Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Today is Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday and begins the season of Lent. I'm stoked. Lent can be a bit confusing to some... my friend Amy said to so well, I thought I'd steal it from her :)

"Christians are asked to "fast" something; to give it up for the season of Lent. The purpose of this is to deprive yourself of something that you eat/do daily so that when you think about eating/doing that thing you will be reminded and will pray instead. It is a season of Spiritual growth."

I've decided to "fast" from some of the noise in my life to create space to hear God speak. One way I thought I'd do this is to go without any music in my car. I hope to keep y'all updated on the incredibly enlightening things that surface through my music-free car rides (note the sarcastic tone there).

DAY 1:
Here are a few things I realized on my silent drive home from work today:
-My car is really loud (lots of rattling and squeaking and more rattling)
-People BLAST their music. And it's usually pretty awful music.
-The town I live in is beautiful.

God put a few peeps on my heart today during my drive, and I was able to spend my time praying for them... I'm really looking forward to these next 40 days. I can't wait to see what else God does through my tunes-free commutes!


Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

Wow! Music free driving. That one would be tough! I think you are going to get some great thinking and praying done.

I like the new header! So cute:)

winegirl27 said...

I think that is a great idea for lent! This year I have chosen to give up soda and caffiene which is very difficult for me. It's my go to thing when I'm feeling stressed or tired. I'm hoping that after this I will have gotten rid of it from my diet completely!

It's amazing what this time can do for your relationship with God. Being raised Catholic I have usually participated in the season, and have often looked forward to it as a chance to be closer to God. Knowing the temptation that comes to us, either to drink something or turn on the music in your case, is an amazing reminder of what Christ did for us when he went out into the desert and faced temptations himself. It may seem funny to some to compare the two but it makes perfect sense to me. I look at this time as one to practice humility as well...

Yay for you, I can't wait to hear what interesting enlightenments occur during your 40 days of silence!

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