Monday, March 3, 2014

monday musings

Happy Monday! Just sharing some of my thoughts in this new week Monday musings.

Well, I may not have completed the 7 posts in 7 days challenge, but I did post 5 posts in 5 days, and that is a record for me! Thanks for the challenge, Jen - maybe next time I'll make the full 7 in 7. :)

We were originally supposed to get four to eight inches of snow overnight, but that fizzled into less than one inch. No complaints from this gal!
{no more snow, please...only flowers}
I have been thinking a lot about the Gospel reading at Mass this weekend. Especially this part:
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?{Matthew 6:25-27}
That last line there hits me hard every single time I hear it. Whether I am worrying about something big or small, it is all wasted time! Jesus tells us that we should not worry. About anything. That is so hard for me! Lord, increase my faith! I have a feeling this is something I will be working on for a long time to come, but I always appreciate hearing this reminder in scripture. God's Word is powerful and good. I am so thankful for it!

I've been spending some time in prayer (though I should probably spend some more) regarding what I should take up/give up in this quickly approaching Lenten season. Of course, I want to do something that will bring me closer in relationship with Christ. I am looking forward to this time of renewal. This season in the Church year is a true gift. I don't think I saw it that way growing up, but now I can see what a blessing it is to have this time to grow in our spiritual life. And the joy of Easter is so much fuller after a fruitful and prayerful Lent.
{Michael & me - Easter 2013}
Have you read Pope Francis's Lenten Message? I know it challenged me, and provided me with some food for thought as I discern what to do this Lent. 

Also, if you're looking for some last-minute fresh ideas, Kendra has a great post with 66 ideas for Lent (with beginner, intermediate & advanced options) - click on over for some more inspiration.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your Monday!

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  1. LOL! I only made it 3 days into Jen's challenge, so you did better than this lady ;)

  2. It was a beautiful gospel on Sunday, although I think all that talk about birds and flowers and sunshiny things was the Church's way of forcing patience upon us northerners. ;)

    ~ Country Girl's Daybook, recently: paleo-safe cauliflower pizza crust

  3. Thanks for the link Elise! (Did you see your shout out from Bonnie?!)


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