...Lent. And how it is here again. As I thought about how to make this a meaningful Lent, I recalled a conversation I had with a wonderful priest a few years ago. When I confided in him that I felt that my prayer life was not what it used to be, that I felt as if it were suffering...he gave me some wonderful words to ponder. He told me that we all have stages in our lives. This stage of my life...as a wife and mother to young children...is a blessed time. It will not last forever. If I am spending the moments in my day caring for and providing for and loving on my family...that IS prayer. He suggested that when I awake in the morning, I say a prayer to offer my works of service...the works of love...to God. And if that is all I do...it is enough. More than enough.
I was so thankful for that. I turn to those words...not as an excuse to do less...but as a validation that what I'm doing is a reflection of what is in my heart and soul. It is my intent to have a good Lent...and a good, strong prayer life. I won't waste time worrying about the fact that what I am doing is not good enough.
This Lent we will read a daily devotion in the schoolroom, and we will pray the Stations of the Cross as a family on Wednesday evenings. And I feel good about that. : )
Here is how we spent the night before Lent began...celebrating Mardi Gras!
We gathered our supplies...I always purchase online from Party City...
and decorated the table.
We jumped for joy when Grandma Margaret came...
and wore the Mardi Gras masks little Flynn picked out!
Love this one. : )
We feasted on Jambalaya and cornbread. Peyton did it again!
And we enjoyed the individual King Cakes we made too. : )
It was a wonderful Mardi Gras celebration all the way up here in snowy, cold Pa! : )
Have a blessed Lent and a cozy weekend!
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