sacrifice and simplicity

Yet even now, says the Lord,
Return to me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
Rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.
Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
and leave a blessing behind him,
a grain-offering and a drink-offering
for the Lord, your God?

Joel 2:12-14

this Lent, i am giving up meat and cursing. $5wordGuy* is doing this with me. this morning, i dropped the F bomb & S word (twice) before 8:30am. not because i don’t take this seriously, but because swearing is such an integral part of my everyday life. isn’t that sad? i posted something on Facebook about giving up swear words, two friends immediately set out to get me to cuss. i don’t think they responded out of meanness, i think they just think it’s funny that i would want to curb something that is so ME. i am both indignant and amused by it.

i may block them on FB for 40 days.

i’m hoping that during this Lent season i will be able to take it back to basics, be more simple in my everyday living, contemplate more, get back to praying and having conversations with God. i used to pray before every meal. i used to go to church every sunday. the slight discomfort of not eating meat and picking my words more carefully will remind me of how good i have it the rest of the year.

jesus did it without complaint, in the desert. i can do this.

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