Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lenten Sacrifice

My husband and I gave up watching TV for Lent.

It was a hard decision and, because it was so hard, we were convinced that it needed to be done.

We are now at the end of the first week and it has been amazing. The quiet is overwhelming sometimes and we do listen to music either on the radio or a CD.

We have talked more in the last week than we have in the last year. It is wonderful to re-connect with my spouse. This was a benefit I had not expected but am enjoying very much.

Before giving up the TV, we would eat breakfast and dinner with the TV on and hardly say a word to each other. Now we talk about our day and other things that are on our minds. Who knew??

It has also been less stressful to not hear all the news. News programs are mostly negative and filled with doom and gloom. It's nice to not have that forced into our ears. We read the newspaper - with the newspaper you can decide to read an article or not. It's very freeing.

I am also looking forward to evenings where we can do things around the house without being glued to the TV. Most of the time the programs we watched were not worth our time.

I hope when Lent is over, we will be more discerning about our viewing and watch less TV and continue our dialogue about life.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

God's Hand

Last night I saw God's hand at work. I had met one of my "blog friends" a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed her. I had met a lady who was visiting our church who was struggling with having just moved to our town. As a stay-at-home mom, she had made no friends.

God said to me "They should meet."

So last night, we all three got together for coffee. It was wonderful. They both are transplants from other parts of the country. One has been here 8 years but still remembers the loneliness and the pain. They talked about that.

They both have 8 year old boys. One little boy is in need of friends. They are planning a play date.

They both have connection to writing. They talked about that.

It was amazing. They exchanged contact information.

I left about 8:00pm and they were still at the table talking. I left with a joy in my heart that I was not expecting.

God works in wonderful ways and I was humbled to be a small part of it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Involuntary musings

When you are posting a comment to someones blog, do you try to pronounce the security word you have type in? I can't help my self. It's often just random letters but I still try to make it a pronounceable word. And then I laugh at myself.

Do you ever read someone else's blog and know that what you just wrote was lame? I write what I feel or see but I do not have the turn of phrase that some have. I enjoy reading blogs sometimes more than I enjoy writing in my own! But I keep writing..hmmmm.

Are you always counting the days yet to pass before ....some event? We count the days until Valentines Day, the days until Easter, the days until Christmas or our birthdays or the weekend. We live in the anticipation of the future and forget about today. I do it all the time. I am trying to appreciate the day and not "look forward" to so many things. God said his name is I AM not I will be. God is in the here and now. I have to remember that.

Are you reading this and wondering when I am going to get to some point? Hate to disappoint you but there is no point to all this. Just random musings.

It does though say a lot about me and how my brain works or doesn't at times. Scary!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Change of Attitude

I looked back at my last couple of posts and thought, "whoa, what a downer this person is. Her profile says she's a glass half full person but you surely couldn't prove by her posts lately."

So I decided to have an attitude adjustment.

I am looking at the sky that is filling with clouds and thinking how beautiful they are. Bright white at the edges and grey in the middle. Layers of fluffy looking structures that will bring us rain or snow or something. I am focusing on the beauty.

I am feeling the cold wind on my face and drawing my coat tighter around my neck and I am thinking about the invigorating feeling the cold air gives. It gives cheeks a rosy glow and makes your breath visible. I am focusing on the beauty.

God's world is an amazing place and the balances in nature are beyond my imagination and He made it all with a purpose. I am humbled and I am focusing on the beauty.