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Lent 2020: Day Three

I am constantly an "on the go" type person.  I generally always have a to-do list about sixteen pages long and throughout the day I usually add twenty more!  I do multiple things at once and I never seem to slow down.  But today, I am grateful for time.  I take for granted time since I'm always trying to do more.  I want to burn both ends of the candle and before I know it, I'm tired, cranky, and sometimes hangry (I do occasionally forget to eat!).

Today, because I was able to accomplish so much, I took the day to just be present with my husband and my kids.  We enjoyed good food, we laughed, we talked, we smiled, we hugged, we kissed, we loved.  And I cannot tell you how wonderful it was.  We didn't have anyone saying "I'm bored" or trying to rush from one thing just to slide into another.  We just---were.  And it was glorious.

We didn't get on each other's nerves because there was no real agenda, just being present with each other.  We did…

Lent 2020: Day Two

Today's post is brought to you by...COFFEE.  I'm not going to lie, I really did consider giving up coffee for Lent, but when I mentioned it to one of my best friends, his response was "well, I'll see you in 40 days!"  I was kind of shocked at his lack of support, but then I read a post that was shared with me regarding Lent and some "food for thought" and one of the bullet points read "Don't give up coffee. Jesus will forgive you, but your family might not."  Well---I heard God loud and clear on that one.  Don't give up coffee.  And I'm so very glad I did not.

See today, I had a TON of things to accomplish.  We're gearing up for a big weekend and I had quite the laundry list to do.  Not only was my laundry list (and my laundry basket) huge, but I didn't sleep well last night.  I had a very restless husband, so I put myself out on the couch.  Which wasn't terrible, but it wasn't exactly great, either.  So I already s…

Ash Wednesday 2020

Every year, for as long as I can recall, I always gave up something as a "penance" for Lent. It has been as simple as giving up soda to as challenging as giving up all meat. This year, I struggled with a new "penance" to Fast for Lent. I couldn't think of something I could really sacrifice for Lent. I considered doing meat again, or alcohol, or even coffee (my family vehemently said NO!) but those weren't really true sacrifices (well, the coffee would have been, but I imagine even God will forgive me for that one). While I struggled and I saw that Ash Wednesday was rapidly approaching, I did the only thing I could think to do--I prayed. I prayed for guidance on what to Fast this year. And the answer that was placed on my heart was incredible.

Intention. It means to do with purpose and intent. Purpose. What is my purpose? My purpose is to do God's work. But how can I effectively and INTENTIONALLY do God's work if I'm not spending time WITH God an…