- Give up all fast food for Lent
- Continue logging my food diary and exercise
- Read five books
- Try out 3 new-to-me healthy recipes
- Only shop the perimeter of the grocery store (fruits, veggies, meat, eggs, cheese, milk) – except for toiletries and paper products, of course
- Get my bedroom and 2 closets completely cleared out, cleaned, and placed back all neat and pretty
Are you a goal-setter? Have you set any goals for the month of March? Let me know
TV: The Walking Dead is back – YES! I’m also watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Also – The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon!! His first week was great! I’m also watching through the seasons of Friends again. I own all ten seasons and do this at least once a year. And, of course, Keeping Up Appearances is my bedtime show. I love ending my day on a laugh.
I feel that I need to explain that I love Downton Abbey but I haven’t watched any of Season 4. I purchased the season pass on iTunes and every episode is sitting in my library. I just need to find the time for a marathon.
MOVIES: The Roaring Twenties - Gangster movie from the 1930s. The genre is really not up my alley, but it’s one of those classic must-sees. We’re the Millers - Some funny bits. A bit vulgar for me. The Lego Movie - Loved seeing this with my niece and nephew! It was much better than I expected. Enough Said - I originally had no intention to see this movie, but I had two free rentals from MGo and decided to give this a try after looking at the trailer. I really liked this movie. REALLY. If you haven’t seen it, rent it! Diana - I knew going into this that it would be very sad. And it was. But I actually thought Naomi Watts did a good job of portraying the princess. Austenland - I loved the book and was hoping the movie wouldn’t be an awful adaptation. I was disappointed right from the get-go. Some points strayed so far from the original story that it just lost my attention. I was surprised that Shannon Hale (the book’s author) actually had a hand in the screenplay. I wonder why she messed with her own story so horrifically. The acting wasn’t good either. Just a disappointment for this Jane Austen fan. The Hound of the Baskervilles - So I totally love Benedict Cumberbatch as the new Sherlock, but Basil Rathbone is the OG Sherlock. I really enjoyed this classic film. W.E. - Back when this was released I wanted to see it, even though Madonna was associated with it which could only mean a movie disaster, right? Once it made it to Netflix streaming I put it on my list. It’s been there for a long time, but I noticed the other day that it was due to be removed soon. So I finally watched it and loved it. It wasn’t what I expected. I think it was really well done and a creative take on the story. Haywire - I only watched this film because Michael Fassbender is in it. I was disappointed that he was only in the movie for about ten minutes. :( The acting was stilted and the music was HORRIBLE. The screenplay had potential if only they had chosen a few different actors.
Books: Cold Tangerines - Shauna Niequist; Jesus>Religion - Jefferson Bethke; Epic Grace - Kurt Bubna; A Godward Heart - John Piper; Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? – Mindy Kaling; Bossypants - Tina Fey; In Search of Deep Faith - Jim Belcher (this was a pilgrimage story and I LOVED it!);and, of course, I’ve been keeping up with The Walking dead comics
Music: Lots of classical music listening, as well as my February Spotify playlist:
- My nephew turned 20. I’m still in denial.
- I am really enjoying using the Collect app on my phone for saving and archiving pictures. I’m really looking forward to printing them out and using them in a Project Life album.
- We got even more snow in February. As much as I love winter I think I’m almost tired of it. I need sunshine.
- As of the end of February, I’ve lost thirteen pounds since the end of December!
- Still going strong with my Bible reading plan and I’m almost out of the Pentateuch. Hallelujah! (Officially made it out of the Pentateuch just as the month was coming to a close!)
- I did nothing for Valentine’s Day…so there’s that.
*linking up with Leigh*
It’s almost 5 PM as I start this post. The large sweet tea I purchased this morning at 9 is sitting next to me, still half full. It’s been one of those days. I know I haven’t been at my best over the past 24 hours. I’ve let things get to me. I’m running frightfully low on patience. In traffic, an obscenity fell from my lips like a crumb from a biscuit. I got huffy with my nephew at the grocery store. I don’t feel like counting my calories or watching what I eat this evening. With 5 PM having come and gone it’s easy for me to think that I’ve been defeated today. My enemy won. I failed. Here’s to tomorrow.
That thing is, as I sat here thinking about feeling defeated, that God’s timing is not my own. Sure we function on a 24-hour clock. We assume different work and activities for certain times of the day. But God doesn’t work within our time constraints. Read that again…
God doesn’t work within our time constraints.
He doesn’t because He doesn’t have constraints whatsoever. That is good news for me and for you.
Because as I look at the clock I feel that time for today has pretty much run out and I’m defeated. But God can redeem this day! There is time and that’s beautiful and cheering and right now it’s like the very best news. Because I may not go to bed defeated tonight. I am believing on God to redeem this day that He has made and that I will live out the evening and then go to bed empowered by His grace.
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
Pausing this Sunday morning to type up some things I’m thankful for as of late…
- Sunshine after rain (and snow!)
- Reading – so much reading
- Peace that gets me through the night
- Grace poured out over sin
- Finishing the book of Numbers and moving on to Deuteronomy
- Study/Quiet time with God
- My dad feeling well enough to vacuum
- Belly laughs
- God’s provision every single moment
- Cozy blankets
I really like to keep things simple. The idea (and execution) of simple living draws me and that’s how I long for things to be for me. But there’s a problem with all of that.
I tend to get in my own way.
I never set out to make anything complicated. Sometimes it just seems to be happening and I’m not sure how it started or how to stop it.
I’ve had the same experience with prayer. I’ve experienced sweet, simple conversation with God – talking and listening. And other times I make it out in my mind to be so difficult that I avoid prayer altogether.
Why do I (we) make prayer so difficult sometimes?
I love talking to God as “Dad”. Simple conversation. Telling Him what’s going on in my mind and heart. Bringing Him my needs and the needs of others.
I also love to listen for God. Sometimes this ends with me dozing off, but that doesn’t mean God hasn’t spoken to me! Some of the most potent moments of peace and love I’ve encountered have come from times when I’ve stopped and opened myself up to hearing from God.
And…I love the prayers of the liturgy. Never stuffy for me. Sometimes they put words to things that I struggle to put words to. Liturgical prayers have been there for my use when I have struggled the most with prayer.
Pray the simple – “Jesus”; “I need You”; “Peace”
Pray through the times of struggling.
Listen for God.