The girls and I have a tradition of splurging on sundaes on Fat Tuesday. We obviously do not take this indulgence lightly.
Do not judge me. It was Fat Tuesday, so you’re supposed to eat fattening things, right? It was also my birthday. (Guess how
old young I am!) Oh, and I’m four months pregnant, and I was enjoying a relatively nausea-free day.
Plus, it was frozen yogurt. That’s healthier than ice cream, you know. And I topped it which dark chocolate chips (all those antioxidants) and walnuts (omega-3s!).
I do feel slightly licentious for sharing these images on Ash Wednesday when the fast has begun.
Speaking of which, I’m kicking off Lent with an Internet fast. I’ll still be checking email, but other than that I’m stepping away from the online world for a few days. I haven’t decided how long this fast will last, but I’m hoping it will be fruitful.
Lent is a time to open myself to Christ. Separating my own thoughts from His thoughts is challenging for someone like me even when there’s complete silence since I’m almost constantly in planning mode, which often means my attention span is only slightly better than that of a fly. Add the flood of tweets, Facebook updates, and the constant siren song of technology, and it’s hard enough to hear my own thoughts, let alone God’s.
During a recent mini retreat I had the opportunity to attend at my church, the leader began each reflection segment with a prayer that really helped me to still myself. I’ve shared it below because I plan to keep it close during Lent. Perhaps it might help some of you to rest more in God during these 40 days as well.
I’ll be back in a few. Blessings!