It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, March 14, 2011

Chapter 3, Page 14, Book 11

Merry Monday
Let us fast an acceptable and very pleasing fast to the Lord. True fast is the estrangement from evil, temperance of tongue, abstinence from anger, separation from desires, slander, falsehood perjury. Privation of these is true fasting.
A Hymn of First Monday of Lent By St. Basil the Great.

Lent is a time for personal reflection, spiritual renewal and getting right with God. Amazingly it is still solely a religious observance. The season has not been co-opted by retailers. It is hard to imagine Macy's having a sale to commemorate repentance. Lent does not require one to purchase gifts for others or a new outfit for oneself. Lent requires nothing but honesty, self-reflection and time with God

We often focus on what we need to give up for Lent. It may only be necessary to give up something that hinders our relationship with God. It may even be better for you to add something. Adding quiet time to your overcommitted schedule may be the spiritual discipline you need this Lent.

Setting aside 20 minutes a day for prayer, spiritual readings and journaling may be what is missing

Turning off the television and adding 30 minutes of walking to your daily schedule may be part of your Lenten discipline.

When we slow down and make time for prayer and self-reflection, we are often surprised by what is revealed.

Awake, thou wintry earth
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!

Thomas Blackburn

For me, Lent is a perfect time to help renew and refresh my spirit. Soon these wintry days will become a thing of the past and here in Ohio we are promised some much warmer days ahead this week. The snow will melt and rains will come but underneath the snow our daffodils are just waiting to bloom.

Have a MERRY Monday everyone!

'On Ya'-ma

7 comments:

Hollie said...

Beautiful entry! I know you will enjoy those warmer days! It's supposed to rain again here.

Scrappy quilter said...

Wonderful entry. I love the idea of slowing down and praying. There is just something so special when we become still and listen to His still small voice. Hope you have a wonderful Mon. Hugs

Scrappy quilter said...

Wonderful entry. I love the idea of slowing down and praying. There is just something so special when we become still and listen to His still small voice. Hope you have a wonderful Mon. Hugs

Scrappy quilter said...

Wonderful entry. I love the idea of slowing down and praying. There is just something so special when we become still and listen to His still small voice. Hope you have a wonderful Mon. Hugs

That corgi :) said...

first day of spring is next Sunday!

I hadn't thought of it, Ma, but you are so right, retailers haven't gotten into the Lent seaso too much except I did see in grocery stores they will mention something with Lent usually related to seafood prices.

I like the thought of adding on something like time reading the Bible or walking as a discipline during this season of Lent; good thoughts indeed!

betty

Joyful Days said...

Just what I needed to hear! Thank you!

Sybil said...

Such wise words as always Ma. Thank you. We start our Lent bible studies this morning. I don;t usualyy give up anything but try to change something...this year ...as last as I think I sometimes backslide !!..is to be a more considerate driver and always give way to others...And thank God each time that I can drive at all.
LOve Sybil