16 February 2018

Lent 2018

Yet another year is flying by! It's amazing! I've heard my grandmother and aunts say it so maybe it's just that I'm getting older. Boo!

Lent is a special time of year. As a Protestant, I did not grow up participating in Lent. Of course I knew about Palm Sunday and Easter-the whole Resurrection story. However, until about 5 years ago did I start learning that Lent is not just a Catholic thing. It is a re-setting thing. It's a focusing on Jesus and what he went through. It's about thinking and praying for others. It's about putting Him above myself, my wants, my desires. Ever since I began practicing (is that the word?) Lent, I feel so much more connected to Him.

Normally I give up social media but I've found that to be too difficult as a social media manager. Haha! I love being forced to go offline. If I have the choice then I'll spend my time on Twitter or researching digital marketing, but by saying in order to focus on Him I'm taking a break then I won't go on it. So here is what I am doing this year and it 1 is a continuation of my goals for the year:

1. Focus on the positive. I read so much negativity and I cannot get away from it. Being online after something that the President has said or a school shooting can be miserable. There's so many people sitting behind a screen and it's okay to say whatever you want...and they do. I get to read a lot of it. Being tired frequently, eating horribly, and watching tv does not help my attitude. So the last 2 nights I have made a concerted effort to get to bed early, read my devotionals without the tv, but the eating better thing has not happened yet.

2. Turn off electronics at 5. My friend C is doing that for Lent and I thought that's such a good idea. My husband does not participate in Lent so when he is home I cannot turn off the tv. I did last night and it was so nice!

3. Reading my bible studies and journaling.

What are you doing for Lent this year?

02 February 2018

January's Books

Hey there! It is absolutely freezing today! Well, it got up to 42 so though not technically freezing but super cold for this Southern gal. I felt this photo is appropriate. I found this YEARS ago on all posters.com and have always loved it.

One of my goals this year is to read a book a week. So far so good on that goal! Now the others...let's just say I'm still a fat American that forgets to eat vegetables for lunch every day. However, I'm reading, so there's that.

A favorite book of mine is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and when I was at the library I saw Littler Women by Laura Schaefer and thought oh how cute! And...it really is cute. So then I looked in our library's system and found 2 more books by Ms. Schaefer and placed them on hold. I read Ms. Schaefer's The Teashop Girls last week and then finished up The Secret Ingredient last night. I have to be completely upfront and admit that they're for pre-teens and teens but I prefer that sometimes.

In between books I read Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. I was completely engrossed! The storyline was so good and perfect for just after Christmas because it took place during Christmas. If you've been reading my blog then you are not surprised at my liking this book, as I'm such an anglophile.

I will look through my stack to see what I'm starting tonight and you'll find out next month!

What are you reading?


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