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Good Friday

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Today is a Holy day for believers. Today is the day that Christ gave his life so that we could live. What joy, freedom,  and sadness. What would life look like if we honored Christ’s sacrifice everyday?
     I didn’t wake up thinking about the sacrifice.  I woke up to someone telling me that I was right. What a nice feeling.  I woke up to being in less pain than I was in last night.  I woke up to a new day.
     Anytime we feel like we need a fresh start,  Christ freely offers it to us. He just tells us to believe.  Having fresh faith and new belief is always a good start at anytime of the day.
     I finished the paper that I had been stressing about. I got really good feedback and I was able to give feedback to others. It was a great learning experience.
     I raced home as fast as I could in a tired jog to see Scandal. Of course it didn’t disappoint with twists and turns. There were a lot of great lines too. What struck me the most was the conversation between Olivia and Jake. She was it seemed like for the first time trying to be honest with herself.
    The only difference between Olivia and a lot of us is that we recognized our relationship mishaps and we let them go. I know its hard but at the end of the day you have to ask yourself if a wrong relationship is really right for you. The beauty of it is, only you have to be the judge of your relationship and only you can decide when you need to end it.
    Only some of us are lucky to have a great guy like Jake waiting in the wings. For the rest of us, we have to be willing to ride the ups and downs of our singleness. It is the only relationship we truly have control over.
     If our relationship with ourselves don’t matter to us, how can we expect to matter to another person. That is a whiwind in itself. Getting off that roller coaster was one of the best decisions I ever made for myself. 
So no, I’m not perfect today but I have a lot of blessings in my life that show me I’m going to be okay today.
Be blessed 🙂
Namaste

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Washing The Feet Lent Day 41

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“…And here he shows the full extent of love
To us whose love is always incomplete,
In vain we search the heavens high above,
The God of love is kneeling at our feet.
Though we betray him, though it is the night
He meets us here and loves us into light.”

Malcolm Guite, from Sounding the Seasons, pp 36

     The idea that Jesus would wash the feet of people was considered a very revolutionary act. Jesus showed that He could be of service to those around Him and not view Himself as greater(out of love). I usually only hear about foot washing around Easter time. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to be a part of a foot washing ceremony. It was such a beautiful and humbling experience. 

     It shows me that it is so important to always be humble toward others and to seek out the good, along with being of service as often as I can. Sometimes I find that I can be of service just by being quiet and listening to what is going on around me. Being comfortable enough to be quiet is something new for me, I am still working at it and I am learning a lot from it. 

     I called myself working hard on a school project and when I pulled a classmate aside she brought some things to my attention and things just seemed to flow better. While I was focused on that I forgot that I had another project to start, so I am attempting to do both today. I am seeing a bit of the light at the end of the tunnel. 

     I started the Oprah and Deepak Chopra meditation series and it is really helpful. Just what I need to get centered and on the right path for the day. 

     Hope you have a great day!

Namaste

Palm Sunday Lent Day 40

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O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate on you,
and a life to proclaim you;
through the power of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
(St. Benedict c.480-547)

     Today is the day we remember Christ entered Jerusalem to the shouts of the crowds crying out Hosanna. I know that I say it and type it a lot but Jesus’ sacrifice is so humbling to me. It gives me strength to go on. It also shows me where I can be better. St. Benedict’s prayer speaks of a life to proclaim Christ. Am I proclaiming Christ in my life? In my words? In my deeds? In my comings and goings? If not, it is a time to reset and make things right. If so, it is a time to continue and proclaim even louder. 

     Today I had the awesome opportunity to hear one of my personal life heroes share her light with the world. You ever meet or know someone that is so awesome that you just light up at their kindness? Hearing about her journey and the ways God is using her, not only humbled me but it inspired me. I am so thankful that I have such awesome people in my life to look up to. 

     I went with a friend to the mall so that she could pick up some pants(and we could grab some lunch). Of course she couldn’t find the pants and even though I found similar(with the only difference being the button), she refused to get a different pair. I kept my cool. I was just happy to enjoy the day and see really cute clothes(that I think will be in my dream closet). We went to lunch and everything that she asked me about, when I gave my response, she replied with something negative. It was kind of hard to deal with, so I was glad the food came. I ordered half of a dessert(yep, just half no doggy bag) and I ordered a dessert that wasn’t my usual death by chocolate. I was so proud of myself. The tea was awesome and unsweet (just like I like it to taste the flavors). 

