Olivia is still fighting the nasty head cold, and she's getting increasingly frustrated with the constant supply of mucus that is interfering with her breathing. She keeps giving me these exasperated looks and then babbling on about how frustrated she is. (I assume that's what she's babbling about...I can't actually translate what she is saying. Oh, did I mention that she's vocalizing now...pretty much constantly?)
Maggie got me thinking about Lenten resolutions, and I must admit that I've not been terribly good about coming up with anything substantial. For my own discipline, I'll probably quit actively seeking out dessert (my guilty pleasure when I bring my own lunch to work). But surely I can come up with a more meaningful Lenten discipline than that.
Lent isn't about punishment or "penance", I think. I believe that the Lenten "fast" is about removing those distractions that keep you from a closer relationship with Christ. That can be accomplished by "giving up" something, or you can resolve to actively do something...improve your prayer life, do some spiritual reading, get involved in social justice, volunteer.
My biggest distraction is TV. It eats away more of my time than I care to admit. So I'll probably incorporate some sort of TV limit if my husband concurs. Perhaps I should seek out some good reading material too. Or spend more time reading to the baby? She's not so much into the books right now...she's more into shiny bright objects and ceiling fans. She's all about the ceiling fans. They are the only things that consistently make her laugh. I never really thought of ceiling fans as funny, but whatever.
What do you consider to be a good Lenten practice?
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