Joyful Lent

It's been a while since I blogged on a regular basis.  Actually, it's been close to a year.  There have been several times that I've thought about it, even forcing myself to sit down and write something, but my heart wasn't in it any more... Until now.  And although I know it's going to take a while to get back into the swing of things, I am now aware that I am being called back into the habit. Today is Ash Wednesday and for us Catholics, the beginning of Lent.  Most people see it as "giving something up" but the real focus is spiritual renewal.  Similar to a spiritual New Year; we start with an examination of where we are and where we want to be.  The journey to "where we want to be" is called Lent, and yes, it's a process.

This is the first time I've ever looked forward to Lent.  I've always thought of it as looking at myself in the mirror for 40 days but this time, I shortened that part and will spend more time on the journey instead.  I've always spent way too much time on the evaluation and not enough on the actual transformation.  This is a common occurrence for my personality.  In general I'll spend 2 hours planning a 2 minute project.  It's a very strange feeling this time, but I have actually approached this with a joyful anticipation.  I've known for a while that 2015 was going to be "life-altering" and I guess I've just decided to trust that God will take me where he wants me to go.  (Insert "duh" sound here.)  And to think, it only took me 47 years to come to that realization.

I'll be spending a lot more time in spiritual study for the next 40 days and I've committed to writing daily as well. Writing as always been the best way for me to organize my thoughts.  I write for myself and if someone out there enjoys what I write, it's icing on the cake.

Photo Note: Many people have commented on how much they enjoy my "hair-selfies."  It started last fall when I attempted to take a selfie with a very tall football player.  I couldn't fit his head and mine in the same frame due to our size difference.  Only my forehead made the shot... but A LOT of people thought it was funny... And so they continue.  I can't believe how many have said how much they enjoy them... and so I aim to please.   I'll do (almost) anything for a laugh!

I'd love to know... If you're on a Lenten journey too, what is your focus?

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