Lent. When I was a kid, I always gave something up for lent. Usually it was candy or soda. As an adult, I have only very rarely participated in that aspect of Lent – mostly because the motives for giving something up became linked to losing weight or some other selfish end. That’s really missing the point of what Lent is all about, which is a time of reflection and growth in your relationship with Christ, as well as a preparation for the most holy of weeks and the grand finale – the Resurrection.
However, this year I ran across this article, posted by a friend on Facebook: 20 Things To Give Up For Lent. This inspired me to try something different this year, and I am heeding the advice given in the article by giving up Guilt and Worry.
Living my life consumed by guilt is like telling God He isn’t big enough to heal my past or that I am beyond forgiveness. If I say with my mouth that I don’t believe those things, then I should practice believing it in my heart. And if I believe it in my heart, then it’s time to move away from that damaging self talk Guilt whispers every day, and move forward instead into change and forgiveness.
Worry is the Ugly Step-Sister to Guilt. I worry about things I have absolutely no control over with the misguided internal belief that if I worry about them enough, I can somehow control them. And even though worry has never changed a single outcome in all of my 50 years of existence, I continue to practice it. You all know the definition of insanity, right? So it’s time to start practicing Trust, in place of Worry, and learn to allow Peace to follow Trust.
A tall order for only 40 days. And I am pretty sure I will fail. But every day is a new day and a new chance to start again. No success has ever come without failure along the way. I will give you an update after Easter.
Now, on to #100HappyDays! These are in no particular order, by the way. Nor do I have a picture for everyday since my last 100 Happy Days post – things have been a little hectic with all the moving stuff. I am sure you will enjoy what I have though. 🙂
Birthday Stragglers: My brother and my oldest sister decided I needed a little more Nifty Fifty-ness in my life. Below are their contributions.
Besides going thru all the photos, I also went thru a pile of the kids old toys we still had. I ran across this truck and had to take a picture. Matt used to do this to a lot of his trucks – he would draw up decals and tape them to the body. Seeing this made me smile and remember the sweet boy who spent so much time laying on the floor with his cars and trucks. “Matthew the Vehicle King”.
Another Nifty Fifty Event! A beautiful necklace from my friends Karen and Betsy, from their store, Pretty Poppy. If you happen to be in Newburyport, Massachusetts, stop in! It’s a girl’s dream. Seriously – I could never bring my daughter in there. I would go broke.
Latte Friday!! Every Friday, I go thru Jitter Bean for a latte. Yummy delicious – and Julie always gives out an animal cookie with each cup! If you have never been there, you need to check them out. Buy Local!!!
This adorable girl.
This goofball cat.
Lucky with his snowbeard.
Going to see Wicked with my daughter, my sister and my niece. I will say this was the one time I liked the play or movie better than the book. Excellent performances by everyone and we had fantastic seats.
Lindsay’s “Wicked” inspired drink at the restaurant. It looked like lime jello.
Finally getting to meet my adorable grand-niece who is almost a year already. Where does the time go? A popular old fart lament, I know. I’m not putting in our picture because this is a public blog, but suffice to say she is super cute and takes after her auntie in Greatness. Happy Birthday, B!!
This ginormous snow pile on the corner of our street. My neighbors had to have made this on purpose. Too bad they don’t have any kids – it would make an awesome fort!
This “Goodbye Winter, You Suck” cookie we got from work today. Okay, that’s not what they called it. Something more politically correct like “Beat the winter blues” or some happy horseshit. But we all know the truth. Winter, we are done with you! Done, I say!
My new bedroom set.
Ha! Just kidding. I really did get one, but it’s in the garage at my in-laws. In our 28.5 years of marriage, we have never had a matching bedroom set, so I am pretty stoked about this. Once we are moved in, I will post pictures.
And finally, random pictures of our new house while under construction. We just went out there last night, and it’s almost all done. Wheeee! One more week!
This will likely by my last post for a few weeks due to the move. We got rid of my old desk and I’m sitting on a low stool with my keyboard on my lap, gazing up at my computer which is on an end table. I thought the stool would work but it turns out I’m still a little low. Anyway, long story short – it’s not super comfortable, thus the suspension of blog posts until I am set up in our new house. I expect it will be the 27th before you see me again. Hopefully we will be firmly above the freezing mark by then!
Stay warm, my friends!