The first full week of Lent is behind us. How is it going for you? It’s a suuuuuper Lenty Lent around here. Kid #4 with the flu, a million obligations…the usual stuff. But for some reason, I’m struggling this year. Maybe it’s because I was actually looking forward to Lent this year? I don’t know. Anyway, here is the roundup of Instagram goodness…
Friday of Week Two – #fast
Things I’m going to #fast from today: meat (hence the blue box of mac ‘n cheese for lunch) and showering (thanks to a sick little girly who needs my attention). Sometimes, I think, you do’t get to choose how you do Lent. It chooses you, instead.
(Side note: Kid #4 had the flu with a crazy high fever for a few days. Thank God, she is better now. Let’s just hope no one else succumbs!)
Saturday of Week Two: #forgive
I am a champion “comparer.” If pitting someone else’s virtues against my own was an Olympic sport, I’d be a medal winner for sure. And if doing so and having myself come out the loser 9 times out of 10 would guarantee the gold, I’d be top of the podium. I’m not proud of this. It just is.
In today’s reflection in the Blessed is She journal, Laura Fanucci reminds us that Jesus loves ALL of us, the Marys AND the Marthas. There is no point in comparison. Who and what we are is such an amalgamation of our circumstances that comparison truly is futile! What freedom there would be in remembering that!
Jesus, #forgive me for comparing myself to others so often. Instead, help me see what YOU see in others and in myself.
Sunday of Week Two: #life
I heard this the other day and I can’t get it out of my head. It seems so obvious to me, but I had never thought of it in these terms before.
Monday of Week Two: #holy
One of my favorite things to do is feed people. Giving nourishment to people in need, whether it’s after a new baby has joined the family or there has been a loss, is something I try to never take for granted or think of as a burden. It’s a way to find the #holy in the everyday.
Tuesday of Week Two: #hear
“And if we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he #hears us.” 1 John 5:14
Lord, I’m doing some serious asking right now and I sure hope it’s in line with Your will. Amen.
Wednesday of Week Two: #sin
#Sin breaks us. It changes the trajectory of our lives and the path that God intended for us. But it CAN be overcome. And if, like Eve, we are honest with ourselves and with God, relationship with Him can endure and grow. Never be afraid to be honest with God, friends. He already knows it all anyway.
Thursday of Week Two: #help
Who are the people who help you? Who are the members of your “tribe?” Do they know how much you appreciate them? Have you told them what their help and support has meant to you? It only takes a second to reach out and affirm someone’s gift to your life. Share some love today and let them know!
My mom, my sisters, my circle of friends, my husband. I don’t know who I would be with out their help and encouragement. They are such blessings in my life!