Thursday, February 26, 2009

Something Down and Something Up

Well, it's the day after Ash Wednesday. I have been trying to figure out what to give up during Lent. Our pastor describes it as "putting down" something in order to give yourself time to "take up" an effort to grow closer to God and prepare for Easter. I'm starting a day late, but that's OK. I have decided to try to get up 15 minutes earlier than normal every week day morning. I'll use that extra 15 minutes for reading the Bible and doing my version of meditating, however I choose that to be (other than sleeping). I must admit that I am not very familiar with the Bible. I only read an occasional scripture here and there; I've rarely read chunks of it at a time. So I am going to try to discipline myself. I hope my extra 15 minutes will be something that I look forward to every morning. Wish me luck!



Meanwhile, for those of you who helped make Joanie's quilt, or if you just heard about it and are interested, here is a picture of Joanie and her mother as they received the quilt this week. They appear to be happy! Giving away quilts is fun!

6 comments:

Beth said...

ahhh I am impressed... but (and I am only kidding) you are doing two something ups... okay I am sorry! I am so unfamiliar with the Bible...and that is why I like Bible study on Wednesdays... Good Luck!

BrendaLou said...

Carol, I've read through the Bible a few times (several different "read the Bible in a Year" type programs.
I have my favorite parts (Psalms, Gospels, Romans, Esther and more) and some not so favorites (the begats!), but it's always a good thing to do. I'm amazed at all the new things I find every time I read! I guess I'm just in a different place when I read it again.
Today's readings: Lev. 21-22, Ps: 57, Luke 13.

You'll love it!

Janet said...

Ask God to open the words up to you- this is an amazing piece of literature AND the Word of God. I will pray you encounter the Living God!!!

Tina said...

Our (very young) assistant pastor gave an enthusiastic homily on Ash Wednesday, declaring how much he LOVES Lent. We're trying to add some daily family prayer time. I have to confess that I am not a regular Bible reader, even though I am a lector.

Millie said...

I just found your lovely blog. Your quilts are beautiful and I love the star quilt. You sure get a lot of snow.

Andrea said...

I hope you find an extra measure of peace through your own personal study. I've been trying to do something like that recently too and I think it is slowly (yes, slowly) making a difference.

Best wishes to you!