I have been giving a lot of thought to this up coming Lent... I'm actually looking forward to it.... Life has been so cluttered with LIFE; with kids, with family and finances, with happiness, frustrations, highs and lows... life has just been so cluttered with, well... me...
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. This is the time of year where I put forth that extra effort to put aside my own wants and needs, my SELF and to focus MORE on The only ONE that I need... We will all get up early tomorrow morning to attend early Mass (6:30am) together as a family, before hubby heads off to work and the kids go to their enrichment classes and then the babies I head to my mothers to clean her house. I will try to remain focused on the words spoken as the ashes are placed upon my forehead (Remember Man that thou art dust and to dust you shall return....) Without God in my life, I am NOTHING... I am but a noisy gong, clanging for no one but myself... all of my good "deeds", chores, accomplishments, whatever, should not be done for recognition, or compliments or even appreciation of others, but for the love of God. God sees, hears and knows all that I do, and in what mindset that I do them. God is LOVE and I should do these things out of LOVE for Him!
In whatever state of life I am in, whatever I am doing, wherever I am at, whoever I am with, my quest this lent is to do out of love for God who has given me this life to live in order to Love, honor and serve Him so that I might be with Him forever in the next... Simple, right?... : )
I wish you all a beautiful and faith filled lent. I pray that all who call on Him will draw closer to Him and all that He has to offer us. I pray that Our Blessed Mother be our guide as no one follows Him more closely than she... I pray that I may talk with more kindness, listen with more patience, tell my family "I love you" more often and see others only as God sees them... and when I fall, I pray that I have the strength, grace and courage to rise, take up my cross again, and continue forward... God Bless!