Yes, absolutely! Well then, why on earth (or heaven) would you want to … Continue reading I’m giving up god for lent
I had a wonderful conversation with a dear friend a few days back. I was telling her how I am struggling with a few things right now and she responded, “It’s as though you are in exile, like the Israelites and Jesus were.” I haven’t been able to stop reflecting on this and what it … Continue reading Going into the desert
There are some things that I believe in, always have, always hope to: I do believe in God. I believe that this God has many names, love being the main one. I believe that there is spiritual value in worshiping communities and rituals, but more so for the end result than the process. I believe … Continue reading Lent: what you do for lent vs. what lent does for you
I am not going to try to explain lent, or suggest what to give up or take on. There are so many lenten resources out there, there is no need for me to add one. I will, however, offer my opinion as to what lent is NOT: Lent is not a time to torture yourself. … Continue reading What Lent Is NOT
It’s just been a tough couple of weeks..certainly don’t want to compare myself to Job, but at my lowest moments, that’s where I’m going. Why is it that at times the struggles seem to come from every direction? No matter what I plan for my ‘lenten sacrifices/promises,’ God always has other plans. And so, … Continue reading Lenten Hope
The dance of lent….. Who’s leading the dance? What ‘music’ are you listening to? And for today…..which dance are you dancing? ballet – lots of turns, trying to keep your balance? jazz – moving to a rhythm, lots of improv., just trying to listen to the music? tap – fast moving, keeping up with the … Continue reading It’s all dance…
Reflect on this….. God’s World: He speaks in the silence The first will be last and the last will be first Blessed be the….poor, mourning, meek, hungry “I’ll have dinner at your house tonight Zacchaeus” “If I don’t wash your feet…..” “Whoever loves his life will lose it” “It is profitable for you that … Continue reading God’s topsy-turvy world
I’ve been thinking about lent this year… what shall I do, what shall I give up, what shall I take on? Should I try the ‘sweets thing’ again like my friend does? Why bother, I can never make it all the way through, I start to rationalize…yogurt with chocolate bits, is that considered ‘sweets?’ And … Continue reading Lent: action or attitude?
Oh please don’t rush lent this year, I’m just not ready! Lent takes work, lent takes discipline, lent takes sacrifice, lent takes energy. Everywhere I look I see lent – lenten flyers, lenten blogs, and lenten booklets. Not quite yet – please! I need a bit more time…. to think of only myself … Continue reading Please don’t rush lent….