I don’t think I was blogging last year at this time, but if I had been, I would have blogged about Lent. As such, I am now blogging about Lent.
I’m not Catholic, nor am I in a Protestant denomination that practices Lent. Last year was the very first year I’d decided to do anything for Lent. It was a great experience and I picked such a good “sacrifice” that I plan to do it again this year, and probably every year for as long as I live. I would like to beef up the spiritual element of my Lent practice though and dwell more on the the Lenten season and its wonderful gifts. Any good recommendations on Lent/Easter devotionals?
Here is my Lent practice:
No new commitments.
-No new projects.
-No new clubs.
-No new committees.
-No new challenges.
-No new goals.
Unless it is directly involved with my employment, I won’t take on any new commitments. I’m constantly making new goals. Joining new groups. Taking on new projects. Making a new challenge. Lent is a time to let myself rest. To focus on my spiritual health. To enjoy the practices I’ve started and responsibilities I’ve taken on and people that I’ve already made promises to. I believe that if an opportunity presents itself during the Lenten season, when I’ve promised to God to be grateful for what is, then that is His message to me that the timing is not right.
The entire month of March is during Lent. Because of this, I plan to simply continue with the food resolutions I’ve made in February during the next month as well. (However, I do plan to start baking bread.) I plan to keep following the training schedule I’ve already mapped out. In other words, I plan to sustain.
This is a lesson for me. During our drive home from Kansas City, my husband told me that if he could give me one gift it would be for me to take it easy on myself. To stop taking criticism as a challenge. To answer negativity in my life with a response that brings all the positive in my life front and center. By refusing to pile more on my plate, I’m forced to see what is already there.
To cherish my husband. To perform well at work. To celebrate with my friends. To love my body.
Beginning Wednesday, February 13, 2013 I won’t take on any new commitments.