We all know it's been a hard winter. A few weeks ago, I admit, I began to feel myself getting genuinely angry and affronted that the weather has been so harsh. Which, I admit, is silly. Spring will come. It will. And perhaps this is a pretty good way to spend the majority of Lent. Waiting, offering, bearing, enduring, feeling the barrenness of the world, the longing of our souls. So lately I've been resolving to not complain and whine about things that I cannot change and I've been trying to do better about embracing these moments as a season of growth rather than wishing them away. (Which is all my fancy way of saying, I'd like to stop being a wimpy, whiny winter baby.)
Life here has been pretty non-eventful. I've started to get the twinges of nesting, though my physical energy has yet to get with the program. I think lots of it is the weather. But in my attempt to embrace, I've been trying to get the things done now that I can so that once the spring does come, I can spend my energy with outside work. Because yes, it will come. And so will that baby.
Anyway, I thought I'd share a few glimpses of the ways I've tried to bring Lent into our home this year and remind me to embrace these moments a little more.
(This one is up year round in our dining room.)
In the past we've had one big jar for the beans. This year I realized that certain children were doing a whole lot more of the filling than others and it didn't seem quite fair.
Spring will come. Someday.
How's your Lent going?
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