Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I've been spending some time struggling through some commitments for Lent this year. I started by doing the traditional giving up of something and though that was going well it wasn't really helping prepare me for Easter in any way. It ended up being really easy to give up what I chose. So, then I decided that I would try to be more intentional about spending time reading something "spiritual". I read a lot for my job and often that leaves me not wanting to spend more time reading, however that also means that I don't really practice the discipline of reading and studying. For the purposes of Lent I choose to read a spiritual classics book, however I was really struggling with it. I felt like a lot of it went over my head and I didn't feel like it was leading me into a spiritual experience. Then Jim gave me the book Praise Habit and I have been faithfully reading it every night. For a lot of people the idea of a daily reading is not a big deal, but for me that is really huge. It's something I honestly haven't done in a lot of years. I read novels and things for fun, but I am not good at reading spiritual things - however, so far Praise Habit is going really well and I am enjoying the challenges it is presenting and enjoying the time of study and reflection it provides.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Jim and I went out for the first time just the two of us on Friday. My parents were in town and we finally decided to take them up on the offer to watch Amalea so Jim and I could have some time together. Of course we talked often of how odd it was to not have her there with us and we wondered what she was doing (and called to find out). It was really good for Jim and I to have that short time together and it really reminded me of how important he is to me. I am the kind of person that gets so wrapped up in things that I forget about everything else around me so the time with just us was very needed. Of course Amalea did wonderful and had fun with her Oma and Pop - it's not like we had anything to worry about.