Monday, February 27, 2017

Lent: spiritual spring cleaning

Confession time: even though I went to church my whole life, I didn't really know what Lent was all about. I knew it preceded Easter and that, during Lent, people gave up things like chocolate and Facebook, but that is all.

Oh, that is not all. It's meant to be so much more!

The Lent season lasts for forty days (excluding Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to Easter, and is comprised of fasting, prayer, charity, and Scripture reading. This website further explains Lent in this way:
"The purpose of Lent is to be a season of fasting, self-denial, spiritual growth, conversion, and simplicity. Lent, which comes from the Teutonic (Germanic) word for springtime, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our corporate and personal relationships with Jesus Christ and our service to Him. Thus it is fitting that the season of Lent begin with a symbol of repentance: placing ashes mixed with oil on one's head or forehead. However, we must remember that our Lenten disciplines are supposed to ultimately transform our entire person: body, soul, and spirit, and help us become more like Christ. Eastern Christians call this process theosis, which St. Athanasius describes as 'becoming by grace what God is by nature.'"
I've been a bit lax with my relationship with Christ lately, and this is just the kickstart I needed to get back to where I want to be. Where I need to be.

I'm going to be using the Gospel Coalition's daily Lenten devotional Journey to the Cross as a guide (You can download it here.) and am so excited to begin a season of spiritual renewal.

Lent, I am so happy you're here! Let's do this.

Friday, December 30, 2016

hello and welcome!

Welcome to my space on the world wide web! After putting this off for years, I recently saw a friend's Facebook post that stated, "If not now, when?" and, out-of-the-blue, my sister told me I should start a blog. It was just the kickstart I needed...along with my husband surprising me by creating the perfectly quirky banner you see above. He's talented at everything, that man.

I envision this being a place to share recipes, craft projects, kids' activities, everyday moments, musings...A place for me to compile the things that compose my lively, lovely life.

I'm a northern girl married to a southern boy. We met while tending to livestock in Honduras and we married among trees and two dozen of our closest people. He is the peanut butter to my jelly: the stable, patient and knowledgeable to my energetic, spontaneous, and inquisitive self. 

In addition to our 1-year-old Irish Terrier named Tumnus, we have a son who entered this world in the summer of 2013 and is simply a delight. A kind-hearted, ever-smiling, truck-loving, book-reading, yogurt-devouring, always-moving delight. Parenthood is quite the exhilarating journey!

I enjoy making and eating food; spending time out-of-doors (backpacking! reading in a hammock! gardening! going to the park!); recording life in photos and words; and crafting things, preferably with fabric and my trusty 50-year-old sewing machine.

And that's a bit about me. Thanks again for visiting my blog space! I hope it will be a place for you, too.