It’s official. I have completed two full weeks of giving up desserts for Lent. And shockingly … I am not miserable. Giving up desserts has been easier than I expected. Yes, I’ve had to turn down cake, cake pops, cookies and chocolate on a handful of occasions, but nothing looked so delicious that I felt like I was … More 2 Weeks Down, 4.5 to Go
Do you remember the movie Elf, when Buddy listed his main food groups? Candy. Candy canes. Candy corn. And syrup. I’m get the feeling. I eat pretty healthy overall — low fat, lots of veggies, etc — but my sugar intake is definitely high. If I had to pull a Buddy and list my main food groups, they’d be … More Rethinking Lent — But Seriously, Though
Contemplative prayer. It’s something that impressive spiritual people do, but I’ve never really tried it before. I know there are benefits of making time to be contemplative … but honestly, who has time? I’m a Bible-study-on-the-treadmill, pray-while-driving, scroll-through-verses-on-my-Bible-app type of person. My life is busy, but I’ve found creative ways to fit prayer, scripture reading and other spiritual … More Only One Thing Is Needed: An Exercise in (Reluctant) Contemplation
At the start of the labyrinth, you feel like it’s center is so close to you. You can see it. It’s only a few feet away, really. Sure, you know the path you need to take to get you there is long and winding. But it still, looks so close. But the longer you walk, … More Labyrinth
It was the weirdest feeling. A supreme sense of calm that permeated everything. For those few minutes, everything else was gone. The stress at work. Of to-do lists that never shorten … that just kept getting longer, even with the late hours put in. The anxiety of driving for a week with a almost-broken car, a waiting … More Peace
Today, I spilled coffee down the front of my shirt. This quickly resulted in a huge brown stain. Impossible to miss. Right in the center of my pretty blue shirt. As I tried (unsuccessfully) to dab it out with water, it got me thinking about sin and the ugly mark it leaves behind on our … More Coffee Stains: A Fact of Life … Or Can They Be Avoided?
At the beach last week, I got a really bad sunburn. My entire back was bright red. The backs of my thighs, too. They both hurt: a soft-but-constant ache that refused to go away. Warm to the touch–for days–and bright, bright red. It wasn’t fair. I put on sunscreen. SPF 50. I was careful to apply … More Don’t Get Burned: Learning to Apply Spiritual “Sunscreen” (The Right Way)