Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a time of preparation for Easter set aside by the church. I am choosing to observe Lent this year by giving up a couple of things that I enjoy daily and by making time in my schedule to write. Though I know I will miss the things I am giving up, and I know daily writing time will be a challenge to find (hello the sixth sense toddlers have about Mom waking up early!!), I am feeling something today that I didn’t anticipate at all: freedom.
I have been hoping to make some changes in my daily life for a while now, but with life steam rolling along at top speed it can seem impossible to stop and change direction. It is easy for me to look at my life and see all the ways I don’t have freedom to choose how to spend my time. This Lenten season has offered me something I have needed: a reason outside of myself to act on my desire for change within my life.
Our church has been going through a series lately called: Less is More. The main point is that we need less of ourselves and more of God in our lives. It is my prayer and sincere hope that the structure of Lent will help me to live more for God and less for myself, and that in doing so I will grow in love and joy in my relationship with Jesus and as I serve those around me.
It is good to be writing again. I hope to write a more personal family update here at some point, but today the main goal was simply to begin.
And so I have.