This year's Lenten journey, for me, is likely going to involve a good deal of fasting - not just from one thing, but from entire meals. Not because I like it, not because it's fun, not because it's super-holy - but because I don't know of a single other spiritual discipline that drives me to God as quickly. Fasting puts me in touch with how want-driven I can be. It also gives me a colossal headache, which in turn gives me the opportunity to practice displaying things like patience and joy - against all odds. It reminds me that how I feel in any given moment is not necessarily indicative of reality. And it puts me in touch with how very much I need God's presence and intervention on a daily basis. (This is no less true when I'm not hungry, but I sure do remember it a lot more often when I am!)
Speaking of creativity, one pastor built a drop box - for babies. He's making a difference one life at a time, and his story is absolutely inspiring:
I am so looking forward to seeing this documentary this summer! Visit The Drop Box website for more information on how you can help build a new orphanage for these little ones.
This week has held a lot of ups and downs; one of the ups was a spontaneous coffee chat with a dear friend who showed up while I was working on Valentine's Day to buy me a cup of coffee and chat. He brought me an entire bag of Reeses' Peanut Butter Cups. Happy day!
One of the downs? My work week felt something a little (er... a lot) like this:
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