Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY . . . March 25, 2014

Outside my window . . . it's overcast and cold this morning. We've actually got snow flurries as well!

I am thinking . . . end of the semester school stress. Dh is in grad school and ds in college. Both of them are feeling the panic/excitement as this semester is winding down.

I am thankful . . . for prayer and scripture. The older I get (and hopefully the more spiritually mature I become) prayer and scripture mean more and more to me.

In the kitchen . . . last night was bean burritos. Tonight I may do one final batch of chili since the weather is cold and snowy here today.

I am wearing . . . my nightgown, robe, and slippers. 

I am creating . . . a change in my attitude. My Lent fast has been -- "fast from feeling guilty and angry at yourself for things you have done wrong, instead remember God's great love for you". I have leaned into this fast differently than traditional Lenten fasts. Instead of working at it, I have been (trying) letting God lead me into it.

I am going . . .  on a Silent Retreat this weekend. Sponsored by Dovehouse Ministries at St. Joseph's Monastery in Whitesville, KY.

I am wondering . . . about energy that expresses itself in anger. I see this frequently in young people and wonder how to harness that energy to greater benefit.

I am reading . . . These Granite Islands by Sarah Stonich.

I am looking forward to . . . my weekend retreat and a trip to Gatlinburg, TN that dh and I have planned for next month.

I am hearing . . . silence (except for Yaya's wheezing).

Around the house . . . LB and I worked in the kitchen yesterday. We sorted and got rid of things that just weren't getting used. I feel as if I have some breathing space now in my cabinets.

I am praying . . . for newborn twins and another newborn with an infection. For Ukraine and the ongoing unrest there. For the families and friends of those lost in the Malaysian plane disaster. And for personal spiritual issues within my family. 

One of my favorite things . . . is sitting outside on my swing. There won't be any of that today, but the other day I got to sit out there and do my devotional and a bit of crocheting. So lovely!

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . counseling today, a haircut tomorrow, Bible study and then tea with my mother on Thursday, and then I'm heading to KY for my Silent Retreat weekend.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing . . . 


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