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Fasting

My small group study that meets on Wednesday evenings 
boldly agreed last week to fast today 
and to end our fast this evening with communion and dinner.  

It sounded great at the time, 
kind of like going on a trip out of town (seriously).  

You see I am a nervous traveler, 
I constantly worry about a whole host of things when we travel like, 
will I be able to use a restroom when I need to 
(living in West Texas where stops are few and far between feed into this anxiety), 
will I forget to pack my _____ fill in the blank 
(I often forget very necessary items) because I am a creature of habit.  
I just count on my things being at home 
where I left them
(unless it's my hairbrush that my daughter always uses 
but that is a different story).  

So when I am at home, 
I feel rested and relaxed and feel most like me.  
But I love the idea of travel.  
And once I get into the traveling the anxiety seems to drift away, 
but not in the preparation part, 
not in the take off part.

Back to the fast.  

It sound…

Give It Up for Lent

Giving something up for Lent might seem less of a daunting task than giving up something for the New Year with a resolution, since it is after all only 40 days long.  But it still can be challenging.  The cool thing about giving something up is that it forces us to take our faith outside of the church building, it forces us to think about God's presence in our everyday ordinary lives, even when everything is going along fine.  So I have a list of things to consider giving up for Lent, you may choose to do them for a week or a day or to take one on for the entire season.

1. Instead of giving up chocolate, only purchase slave free chocolate. Delicious!   http://bambootique.wordpress.com/2008/06/05/slave-free-chocolate-brands-you-can-trust/

2. Instead of fasting, eat only beans and rice for dinner. Then donate what you would have spent on a meal for your family to a local food pantry or charity of your choice.

3. Fast from electronics for the evening and have a family night of reading a…

I need Lent

Ash Wednesday is tomorrow and while in El Paso, spring is in full bloom, I realize that even though the earth is not a frozen mess at least in the desert southwest, I need Lent.

I need Lent to remind me that the world doesn't revolve around me, even though my inner voice barks back that life would be much easier if it did. 

I need Lent to remind me that ultimately I came from dust (star dust most likely) and to dust I will return.

I need Lent because I live in America, in a culture so enmeshed in consumerism and violence that we have become both numb to it and well, consumed by it.

I need Lent because I am a mom, with two children, enough said?

I need Lent because life can be hard and heart breaking and at times unbearable and walking with Christ (along side my brothers and sisters in Christ) once again to the cross somehow puts it all into perspective.

I need Lent because all of those activities of spending less money or time in front of the TV or surfing the web, or mindlessly looking…