     Is it just me or does anyone else have a hard time finding tiny earrings for their multiple piercings? I either lose them or they get rusty. So I went to Claire’s and found two big packs on sale for the price of one. I hit the tiny earring jackpot.Then I made it home to work on my draft critique. Well, lets just say it took me most of the day to crank out the abstract. I think I need a mental break(and hope to be more refreshed tomorrow). So I am going to end the evening with Despicable Me(yep the movies I didn’t watch last night).

     In other amazing news I literally organized my email(I had 627 emails in my inbox). No wonder my brain is fried lol. I also managed to get into some really interesting and valuable conversations on Twitter. I always enjoy talking to fellow nerds and learning from people whose IQ’s are in the stars.  The neighbors are blasting fireworks so I won’t be sleeping for a bit. 

     I hope you had a blessed day 🙂

Namaste

What Love Lent Day 39

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Gracious God, for love you created all things and gave me life and strength that I might love you and know your love for me; as Jesus commanded us to love you with all our heart, soul, and mind and to love our neighbor, let my heart rejoice in your love and let that overflow my life to those you call me to love. Amen.

     God does so much for us out of love. The very essence of our being He loves and cares for. God’s love is a comfort for the unlovable because He shows that everyone has some part of love in them. When we recognize our love for God,we only want to love others the same way He loves us. God’s love is all consuming. It never returns void. It always seeks the best for us. 

     I had big plans for the day and then I didn’t want to get out of bed. I managed to get out of bed and go to the gym. We had a different Zumba teacher. She went very fast. Thank goodness I remembered a lot of the moves. She played different music(which was also really good). She did the splits. I was impressed. After class one of the participants said that she noticed I had lost inches. I thanked her and thought that was really sweet. 

     Then I got in a circuit workout. There weren’t a lot of people at the gym. I guess because of Fiesta and it was a really pretty day out. Well, I ate on track today. I planned to start working on a paper today(I only managed to get an outline worked up). I hope to get more of it done tomorrow.

     One awesome thing is I got my laundry put away. Yeah, the same laundry I have probably been mentioning for the past week. I was able to clean up my desktop yesterday and I am trying to figure out how to have that same success with my email. I am so bad about deleting emails. 

Here’s to good sleep and a great tomorrow 🙂

Namaste

     

     

     

Life Lent Day 38

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Lord Jesus, only you give life to the dead. Your word alone accomplishes all that you purpose. You alone have the power to lay down your life and take it up again. Give us your grace so that we can know your love, believe your word, obey your commands, and trust your promises. Amen. 

     So, after taking a lot of deep breathes and just being silent, I came to the conclusion that I have to put all things in God’s hands and leave them there. Only God can give us true comfort in our times of need. Maybe that is one of the reasons why we tell people to be Jesus with clothes on. We all have to strive to be better no matter what we go through. 

     As soon as I got off the bus, I saw a good friend in Christ and we had a nice conversation. It is always nice to know that your friends are lifting you up in prayer like you are lifting them up as well. Knowing that people understand what you are going through makes you feel less alone. 

      I printed off the articles that I need for my papers. I treated myself to dinner and a little ice cream. I also decided that I was going to ease my brain with Despicable Me and the sequel because I needed to laugh. I haven’t seen them yet so this should be fun. I picked up “How to win friends and influence people” and I feel like this was definitely what I needed to get on track. What a great wealth of wisdom. So I look forward to learning a lot(I know I have to find my own copy). 

     So I guess tomorrow will be happiness take two. 

Have a great day!

Namaste

Love Lent Day 37

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The tree of love its roots hath spread
Deep in my heart, and rears its head;
Rich are its fruits: they joy dispense;
Transport the heart, and ravish sense.|
In love’s sweet swoon to thee I cleave,
Bless’d source of love . . .
(Saint Francis of Assisi)

     What would you do for love? What does love compel you to do? What does love mean to you? Is it true that all we need is love? The love that I have or show will never equal the love God shows for me each day. I am thankful that I have Christ to serve as the ultimate example of love in action. 

