What will I do for Lent?

When I was a child, I remember my dad always gave up something for Lent. He might forgo desserts for the season or give up some other indulgence. I never knew why he did this, but I know he was always faithful in it.

This image that has been circulating on Facebook has given me a different way to view Lent. Last year, I gave up chocolate (an enormous sacrifice!) and desserts. This year, I’m going to re-read the words of Pope Francis, and consider my words and attitudes. But I want to do more than giving up, or fasting from things. This year I am going to study and meditate on the book of Luke. I’m going to look at the life of Christ and ask him to help me to live and love like Him. I aspire to give of my time and talents. This month I’m hoping to knit five hats for the homeless as a way to help those less fortunate.

What about you? Are you doing anything special for Lent? Are you fasting? Are you giving? I’d love to hear what you’re planning.

My Faith Journey

On Throwback Thursdays, I’d like to share a bit of my faith journey with you. When I was a child, my family did not regularly attend worship services.

Oh, we went to Easter Sunrise Services and sometimes to Christmas Eve services, but that was about it.

Fortunately, I had grandmothers who prayed.

They were the first who influenced my future relationship with God.

What about you? Who were the people who first influenced you? Were you a child or an adult? I’d love to hear about your faith journey.

The Winter of Our Souls

Winter is nearly over. Nature already shows signs of approaching spring and we anxiously await the hoped for new growth. No matter how long or dreary winter may seem, we always know that spring will arrive, eventually.

But what about the winters of our souls? What about those times we feel distant from God and disconnected spiritually? How do we create spring in our souls?

One thing that helps me to reconnect with God is long walks outdoors. The nature trails nearby remind me of the majesty and beauty of His creation and allow me to bask in His presence.

What about you? How do you encourage new spiritual growth during the winter of your soul?