     Today I worked out. I ate fairly well. I had a pretty easy going day, until I decided to watch 12 Years A Slave. A few friends tried to warn me not to see it, but I was already watching it. It didn’t make me cry(even though parts of it did make me sad). It made me have even more love, respect, and admiration for all who came before us to give us the lives we have today. I was tripped out at the slaves having actual intellectual conversations with the masters and overseers. I didn’t know that slaves were allowed to do that. It was also eye opening to see lynchings and the other slaves having to go about their daily activities. I think 12 Years A Slave is one movie that everyone needs to see. 

     It also made me think about the things that we are enslaved to today. What areas of life are we living out a form of slavery? An abusive relationship, a toxic friendship, an indentured work situation. You name it and I am sure you can find elements of slavery in all parts of life. In one of the beginning parts of the film, the slave captors ask Solomon where his ‘papers’ are. We ask this same question of immigrants and Native Americans. There are also elements of this when we are asked for our voter registration cards at election time. 

     Today I found out that Republicans denied the Equal Pay Act to be approved in the Senate. I cannot tell you the number of people on Facebook who did not believe me when I mentioned it. I think there are so many issues going on in our world that it is easier for people to turn a blind eye to them rather than face them. 

     Here’s something kind of petty. I hold grudges. When people do me wrong(I mean blatantly not imagined), I hold a grudge. Well, one person who I will always have on my do not like list is a person who set me up my sophomore year of high school. Well, I found out that one of my close friends is Facebook friends with her. See, in my mind I think that all of my friends should not like all of the people that I don’t like and I will do the same for them. Will the universe change? No, its just an annoyance that I have. 

     I saw a video the other day about positive people and it mentioned not having negative people in your life. Well, I decided to weed some negative people out of my life. I deleted two today. I try to keep my social media positive and it does seem odd to have people who insult my intelligence or only seem to know how to type the ‘f’ word. 

     Class went pretty well. I still can’t believe the semester is almost over. So I will be spending the weekend working on a critique and a proposal with my group. I am planning on doing this the smart way by spacing it out in a nice even fashion(and also by starting tomorrow). 

     I forgot to wash my hair today. I decided to try out this trick where you oil your hair and then wash it(new to me). I hope that tomorrow is a good day and that I can just focus on the love. I found out that a popular African American blogger/vlogger committed suicide. As I looked at her Facebook, I noticed that people commented asking her why she did it. There really never is a good reason why people commit suicide. The better question is what can we do to help people who are in severe, intense pain. 

Be blessed

Namaste

     

Draw Near Lent Day 36

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God of love, whose compassion never fails; we bring before thee the troubles and perils of people and nations, the sighing of prisoners and captives, the sorrows of the bereaved, the necessities of strangers, the helplessness of the weak, the despondency of the weary the failing powers of the aged. O Lord, draw near to each; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Anselm, 1033-1109)

     What an amazing prayer. It covers all the areas of those in need of God’s guidance and love. It is nice to be able to take a moment out of the day and pray for someone. Praying for someone else always helps me put my problems into perspective. When I remember that God is love, it only makes me want to love others more. When God draws near to me, I have the opportunity to be seen as He sees me, not as my pain would see me. 

     Today was a pretty good day. I ate a little more than my share of birthday cake(it was pretty tasty). I ran into a good friend and I went to a meeting. I worked out. I think I had some plans to work on something but I forgot. On the way to run some errands, as I was minding my own business walking down the street a guy approached me in his car. He said that I had caught his attention so he doubled back in traffic to let me know. I said thank you and kept walking. He then approached me again telling me how beautiful I was. I again said thank you and kept walking. I was flattered but I do my best not to entertain people I don’t know. I am not sure if this is my week to be creeped out by guys or if its because the weather is changing. 

     I figured out that I can pull the blankets over my head, so I will be sleeping much better. I am really excited about that. As much as I act like I don’t need to sleep, I actually enjoy sleeping. So small steps to better sleep. 

Here’s to a better tomorrow 🙂

Namaste